HindustanTimes Sat,27 Dec 2014

Our favourite Bollywood cliches

This week’s issue is all about #Dialoguebaazi. We’ll get into the specifics in a bit, but here’s a teaser.

Brunch Bollywood Special: Dialoguebaazi

In this Brunch Bollywood Special issue, we revisit some iconic lines, from yesteryear movies to present times. Yes, there are just too many of them. We sifted through them all, to bring you the most memorable ones. It’s almost like watching the films again!

Brunch Bollywood Special: Dialoguebaazi, the art of writing dialogues

If you’ve grown up on a staple diet of Hindi cinema, chances are that a lot of ‘filmi dialogues’ have stuck in your subconscious and refuse to fade away. In this special issue, get an insight from some of Bollywood’s biggest names on the art of dialogue writing.

Today, long dialogues don’t work, but punchlines do: Rajat Aroraa

Dialogue writer for films such as The Dirty Picture, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai and Kick writes about changing times and changing principles of filmmaking. Today, long dialogues don’t work, but punchlines do, writes Rajat Aroraa.

Dialogues and screenplay, separated at birth: Abbas Tyrewala

Indian filmmakers actually need to 'see' a story (in their mind's eye or with Korean subtitles) before they have it written out, writes screenplay and dialogue writer Abbas Tyrewala.

Gulzar is as fine a dialogue writer as he is a lyricist

Being an alchemist of verse, his introduction is always as a poet-lyricist. But what about the poetry in his dialogues? Gulzar the dialogue-writer has been criminally overshadowed by Gulzar the songwriter.

I don’t like playing to the gallery: Rajkumar Santoshi

Andaz Apna Apna might seem spontaneous. But it was all there in the script. Everything was planned. Filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi says writing comedy doesn’t mean you should be crass or resort to vulgarity.

Film writer Shagufta Rafique says men still get the best lines

The hero always walks away with the last line, or the villain, or the father. The daughter, the wife are without a voice, writes film writer Shagufta Rafique.

#Dialoguebaazi: The tough men

Khamoshhh!; Kutte, kameene, main tera khoon pee jaonga, and many more. Here are lines that truly stuck – for generations. These are ‘hero-type’ dialogues that are crafted for maximum impact and most seetis in the hall...

#Dialoguebaazi: The romantics

"Kuch kuch hota hai Rahul...Tum nahi samjhoge." Love is at the heart of Hindi films. When love happens to the hero/heroine, the romantic dialogues that follow can, if nothing else, make you want to fall in love...

#Dialoguebaazi: Meet the bad men

Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra! Classic dialogues from the men who terrorised the behens/mashookas of the male leads and exploited society/gaon (as applicable!)

#Dialoguebaazi: Some funny bones

I can talk English, I can walk English, because Englis is a very phunny language...Bollywood can tickle your funny bone when it wants to. Here are some memorable lines that made us LOL!

#Dialoguebaazi: Drama kings and queens

Ek chutki sindoor ki keemat tmum kya jaano, Ramesh babu...or Pushpa mujhse ye aansu nahi dekhe jaate, I hate tears. We bring you lines that oozed melodrama and left us reciting them at every possible opportunity.

#Dialoguebaazi: Alcoholics united

From Daaru peene se liver kharab ho jaata hai, to Kaun kambakht hai jo bardasht karne ke liye peeta hai, here's a selection of Hindi cinema’s most popular drunken acts that have left us hiccupping with delight!

I can play 32 musical instruments: Adnan Sami

Singer and composer, Adnan Sami talks about his biggest risks in life, his favourite music, the theme song of his life, and ofcourse, food.
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