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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
A light comedy everyone will enjoy, 28 March 2002
Author: Deepshika from Boston
I never expected much from this movie, because of the cast: Fading
Sunil Shetty, sabseboringKhiladi/monkeyboy Akki and serious Tabu. The
only hope i had was in Paresh Rawal. After seeing him in the hilarious
Andaz Apna Apna (Highly recommended), he was to be taken notice of.
So when I did watch it I was shocked to say the least. I found Hera Pheri to be one the best comedies of the decade. Just forget about the cheap attempts of David Dhawan called comedy. This is the real deal.
The story is simple (as is with many good movies). The 3 protagonists Shyam (Sunil Shetty), Raju (Akshay Kumar) and Babu Rao (Paresh Rawal) are all in dire need of money. Shyam needs it to pay back an old friend (Om Puri) so he can get his(as in Puri's) sister married. Raju needs it for his mother and Babu Rao to pay back loans his father took. When a local rich man's grand daughter gets kidnapped by 'dangerous' gangster Kabira (Gulshan Grover) calls Babu Rao's number by mistake, Raju sees an end to all their problems. He suggests they play a game, do some hera pheri. And the movie is off to take you for an awesome ride.
Performances by far surprised me. Sunil Shetty I never liked, but his performance as the somewhat naive do-gooder was wonderful. Akki ape also surprised me in his sense of comedic timing. But Paresh was the biggest surprise. Even though he was my only hope for this movie, he came out ten times better than I expected. He deserved the best comedian Filmfare Award, that he did receive for 2000. Tabu (Anu) as another person in need of money who fights with Shyam for a job is also competent. It is a small role but as always she leaves her mark. Asrani in a tiny role also gives some laughs. Om Puri was also excellent in his small role.
So Bravo Priyadarshan saheb! Once again you've shown that you are a unique and intelligent filmmaker with a lot of tricks up your sleeve. One tip though, don't think too much about the logic of the story or the probability. Just turn off your brain for a few hours and enjoy. You'll find yourself cracking up every time you think of "Kabira speaking". Watch the movie and you'll know what I mean.
26 out of 31 people found the following review useful:
Fun all the way!!!, 4 May 2000
Author: chetanmehta from Moscow, Russia
Priyadarshan has a habit of making either extremely boring movies or
extremely colourful ones, and I am happy to say that this is one of his
finer efforts. This movie is a fun ride from start to finish. The
are well projected and have a solid background, but more importantly the
storyline is well written without flaws, which makes this clean comedy.
PS:Never thought someone would give a leading role to Paresh Rawal
I give it a 9/10
27 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
the best comedy i have seen in my life and i have seen many, 29 July 2005
Author: khiladi2002 from Denmark
Hera Pheri is a film set in Mumbai and is not your run of the mill
slapstick comedy that directors like David Dhawan indulge in. The movie
is directed by Priyadarshan who proved that after making such wonderful
and serious film like Virasat, he can also direct a comedy with élan.
This film is a comedy of error. Set in a Mumbai slum where our three protagonists dwell, the movie depicts the hilarious moments created by the simplicity and/or stupidity of the characters. The look of the film is that of an art film. By the look of it, it seems as if it is going to be a really serious movie but it turns out to be one roller-coaster ride of laughter.
The cast of the film includes Sunil Shetty who plays an unemployed guy who comes to Mumbai looking for work and a place to live. He lands up at the house of a simple man played deftly by Paresh Rawal who takes Sunil in. However, there is another person living in the house, namely Raju. Played by Akshay Kumar, Raju is the mischief monger and good for nothing. He keeps on getting jobs and losing them quickly. The story is taken forward by a phone call by the gangster Kabira who keeps on saying that he has kidnapped his grand daughter (sunil takes the call) and wants ransom. This call kickstarts a mayhem. Which ultimately leads us to the climax of the film where the protagonists end up becoming millionaires.
Each and every member of the cast is brilliant in the performance of their roles. Sunil Shetty and Akshay Kumar's careers were in doldrums when this film released and both of them gave a stunning performance. Especially Akshay Kumar shows impeccable comic timing. Akshay Kumar is considered of the best comic actors of Bollywood these days after performing comic roles in films like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Khakee, Aawara Paagal Deewana and Waqt.
