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10/10
Hrishikesh Mukherjee shows his genius.
Abhishek Roy17 January 2005
Chupke Chupke is masterpiece by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, I love his style of story telling be it Bawarchi, Rang Birangi, Naram Garam, Golmaal, Khubsoorat, Buddha Mil Gaya, all of which are great movies. All his stories have very simple storyline, powerful cast, lots of human emotion and patriotism towards Indian culture and languages.

Dharmendra is truly amazing, and so is Amitabh Bachchan and rest of the cast supports them well. Since most of the dialogs are in pure Hindi, some people may find it difficult to follow. Hrishikesh Mukherjee through his movies and characters always pointed to some aspect or the other of the lives of Indian people, and hence all his characters always feel very real and get deep inside your skin and you become a part of the act.

The practical joke played by a Botany professor on his brother-in-law is the focus of the movie, as pointed out by other commenter. Chupke Chupke is a film in which the dialogs combine with the situations to collectively impart the comic momentum to the movie which persist till the very last minute, very very entertaining film, highly recommended for the entire family. If you liked this movie, then do give the movies mentioned at the beginning a shot, you would thank me later. :) also highly recommended.
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A brilliant comedy of secrecy
arnab_dasswayam12 July 2002
A newly married professor implements an amusing plan for getting introduced with the family of his elder brother-in-law under false pretense. It is approved by his wife and actively supported by a few friends. The couple doubly enjoys the secrecy. They continue the whole plan of joking tricks until it becomes enough. Otherwise, they enjoy the desperate love relation in a climate of adventurous hiding.

A prolonged play of secret humor--the broad connotative meaning of the title-- does not lose its relish due to the compact screenplay, the excellent performances of the casts, proper editing, wonderful music by Sachin Deb Barman and a few other supportive constituents of the film. Though the social composition of the characters, the social nature of turns and twists of the sequences focus on the educated urban Indian middle class, the lucid narrative seems to communicate a stable flow of comedian pleasure to all viewers. The final revelation of the true identities among the characters is accelerated because of the maturity of a new love relation. The narrative seems to challenge softly some insensible social norms. It also expresses its deep conviction about love and honesty of individuals and obviously its trust on the creative capacity of intelligent and humorous individual.

Any regular Indian film lover would enjoy the nice acting of at least four film stars--Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri-- in simple social images and appreciate director Hrishikesh Mukherjee for another successful experiment. The film makes the spectator reminiscent of the genre, which rarely used the very close and the very long shots and rapid cuts. In spite of a theatrical design of the screenplay it could provide the actors and the actresses with the greater scope of establishing their performing talents. The use of bright light and sustained delight of the romantic characters in the family drama--initiated by an unconventionally sensitive, urban, academic personality--makes the film a bright entertainment.
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Sssssh - you have been framed!
Avinash Patalay22 April 2010
Decades before David Dhawan and Priyadarshan rediscovered comedy in Indian Cinema and began their barrage of outings, the undisputed emperors in this genre were Hrishikesh Mukhejee and Basu Chatterjee.

Both relied heavily on creating a natural humour as opposed to what we witness today ie. mindless comedy/ situational comedy/ tongue-in-cheek comedy. And this very natural humour gives USP for "Chupke Chupke" repeat viewings.

Dharmendra:: Dharmendra gets the lions share in "Chupke Chupke". He proves his versatility as an actor by doing comedy effortlessly.

Om Prakash:: "Chupke Chupke" rests heavily on the performance from two actors namely Dharmendra and Om Prakash. If there was any short-coming from either, the entire proceedings would have fallen like a pack of cards. It goes without saying that it was fantastic performance from Mr. Om Prakash.

Big B:: An extended special appearance compared to Dharmendra. The panic-attack prone professor and his inability to hold his nerves is brilliantly breathed to life by Amitabh. Lets not forget that this movie got released in the same year as "Sholay" and "Deewar" which casted his image of angry young man in stone. Talk about chalk-and-cheese!

The rest of the star-cast namely Sharmila Tagore, Jaya Bhaduri, Asrani, David and Keshto lend adequate support. S D Burman's composition to Anand Bakshi's lyrics are a music for ears. As with most successful outings of Hrishda, Gulzar's gets involved to contribute his two-cents in the department of screenplay and dialogues and needless to say makes the movie flow seamlessly.

