#021 #Scriptors100BestFilms “Aye Raju, Aye Raju, Shyam bola kisi ka naam nahi lene ka, mera bhi nahi”.
These and many more funny lines from the #Priyadarshan film #HeraPheri still make us roll out on the floor. This is the story of three ‘Indian stooges’, #Baburao Ganpatrao Apte (#PareshRawal) and his two tenants #Raju (#AkshayKumar) and Shyam (#SuneilShetty) who are fallen on hard times, get a random ‘wrong number’ call from unsuspecting kidnappers of a very rich businessman’s granddaughter. Our stooges simply decide to make some fortune by playing along.
“Hera Pheri” takes us on a rollercoaster ride of fun and sheer comedy and leaves us gasping for breath. However, this is not one of those mindless comedies that have nothing extra to offer. It, though in a funny way, brings out the the struggle of Indian lower class and the economical disparity existing in our society. The film is a jumble of interesting characters – there is Baburao Apte who is living a destitute (and drunk) life reminiscing his ‘allegedly’ glorious past, Raju faking a comfortable rich life to his institutionalised mother while trying to pull off petty schemes to ‘actually’ make money, there are Anuradha and Shyam who pretend to be willing to exchange a bank-job candidacy with a small amount of money despite having vacant bank accounts, and then there is not-so-intelligent but big-hearted Khadak Singh who wants to retrieve his money he once lent to Shyam so he can marry off his sister. These characters are crazy-funny, yet have an emotional side to them, just like ‘the tramp’ in Charlie Chaplin movies. The strength of this comedy was Characters and most importantly the awesome, flawless and timeless performances by #PareshRawal that can easily be considered the best character ever played on Indian screen.
“Hera Pheri” is undoubtedly one of the best comedies ever written, directed, and performed in India.