However, the show stealer is none other that the unbelievable Paresh Rawal who plays Baburao Ganpatrao Apte. He is an absolute delight to watch. It will be an understatement to say that he completely overshadows the rest of the actors with his marvellous portrayal of a poor Mumbaiyya simpleton. This film changed the course of his career and he is now reckoned as a character actor who adds to the star value of a film.
The music is not that good though. The song "Main Ladka Pom Pom" is hilarious though. The picturization keeps you in splits even though the song is irritating if you only listen to the audio. The real hero of the film is the dialogue writer Neeraj Vohra who comes up with some never before heard one liners. Anyone who wants another example of his great work must watch Aawara Paagal Deewana. In short, a film for every comedy lover. Some clean entertainment. Moreover, I can confidently say that this is the best comedy film i have seen in my life. Brilliant!
19 out of 23 people found the following review useful:
The Best Indian Comedy Movie 'EVER'., 15 June 2006
Author: mandeep2632 from Punjab, India
Talk of comedy in Indian cinema , and anybody would snap "Hera Pheri". This is one of the movies which make a permanent imprint on your mind and give you a lot to talk about. With snappy dialogs , impeccable story and a perfect combination of actors and actresses this is certainly a must see. With Indian cinema being crippled by the "HIGH" emotional dramas containing stories of ultimate suffering of impossible proportions, Hera Pheri was the turning point, where all the bollywood film industry saw the power of a simple comedy. Starring Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty , Akshay Kumar , Tabu , Asrani, Om Puri , Gulshan Grover Hera Pheri had all the ingredients of a super hit. If you hate Indian movies and are against all the high melodrama dose you get free with a DVD of Indian movie, Hera Pheri is just the movie for you. With a sequel now being aired "Phir Hera Pheri" which is too good for a sequel. Go watch both of these movies and have a big laugh.
19 out of 23 people found the following review useful:
A great Comedy movie, 29 July 2003
Author: Zaheer Alvi from Qatar
Wow, This is what I call a great comedy in 2-3 hours, it will make you
as you are suppose to laugh. Great acting by Paresh Rawal will make you
feel that he is the best for the role given to him and he did justice
what has been given to him. Sunil Shetty and Akshay Kumar has done there
part very good, but I think the crown for the movie goes to Paresh
A good movie, with good story and excellent comedy. Its a must watch for people who like to enjoy there spare time.
21 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
Awesome movie, 22 November 2002
Author: dhruvdude from U.S.A
You won't believe it but it is true that I have seen this movie 17 times and I am still not tired of watching. I saw it on the theatres first and I loved it and then I bought it on DVD. This movie rocks. I love the performance of Paresh Rawal. Akshay kumar and sunil shetty also gives great performances. This movie really makes me laugh. My rating- 10/10
18 out of 23 people found the following review useful:
Funniest Movie Atter "Padosan", 30 June 2004
Author: Herag Halli from Heraganahalli, India
A movie is funny, when you can laugh at Om Puri. In fact he brings more laughs than the main characters. I could easily compare him to Robert De Nero, who excelled in "Analyze Me" and he never envisioned himself as a funny actor. The script is superb and the laughter is infectious with the venerable master of comedy, Paresh Rawal, at the helm. Akshay Kumar, who is other wise pathetic in serious roles, makes a good team with the muscle man Shetty, whose acting skills, are in the same range as Kumar's! After "Padosan" there has been some sprinkling of comedy, more like buffoonery, with the likes of Aaamir Khan, Johnny Lever and Shakti Kapoor, whose comedy interludes appeal to the "sophisticated front bencher's" who like fart jokes and toilet humor and Anti-Indian and demeaning humor produced by the "Benchods of Bollywood" as in films like "Three Idiots", "Delhi Belly" etc. The front benchers like filth since they live in the slums and this is the best they have seen in their life. They worship these "Monkey's of Mumbai" the Midget, The Ugly and The Apeman, since they are promoted by the "Media Maggots of Mumbai" who give glorious reviews for the price of banana thrown at them time to time. The comedy was generally demeaning, cheap and vulgar. But the audience had to put up with this, since there was no alternative, and they were not to blame since the scribes were not funny in the first place. The scene is changing with the script-writers and director the caliber of Priyadarshan. This is one funny movie that has opened the flood-gate for movies like "Mallammal Weekly" and others.
