When Bollywood aced retro
Imran Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has taken to a long-standing Bollywood fad and features Khan paying tribute to the big Khans of the industry: Salman and Shah Rukh.
Parodies of the legendary retro era have been extremely popular in Bollywood off late. And rightfully so. If executed properly, these 'tributes' make for supremely entertaining sequences and have a history of developing a sort of a cult following of their own.
Here, then, we present some of the best on-screen tributes we've seen in the recent past:
In Salman Khan's recent superhit, the actor takes his Veer heroine Zarine Khan for a trip down memory lane as he doffs his hat to classic films like Barsaat, Mughal-E-Azam and Sholay in the song Character Dheela.
It's sweet but the dheela-ness of the song makes this more spoof than homage.
Image: A still from Ready
Image: A still from 3 Idiots
Dil Chahta Hai
Kulkarni clearly spoofs different actresses (most memorably Madhuri Dixit, dhak-dhakking) while Saif takes on testosteroney hero roles he was never any good at.
Image: A still from Dil Chahta Hai
Om Shanti Om
Farah, a longtime admirer of Manmohan Desai, pays tribute to him whenever she can, but this is one of the most spectacular examples.
Image: A Om Shanti Om movie poster
Bachna Ae Haseeno
The Yash Raj film didn't have to look much further than their own Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, as the Minissha Lamba chapter was completely and utterly DDLJ redux.
Image: A still from Bachna Ae Haseeno
I Hate Luv Storys
Many films are parodied in the process, like Saawariya, but nobody is skewered quite like the film's own producer Karan Johar, a version of whom is played by Samir Soni.
Image: A still from I Hate Luv Storys
Luck By Chance
He's a funny character, but, as the films bleeds on, wins our heart. Well, enough of it, anyway.
Image: A Luck By Chance movie poster
Image: A still from Dev D