This is another oldie that I love. I’m sure everyone would have watched it, but why not revisit this humorous classic and keep yourself smiling through the weekend.
Chupke Chupke was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, known for his simple, realistic yet light hearted comedies. This one is about a Botany professor Parimal Tripathi (handsome Dharmendra) falling in love and marrying a Botany student Sulekha (the charming Sharmila Tagore). Sulekha is very fond of her much older Jijaji (the cracking Om Prakash), who prefers people who speak ‘shudh Hindi’ and boasts of being able to judge people in one meeting – “aadmi ko soongh ke pehchaan lete hai”. Parimal is jealous of Sulekha’s fangirl chatter about ‘jijaji’ and decides to call his bluff. He pretends to be a ‘Vahan chalak’ (driver) – Pyaare Mohan, who speaks only shudh Hindi – and work for jijaji, to see if he can get away with it.
Initially, Jijaji is happy with Pyaare Mohan’s shudh Hindi. However, what ensues is a daily onslaught of Pyaare Mohan asking jijai questions about the English language. Questions like why do all words like aap, tum, and tu have only ‘you’ as an option? How can you show respect for elders then? Another gem is ‘if T, O is pronounced as too, D,O is doo, then why is G,O go and not goo??? So much so that Jijaji starts avoiding Pyaare Mohan.
Amitabh Bachchan is Professor Sukumar Sinha, Parimal’s friend and a professor of literature. He is roped in to pretend he is Parimal Tripathi, to meet Sulekha’s didi and jijaji. Sukumar meets and falls in love with Jaya Bachchan, a Botany student who insists he give her lessons in Botany (since she thinks he is Parimal Tripathi). Sukumar’s attempt at explaining what is the corolla of a flower is hilarious.
Every character is superbly etched, whether it’s Asrani as Parimal’s friend Prashant Srivastava or Keshto Mukherjee as the alcoholic driver James – who annihilates the Hindi language with his ‘ayenga’, ‘chalenga’, ‘lafda’ etc.
The film is not only funny through and through, it also gives us a crash course in the Hindi language. Hrishida’s brilliance, Gulzar’s writing and all the actors giving their best performances make this movie a timeless classic, to be watched over and over again. Starting this weekend.
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