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Who Pays the Piper (1983)
"Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro" (original title)

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Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.

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Ravi Baswani ...
Sudhir Mishra
Bhakti Barve ...
Shobha Sen
Satish Shah ...
Municipal Commissioner D'Mello
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Ahuja
Pankaj Kapur ...
Tarneja (as Pankaj Kapoor)
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Ashok
Neena Gupta ...
Priya
Deepak Qazir ...
Asst. Mun. Comm. Srivastav
Rajesh Puri ...
Kamdar
Zafar Sanjari
Ashok Banthia ...
Reporter
Uday Chandra
Harshad Gandhi
Jaspal Sandhu
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Vinod (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir (Ravi Baswani) are two professional photographers trying to start a photo studio. The first real assignment that they get, from the activist magazine Khabardar (literally meaning beware), draws them into the shady world of Bombay real estate. They discover that one of the biggest builders in Bombay, Tarneja, is trying to bribe Municipal Commissioner D'Mello (Satish Shah) into giving him a bridge contract. Meanwhile D'Mello is negotiating with Tarneja's arch rival Ahuja (Om Puri). The contract is finally awarded to a third person. By chance Vinod and Sudhir find out that Tarneja has murdered D'Mello... Written by <bagchi@jhu.edu>

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The code "Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (What makes Albert Pinto angry)" which Naseeruddin Shah's character gives to Satish Kaushik's character is actually the name of a film of which Kundan Shah, among other things, was the assistant director and in which Naseeruddin Shah played the lead character, Albert Pinto. See more »

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Ashok: You didn't listen to our conversation, did you?
Vinod Chopra: What?
Ashok: You didn't listen to our conversation, right?
Vinod Chopra: What?
Ashok: Aaaahh... Are You deaf?
Vinod Chopra: Yes, indeed!
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One of the funniest films I have ever seen ...
12 December 2000 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Rib-tickling, side-splitting .. but also cynical, intelligent, and very, very dark. Comedy as it should be and so very rarely is. Corrupt politicians in cahoots with thieving contractors, their scheming rivals and their inept secretaries ... add two bumbling, idealistic, naive young photographers in the 'right' place at the 'right' time ..... throw 'em all together and all hell breaks loose, and boy is it hilarious!! I've seen this several times and never failed to collapse in helpless fits of laughter. Wonder why they don't make them like this anymore, and wish they did!


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