Aankhen (1993 film)

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This article is about the 1993 film. For other uses, see Aankhen (disambiguation).
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Dhawan
Produced by Pahlaj Nihalani
Written by Anees Bazmee
Starring Govinda
Chunky Pandey
Raj Babbar
Music by Bappi Lahiri
Cinematography Siba Mishra
Edited by Nand Kumar
Distributed by Chiragdeep International
Release date
  • 9 April 1993 (1993-04-09) (India)
Running time
170 min.
Country India
Language Hindi

Aankhen (English: The Eyes) is a 1993 Bollywood action comedy directed by David Dhawan and starring Govinda in a double role and Chunky Pandey.It was a blockbuster at the box office and when adjusted for inflation stands as the third highest grossing Hindi film of the 1990s it was also remade into Telugu as Pokiri Raja in 1995, starring Venkatesh and Ali.


Hasmukh Rai (Kader Khan) has a problem. As a matter of fact, two problems — his two sons: Munnu (Chunky Pandey) and Bunnu (Govinda Ahuja). The brothers are notorious slackers up to no good, and involved in elaborate practical jokes. It comes to Hasmukh's attention that his sons have been lying to him about their college grades — in studies and sports — and have not been attending school for the last three years. As a result, they are kicked out of college and, ultimately, their home. Later, one of their practical jokes gets out of hand, and Bunnu disappears, presumed dead. Munnu gets involved in the conspiracy of killing Bunnu. Meanwhile, from a small Indian village, Bunnu's identical cousin, Gauri Shankar, arrives in town. He is mistaken for Bunnu which leads to hilarious misunderstandings and constant uproar.


The movie was 1993's biggest Bollywood hit and ran in the theaters for 12 weeks. The domestic distribution share was 8.5 crore against 1.96 crore cost.<ref name="wordpress1993">"Boxoffice Operation : Aankhen (1993) « Bollybusiness : Bollywood boxoffice". Bollybusiness.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. </ref>

Aankhen was responsible for jump-starting or reenergizing the careers of a few actors. Govinda, for example, struggling at the time spawned many other comedy hits such as Raja Babu, Coolie No. 1, and Saajan Chale Susral, after the commercial success of Aankhen. Although he starred in hits like Hatya (1988), Swarg (1990), and Shola aur Shabnam (1992), his double role in Aankhen established him as the "Comedy King of Bollywood" at that time. One of the lead heroines of the movie, Raageshwari, started singing later.


Actor Character Notes
Govinda Bunnu saini/ Gaurishankar Dual role / Nominated For Best Actor - Filmfare Awards
Chunky Pandey Munnu
Kader Khan Hasmukh Rai / Neelkanth Rai Dual role / Nominated Best Comic Actor - Filmfare Awards
Raj Babbar Chief Minister / Sarang Dual role
Shilpa Shirodkar Chandramukhi 'Chanda'
Ritu Shivpuri Ritu
Raageshwari Priya Mohan Inspector Pyare Mohan's daughter
Sadashiv Amrapurkar Inspector Pyare Mohan
Bindu Anuradha
Shakti Kapoor Tejeshwar Singh
Gulshan Grover Natwar Shah
Mahavir Shah Pravin Shah Natwar Shah's brother
Harish Patel Monto Hired principal / Hired father / Hired thief
Radha Seth Moll Tejeshwar gang's member
Dina Pathak Dadi
Rakesh Bedi Gulshan Kapoor a.k.a. 'Gullu'
Raza Murad D.C.P.
Mac Mohan Tejeshwar's henchman
Sudhir Tejeshwar's henchman
Gavin Packard Tejeshwar's Henchman
Vikas Anand Doctor
Govind Namdeo Doctor Namdev
Ghanshyam Rohera House Servant
Tinnu Verma Tinnu Tejeshwar's henchman
Arun Bakshi Man who saves Bunnu
Bob Christo Tejeshwar's henchman
Neena Gupta Chief Minister's wife Guest Role
Kamaldeep St. Xavier's principal
Yunus Parvez Seth Sukhiram
Guddi Maruti Chabia
Manmauji Baba Bald man who fools Gauri Shankar
Babbanlal Yadav Man at railway station Stranger who offers to pay 2.50 Rs per samosa


The lyrics are written by Indeevar. The songs are as follows:

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "O Lal Dupatte Wali" Kumar Sanu, Sudesh Bhonsle, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik 05:53
2 "Bade Kaam Ka Bandar" Kumar Sanu, Mohammad Aziz, Arun Bakshi, Govinda, Chunky Pandey 06:59
3 "Angna Mein Baba" Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam 05:49
4 "Ek Tamanna Jeevan Ki" Kumar Sanu, Asha Bhosle 05:32
5 "Chaukhat Pe Tumhari Hum" Kumar Sanu, Mohammad Aziz, Sapna Mukherjee 06:47


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