Aankhen (1993 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Produced byPahlaj Nihalani
Written byAnees Bazmee
Chunky Pandey
Raj Babbar
Music byBappi Lahiri
CinematographySiba Mishra
Edited byNand Kumar
Distributed byChiragdeep International
Release date
  • 9 April 1993 (1993-04-09) (India)
Running time
170 minutes
Box office₹25.25 crore[1]

Aankhen (English: The Eyes) is a 1993 Indian Hindi action comedy film, directed by David Dhawan and written by Anees Bazmee. It stars Govinda in a double role, along with Chunky Pandey. It was a blockbuster at the box office, the highest-grossing Indian film of 1993.[2] 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 a ₹1.96 crore budget.[3] The film had a net income of ₹12.5 crore, and grossed ₹25.25 crore[1] ($8.2 million).[4]

Aankhen was responsible for jump-starting or re-energizing the careers of a few actors. Govinda, for example, struggling at the time, spawned a number of comedy hits such as Raja Babu, Coolie No. 1, and Saajan Chale Sasural, 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
Chunkey Pandey Munnu Saini
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
Tinu 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 were 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


  1. ^ a b "Box Office 1993". Box Office India. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Box Office 1993". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Boxoffice Operation : Aankhen (1993) « Bollybusiness : Bollywood boxoffice". Bollybusiness.wordpress.com. Retrieved 14 July 2012.<
  4. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average)". World Bank. 1993. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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