160 Min | Comedy – Family – Romance | November 1994
IMDB Rating: 8.8
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Starring: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor
Andaz Apna Apna Review: For some strange reason the decade of 1990’s was completely void of comedy genre in Bollywood. All that existed in the name of comedy was appalling David Dhawan and Govinda combo. “Andaz Apna Apna” is a cult-classic which in today’s times can be compared to a “Hera Pheri”. Sadly when released in 1994 it was written off as a flop. Even the casting coup Aamir vs. Salman and Raveena vs. Karishma combo did not stir the cash register. Rajkumar Santoshi proved he is a maverick by steering away from his forte action genre and trying his hand in an un-ventured territory. Aamir Khan clearly ruled the roost. He was at ease in the character of super-confident conman.
In Andaz Apna Apna, Salman Khan had lots of potential in the character. Sadly he clearly faltered. Probably he did not develop the sense of comic-timing then. Nonetheless Salman is compensated with the actual booty in the movie. Raveena and Karishma were passable. Paresh Rawal showed his promise in the comedy genre. Sadly year later it took “Hera Pheri” for the people to take notice. Other star-cast namely Shakti Kapoor, Mehmood, Jagdeep, Deven Varma, Shehzaad Khan, Harish Patel and Tiku were spot on. Each character leaves an lasting impression. Its a character-based storyline. Songs deserve a special mention as they carry the tinge of the 1960 (ode to O P Nayyar, Naushad, Shankar-Jaikishen etc).
Andaz Apna Apna is an amazing comedy, the script is too funny, if u watch it more than once you will enjoy it more. Though the comedy at times is silly but it really makes u laugh. Salman Khan and Aamir Khan have given justice to their roles. After 1994 i have not come across any hindi movie which was as funny as this. At the risk of being repetitive, “Andaz Apna Apna” is an under-rated classic. Every scene/every line is nothing short of gem. A definite “miss-me-not” movie.