#Dialoguebaazi: The tough men
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...
Ye police station hai, tumhare baap ka ghar nahi
Zanjeer (1973), dialogues by Salim Khan-Javed Akhtar
The script was rejected by Raj Kumar and Dev Anand. Raj Kumar even told director Prakash Mehra that he didn’t like the smell of his hair oil so he could not sign the film. Dev Anand said it was too serious and there were no romantic songs.
Haar kar jeetne waaley ko baazigar kehte hain
Far removed from the mush-dripping romantic hero, Shah Rukh Khan played the ruthless, vengeance-seeking character of Ajay Sharma in Baazigar. And this particular dialogue sums up the riveting plot of the film.
Kutte, kameene, main tera khoon pee jaoonga
This line has come to represent what ‘Garam Dharam’ is all about in his action films! Oft repeated for effect in other movies, this was probably the first time the line was used.
Mumbai ka king kaun? Bhiku Mhatre
Anurag Kashyap was about 25 when he met Ram Gopal Varma who asked him to write a script based on a one-line idea: “Let’s put Howard Roark of
in the Mumbai underworld.”
Kashyap began writing but RGV brought in Saurabh Shukla because he felt someone more mature should be involved. They went to RGV’s farmhouse in Hyderabad and wrote the first draft in a week. When they were discussing what to name the characters – who had to look and sound real – the office boy entered and RGV said, “Bhiku, teen coffee lana...”
Jab yeh dhaai kilo ka haath kisi pe padta hai, toh aadmi uthta nahi, uth jaata hai
Sunny Deol’s dhaai kilo ka haath made its presence strongly felt with this movie. So impactful was his portrayal of an angry stud (he plays a lawyer) spewing masculinity and a sense of justice, that the image spilled over to his later roles. Be it
where he famously uproots a handpump, Deol’s image as the powerful action hero lives on even now.
Rishtey mein toh hum tumhare baap hotey hain, naam hai Shahenshah
When he was working on Shahenshah, Amitabh Bachchan was suffering from a muscular condition and the weight of the steel arm alone in that famous costume was 18 kg!
Babumoshai hum to rangmanch ki kathputliyan hain jiski dor us upar wale ke haathon main hai
This is probably Rajesh Khanna’s most famous line. More philosophical than hero-type, but it’s unforgettable. In the film, this dialogue is first delivered by Johnny Walker who played the role of a theatre actor Eesabhai Suratwala.
Anand (Rajesh Khanna) learns the dialogue from Eesabhai, then goes to Babumoshai’s (Amitabh Bachchan) house and records the lineon a spool tape, punctuated by hearty laughter towards the end.
Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost
This has become SRK’s signature phrase and he uses it in almost every interview and film (
and his latest hit
Happy New Year
). When director Rohit Shetty called Mayur Puri to work with him on his next film, Mayur answered, “First pay me for my line you used in
.” A film was even named after the dialogue, starring Suniel Shetty (2012). It flopped, proving it was SRK’s magic more than the line.
Hum jahan khade ho jaate hain, line wahin se shuru hoti hai
The dialogues were written by actor-director Tinu Anand’s father, Inder Raj Anand. Tinu had been chasing Amitabh Bachchan for a year to narrate his script, but Bachchan’s busy schedule got in the way. Finally Tinu cornered the actor and narrated his script. When he finished, Big B was silent.
Tinu said, “You don’t have to tell me you liked my script. I know you did.” “How do you know that?” asked Bachchan. Tinu replied, “People told me that if Amitabh is hearing a script and he looks at the sky and starts stroking his hair, it means the script is rejected. I’m glad you did neither.” Bachchan liked Tinu’s confidence and signed the film.
Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi namumkin hai
Salim-Javed were unable to sell the script for a long time, until director Chandra Barot and producer Nariman Irani bought it. It was rejected by Dev Anand, Prakash Mehra, Jeetendra. When Irani approached Salim, he said, “Humare paas ek breakfast script padi hai.” Nariman said “Chalega.” That’s how Don was made.
From HT Brunch, December 14
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