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Aping without apology

Manoj Kumar has said he wants SRK to personally apologize to him over Om Shanti Om. However, this is not the first time that an icon was spoofed on the celluliod. We take a look at some of the movies that spoofed top actors.

bollywood Updated: Apr 04, 2013 12:34 IST

Manoj Kumar has sent legal notice to Om Shanti Om makers and is likely to demand Rs 100 crore in compensation.
The veteran actor has said that he wants a Shah Rukh Khan's apology, not his manager's. Kumar told Anirban Das, "Shah Rukh has harmed and humiliated me. He has injured the integrity and soul of my family, which cannot be repaired. He’s not what he claims to be. His manager has sent me an apology letter, but my solicitor and I want his apology, not anyone else’s."

Looking back at some of the recent Bollywood movies, copying yesteryear's actors' styles has become an important comic tool in the industry. Sometimes, directors and actors pay homage to their icons by making their characters copy the style of these classic stars.

We take a look at the stars of Bollywood who have been spoofed in Hindi films, in a gesture of paying respect or other wise.

Set in the early 70s, Farah Khan's directorial venture Om Shanti Om had several characters that could be traced down to Bollywood big wigs of the era. However, Manoj Kumar felt it was dis-respectful to him where Shah Rukh Khan copies him, hiding half his face with a hand. '

The King Khan also seems to be copying Rajnikanth, the south Indian superstar at the point where he is shooting for a fight sequence. The King Khan mouthes some of the most famous Rajnikanth dialogues in spoofs like Never Mind It (While Rajni says it in his accent, "Mind It!") and Yanna Rascalla!

Rohit Shetty's laugh riot Golmaal Fun Unlimited also used spoofs to make the audiences laugh. Arshad Warsi copies Rani Mukerji's character in Black when the headmaster comes to invite the house-owner. Arshad enters the scene wearing black shades and with a walking stick. Rohit Shetty even changes the background colour of the scene suit Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black and Warsi says, " Baraf Padne Wali Hai Kya (Is it going to snow here?)"

Imran Khan seems to be paying an ode to the three Khans in the title track of his film Mere Brother Dulhan. In the film, Imran Khan was seen copying most of the B-town actors in the title track. The song begins with Imran copying his uncle Aamir Khan's Paathshala moves from Rang De Basanti. The video then moves on to spoofing Salman Khan's character in Dabangg with a lady police inspectorentering the scenes with the nameplate 'Chulbuli Pandey' on her lapel. Imran, too, copies the dance moves of the title track of Dabangg. Imran then moves on to copy Salman's moves in the title track from Mujhse Shadi Karogi.

Imran then moves to the King Khan and apes his classic Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se.

Tusshar Kapoor copies Ajay Devgn's Singham style in Kya Super Cool Hain Hum. Copying his body language, tone of voice et al, Tusshar could have easily received flak had anyone taken things too seriously. Take a look and decide for yourself.

Shah Rukh Khan again spoofed old timers in the song Phir Milenge from his movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. He copied everyone from Raj Kapoor to Rajesh Khanna to Devanand. The King Khan was also accompanied by heroines like Bipasha Basu and Kajol in the song to ape the heroines of the age from Nargis to Hema Malini. The complete song copied scenarios from some the greatest hits of the bygone era.

Arshad Warsi debut film in the lead was a nice comic film by itself. The film too spoofs Himesh Reshammiya and Bappi Lahiri in the first court room scene. The appellant and accused copied the dressing style of the two musicians as well as their style of speech.

Apart from Hindi cinema, Bollywood icons find themselves being copied a lot. And radio is one of these places. From Javed Akhtar to Dharamendra, everyone is spoofed on the radio. Sunny Deol, however, doesn't take these in a good taste.

In 2009, the actor filed a legal complaint against Big FM 92.7 for spoofing the Deols.

First Published: Apr 03, 2013 18:36 IST