These movies are and were part of my weekend binge and therefore very close to my heart. The purpose of these reviews are not to criticize any aspect of this movie. I just want to put it out there. This is the kind of cinema I like.
I am reviewing it based on my memories of 2014/2015 when me and my sister watched it every Saturday for lunch.
Non Review Rant
This review was drafted on March 1, 2020, and it took me more than three years to finally get to publish it. Can you believe that? Such is life.
I recently started doing “Daily Prompts” just to inculcate the habit of blogging daily (not counting the drama reviews I post). One of the prompt was: Top Ten Favourite Movies. I started writing about then, and then suddenly a light went on in my head.
Hey, you’ve been meaning to post about Bollywood movies. I looked up for the drafts and surely, I have the drafts for most of the movies I mentioned in this post: Top Ten Favourite Movies. It proves two things–that my choices are consistent, and that I’m a procrastinator.
“Andaz Apna Apna” is a timeless comedy that continues to tickle audiences’ funny bones with its slapstick humor, quirky characters, and unforgettable dialogues. It’s a film that has earned its place in Bollywood’s hall of fame for its sheer entertainment value and comic genius.
Without much further procrastination, let’s dive in.
Cast and Characters
Cast and Characters:
- Aamir Khan as Amar Manohar
- Salman Khan as Prem Bhopali
- Raveena Tandon as Raveena
- Karisma Kapoor as Karisma
- Paresh Rawal as Teja/Twin brother Ram Gopal Bajaj
- Shakti Kapoor as Crime Master Gogo
- Viju Khote as Robert
- Shehzad Khan as Bhalla
- Deven Verma as Murli Manohar
- Jagdeep as Bankelal Bhopali
- Mehmood as Johnny
- Juhi Chawla as Guest Appearance
- Govinda as Guest Appearance
- Directed by: Rajkumar Santoshi
- Produced by: Vinay Kumar Sinha
- Music by: Tushar Bhatia
- Written by: Rajkumar Santoshi
- Cinematography by: Ishwar Bidri
A hilarious comedy of errors, “Andaz Apna Apna” follows the misadventures of two slackers, Amar (Aamir Khan) and Prem (Salman Khan), who vie for the affections of two wealthy heiresses, Raveena (Raveena Tandon) and Karisma (Karisma Kapoor). Their attempts to woo the ladies lead them into a series of misunderstandings and chaotic situations. Things take a wild turn when they stumble upon a scheme involving a villainous double-dealer, Teja (Paresh Rawal), and his twin brother Ram Gopal Bajaj.
Double Trouble: The film’s climax involving Teja and Ram Gopal Bajaj was initially conceived for a single villain character. However, Paresh Rawal suggested playing both roles, leading to the hilarious twin twist.
Guest Appearances Galore: The film features memorable cameos from Juhi Chawla and Govinda, adding to its star-studded appeal.
The Original Pairing: Initially, the film was meant to star Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan in the lead roles. However, due to creative differences, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan eventually took on the iconic characters.
Cult Status: While the film wasn’t a massive hit upon release, it has gained a massive cult following over the years, becoming a beloved classic in Indian cinema.
Dialogues That Shine: The film is famous for its quirky and memorable dialogues, many of which have become part of everyday conversations in India.
Chemistry of Aamir and Salman: Aamir Khan and Salman Khan’s camaraderie on-screen translated into genuine friendship off-screen, making their performances even more endearing.
Chaos Behind the Scenes: The film’s production was often chaotic, with Rajkumar Santoshi struggling to manage the big ensemble cast and their schedules.
Oh, my filmy friends, let’s take a joyous trip down memory lane to the riotously hilarious world of “Andaz Apna Apna.” This cult classic isn’t just a movie; it’s a testament to the power of timeless comedy and the joy of unadulterated laughter.
Now, I’m not just talking about any comedy; I’m talking about a rollercoaster of absurdity, mistaken identities, and comical chaos that only Bollywood could concoct. From the very moment Amar and Prem enter the scene, we know we’re in for a comedic ride like no other.
What makes “Andaz Apna Apna” so special is its ability to create humor out of the simplest of situations. The misadventures of these two doltish heroes as they try to woo the heiress Raveena and Karishma are a treasure trove of hilarious dialogues and slapstick antics. Amar and Prem’s harebrained schemes, their hysterical misunderstandings, and their bromance keep us in splits from start to finish.
But it’s not just the main duo that steals the show. Enter Crime Master Gogo, the iconic character that’s etched in the annals of Bollywood history. His one-liners and eccentricities have become part of the pop culture lexicon, and who can forget his “Aankhen nikaal kar gotiyaan khelta hoon” (I play marbles with my eyes popped out) moment?
“Andaz Apna Apna” isn’t just a comedy; it’s a celebration of the golden era of Bollywood, where over-the-top was the norm and the goal was pure entertainment. The chemistry between Aamir Khan and Salman Khan is infectious, and their camaraderie keeps us engaged despite the sheer ludicrousness of their escapades.
In a world that often takes itself too seriously, “Andaz Apna Apna” is a breath of fresh air. It’s a reminder that sometimes, all we need is a good laugh, a catchy tune, and characters who make us forget our worries.
So, my dear fellow fans of hilarity, let’s raise a toast to this cinematic gem that continues to make us chuckle, guffaw, and relish the sheer joy of unabashed comedy. It’s not just a movie; it’s a laughter-inducing time capsule that’s here to remind us that sometimes, being a little goofy is the best way to enjoy life’s unpredictable ride.
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