Hip Hip Hurray (film)

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Hip Hip Hurray
Directed by Prakash Jha
Produced by Manmohan Shetty
Pradeep Uppoor (Neo Films)[1]
Screenplay by Gulzar
Starring Raj Kiran
Deepti Naval
Shafi Inamdar
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Gulzar (lyrics)
Cinematography Rajen Kothari
Edited by Prakash Jha
Prakash Jha Productions [2]
Release date
  • 1 January 1984 (1984-01-01) (India)
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 12 lakh (US$17,000)[4]

Hip Hip Hurray is a 1984 Hindi sports drama film directed by Prakash Jha with screenplay by Gulzar. It had Raj Kiran and Deepti Naval as leads and debutant Nikhil Bhagat. The film was the directorial debut of Prakash Jha.[5]


A computer engineer named Sandeep Chowdhary (Raj Kiran) is waiting to start his first job, so he takes up a temporary job as a sports instructor in Bishop Westcott Boys' School at Ranchi, where he encounters an apathetic school principal (Ram Gopal Bajaj) and develops a relationship with a history teacher named Anuradha Roy (Deepti Naval). Eventually, he leads the football team to victory.[6]



The film had music by Vanraj Bhatia and lyrics by Gulzar.

Critical reception[edit]

Hip Hip Hurray is featured in Avijit Ghosh's book, 40 Retakes: Bollywood Classics You May Have Missed.


Prakash Jha was trying to raise funds for Damul (which he made next year), but failed to find financiers because of its bold subject matter. He then narrated the outline of Hip Hip Hurray to producer Manmohan Shetty.[4] Shetty liked the idea of a sports films and with a proposed cast that included Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi, Jha was ready to make it. But after 25 days before the principle photography was to commence, Anil Kapoor backed out and Azmi followed suit.[4] Jha then came up with a different cast of Raj Kiran, Deepti Naval and Nikhil Bhagat. Gulzar has written the screenplay, dialogues as well as lyrics of the film.[4]

Due to the small budget, the entire climax was shot with a single camera and this led to every single shot being filmed three or four times to give the feel of multiple angles.[4]


  1. ^ "Pradeep Uppoor | BFI | British Film Institute". explore.bfi.org.uk. 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Hip Hip Hurray BFI.
  3. ^ Hip Hip Hurray Bollywood Hungama
  4. ^ a b c d e "Hip Hip Hurray". The Hans India. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Filmmaker sees hope in Bihar Telegraph, 4 December 2005.
  6. ^ Hip Hip Hurray Prakash Jha Productions.

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