Chupke Chupke  
Producer: N.C Sippy and Hrishikesh Mukerjee
Director: Hrishikesh Mukerjee
Starring: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan
Music: S.D Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Genre: Comedy
Recommended Audience: General
Released in: 1975
Reviewed by: Akshay Shah
Reviewer's Rating: 9 out of 10


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Rib tickling every time! That is one sentence to describe Chupke Chupke, a comedy that undoubtedly ranks as one of the top five in Hindi Cinema.

The film revolves around Professor Parimil Tripathi (Dharmendra), a botany professor who falls in love with and marries his sweetheart Sulekha (Sharmila Tagore). Parimil is a rather humorous person who loves pulling  pranks. Sulekha, on the other hand, is always in absolute envy of her friend Raghav Jijaji (Om Prakash). She feels Jijaji is simply amazing and no one can make a fool out of him. Parimil decides to trick Sulekha’s beloved Jijaji by playing a trick on him. Jijaji is yet to see Parimil hence making things a lot easier. Jijaji was looking for a driver who speaks "shubdh" Hindi and is from his hometown Illahbad. Parimil decides to become Pyaremohan Illahbadi, a motor mouth driver who hates the English language and speaks only Hindi. Now begins the comedy of errors, as Parimil and Sulekha play prank after prank.

First they pretend that Sulekha is not happy in her new marriage, then they put across the impression that Sulekha is having an affair with Pyaremohan, the driver, and if that was not enough they get Parimil’s long time friend Suv Kumar Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan), who is also a Professor, but in English literature, to pretend to be Parimil. But as it happens, Suv falls in love with Vasudha (Jaya Bachchan) who thinks that Suv Kumar is in fact Parimil. The film revolves around the resolution of these funny mishaps.

Like all Hrishikesh Mukerjee films, this one boasts of a simple story. The Late Upendranath Ganguly has written a story that has the audience in splits. Gulzar’s screenplay is also well knit keeping everything in perfect consensus. Dialogues by Gulzar are the highlight of the movie, and those uttered by Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Om Prakash are frankly hilarious.

Performances in the movie are the backbone of the film. Each and every character has been so well etched out and the actors fit their characters like a glove. Dharmendra as Parimil Tripathi a.k.a. Pyaremohan Illahbadi is simply immaculate. His facial expressions, dialogue delivery, and body language all have the viewer in splits. It would be wrong to say that Dharmendra was an action hero since he proves here that he was just as good at comedy as he was at action. Sharmila Tagore acts gracefully and is a natural comedian. She shares superlative chemistry with Dharmendra. A simple yet effective performance from her. Similarly Jaya Bachchan as Vasudha makes her mark felt in the second half of the movie. Amitabh Bachchan as Suv Kumar Sinha is excellent in a supporting role. He livens up the entire second half with his presence. The scenes where he attempts to teach Jaya Botany or his scenes with Asrani are downright hilarious. Om Prakash as the lovable yet highly stressed out Jijaji is great too.

S.D. Burman’s music can be summed up in one word: beautiful. Whether it is the opening credits with the title track, Sa Re Ga Ma, Bahon Mein, the highly spirited Aapke Saajan Saajan Mein or the second version of the title track picturized on Jaya Bachchan, it is clear that Chupke Chupke would be nowhere without its music. The tunes are very light and lovable and lyrics compliment the film perfectly. The picturizations of the songs are also very effective.

Hrishikesh Mukerjee is top notch in the director’s chair. His excellence is shown right throughout Bollywood he was truly the master of social entertainers. Chupke Chupke is no different. With a simple yet magical story, a tailor made cast with downright hilarious characters, witty dialogues, a lovable soundtrack and some extremely funny situations Hrishikesh Mukerjee delivers on all accounts. Chupke Chupke is simply lovable and is one film that demands repeat viewings. It is a true classic comedy and one that makes sure you will have a smile on your face from the beginning to the very end.