Those memorable dialogues!
Even if you are not a movie buff, Bollywood over the years has some memorable dialogues, rejoinders and one-liners. These lines can leave an indelible ...
A frontbencher’s viewPunch dialogues, as one may say these days, have been an integral part of Indian cinema. The one-liners are etched in the memories of the people, who take philosophies from them and also include them in daily usage
Even if you are not a movie buff, Bollywood over the years has some memorable dialogues, rejoinders and one-liners. These lines can leave an indelible mark on your psyche if you listen to them. If delivered by the right actor with the right expression, they can give you goosebumps. They can sometimes alter the way you look at life. Here are some of my most favourite ones.
“Sikke aur insaan main shayad yahi fark hai.” Now, I am one of the 118 crore PhDs doctorates on ‘Sholay’ from India. This movie is an ocean of one-liner gems but in my book, this one stood out. In a classic, tilted heavily for retribution, this line delivered by a seething ruthless Thakur in his tone gives an insight not just to Jai and Veeru but to all the humans. It simply meant no man is a total saint or a devil.
This line established the fact of all human beings have a shade of grey long before the humanists arrived with their multiplex brand realistic cinema. “Mainey aaj revolver pehli baar uthayi hai. Magar itna janta hoon ki trigger dabane se goli chalti hai.” A middle-class man Ravi, trapped by destiny into a murder charge that he never really committed, comes face to face with a man, who turns out to be the first clue in this thriller.
Ravi knows this man is bad and in order to get his message loud and clear he delivers these lines with such determination that it could run a shiver down the spine of the devil himself. No wonder the man in question sings like a canary in the scene. “Dada to iss duniya main keval do hain. Ek ooparwala aur doosre hum!” Sure Rajkumar is famous for his attitude talk in ‘Waqt’ but as a teenager, this was the first time that I witnessed Rajkumar’s attitude in ‘Marte Dum Tak’.
A man who wants his deal to be settled with the help of Rana played by Rajkumar advises him to handle the other bad guy carefully. Rajkumar casually delivers this line to settle the doubt as to who needs to be careful with whom. “Nafrat bahut soch samajh ke karni chahiye Raghavan. Hum jinse nafrat karte hain ek din unhi ke jaisey ban jaate hain.” Main Hoon Na’ is one of the much-ridiculed movies by the critics, but trust me, for this one line it will remain in my good books.
This is one of the most powerful lines delivered on the traps of walking the path of hatred. “Har kitab ki kismath main library nahi hoti. Kuch kitabein kabadi ki dukan pe bhi mitlee hain. Hum sab wohi kabadi ki kitabein hain.” ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ can be credited with one thing, it brought back heavy duty 70s style dialogues back to Indian cinema. Ajay Devgn’s Sikander Mirza delivers these lines to a bunch of the lower section of the society.
In this dialogue, he reveals one hard truth of life that is talent and capability are more often not trapped in the four walls of destiny. “Gilauri khaya karo Gulfaam, zabaan kabu main rehti hai.” ‘Maqbool’ is one of the biggest classics and Pankaj Kapur's, Abbaji delivers these lines to a slimy politician, who in the garb of being a sympathiser tries to open his wounds reminding him of a recent police arrest.
In one swift stroke, Abbaji stuffs a Gilauri (squirrel) into the motor mouth’s open jaw and forces him to eat it, and then delivers these lines with a cold whispering ferocity. The open-eyed-scared-politician earned a lot of sympathy at that moment. Since then the lines have a high rating in my book on the philosophy of keeping mouth shut at the right moment.
“Aisa toh aadmi life main doich time bhagta hai Olympic ka race ho ya police ka chase ho” – this line delivered by Anthony remains our most iconic lines on why a human will do something even if the background of that effort could have absolute contrasting reasons. - Rahul Deo Bharadwaj http://thesocietyasiseeit.blogspot