Andaz Apna Apna (AAA), released 20 years ago (11th April 1994) is widely recognized as a classic. The movie over the years has acquired somewhat of a cult following primarily because of some fantastic comedy due to a superb cast which was almost perfect. It was probably one of the last times Aamir and Salman worked together ably supported by Raveena, Karishma, Shakti Kapoor, Viju Khote, Deven Verma and above all Paresh Rawal. One can say that it was a movie way ahead of its time.
At a time where comedy is a genre fast picking up in India with hit shows like Comedy Nights With Kapil, AAA was a first of its kind Bollywood movie which was a laughter riot consisting of humour about nothing with cast that was not known in this genre. It was directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi (of Damini fame), who had the vision to foresee that this would be the genre of the future and had the guts to make such a movie at that time.
Agreed there were comedies like Padosan, Bombay to Goa, Chalti ka naam gaadi earlier which are still remembered for their characters immortalized by greats like Mehmood (who acted in AAA too) and Kishore Kumar. AAA would probably represent the comedy of our generation, generation who grew up in the 90’s.
AAA is still the benchmark for comedy movie makers in the industry. This movie was released at a time when action (Darr), romance and family drama (remember the goody goody Hum Aapke hai kaun) were the accepted way to go. People did not accept the movie commercially (it flopped) but soon when India got its realization of sense of humour it became a rage on social media.
People now swear by the characters of Crime Master Gogo, Teja, Bhalla and friendship is now considered to be like Amar-Prem and not Jay-Veeru.
Scenes like the bus scene wherein Amar – Prem are travelling together to Ooty to woo Raveena, introductory scene of Teja, scene that has gogo questioning as who is the real teja and teja clarifying that, ” Teja main hoon, mark idhar hai.”, epic football scene with aamir.
Dialogues like “Aaya hu toh kuch lekar jaounga” and “Bread ka baadshah, Omlette ka Raja..Bajaj..Hamara Bajaj”, “Gum ka saathi rum”, “Lakh Lakh ke 50 cheque honge sir..”, ” Firauti ke paise hain ya mayyat ka chanda”, “Yeh topi apne kahan se khareede..Paris se?” , “Salaa circus ka retired bandar” are a rage even today.
The movie is an epic in its own sense with all the characters still loved, songs still sang, dialogues still said.It didnt carry any message nor did it reflect the goings on in the society then. It was pure and clean comedy.
Midnight Breakfast through this post pays tribute to a movie worth all the adulation it has received over the years amd will continue to do so in the future. It represents our generation, generation that grew up in the 90’s.
The movie in line with its character Crime Master Gogo “Aayi and audiences ka pyaar leke chali gayi”.