Verdict:: Anytime is "Chupke Chupke" time!
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A superb comedy by a superb director performed by superb actors
sumitk_iitkgp24 February 2006
The performance of Amitabh Bachchan stands out amongst some of the greatest names of the 70s.Hrishikesh Mukherjee yet again shows that he is capable of presenting comedy in as sublime manner as he does emotions.Right through the movie not a single scene seems to be out of place.Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore keep you spellbound for the initial part of the movie while Amitabh steals the show in the later.Dharmendra does well in his disguise as a gatekeeper earlier and as a driver for the most part of the movie.Actually this brings out of him his comic talent which would not have been possible with his real character of a serious botany professor.Keshto Mukherjee,Jaya Bhaduri and David are full of energy whenever they appear.The scenes which are bound to make the viewer laugh are the ones in which Dharmendra as the driver Pyare Mohan first meets Raghav and the final climax of the movie in the temple where Amitabh and Jaya are getting married.The music of Sachin Dev Burman is superb as usual.Needless to mention is the brilliance of Lata Mangeshkar in the songs "Ab ke Sajan Sawan Mein" and "Chupke Chupke Chal Re purwaiya".
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8/10
A botanical farce!
HeadleyLamarr28 March 2008
The wikipedia defines FARCE thus: A farce is a comedy written for the stage or film which aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant and improbable situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humor of varying degrees of sophistication, which may include sexual innuendo and word play, and a fast-paced plot whose speed usually increases, culminating in an ending which often involves an elaborate chase scene.

Was it Hrishi Da's intention to create a farce in Chupke Chupke? The situation was unlikely, the set-up improbable, there was mistaken identity, lots of verbal humor in many different languages, there was sexual innuendo and some quite explicit goings on for a Hrishikesh film. In fact except for the chase seen all other elements were in place.

A few things that I found particularly hilarious: 1. The fixation on the Jeeja Saali relationship.

2. The hilarious use of Botany - and particularly Corolla! LOL! Jaya wanted the Botany Prof to teach her about the corolla, and it took him all night to study that up! And everyone would walk about with a flower in their hand.

3. The students who were most fascinated by corollas and by the handsome professor were ALL women. Was this Hrishi Da's wink wink nudge nudge at Botany being a pursuit for women? In fact a classy British store has a women's cardigan line called BOTANY! 4. Dharm was simply awesome. "Main jab ghabra jaata hoon to haklaata hoon, aur haklaata hoon to Urdu bolne lagta hoon!' His comic timing was perfect.

5. Amitabh was excellent too - his over-hyped nervous impersonator who studies up corollas all night and then starts off in a booming Shakespearean mode "There are ten types of.." only to be cut off by Jaya as she tell him she studied that part already! The film ended on a slightly unsatisfactory note but I don't know how else it could have culminated. All in all I gave it a 8/10, a lot of laughs and fine acting by the lead due. The ladies did very well too.
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No language is inferior
jmathur_swayamprabha14 September 2011
Today is 14th September, known as Hindi Day as per the Indian constitutional provisions. On this occasion, I am reviewing a classic comedy whose theme is the usage of the two languages - Hindi and English whose propagators are mostly seen at loggerheads in India. Yes, no prizes for guessing. It is Chupke Chupke (1975) which is unarguably one of the best Bollywood commedies of all times.

Chupke Chupke (quietly) is the story of Parimal Tripathi (Dharmendra), the professor of Botany who falls in love with a student of Botany - Surekha (Sharmila Tagore). After marriage, he comes to know of her fondness towards her brother-in-law or Jijaji (elder sister's husband) - Raghavendra (Om Prakash) who has not been able to attend their marriage. Just to prove himself before his wife, he masquerades as a driver speaking pure Hindi (without any use of English words) and enters Raghavendra's household. What follows is a two hours long laugh-riot for the audience in which, in addition to the mentioned ones, several characters get involved viz. Parimal's friend - Sukumar (Amitabh Bachchan), his another friend - Prashant (Asrani), Prashant's sister-in-law (wife's sister) - Vasudha (Jaya Bhaduri) and many more. Comic situations keep on coming before the spectators till the finale is reached with the truth being revealed before Raghavendra who acknowledges the wittiness of his brother-in-law, i.e., Parimal.

Legendary director - Hrishikesh Mukherjee has directed this movie whose script and dialogues have been written by another Bollywood legend - Gulzaar. It's not a slapstick comedy. It's a situational one whose brilliant script makes it a winner. Right from the very start to the very finish, there is no dearth of laughs for the audience. And the perfect comic timings of the lead characters, especially Dharmendra complement the script to serve its purpose to make the audience laugh again and again.

