|Directed by||Pankaj Parashar|
|Produced by||A. Poorna Chandra Rao|
|Written by||Rajesh Mazumdar
|Edited by||Afaque Husain|
|Distributed by||Lakshmi Productions|
|Release date(s)||8 December 1989|
|Running time||155 mins|
ChaalBaaz (English: Trickster) is a 1989 Bollywood Comedy film directed by Pankaj Parashar. The film was a remake of 1973 Hindi movie Seeta Aur Geeta. Starring Sridevi in a double role, the tells the story of two separated twin sisters Anju who is badly treated and abused by her uncle while Manju a street smart girl. The movie is regarded as an all-time classic comedy film of Hindi Cinema and is also regarded as one of Sridevi's finest performances till date. The film also starred Sunny Deol, Rajinikanth, Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor, Rohini Hattangadi, Anu Kapoor. The film was one of the biggest commercial and critical success of the year and also the film's music became a big hit especially 'Naa Jaane Kaha Se Aye Hain'.
Anju and Manju are twins separated when babies thanks to their mentally handicapped nanny. An evil uncle Tribhuvan gets their parents killed in a car accident. He brings up Anju as coy and easily frightened girl. Manju grows up in a slum as a happy-go-lucky stage dancer. After a lot of terrifying days in Anju's life, one day she runs away from home. On that very day, Manju has a fight with her childhood companion and neighbor Jaggu, a friendly beer drinking taxi driver. With twist of fate, their paths cross but they never meet. They somehow end up at each other's place. Suraj is in love with Manju (who is living in the house as Anju).
- Sridevi .... Anju and Manju
- Rajinikanth .... Jaggu
- Sunny Deol .... Suraj
- Anupam Kher .... Tribhuvan/Chachaji
- Rohini Hattangadi .... Amba (Tribhuvan's wife)
- Annu Kapoor .... Daddu (Tribhuvan's servant)
- Saeed Jaffrey .... Vishwanath (Suraj's dad)
- Shakti Kapoor .... Batuknath Lalanprasad Maalpani/Balma
- Aruna Irani .... Anju & Manju's nanny
- Kader Khan .... Blind Beggar
- Aftab Shivdasani .... Raju (as Master Aftab)
- Johnny Lever .... Tantrik Johnny Baba (special appearance)
|1||"Tera Bemar Mera Dil"||Mohammad Aziz, Kavita Krishnamurthy||OST album contains an extra verse edited out in the final cut of the film|
|2||"Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai"||Amit Kumar, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Appears twice in the soundtrack album|
|3||"Gadbad Ho Gayee"||Jolly Mukherjee, Amit Kumar, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Comedy sequence featuring in film|
|4||"Naam Mera Premkali"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||Shot in "Bubbles" night club, Mumbai.|
|5||"Bhoot Raja"||Sudesh Bhosle, Johnny Lever, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Features the actual vocals of famous Bollywood comedian Johnny Lever|
|7||"Dance Music (Instrumental)"||Used many times in various Indian films and drama serials|
Filmfare ranked Sridevi's performance in Chaalbaaz 4th in its list of '80 Iconic Performances of Hindi Cinema' stating that "Sridevi´s penchant for giggles and her ability to look distinctly tearful when required polishes these performances to perfection. Hell, she made Sunny Deol and Rajnikant look like sidekicks in the film". while the Times of India article 'Bollywood's Hit Double Roles' gushed "Sridevi's performance rocked the box office". Rediff featured the film in its countdown of '25 Best Double Roles in Bollywood' saying "What you don't realise until you have seen ChaalBaaz is just how incredible Sridevi is at depicting both ends of the spectrum" and that the film "cemented her position as an actress with a killer comic timing". Speaking to Indian Express about Sridevi's act in ChaalBaaz, the director Pankaj Parashar said "She proved her range with the movie and after that she got lots of offers which saw her in a double role". Her slapstick rain dance 'Na jaane kahan se aayi hai' became a big hit with Times of India describing it as a "Sridevi classic where she simply looked wow with her chirpy expressions and rain drops kissing her cheeks". Saroj Khan ultimately won the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography.
- 1990 Filmfare Awards
- Best Actress – Sridevi
- Best Choreographer – Saroj Khan for song – "Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai"
- Nominated: Best Playback Singer (Female) - Kavita Krishnamurthy – "Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai"
- Ohnotheydidnt. "80 Iconic Performances from Filmfare Magazine".
- Times of India. "Bollywood's Hit Double Roles". The Times Of India.
- Rediff. "The 25 Best Double Roles in Bollywood".
- Rediff. "PIX: The Changing Faces of Sridevi".
- Indian Express. "Double roles are still fun as ever".
- Times of India. "Bollywood's high on recreating retros". The Times Of India.