Andaz, starring Anil Kapoor, was a highly divisive film, and the song “Khada Hai” caused a huge uproar
Andaz, directed by Pahlaj Nihalani and starring Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, and Karisma Kapoor, debuted in theatres on April 8, 1994. Nihalani and Kapoor had no idea that the song Khada Hai Khada Hai, which featured a scene filmed on Kapoor and Chawla in which he wears a lungi and begs her to let him inside the bedroom, would cause such a stir.
The song Khada Hai had to be cut from the movie. Anil Kapoor has often claimed his innocence, claiming he was unaware of the song’s potential double meaning. Your word has been accepted by us.
Even Nihalani had to justify himself. Firstly, I wasn’t Andaz’s director. In this case, I served as the producer. David Dhawan took charge behind the camera. At the time, there was a fad for more sexually explicit music in David Dhawan’s films, such as the Sarkai Lo Khatiya soundtrack. I also heard that a song in Andaz caused quite a stir. But what my detractors don’t know is that when there was an uproar, I deliberately took the song out of the movie because I didn’t want to offend anyone.
When accused of using foul language, Nihalani insists, “It was never meant to be vulgar.” Tere Dwar Khada Ek Jogi, from Nagin’s Hemant Kumar-composed soundtrack, served as inspiration. The music has been officially sanctioned by the censors, I must stress. Despite the uproar, the CBFC’s then-chairperson Shakti Samanta ultimately decided to keep the song in the film. Poonam bhabhi, Shatruji’s wife, persuaded me that there was no need to insult the general populace. At that point, I decided to cut it from the movie. But when we shot the movie, the music was clean and had no hidden meanings.