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Ranjit Kapoor (dialogue)
Satish Kaushik (dialogue)
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Release Date:
12 August 1983 (India) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Naseeruddin Shah ... Vinod Chopra
Ravi Baswani ... Sudhir Mishra
Bhakti Barve ... Shobha Sen
Satish Shah ... Municipal Commissioner D'Mello

Om Puri ... Ahuja
Pankaj Kapur ... Tarneja (as Pankaj Kapoor)

Satish Kaushik ... Ashok
Neena Gupta ... Priya
Deepak Qazir ... Asst. Mun. Comm. Srivastav
Rajesh Puri ... Kamdar
Zafar Sanjari
Ashok Banthia ... Reporter
Uday Chandra
Harshad Gandhi
Jaspal Sandhu
Anil Chaudhary (as Anil Chowdhury)
Ajay Wadhavkar (as Ajay Vadhaokar)
Arun Khanna
Adil Rana
Haneef Zahoor (as Hanif Zahoor)
Pramod A. Dubey (as Pramod Dube)
Kenny Desai (as Keni Desai)
Alok Aima
Kiran Bokhri
Anil Apte
Rahul Chowdhary
Bharat Karia
Amit Tyagi

Vidhu Vinod Chopra ... Dushasana
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anupam Kher ... 'Disco-Killer' (scenes deleted)
Sudhir Mishra ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Kundan Shah 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ranjit Kapoor  dialogue
Satish Kaushik  dialogue
Sudhir Mishra  screenplay
Sudhir Mishra  story
Kundan Shah  screenplay
Kundan Shah  story

Original Music by
Vanraj Bhatia 
Cinematography by
Binod Pradhan 
Film Editing by
Renu Saluja 
Art Direction by
Robin Das 
Makeup Department
R.H. Patil .... makeup artist
Production Management
Imtiaz Bagdadi .... production manager
Kiran Bokhri .... production manager
Bharat Karia .... production manager
Pavan Malhotra .... production manager
Anjali Rai Mehta .... production manager
Deepak Qazir .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sudhir Mishra .... assistant director
Renu Saluja .... assistant director
Art Department
Rajaram Kharade .... assistant set
Sound Department
R. Jaichander .... sound assistant
Suresh Paswan .... sound assistant
K.S. Ravi .... sound
M.H. Rizvi .... assistant dubbing editor
Kuldip Sood .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Rajesh Gor .... main titles
Visual Effects by
Robert Lang .... color science/imaging r&d: Pixion (uncredited)
Rajesh Potphode .... color science/imaging r&d: Pixion (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Aditya Arya .... still photographer
Devlin Bose .... assistant camera
Dominic .... spot boy
Promod Pradhan .... assistant camera
Ram .... spot boy (as Ramu)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sujata Desai .... costumes
Pavan Malhotra .... assistant costumes
Editorial Department
Amit Tyagi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kersi Lord .... assistant music
Other crew
Rajni Acharya .... publicist
Shiladitya Bora .... distribution: re-release
Vidhu Vinod Chopra .... production controller
Ramdas Bhatkal .... acknowledgment
Madhosh Bilgrami .... acknowledgment
Ram S. Dadlani .... acknowledgment
D.M. Dayal .... acknowledgment (as Dr. D.M. Dayal)
Pia Dharamraj .... acknowledgment
Imtiaz Dharkar .... acknowledgment
Dilip Dhawan .... acknowledgment
Anita Kanwar .... acknowledgment
Rajan Kothari .... acknowledgment (as Rajen Kothari)
Maharaj Mehta .... acknowledgment (as Dr. Maharaj Mehta)
Akhtar Mirza .... acknowledgment
A.M. Padmanabhan .... acknowledgment
Anand Sagar .... acknowledgment
Prem Sagar .... acknowledgment
Sarita Sethi .... acknowledgment
Jayesh Shah .... acknowledgment

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro" - India (original title)
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132 min
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Did You Know?

The names of the two lead characters played by 'Naseeruddin Shah' and 'Ravi Baswani' are references to the names of the production controller, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and the assistant director, Sudhir Mishra, both of whom went on to become well-known Hindi movie directors.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
References Gaman (1978)See more »


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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
indian cinema at its best, 22 June 2003
Author: nrip_nihalani from stockholm, sweden

This was a wonderful comedy, no cheap humor, no poor jokes, just a simple inexpensive movie made with a great script, good jokes and wonderful actors. The scene at the theater where the mahabharat is being enacted is by far the funniest 15 minutes in the history of Indian Cinema. A must see for everyone.

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