The inherent message is no less useful and worth remembering. No language is superior or inferior to any other one. Language is a medium of communication for the human-beings who have no business making fun of any language. The way Hindi is respectable, the same way English is. Each one of the two has its own positives (and negatives too) and it's in the interest of the Indians to appreciate the worth of both without mocking any of them.

Sachin Da (S.D. Burman) has composed pretty good music for the movie. The best song is - Abke Sajan Saawaan Mein sung by Lata. Other songs are also apt according to the mood of the movie. Anand Bakshi has penned appropriate lyrics for them.

Performance wise talking, this movie is definitely one of the best movies of Dharmendra. This versatile actor has proved quite emphatically that he is not only skilled in serious roles but he has no match in comedy also. Interestingly, Bollywood's most popular movie -Sholay which contains Dharmendra's another memorable comic performance was released in the same year. Dharmendra has left no stone unturned in making the audience laugh right from the beginning to the end. Om Prakash is the second best and Amitabh Bachchan is the third best in this work. Asrani, Sharmila Tagore, Jaya Bhaduri, David, Keshto Mukherjee etc. all have done their parts well and generated showers of laughter for the viewers.

The technical and production value aspects of the movie adhere to the simplicity doctrine of Hrishi Da. Editing is good. Length is also perfect. Summing up, Chupke Chupke is a flawless movie.

Surprisingly, Chupke Chupke was not a box office hit when released. However, now it is considered a classic comedy which has unlimited repeat value. The way, the admirers of Sholay can watch it umpteen number of times, the same way Chupke Chupke can also be watched countless number of times and every time the laughter is guaranteed for the viewer.
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Hilarious
silvan-desouza11 August 2011
Hrishikesh Mukherjee known for his simple and yet excellent movies gives us a comedy which is so delightful, it is remembered even today

The film has several hilarious moments, especially between Dharmendra-Om Prakash and will make you die laughing especially their Hindi vs English scenes

The film has all ingredients well balanced, comedy, romance and it makes for an entertaining film something we miss from today's comedies especially Rohit Shetty type of rubbish comedies

The first half has several hilarious moments which make you die laughing while even the second half have several hilarious moments and you'll keep waiting for more

Direction by Hrishikesh Mukherjee is classic Music by S.D.Burman is superb, Sare Gamapa sung by Kishore/Rafi is superb while Ab ke Sawan is superb and rest are superb

Dharmendra shows his range as a comedian and does a brilliant job, often known for his action roles, Dharmendra was superb in 70s in all genres sadly post 80's his comedy became terrible But here he excels Amitabh in a supporting role excels in his comic part perhaps his first comic role,his expressions and dialogue delivery are flawless Both appeared together in SHOLAY and their chemistry is fabulous Surprisingly both diverse films in the same year Amitabh and Hrishikesh made several classic films like ANAND(1971), ABHIMAAN(1973), MILI(1975), ALAAP and BEMISAAL(1982) Sharmila is a natural and does a brilliant job Jaya Bachchan too leaves a mark in a smaller role Om Prakash is hilarious in his role, his role is the important part in the film and he excels in his part Amongst rest Asrani in a small role does well and rest are okay
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10/10
Evenly paced fun
narayan_l_k11 March 2005
This film is evenly paced throughout, though it turns out to be a Dharmendra show! Prominent among the hilarious scenes are, when Dharmendra, as a chauffeur, seeks clarification from Om Prakash as to why 'go', 'so' are pronounced in the same way and why not 'to', and the other is that Amitabh Bachchan (English Professor) is shown memorising some aspects of Botany using a college botany textbook under dim-lit table-lamp, because he has to take 'botany tuitions' for his sweetheart (Jaya Bhaduri)! Gulzar's screenplay and dialogues take the cake in this film! A must-have among the VCD collection! 'Chupke-Chupke Chal Ree Purvaiya' is the pick of songs of this film, which too are melodious.
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6/10
Pretty funny, though a bit dragged out
DrEbert27 December 2004
I love Hrishikesh Mukherjee's work. The man seems to be good at whatever movie he makes. He made a series of comedies, including "Guddi," "Bawarchi," and "Gol Maal," all of which were funny and heartwarming. "Chupke Chupke" is pretty funny, too.

