Sajid Khan’s latest laugh riot HUMSHAKALS is being looked upon by film buffs as the movie is marketed on its novel concept of its lead three actors Saif Ali Khan, Ram Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh playing triple role. However Raaga.Com wishes to enlighten the younger generation that this not the first film that has an actor playing triple role. Earlier too, competent actors, have played triple role but the novelty of HUMSHAKALS is that it has three protagonist portraying three roles in the same movie, a concept never seen on Indian screen.
Speaking about the first Bollywood actor who stunned the viewers with triple role was ace comedian Mehmood in HUMJOLI, a remake of Tamil film PANAKKARA KUDUMBAM. The movie was directed by T. R. Ramanna, who directed the original with the legendary actor M.G.R. in the lead. In HUMJOLI, Mehmood played the triple role imitating the Kapoor clan by portraying Prithiviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor.
After Mehmood won wide acclaim for his memorable performance eminent comedian I.S. Johar hit the jackpot playing a triple role in Vijay Anand directed JOHNY MERA NAAM. His famous character of Pehle Ram, Dooja Ram and Teeja Ram added hilarious element to the otherwise action thriller. His performance was so much appreciated that he went on to win Filmfare Best Comedian Award.
Interestingly however what may come as a surprise to readers is that after these two comedian’s fabulous triple roles whenever Bollywood superstars have tried a triple role on silver screen, they have bombed at the box office.
The first attempt was made by thespian Dilip Kumar in BAIRAAG and later by star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan repeated in MAHAAN!!! Both were major debacles. That’s not all even Shah Rukh Khan and Rajnikant have beaten dust when they did triple roles in ENGLISH BABU DESI MEM and JOHN JANI JANARDHAN respectively!!!
Actors who did multiple roles in Bollywood (ALL FAILED!)