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''Who the hell wants actors to talk''
Jun 24, 2004 02:41 AM 4243 Views
(Updated Jun 24, 2004 02:46 AM)

''Who the hell wants actors to talk'' is one saying that comes to my unbalanced mind when we think of emoting and whether it is an art or a science or perhaps both or … none of them - just a way of life!

It is best to watch and witness the action and reaction of individual scenes and sequences depicted below that are some of the enormous treasure of comedy that Bollywood is capable of but having said that, please bear with my excitement to re-visit a few of them … The countdown begins … now don't forget that I follow the decimal system of numbering (so we have 5+1=6 of this list)

(5) Govinda and Kader Khan in a David Dhawan -

''Tu kitna hasta hai; mujhe teri hasi se dar lagta hai'' and the peculiar face that Govinda manages to make everytime he wants to enact the twin of himself in front of Kader Khan in Coolie No: 1, the shuttling of wives in Saajan Chale Sasural and the beau-turned-naukar sequences in Hero No: 1 are worthwhile.

A sone pe suhaaga combination is solid enough to break you into peals of laughter. Films like Hero No: 1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Raja babu, Coolie No: 1 and a hoard of such films mostly suffixed with the ''No.: 1'' sub-title bears silent testimony to this hit pair. The one most important aspect of acting that comes into play between them is chemistry - the way the actors gel themselves into the character + the interaction balanced with the timing and dialogue content complete the picture.

(4) Aamir and Salman in Andaz Apna Apna -

''Gogoji, aap hamari aankhon se gotiyan kyon khelna chahte hain'' ''Crime master gogo shakal se ullo, kutte, kamine dikhte hain magar hain nahi'', ''Pehle Raveena kaun, Karishma kaun ka confusion, ab nahi confusion - uncle kaun, kya tumare khandaan mein judwe bacchon ki parampara chali aa rahi hai? Aur agar hai, to kya zaroori tha ek bhai itna kameena paida kiya - reference to the villainous twin of Paresh Rawal in this film.

the least told the better - the whole film spanning 17-18 reels is uncontrollable on your bladder. Seriously my jaws ached at the end of 3 hour film and I couldn't stop thinking the incredible chemistry everyone shared. Just imagine that Raveena and Karishma who were too naïve in the industry when this film was made that they fought every now and then. People staying in Bandra like me have often witnessed the public brawls of these 2 actresses at 11:30 pm in the night shouting the sharpest of sharp obscene content on each other. Gosh! I was barely 8 years old and I've seen them personally fighting like cats and dogs.

(3) Anupam Kher

''Yeh shakahari unde hain'' - Ram Lakhan (AK along with Satish Kaushik) was a riot with Anil Kapoor trying all possible ways and means to get rid of the father to woo the daughter. The scene where Anil Kapoor meets MD in her house and Anupam is taking a bath and eruption of snake from Anil's packet and the reaction of Anupam is just for you to see and witness.

(2) Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt -

''Ek din sapne mein dekhi sapni, who jo hai na Lata apni'', the scene of Amol Palekar telling lies to Utpal Dutt about his mother dying and then going for a soccer (Oops! I did it again - football) match of Pele-the gr8 and the setting of his friends to call him at the pre-appointed time at his office and then Utpal catching him in the stadium and the scene of Dina Pathak trying to squeeze her elephant-sized torso from the small window of the kitchen upon being detected by Utpal Dutt in a party and many more such memorable scenes.

Golmaal and a horde of other individual master-pieces have brought them fore-runners in this category besides finer nuances of acting and performances.

(1) Manorama & Pearl Padamsee -

''Chal chal re naujawan'' song from Sadhana-Balraj Sahni-Sanjay Khan triangle love story (don't remember thy name…dah!) depicting Manorama as a typical Saas (not like Virani parivar ke saas-bahu) coercing his Jamai to climb a mountain, Seeta-Geeta sequences with Hema Malini like the one when Hema Malini runs away from their jeep and Manorama is unable to match her speed and the whole scene - Gosh! And all that aankh matkana and emotions conveyed thru' eyes rather than dialogues were simply superb and marvelous.

Pearl's reaction to Tina Munim's frank and bulk-limbed friend seen in tight skirts trying more to show her assets than feed grapes to bhola-bhala Amol Palekar in Baton Baton Mein and the peace-making mission role that she played when she married a 60+ Ashok Kumar with 4 kids and when all of them stay in the same house and keep bickering about nothing, again and again, are just highlights - ''inke baaki acting ke saame yeh ghore ka tabela hai'' - Undoubtedly the un-crowned queens of Bollywood comedy; belonging to different schools of acting and even different times, these two legends have redefined comedy in Hindi films with Pearl aunty going beyond the realms of films to theatre where she is still held with highest esteem.

(0) Mehmood and Johar

The episode of Johar imitating as a rich diamond studded Sindhi eligible bachelor(eotte) and eventually robbing away with all of Mehmood's stuff and in turn Mehmood returns with a vengeance as a Saudi Sheikh are some scenes to be framed and hung by aspiring comedians. Oops! This is unbelievable; were they wedded homo-sexuals in real-life; I mean see the chemistry to believe it. They've created some records that perhaps can be never broken!

Bottomline: Dialogues capable of being national or for that matter international headlines, impeccable timing and excellent mood depiction followed by suitable environment and technical aspects of the direction are some of the most vital aspects that bring up a good comedy sequence and any goof-up here and there causes it to flop badly - thud on the face!

Moral of the story: When the world is full of suffering, pain, terrorism, bookhmari and what-not abominable in-separable personas, comedy - the ability to make others laugh not only draws it towards you but manages to keep you hooked. Lets attempt to spread this contagious demeanour that affects man, woman and makes no discrimination between old and young.

No this is not an exhaustive list by any means - actors like Sanjeev Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, combos like Rekha-Ashok Kumar (girlfriend and boyfriend combo) and the whole team of Khoobsurat, Angoor (double role double comedy), Dharam Paaji-Dreamgirl-Lambu combo in Sholay (''Nishana lagao - maine to kab se aankhe band kar li'' when Dharmendra was chance-marofying with Hema Malini and pretending to teach her shooting, the Tank scene with ''Mausi-Jee jail mein chakki peessing and peessing'' and the basanti conversation in the tanga when AB and Dharam come to the village first time - ''waise kehna toh nahi chahiye '' in every sentence uttered by the former Dreamgirl) Sridevi-Jitu bhai combo in the those weird 80s films dancing in most colorful of costumes and PT exercise-like dance steps (Aaaarrrrggggghhhh!!!!) and many more … the list is endless and debatable.

So MS Junta: please add on.

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