"Yeh hai Bruce Lee ka bhai, Choos Lee."

"Kutte ko billi ka salaam. Meeeeowwww."

If you've heard those two hilarious lines and can't place where you did, chances are you heard someone else use them. If you've seen Peecha Karo and can automatically place the source, well then all I have to say is SALAAM ... minus the meeeeowwww.  

I recently got my hands on a copy of Peecha Karo, Pankaj Parashar's 1986 laugh riot starring Farooq Sheikh, Amjad Khan, Roma Manik, Rajendra Nath, Rajesh Puri, Anupam Kher, Viju Khote and, in a comedic pairing to rival their antics in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Ravi Baswani and Satish Shah as the bumbling secret agents, Hari Giridhara and Giri Haridhara.

This movie is up there with JBDY and Andaz Apna Apna. Surely the climax of AAA would not have been possible without Peecha Karo (go see it, it's on YouTube and available on Flipkart). The film is riddled with subtle (there's a No Smoking sign in a massive haystack in the middle of the road, where Hari Giridhara and Giri Haridhara are hiding out) and not to subtle (the Kuk-du-Ku song) gems, and its OTT style showcases the comedic talents of every member of the cast.

Each character gets ample space to have fun. Amjad is too good in his role as the Brigadier. His subtlety works superbly amid the shenanigans. Note his interactions with Sudhir. Rajesh Puri hams wonderfully as the Brigadier's servant.Viju Khote makes you laugh in each scene, as is repeatedly frightened by talking postboxes, moving bushes and flapping placards. Sheikh is reliable, as always, and really gets to let his - thinning - hair down in songs like 'O Pori Zara Ikkade Aa' and 'Mujhpe Goli Na Chala' as well as in fight sequences with Choos Lee, son of Guth Lee. Javed Khan also has a memorable cameo. Roma as the leading lady of the film is the weakest of the lot, but doesn't get overshadowed. She knows her role has little scope and so goes with the flow.

This is arguably Rajendra Nath's best role. Playing the father to Sheikh's Vijay, he gets to mouth some of the funniest dialogues - "Krishna ne Ramayan mein Arjun se kaha tha, zindagi ek safar hai suhana, yahan kal kya ho kisne jaana" and "Shakespeare ne Menaka se kaha tha ki naach meri bulbul tujhe paisa milega" and his constant attempts to measure a person's body so he can keep his self-titled Kandharam & Sons shop, which sells 'maiyyat ka samaan' alive (no pun intended) will have you in stitches. His exchange with Amjad is howlarious - he responds to the Brigadier saying "Mein Brigadier hoon" with his own, "Main bhi fire brigade walon ko jaanta hoon."

The best of the lot are Baswani and Shah. From the time the film opens with Baswani's Giridhara breaking into a jail to get out Shah's Haridhara, the pair engages you with their wit and slapstick humor. If Baswani's Chhota Chetan gag sets the tone for the buffoonery to follow, Shah's reenactment of Shiva Ka Insaaf's dialogue take it a step further. The madness never stops.

There are too many scenes to recount, and of course I encourage you to go and get a copy of this film. If you like mindless comedies with five people speaking at once, then Peecha Karo is for you.



Popular posts from this blog

Dravid's recall: a knee-jerk reaction

Oakville - our field of dreams