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You, the t2 reader, on why Hera Pheri is a cult comedy

Akshay Kumar’s humour and Paresh Rawal’s Babu Bhaiya can’t be replaced

The Telegraph Published 07.04.20, 02:34 PM
Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty in Hera Pheri

Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty in Hera Pheri YouTube/Goldmines Hindi

I think one needs to dig really deep into Hera Pheri to find reasons to not laugh. This movie is a comedy classic and makes me laugh every time I watch it. I remember watching it in my hostel with my friends and we couldn’t stop laughing. Hera Pheri is hilarious. Akshay Kumar’s humour and Paresh Rawal’s Babu Bhaiya can’t be replaced. Everyone, from the main cast to the side players, made this movie one of the best comedies in Bollywood. (I love Hera Pheri because… March 31)

Trisita Datta


I like Hera Pheri because of the following reasons:

  • The trio of Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty is simply mindblowing.
  • The confusion and comedy of errors that the three generate is really funny.
  • The song Golmaal hai bhai sab golmaal hai playing in the background as Shyam’s (Suniel Shetty) intuition every time he suspects Raju’s (Akshay Kumar) mischievous behaviour.
  • A sweet relation between the grandfather (Devi Prasad, played by Kulbhushan Kharbanda) and his granddaughter.
  • The wrong number concept between Star Fisheries and Star Garage.
  • Last but not the least, the hilarious dialogues. Like, Shyam’s: “Babu Bhaiya, Raju ko chhorna nahi” and Babu Bhaiya’s: “Tu pehle usko pakad toh re, baba.

Puhabi Das

Hera Pheri is the first comedy I remember watching. It is one of the best comedy movies of all time for many reasons:

  • Paresh Rawal: The best part of Hera Pheri, without any doubt, is Babu Bhaiya. I had never seen Paresh Rawal like this before. Some characters are owned by the actors and this is one such character that is owned by Paresh Rawal. Nobody could have done this better. Babu Bhaiya is the heart of Hera Pheri.
  • The trio: The bonding of the trio is exceptional. This is the part that adds an emotional touch to this comedy. The way they stay together, sharing their highs and lows even after fights and misunderstandings, is beautiful.
  • The relatable storyline: Though a comedy, Hera Pheri managed to showcase the real struggles of the middle class. The struggle of getting a job was one of them. The problems of Raju, Shyam, Anuradha (played by Tabu) and their families are relatable. Even the struggle of Kharak Singh (played by Om Puri) to get his sister married is relatable.
  • The comic timing: The notorious Raju, innocent Shyam and the cute Baburao Ganpatrao Apte nailed every funny scene.
  • The climax: The climax is just perfect. The chaos of all the people fighting with each other was a total laugh riot, followed by the beautiful ending, making the film an absolute winner.

Ritrisha Banerjee

Hera Pheri is a classic comedy which makes us roll with laughter. Akshay Kumar’s Raju, Suniel Shetty’s Shyam and, of course, Paresh Rawal’s Baburao made the film both lovable and laugh-worthy. What I liked the most was Baburao’s extremely funny voice and I really appreciate the talent and the effort that was put in by Paresh Rawal to speak in such a way throughout the film.

Semonti Modak

Priyadarshan has never failed to impress his audience. He brings the story of Raju, Shyam and Baburao and presents it to us on a platter coated with extraordinary humour, innocence and emotion. The story of Hera Pheri is relatable and is the tale of every Indian household where one fights and then cares for each other and celebrates friendship. It’s a film that will never get old and will continue to be in the hearts of Indian audiences forever.

Korak Sengupta

There are very few films you can watch with your whole family. I have watched this movie (and its sequel Phir Hera Pheri) so many times that I know the lines by heart. I can see a still image from Hera Pheri and can say what’s happening in it and quote the dialogues too. This movie showcases all the emotions of the middle class… the character Shyam shows how a masters degree holder can also be jobless. Laxmi Chit Fund taught us about not investing out of greed. Babu Bhaiya taught us how sharing our sadness can reduce it. Raju taught us nothing but made us laugh.

Suchandra Kundu

I love Hera Pheri because it’s one of the most entertaining comedies in the history of Bollywood. The iconic characters of Shyam, Raju and Baburao never fail to entertain us. Some films never get old, and Hera Pheri is a never-forgotten film. Paresh Rawal’s performance as Baburao was so exquisite that we remember the film with the same feel after two decades. Even after so many years, whenever I watch the film, it feels as fresh as it was at release.

Joyita Basak

Hera Pheri is one of the cult creations of Bollywood. Humour, emotion, action, song, dance.. a full-on joyride. It gave us some memorable characters with the three main leads being iconic and tickling our funny bone with their comic timing and fabulous screen presence. No one can replace them or the movie.

Rajveer Garodia

According to me, Priyadarshan’s Hera Pheri is one of the best comedies made in Bollywood till date. Honestly, I just love every scene of the film. It is just wonderful to learn that the film has turned 20. There are actually uncountable reasons why I love this film so much. The story, the dialogues, the performances, the songs, the climax... in fact, everything about the film is superb. But for me, the main attraction is the character of Baburao, portrayed by Paresh Rawal. I think this movie can be watched over and over again only to watch the brilliant and hilarious acting of Paresh Rawal. As a big fan of Hera Pheri, I want to thank Team t2 from the core of my heart for publishing the fantastic write-up on this cult comedy. I enjoyed reading it.

Sourish Misra

I’ve watched Hera Pheri many times and it never seems to get old. If I’m having a bad day, this film instantly refreshes my mood. The screenplay is commendable and it keeps me engaged till the end, no matter how many times I’ve watched it. The dialogues are hilarious and I use a lot of them in my daily life. Paresh Rawal’s comic timing is unmatchable and his character, Babu Bhaiya, is my favourite. In addition to that, the number of memes the film has generated is uncountable.

Ronali Raha

Hera Pheri is a film that can be treasured in the archives for ages. Paresh Rawal’s Baburao, along with Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty, did wonders to give this film its cult status. The unadulterated comedy sequences don’t age, despite watching the film over and over again. Tabu, Om Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Mukesh Khanna and Gulshan Grover complete the gaps to make it one of the best comedies in decades. There can be no better comic timing than in Hera Pheri. A true masterpiece.

Arindam Lodh

I love Hera Pheri because...

  • It ensures a complete dose of laughter without any cheap double-meaning dialogues. It’s true family entertainer.
  • It tells the story of some average individuals who we can relate to.
  • The biggest takeaway… the emergence of Paresh Rawal as the undisputed comedy king of Bollywood.
  • The song Denewaala jab bhi deta... is the biggest dream of a middle-class person.
  • The supporting actors also did exceptionally well to keep up the humour.
  • It brings back many happy memories of our friends, with whom I would discuss every sequence and would have a big laugh together. It may be 20 years but the memory of the film is still fresh like a new release.

Nilutpal Maitra

There are thousands of reasons to love Hera Pheri. I still remember my siblings and I fell from our chairs watching the fight scene in the garage. A good comedy requires perfect timing and the script has to be fresh and full of humour. It is one of the best comedy films ever made in India. And the best part is that even after watching it so many times, we still enjoy and laugh at the scenes and jokes.

Taqi Zeeshan

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