Andaz Apna Apna has always ranked as one of the most loved films of all time. There have been many reports of Andaz Apna Apna being remade but so far there has been little to show for it. While fans wait for a sequel, here are some lesser known facts about the original film as revealed by writer Amborish Roychoudhary in his book ‘In a Cult of Their Own: Bollywood Beyond Box Office’. Roychoudhary spoke to Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Santoshi for this piece in his book where he looked at all the gems in Andaz Apna Apna.
1. Casting Coup with Aamir Khan and Salman Khan
The era of Khans was upon Bollywood and Rajkumar Santoshi had decided to do a casting coup with recently hit stars Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. Rajkumar Santoshi was looking for a lighter film to do after his intense films such as Ghayal. Andaz Apna Apna was his brainchild and all the comedic elements were all Rajkumar Santoshi’s ideas.
2. The development of Crime Master Gogo
Roychoudhary in his conversation with Santoshi revealed how the original script "had one more of Mogambo’s relatives, to be played by a leading Bollywood guy at the time." Rajkumar Santoshi had attempted to create a Bizarro like character (Superman’s nemesis from the comic books who wants to do everything like Superman but fails miserably), a bumbling twin of Mogambo named ‘Zorambo’, played by Amrish Puri.
3. Aamir Khan: "The joy of making a single scene of AAA was immeasurable."
In conversation with Roychoudhary, Aamir Khan revealed that he and Salman had ‘hugged laughing’ and that they have ‘cried together with tears of laughter’.
4. Music Composer Tushar Bhatia Never Composed for Any Film After AAA
Aamir Khan spoke about the music of the film and praised Tushar Bhatia, saying, ‘Tushar is an immensely talented musician. Unfortunately he could never really adjust with the ways of the film industry.’
5. The Film Took Four Years to Make
The shooting of Andaz Apna Apna began in 1990. It was released in 1994, which lead to a lot of continuity issues. Salman Khan’s hair ‘kept growing and shrinking intermittently’.
6. Aamir Khan’s Daughter Loved the Film!
Aamir Khan’s daughter was sixteen when she saw the film. She said that it was "an amazing film" and all her friends saw it and loved it too.
7. The Guy in the Background is REALLY NOT Shashi Tharoor
When Amar and Prem are speaking to each other in the bus, there is a man in the background that shocking looks like politician Shashi Tharoor. Shashi Tharoor had to clarify it on twitter (multiple times) that it was not him in the movie!
@kaeyankur how many times must I repeat that I did not appear in Andaz Apna Apna or any other movie!? I was working at the UN from 1978!— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 26, 2012
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