Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan | 1998 | Movie Review

Year of release—1998

Director— David Dhawan

Writer—Rumi Jaffery

Producer—Vashu Bhagnani

Lead Actors— Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Ramya Krishnan, Raveena Tandon, Paresh Rawal, Anupam Kher, Satish Kaushik, Sharat Saxena

Could it be that perhaps director David Dhawan and writer Rumi Jaffery weren’t confident about this film’s success even though it had a bankable cast? Perhaps they had no option but to employ the most important trick that could pave their way to success in Bollywood – mockery of Hinduism. 

Why else would they create a special scene to portray a clownish Rastafarian villain as “Jatadhari” when it is a commonly known reference to Bhagwan Shankar? Would Dhawan and his clever coterie ever target any other Abrahamic faith in such a veiled manner?

Whatever the answer, the film was a major commercial success earning a total gross collection of INR 352.1 million, despite clashing with Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.


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