#Dialoguebaazi: Drama kings and queens
The lines that oozed melodrama and left us reciting them at every possible opportunity
Waqt (1965), dialogues by Akhtar-Ul-Iman
It is said that before finalising Raj Kumar, producer BR Chopra approached Dharmendra to play the role. Dharmendra refused to play Sunil Dutt’s elder brother’s role as he was younger than him.
Pushpa mujhse ye aansu nahi dekhe jaate. I hate tears
Though Ramesh Pant got an award for the best dialogues for
, this particular line was taken from the original Bangla film
. Director Shakti Samanta asked Aravinda Mukherjee who also wrote
’s screenplay, to write a Hindi version along with Ramesh Pant, who was a longtime-collaborator of Samanta’s.
In the original film, the famous line, “Pushpa, I hate tears” was merely part of a longer dialogue. But Samanta decided to use it to great effect, accentuated by Rajesh Khanna’s trademark style.
I love you KKKKK ... Kiran
Darr (1995), dialogues by Javed Siddiqui
The film’s climax deterred lead actors of the time from playing Rahul, as they didn’t want to get beaten up on screen by another actor. But Shah Rukh Khan went ahead and did the role.
Sunny Deol later protested that the Chopras had shortchanged him, and accused SRK of manipulating the story to win viewers’ sympathy. Yash Chopra denied this but Sunny never worked with them again.
Filmon mein teen cheezein chalti hain: Entertainment, enterainment, entertainment
Some dialogues in this film bordered on the vulgar, yet the way Vidya Balan delivered them ensured that they didn’t sound so. In an interview, Aroraa said that he wanted the lines to be naughty, not crass. “Audiences found lines like Tere pichkari mein dum nahi hai offensive. What they didn’t see is that she was responding to a lech making a pass at her.”
Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di, uske baad toh main khud ki bhi nahi sunta
The lines that sealed an already macho image of “bhai,” became hugely popular with audiences. And multiplied Salman Khan’s enormous mass appeal.
Ja Simran ja, jee le apni zindagi
This dialogue came to define liberation for all young girls in love, scared of their anti-romance /anti-love fathers, for generations!
Sattar minute hain tumhare paas
When asked by a film critic if the monologue was too melodramatic, writer Jaideep Sahni answered, “We have become too cynical, too corrupt. But in sports, it’s still the same. The ideals, the morals, the sportsmanship. You know, for us, when they play the national anthem in the theatre, we feel least interested but the sports guys, they still get goosebumps. It’s life and death for them.”
He said he didn’t know this sports world. So he stayed in the hostels of Sports Authority Of India (SAI), met people from this other world and then put them on paper.
Ek chutki sindoor ki keemat tum kya jaano, Ramesh babu?
This brilliant sequence was meant to be a spoof of old-school Hindi film melodramas of the ’50s and ’60s. But newbie heroine Deepika Padukone played the part so well, it hardly seemed like one!
Thappad se darr nahi lagta saab, pyaar se lagta hai
Dabangg (2010), dialogues by Dilip Shukla, Abhinav Kashyap
was first planned with Shiney Ahuja because director Abhinav Kashyap wanted to make a serious film about a corrupt cop. Salman came later!
Yeh jism pyaar karna nahi jaanta...yeh jaanta hai sirf bhook...
No other Hindi mainstream cinema heroine had uttered lines like this. Bipasha Basu was nominated in the Best Villain category (not Best Actress).
From HT Brunch, December 14
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