Shakti Kapoor: Four times he made us cringe, laugh and hide

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 22:28 IST
Shakti Kapoor and Govinda in a still from Raja Babu. Shakti played Nandu in the movie.

There are two extremes of villains in Bollytwood. One is Amrish Puri whose ruthlessness knows no boundary. And the other is Shakti Kapoor whose onscreen cunningness has absolutely no match. Well, we are celebrating the 57th birthday of one of the most hated ‘actor’ in Bollywood: Shakti Kapoor.

Here’s a list of Shakti Kapoor’s 4 avatars that made us laugh, cringe and hide beneath the bed.


Aaooo Lolitaa! Remember his role as Sridevi’s lecherous husband in K Raghavendra Rao’s Tohfa (1984). This was the role that brought Kapoor into limelight.


Shakti Kapoor played Balma in Pankaj Parashar’s Chaalbaaz (1989). Yes, you read it right. His name was Balma in the film and he was more cringe-worthy than ever before. His pet line, "Main ek pyaara sa, nanha sa, chota sa bachcha hoon," was far from ‘pyaara’ at least.

3. Raja Babu

Playing Govinda’s side kick in the film, Shakti Kapoor left a mark of his own with his antics. Who can forget "Nandu sab ka bandhu"? In due course of time, Nandu has become a better known character than Raja Babu himself. Raja Babu (1994) was directed by David Dhawan.

4. Andaz Apna Apna

Yes, we did save the best for the last: The eternal loser Crime Master Gogo. Be it his hilarious fight with Salman Khan or his dialogue, "Aaya hoon kuch to lekar jaunga, khandani chor hun main. Mogambo ka bhateeja. Crime Master Gogo naam hai mera," everything about this character is memorable. Shakti Kapoor redefined the meaning of a comic villain in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Andaz Apna Apna (1994).

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