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#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...

brunch Updated: Dec 12, 2014 19:47 IST
Asad Ali and Yasser Usman
Asad Ali and Yasser Usman
Hindustan Times
Maine Pyar Kiya,Sooraj Barjatya,Mughal-e-Azam

#Dialoguebaazi: The romantics
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...

Dosti kee hai, nibhani to padegi hee / Dosti mein no sorry, no thank you

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), dialogues by Sooraj Barjatya

Salman’s dialogue as well as the accessories in that scene – his jacket, the famous ‘Friend’ cap – became a rage. Director Sooraj Barjatya was fascinated by the film

Top Gun,

so he designed the jacket based on it. The ‘Friend’ cap was also his idea – perhaps to underline the connect (read friendship) between the boy and the girl.

Tum nahi samjhoge Rahul... kuch kuch hota hai

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), dialogues by Karan Johar

Karan Johar asked Javed Akhtar to write the lyrics of this film but he turned him down, saying he felt the title was vulgar. He later said, “Now I feel stupid about it. I’d be lying if I said I don’t regret turning it down. It was a sweet film.”

Main aur meri tanhai aksar ye baatein karte hain, tum hoti toh aisa hota, tum hoti toh waisa hota

Silsila (1981), dialogues by Romesh Sharma

In an interview to BBC, director Yash Chopra said, “I was always scared [during


]... Jaya is his wife and Rekha is his girlfriend – the same story is going on [in real life]. Anything could have happened because they are working together.”

Koi baat nahi senorita, bade bade shehron main aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), dialogues by Javed Siddiqui

Shah Rukh’s charm in ths film sent girls into a trance and made each one of them feel like a senorita! And the dialogues by Javed Siddiqui won him a Best Dialogue Award.

Pyar soch samajh kar nahin kiya jaata... bas ho jaata hai

Dil Chahta Hai (2001), dialogues by Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar says, “I didn’t want any of the characters to speak a language I was not familiar with. So I wrote it in the Hindi I know, which has a lot of English.”

Aapke paon dekhey...bahut haseen hain, inhen zameen par mat utariyega, maile ho jayengey

Pakeezah (1972), dialogues by Kamal Amrohi

Ironically, as a courtesan, Sahibjaan had to put those same feet on the floor and soil them by dancing mujras to entice men. The note that Raj Kumar left for Sahibjaan gave her hope even as she avoided unwelcome attention from her patrons.

Kaanton ko murjhane ka khauf nahin. Phool to murjhha jaate hain, lekin kaante daaman thhaam lete hain

Mughal-e-Azam (1960), dialogues by Amanullah Khan, Kamal Amrohi, Ehsan Rizvi, Wajahat Mirza

Director K Asif (Karimuddin Asif) recruited four Urdu writers to develop the screenplay and dialogue: Aman (Zeenat Aman’s father, also known as Amanullah Khan), Wajahat Mirza, Kamaal Amrohi, and Ehsan Rizvi. It is said that for the climax of the film K Asif asked all the writers to write their own drafts. They were then put together and the best lines were taken.

Mujhse dosti karoge?

Bobby (1973), dialogues by Jainendra Jain

In November 1973, almost eight months after her wedding, Dimple’s first film


was released. Since she’d got married during the shooting, the mehndi on her hands can be seen in the song

Mujhe kuch kehna hai


Riding on Laxmikant–Pyarelal chartbusters and a fresh lead pair,


gave new style and a new language to Hindi cinema. It was a trendsetter in more ways than one. Like Shah Rukh Khan said in one of his interviews, “Before


, Indian cinema was about men and women, but after


, it became about boys and girls.”

The dialogues and songs of


became so popular that later, some films took their titles from


’s dialogues and songs. For example,

Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai


Mujhse Dosti Karoge

. (Interestingly, both films had a Kapoor connection – they starred Kareena Kapoor).

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First Published: Dec 11, 2014 19:05 IST