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20 years of Judwaa: 5 reasons why you should revisit Salman Khan's film

We could end this list with Salman Khan, but there is a lot more than 'Bhai' that truly makes David Dhawan's comedy caper such a treat to watch. 

Shriram Iyengar

On the 20th anniversary of this masala entertainer by David Dhawan, we take a look at the reasons that will make you want to go back and watch it once again. 

Salman Khan 

Don't say you didn't see this coming! Salman Khan was the best part of David Dhawan's film. Playing characters of twins drastically different from each other, Khan raised the film to a new level. This was a performance that was way off from the action hero image he was cultivating, and a throwback to his Andaz Apna Apna antics. 

The fashion 

This was the embodiment of the 1990s. See-through ganjis, tight jeans, kaleidoscopic floral prints, yellow pants, red suits and zebra print skirts, Judwaa was everything we loved about the 90s. Khan's fit physique certainly helped, but this film was everything about 90s fashion done right. 

Anu Malik 

'Tan tana tan tan tan tara....' if you don't automatically sing the rest of the lines, you have no business reading any further. Judwaa might not be the best work from Anu Malik's stereophonic compositions, but it certainly is memorable. From that faux patriotic 'East or West' to the almost tapori 'Oonchi hai building', these songs were made memorable with the addition of the music director's voice. Do not believe us? Ask any kid who grew up in the 90s! 

The David Dhawan brand of comedy

Judwaa was a hallmark of Dhawan's comic humour. Slapstick comedy and witty dialogues are the stuff Dhawan's films are known for. Whether it is Shakti Kapoor's confused looks, or Kader Khan at his bumbling best, and Anupam Kher...well... being himself, Judwaa had a brilliant director who infused new life into the genre of comedy in Hindi cinema. 

The background score 

If there is one thing Hindi cinema does not do enough of, it is background scores. The best of our films are filled with memorable tunes. Sholay, Deewar...Judwaa. The entry track for Khan, or Mukesh Rishi's eery flute playing the warning to impending doom, Dhawan's film was backed up by a memorable background score. Interestingly, the score was composed by Saluri Koteswara Rao, who once played mentor to AR Rahman. 

Now that Dhawan is remaking the hit with son Varun Dhawan, we can only hope he gets these elements of the film right.