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This Movie was made on such a shoestring budget that Naseeruddin Shah, the most well known actor was paid only Rs 15,000 ($300) for the movie. Naseer also had to bring his own Nikon camera to the shootings to use as a prop for his character, who was a photographer. Towards the end of the shooting, this camera was stolen, which amongst other painful memories of the making of the film, Naseer still reminisces about.
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Kundan Shah won the National Award for the Best First Film of a Director in 1984.
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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.
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There is a reference by Vinod (Naseeruddin Shah) early in the movie, to borrowing money from Kundan Shah. Kundan Shah is the name of the director. This is a reference to the money borrowed (or lent to them) by NFDC (National Film Development Corporation). The movie was the winning entry of a Script writing contest, organized by NFDC. It ultimately ended up costing more than the sanctioned amount of Rs.700,000.
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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.
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Anupam Kher was cast as a 'disco killer' in the film, a gangster who eliminated his victims while he danced. All his scenes were shot, but discarded from the final cut at the editing stage.
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The two lead characters in the movie are named after the two assistants in the movie, Sudhir Mishra and Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
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Director Kundan Shah paid tribute to the film _Blow-Up (1966)_ in his film . The park where the two photographers shoot a dancing monkey is named Antonioni Park, after the director of 'Blow-Up', Michelangelo Antonioni. The photo of the monkey is blown up and it leads to the discovery of a murder.
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Anupam Kher's voice was used to dub a construction worker talking to Pankaj Kapur.
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Anita Kanwar dubbed for the character played by Bhakti Bharve.
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