12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
The Best Comedy Film, 21 August 2007
Author: sdr05 from Bangladesh
This along with Andaz Apna Apna are my most favorite Bollywood Comedy
Movies. Every time I watch Heara Pheri I just can't stop laughing. The
first time I watched it I couldn't sleep most of that night because I
just continued to laugh on my bed.10 on 10 for me. Although I enjoyed
other comedy movies of Priyadarshan like Hungama, Hulchul & Garam
Masala and thought those were no less than Hera Pheri, but later when I
watched those again they were not so funny as Hera Pheri. Akshay
Kumar's acting was great but Paresh Rawal is the one who steals the
show,his character Babu Rao is probably the funniest ever on Indian
Cinema. Sunil Shetty, Tabu and Om Puri also played their parts well.
Hera Pheri I believe is a milestone in Bollywood because it showed that you don't always need a emotional romantic/patriotic movie to produce a Hit Movie. This movie started a much needed trend of Bollywood Comedies that relied more on stories, errors and confusions for its fun element breaking away from those cliché slapstick comedies of David Dhawan starring Govinda.
However the sequel to this movie Phir Hera Pheri I must say was disappointing, the first half was OK but the second half was really poor especially the circus scenes. That movie I guess lacked the Priyadarshan touch . Anyways there are talks about a third version of Hera Pheri and that I hope will be as funny as this one.
BTW this movie is a remake of a Southern Movie...So those who have a problem with remakes and also those who lack a Sense of Humor should stay away.
12 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Best Comedy Movie in Hindi EVER MADE, 26 March 2006
Author: maruti_nandan from India
From the first scene itself, you start laughing and keep until 'The End'. Strong performances by paresh, akshay and (even) sunil. excellent screenplay and a tight story. even the scenes like two highly desperate (sunil and tab) and unemployed struggling to secure a job inside a bank leave us laughing. Priyadarshan is really a brilliant director, crafting hilarious characters and instances from daily life. just to remind with a dialog: /*not include because written in Hindi and not accepted as spelling mistakes by IMDb*/(in English: a tenant beats up his landlord like a dog'(landlord babu Bahia alerted) 'reason - girls, babu Bahia, girls) and not to forget, nicely woven songs like 'denewala jab bhi data, deta chap par fa-ad K' add to the movie experience.
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Great cult film, 23 May 2009
Author: silvan-desouza from India
Priyadarshan got a new lease of life after the flop KABHI NA KABHI He
remade RAMJI RAO SPEAKING
The film works because it shows the problems faced by poor people in a nice subtle way and the film doesn't come across as a David Dhawan comedy This film started the trend of situational comedies
The first half is a bit slow but there are several hilarious scenes like Suneil and Akshay's first meeting, scenes between them and Paresh and then the Om Puri track and then the emotional breakdown of Akki and then the twist
The second half too has several interesting scenes like the entire game of playing kidnappers and then the scene where the cops reach there and the chase that ensues
The pace does drop towards the end and the song wasn't required But picks up again when they rescue the girl and then the climax though prolonged is well handled
Directorally Priyadarshan does a great job Music is okay Camera-work is fantastic
Amongst actors Akshay and Suneil got a new lease with this film at least today it's remembered as one of their best works Paresh Rawal was flawless, outstanding as Baburao, No other actor could play it, you forget you're watching Rawal in this film He was born to play the role, sadly now he just repeats his act again and again Akshay was below average in dramatics those days and even in comedy but here he is somewhat better then his 90's films but compared to today he is lot backward that shows his growth but he does a good job in the dhoti scene and some other scenes Suneil too is wooden in drunken and emotional scenes but plays his do gooder part very well and also the kidnapping part Tabu is decent in a brief role Gulshan Grover is as usual Khulbushan is okay Om Puri is hilarious as Khadak Singh
The film when released in 2000 didn't do that good business and was almost flopping luckily it picked up in it's 6th week in some places of Mumbai and then thanks to DVDs and Satellite it got a cult status surprisingly now it's called a big hit by some people and the best comedy ever Even critics criticised it those days
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