Remembering Anil Kapoor’s controversial Andaz and the furore around its song Khada Hai – Times of India

On April 8, 1994, Pahlaj Nihalani’s Andaz featuring Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Karisma Kapoor was released. Little did Nihalani or Kapoor know that one of the songs Khada Hai Khada Hai, filmed on Kapoor and Chawla showing him in a lungi as he pleads with her to let him into the bedroom, would kick up a storm.
Khada Hai had to be removed from the film. Anil Kapoor on several occasions pleaded innocence, saying he had no idea Khada Hai was a double meaning song. We believe you.

Nihalani too defends himself. “Firstly I didn’t direct Andaz. I was the producer. It was directed by David Dhawan. Us waqt daur chala tha David ke raunchy gaanon ka, Sarkai Lo Khatiya ke baad (during that time there was a trend towards raunchy songs in David Dhawan’s cinema). I agree there was an uproar about a song in Andaz. But what my critics don’t know is that I voluntarily removed the song from the film after there was an outcry because I didn’t want to offend the audience.”
Nihalani pleads innocence to charges of vulgarity, “It was never meant to be vulgar. It was inspired by the song Tere Dwar Khada Ek Jogi from the Hemant Kumar composed soundtrack of Nagin. Let me reiterate that the song was approved by the censor board. After there was a controversy the-then chairperson of the CBFC, Shakti Samanta viewed the song and again and let it remain. Finally it was Shatruji’s wife Poonam bhabhi who convinced me that there was no sense in offending the public. That’s when I took it out of the film. But when we had shot the film there was no vulgarity, no double meaning in the song.”

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