The film follows the newlywed botany professor Parimal (Dharmendra) and his lovely wife Archana (Sharmila Tagore), the latter of whom can't stop talking about how wonderful her "jijaji" (Hindi for sister's husband, played here by Om Prakash) is. After 3 weeks of marriage, Parimal is sick of hearing about nothing but this doggoned "jijaji" and decides that he must stick it to him and Archana once and for all. "Jijaji" is supposed to be the most brilliant and perceptive man in the world according to Archana, so Parimal decides that the best way to stick it to them all is to somehow fool "jijaji." Fortunately for him, "jijaji" has asked Archana to help him find a chauffeur and so Parimal decides to go posed as the chauffeur instead. Archana decides to play along with this little scheme, as do Archana's older brother (David) and Parimal's friends Prashant (Asrani) and Sukumar (Amitabh Bacchan), the latter of whom is an English professor who will soon end up taking a hilarious fish-out-of-water role in the scheme.

And they're off! From there, the movie follows a few too many twists and turns all the way to an ending that is a tad bit too convenient and a tad bit too short.

The dialogue is well-written in "Chupke Chupke," making heavy use of double entendres that really add to the humor. Added to that is the fact that "jijaji" is a stickler for purity of language and so Parimal, posing as the chauffeur, makes sure to speak in Hindi so dignified that he has "jijaji" baffled any time he opens his mouth. (It's a dialogue technique that Mukherjee would later reuse in "Gol Maal.") Even though the movie drags out this joke a little too long and some might have trouble believing that dignified college professors can pull off such childish pranks, "Chupke Chupke" is entertaining and worth watching.
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Chupke Chupke Bahut Hanssa Diya
Chrysanthepop10 April 2009
In contrast to his 'Anand' and 'Mili', Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Chupke Chupke' follows a more comedic track. 'Chupke Chupke' is about a recently-married professor of botany who pulls a prank to introduce himself to his brother-in-law. His wife agrees to the plan and, along with a few friends, they enjoy the trick as they successfully confuse both the brother-in-law and her sister and one prank leads to another, confusing everyone but the initiators, resulting in a series of comic events.

The humorous situations acted out by the main cast is hilarious. The first half of the film drags a little but the comic tracks make up for it. As the film proceeds, the tension builds and it just becomes funnier and more enjoyable. There are a few songs which are quite beautiful and amusing. I love the title track.

Mukherjee has extracted some fine performance from his cast. Dharmendra proves to be quite a competent comedic actor. Sharmila Tagore and Jaya Bhaduri have a wonderful presence and Amitabh Bachchan is hilarious, especially in the scenes with Bhaduri where he tries to refrain from teaching botany. Om Prakash and Asrani provide some of the most laugh-out-loud moments. Lili Chakravarty and Usha Kiran also contribute well.

'Chupke Chupke' is a hilarious comedy that falls on the lines of Mukherjee's 'Golmaal'. For me, the film gets better with repeated viewing.
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an excellent comedy for the entire family.
mukub8 December 1999
This is vintage Hrishikesh Mukherjee for you. His forte is light comedies which can be watched with your entire family right from great-grand-father to great-grand-kid. And this one in particular is very funny. Amitabh and Dharmendra team up together once again after sholay(the biggest indian hit) to deliver another sterling performance as a team well supported by sharmila, jaya and ashok kumar. Film is too slow in first half at times but more than makes up for it in the second. Music is kind of disappointing though. But a good story, good dialogues (a little too incolloquial hindi though) and very good performance by the entire cast makes it a movie worth watching with family.
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9/10
An Eternal Indian Classic
singh-amit837 August 2010
I have watched this movie so many times that i may have lost count. This is definitely one of the best comedies to come out of Indian Cinema.

The movie scores at almost every level, Direction..Hrishi Da at his best, he has used the same trick (a character pretending to play someone else) in many movies but this time he took everything to another level, the way he handled the complex story in such a simple way, its commendable, you never feel bored,Kudos to the Great Screenplay....Music, Chupke Chupke has one of my fav song..."Ab Ke Sanam Sawan Main", watch out for the naughty looks given by Sharmila Ji in this song and obviously Lata ji adds Gem to this composition..Also the "Chupke Chupke" song is wonderful. Lets come to the Acting Department...This was one of the first movies, where Dharmendra plays a comic role, one of the best in his acting career, with right amount of everything without overdoing anything or adding unnecessary gimmicks. He has always given his best with Hrishi Da(movies like Satyakaam, Anupama). Sharmila Tagore played her part really well, looks pretty and mischievous. Om Prakash is amazing, note some of his expressions even in some small scenes, thats how an actor registers screen presence. Amitabh and Jaya ji have smaller but memorable roles.

Overall a great movie, a lesson to some new age Directors that how a simple movie can be so entertaining.
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