Vantage point

Thursday, August 08, 2002

No, that is not a typo for panacea

Here's an original statement and unknown saying - "Laughter is the best medicine".

Personally, I agree. Humour can cure even your worst ills. And if that is taken as an axiom, then this is how Dr. Gaurav's prescription will read-

1 weekly dose of "Andaz Apna Apna"

For the uninitiated, Andaz Apna Apna (AAA) is a movie realeased in 1994 starring Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, with a great double-role by Paresh Rawal. Ever seen one those movies in which every character seems like a masterpiece? This is one such movie. Even Shakti Kapoor seems good !!

The movie is a totally hilarious work of art, and if you understand hindi, you ought to see it at least 20 times. One friend of mine in Pune switched cable operators because the new operator used to show AAA every week!! If I lived in that neighbourhood I would have done the same. Each dialogue of the movie is loaded with chuckles.

Rajkumar Santoshi, the director, should probably try another comedy. All his other movies have been intense action movies. I think comedy is his niche. What is surprising though is that AAA was not that big a commercial as its popularity would indicate. This was probably because it was released in the same year as "Hum Aapke Hain Koun", which people wanted to see at least a dozen times in the cinema hall to be called good Indians. I think this dented AAA's box office collections. However, anyone I speak to, especially my generation has seen the movie multiple number of times, but on TV or VCD. It's somewhat like "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro", which was a flop, but is still regarded by everyone as one of the all time greats, via VCD sales.

AAA is like a party everyone is invited to. A VCD of the movie would be an ideal borthday gift for anyone. Watching it with your friends and then rolling on the floor in splits, discussing it over a cup of coffee in a crowded restaurant, suddenly quoting dialogues with it to lighten the situation, so on and so forth. This is a movie that fully deserves the 1.4 GB of the hard disk on your computer that it will permanently occupy (erasing it is a sin!!). In fact assorted computer vendors should put "VCD of AAA" in their 'extras' list to boost sales.

I can keep talking about how great the movie is. So I'll stop with some of my favourite moments from the movie-

$ The climax when Amir Khan says "Sab log bandookein neeche rakh do", and Salman "Shyahh" and starts doing it himself, though it is through his gun that they have gained control.

$ "Teja Main hoon, mark yahan hain"...."Bhaad mein gaya mark yaar, Teja Main hoon".... (the whole teja sequence)

$ Salman's description of his encounter with Ramgopal Bajaj- "Unka ek ek sawal, mere do do jawab, ek ek sawal, do do jawab, sawal ek, jawab do, sawal jawab sawal jawab sawal jawab...chupppp.... lambee kahmoshi"

$ When Teja describes what he will do with the 3 billion rupees - "Main sudhar jaunga, murgiyon ka farm kholunga......" and ends it with "......hamara Bajaj"

$ When Karisma climbs on the sofa, and Amir keeps saying "Ek to naukrani hokar sofey pe chadhti hai..."

If you have seen that movie less than 5 times, go rectify your mistake. Oh yes...your favourite moments/dialogues from AAA???