Words have so much power and it’s a wonder how a bundle of letters strung together can convey just about every emotion known to mankind — love, hurt, anger, laughter as well as feelings that are yet unnamed. Words can break a heart or make a life; cost you a job or win you an Oscar award!
I was bitten by the film bug since I was a kid. But as a kid I was not enamoured so much by locations and scenery in films as I was by dialogues. Certain lines from some really awesome movies have stuck with me and have not just inspired me but have also shaped my thoughts and opinions about things that matter.
Starting with Casablanca, in which Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) very matter-of-factly tells Rick (Humphrey Bogart), “I love you so much. I hate war so much” — a clear, straightforward confession of love. No long-winded drama and no complicated sentiments — just an honest confession that has instilled in me the very base of love.
A lot of the dialogues also helped me understand people and relationships.Right from understanding the simple rules of friendship with Dosti ki hai...nibhani to padegi with Maine Pyaar Kiya, to how girls and boys differ in their idea of a soulmate with Hum sab ke liye koi na koi banaya gaya hai...from Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
One of my all time favourite Hindi films is Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and a dialogue that stayed with me was when Shah Rukh Khan expressed his belief of right over wrong that he got from his mother, Galat raasta bahut aasan hoga, tumhe apni taraf kheechega. Sahi raasta bahut mushkil hoga, shuru shuru mein tumhe bahut kathinaiyon ka saamna karna padega, magar ant mein jeet tumhari hogi. The expression was simple and yet so clear with his idea of true love and his commitment to the right over the wrong.
But then again, there are certain lines whose meaning you don’t grasp the first time round. You need to keep revisiting them until you realise that you have a fresh perspective on life! Like when Harvey Dent says in The Dark Knight, “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” We all have shades of grey in our personalities but at iconic moments in our lives, it boils down to either black or white.
Another superhero —Spiderman helped me get a sense of accountability and the correct use of power when available in abundance, with his line, “With great power comes great responsibility”. It created not just a deep sense of humility, but also a sense of self assurance along with undeniable faith.
So yes, All izz well (sic) with my love affair with words and the power they radiate. Why don’t you spend this week in tracing back the lines that made you who you are? Until next week Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna!