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No shaan patti this. Just check out the way the city speaks, tadka marke types. Ashok Rai celebrates Bollywood stars who care for their dialoguebaazi.

entertainment Updated: Jan 14, 2009 20:50 IST
Ashok Rai
Ashok Rai
Hindustan Times

No shaan patti this. Just check out the way the city speaks, tadka marke types. Ashok Rai celebrates Bollywood stars who care for their dialoguebaazi.

Dilip Kumar: No one can touch Yusuf saab for pronunciation, expression and those deafening pauses which were more expressive than a thousand words.
Must hear: Uran Khatola, Amar, Devdas.. practically everything he acted in.

Naseeruddin Shah: Excellent. Period.
Must hear: From Nishant right to A Wednesday (forget Tridev)

Amitabh Bachchan: Picked up a trick or two from Dilip Kumar and evolved his own distinct, baritone style.. particularly good during those angry young days. Too much haiiiiinh now.
Must hear: Deewaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Agneepath, KBC shows.

Shatrughan Sinha: Khamosh!
Must hear: From Mere Apne to Khudgarz (forget Aan:Men at Work).

Rishi Kapoor: Knows his Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English without stress or strain.
Must hear: From Bobby to Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic.

Rekha: Knows her Urdu inflections perfectly.. a husky voice.. terrific at accents and dictions. Considered the Best Dubbing Artiste after you-know-who.
Must hear: Muqaddar ka Sikandar, Khubsurat, Umrao Jaan.

Shabana Azmi: Dramatic, home bred in Urdu, adept at pitching dialogue to just the right level.
Must hear: Arth, Mandi, practically everything she acts in.

Anupam Kher: Fluent in any dialect.
Must hear:Saaransh to A Wednesday.

Tabu: Understated, underpitched and yet gets every nuance of the language she speaks in, spot-on. Also outstanding in Telugu.
Must hear:Maachis, Astitva, The Namesake.

Govinda: Despite his tendency to go crazily colloquial, he’s excellent in Hindi dialogue, now if only he got dialogue writers who wouldn’t make falooda of his zubaan.
Must hear: In snatches from his movies..and if you interview him.

Ajay Devgan: Cool, correct pronunciation and fluency.
Must hear: Phool aur Kaante, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Company.

Shah Rukh Khan: Has the Delhi lehza. Initially had the trademark stutter k.. k.. k.. k but dispensed that to give shape to each one of his words.
Must hear: Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Swades, Chak De! India, Rab ne Bana di Jodi.

Aamir Khan: Effortless, at home in pronunciation and diction.. can be tops in street smart stuff too (Rangeela)
Must hear: Qayamat se Qayamat Tak, practically everything he has acted in.

Manoj Bajpai: Can speak in different tongues and expressions, as easily as changing outfits.
Must hear: Tamanna to everything he has acted in.

Sushmita Sen: Self-taught and yet fluid, especially Hindi.
Must hear: Sirf Tum.

Vidya Balan: Crisp and poetic in the Gulzarish vein. Like Meryl Streep, does homework on the dialect she is supposed to speak in for a role.. knows Urdu poetry and can actually recite it.
Must hear:Parineeta.

We miss them: Prithviraj Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Raaj Kumar.

Run for cover right now: Katrina Kaif, Upen Patel, Jiah Khan, Deepika Padukone, Zayed Khan, Fardeen Khan, Lara Dutta, Kangana Ranaut.

First Published: Jan 14, 2009 18:30 IST