Aankhen (1993 film)

Aankhen (transl.Eyes) is a 1993 Indian Hindi-language 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 an all-time blockbuster at the box office and the highest-grossing Indian film of 1993.[2] It was also remade into Telugu as Pokiri Raja in 1995, starring Venkatesh and Ali.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Written byAnees Bazmee
Produced byPahlaj Nihalani
Chunky Pandey
Raj Babbar
CinematographySiba Mishra
Edited byNand Kumar
Music byBappi Lahiri
Distributed byChiragdeep International
Release date
  • 9 April 1993 (1993-04-09) (India)
Running time
170 minutes
Box office25.25 crore (equivalent to 155 crore or US$21 million in 2020)[1]

The movie was reported to have been inspired by the 1977 Kannada movie Kittu Puttu [3] which itself was inspired by the 1967 Tamil movie Anubavi Raja Anubavi which had earlier been remade in Hindi in 1973 as Do Phool.

At the 39th Filmfare Awards, the film received 4 nominations - Best Film, Best Director (Dhawan), Best Actor (Govinda) and Best Comedian (Khan), but failed to win any.


Hasmukh Rai (Kader Khan) has a problem. As a matter of fact, two problems — his two sons: Munnu (Chunky Pandey) and Gulshan "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.[4] The film had a net income of ₹12.5 crore, and grossed ₹25.25 crore[1] ($8.2 million).[5]

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 Loomba started singing later. This movie was a hit because of Govinda.


Actor Character Notes
Govinda Gulshan "Bunnu" Rai/ Gaurishankar Rai Dual role/Identical cousin brothers
Chunkey Pandey Munnu Rai Bunnu's brother
Kader Khan Hasmukh Rai / Neelkanth Rai Dual role
Raj Babbar Chief Minister / Sarang Dual role
Shilpa Shirodkar Chandramukhi 'Chanda'
Ritu Shivpuri Ritu
Raageshwari Loomba Priya Mohan Inspector Pyare Mohan's daughter
Sadashiv Amrapurkar Inspector Pyare Mohan Hasmukh Rai's friend
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 Laal Dupatte Wali" Kumar Sanu, Sudesh Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamurthy & Alka Yagnik 05:53
2 "Bade Kaam Ka Bandar" Kumar Sanu, Mohammed 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, Mohammed Aziz & Sapna Mukherjee 06:47


39th Filmfare Awards:

Category Nominee Result
Best Film Pahlaj Nihalani Nominated
Best Director David Dhawan
Best Actor Govinda
Best Comedian Kader Khan


  1. ^ a b "Box Office 1993". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. 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. ^ "rediff.com: David Dhawan's blue-eyed boys". www.rediff.com.
  4. ^ "Boxoffice Operation : Aankhen (1993) « Bollybusiness : Bollywood boxoffice". Bollybusiness.wordpress.com. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average)". World Bank. 1993. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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