Robert: Woh kya hai na sir ki woh paplu-taplu…
Bhalla: Shut up Robert! Plan ke mutaabik…
Teja: Plaaaannn!If you still need an introduction to the movie, then first go and watch it. Andaz Apna Apna was perhaps the only genuine comedy film released in the 90s and needless to say, it has caught the imagination of a generation of cine goers. Countless reruns later, it is still worth a watch whenever it is shown on any channel.
Apne pairon pe khada ho ja Teja hoja!
There is almost no dull moment in the movie. It will keep you fixed to your seat right till the end and you will still be craving for more. The slapstick comedy of the movie was a revelation from Raj Kumar Santoshi, known till then for his genuinely honest effort in Damini. He hasn’t been able to create another Andaz Apna Apna since then. Amir Khan hasn’t been able to perform as comically as he did then. Salman Khan has become dumber with each passing movie since then. Karishma and Raveena have since then retired after a rather successful career in Bollywood. And Paresh Rawal went from strength to strength as he did Hera Pheri six years later.
Yeh bundook Vasco da Gama ki hai. Kiska mama?
As if you haven’t watched the movie already, here’s the story: Raveena and Karishma have come in search for their respective Mr. Right. Raveena wants his Mr. Right to love her and not her wealth. To put everyone to test, she has switched her name with Karishma. Amar and Prem, small-town guys with big dreams, approach them and manage to win their hearts. The problem lies in Raveena’s khadoos dad Ram Gopal Bajaj. To add to the confusion Ram has a twin evil brother Shyam aka Teja, who is out to loot his wealth and kill him and his daughter. How the girls manage to escape from him and win their dad’s trust to marry Amar and Prem is all the movie is about. Watch it if you haven’t already. And watch it again if you have already.
Yeh Teja Teja kya hai? Yeh Teja Teja?
Amir Khan – He literally was the feel good factor of the movie. He acts as the bolder of the two buddies and is a real smart guy. At the same time he was the funnier of the two with dialogues like chit mai jeeta pat tu hara. Acha thik hai pat tu hara aur chit mai jeeta. And his favourite dialogue:
Aap mahaan hai,
Balki… balki main to yeh kahoonga ki aap purush hi nahi,
Mahapurush hai… mahapurush!
Do dost ek pyaali main chai piyenge. Isse pyar badhta hai.
Salman Khan – Who could have acted as dumb as he did? If you want dumbness personified, go and ask Salman how he played the character of Prem. His trademark ouyi maa almost became a rage with viewers. His best scene is the one where he is shown as Ram and Amir as Bharat while they both are trying to save themselves from the owner of the lodge.
Dr. Prem Khurana. Is dhande mein bahut purana.
Raveena and Karishma – Both were at the beginning of their respective Bollywood careers and played the roles of inseparable friends falling in love with Amar and Prem. Their pairings with Amir and Salman was apt in the sense that while a bold Raveena was paired with a smart Amar, the shy Karishma was paired with a stupid Prem.
Woh humko teele par mil gaya than a, isliye humne iska naam teelu rakh diya
Paresh Rawal – In the double role of a white coat Ram Gopal Bajaj and a black coat Teja, he was the best comedian you could ask for. Sample his dialogues:
Main Teja hun kyonki mera naam Teja hain. Teja main hun mark idhar hain.
Meri chai kidhar hain? Har cheez time to time honi chahiye
Murgiyon ka badshah aur bread ka sartaaj, Haamaaraaa Bajaaj!
Ye bichhu ka zeher hain. Pinewala 2 hi minute main pila hokar nila ho jata hain. Kifayati aur bharosemand!
Shehzad Khan and Deven Khote – As assistants to Raveena and Karisha, they scheme with Teja to kidnap them. Again, they were given some really good dialogues and Shehzaad Khan should get additional credit for imitating Ajit’s accent and voice.
Aankhen nikaal ke gootiyan kheeloonga
Shakti Kapoor – Would anyone have ever thought that Shakti Kapoor’s most memorable character apart from Balma of Chaalbaaz would be Crime Master Gogo? Some of his attempts at comedy were really good and this was one of them. His imitation fight with Salman Khan towards the end is a delight to watch.
Tum dono ko dekhkar mujhe Ramanand Sagar ki Ramayan ka woh episode yaad aa gaya jisamein Ram aur Bharat ka milap hua tha
They say laughter is the best medicine. WRONG! Andaz Apna Apna is the best medicine. If you don’t believe me then watch it again… and again… and again…