The Top 25 Dialogues of Hindi Cinema
Film buff Sukanya Verma presents some of the most iconic Hindi film dialogues of all time.
Mr Gable stands corrected. I do give a damn.
A largely silent film may have swept top honors at the recent Oscars but dialogues continue to enjoy a formidable place in the movies. Right from bombastic and florid to pedestrian and monosyllabic, it's all about saying the right words at the right time.
Dialoguebaazi is the backbone of Bollywood's flamboyant personality. Right from its reliable stock of 'Apne aap ko kanoon ke hawale kar do' and 'Bhagwan ke liye mujhe chhod do' to the more distinct gems like 'Tumhare naam kya hai, Basanti' and 'Aap purush hi nahi, Maha purush hain' as well as the most recent punch-lines, 'Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost,' 'Filmein sirf teen cheezon ke wajah se chalti hain -- entertainment, entertainment, entertainment. Aur main entertainment hoon,' there's no dearth of quotable quotes in our movies.
Mouthing catchphrases or zingy lines is quite easily the most fun and addictive element in any cinema aficionado's conversation. But to pick 25 of its best ones from a heap of hundreds of movies, thousands of lines and millions of reasons is tougher than it looks.
Nonetheless, here's an assorted compilation of the most iconic, amusing and catchy movie quotes I love, arranged in a chronological order.
P:S: Don't forget to spam the message board with your picks.
1. 'Kaun kambakth hai jo bardasht karne ke liye peeta hai. Main toh peeta hoon ke bas saans le sakoon.'
Film: Devdas (1955)
Dialogues: Rajinder Singh Bedi
It's been more than half a century but Dilip Kumar's unforgettable anguish, as he conveys the pitiable desperation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's tragic hero, still evokes a feverish sigh.
Shah Rukh Khan's version does too. Out of exasperation, that is.
Image: Dilip Kumar in Devdas
'Salim tujhe marne nahi dega aur hum, Anarkali, tujhe jeene nahi denge'
Film: Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
Dialogues: Amanullah Khan, Kamal Amrohi, Wajahat Mirza and Ehsan Rizvi
Few are blessed with the baritone of Prithviraj Kapoor.
And he employs it to intimidate Madhubala's lovelorn Anarkali with an intent that's both -- unconcealed and epic.
Later, of course, the statement was distorted to become a popular Ajit (Incidentally, he essayed Durjan Singh in Mughal-E-Azam) joke: Liquid isse jeene nahi dega aur Oxygen isse marne nahi dega.
Image: Prithviraj Kapoor in Mughl-e-Azam
'Jinke ghar sheeshe ke hote hain woh doosron ke gharron par patthar nahi phenka karte'
Film: Waqt (1965)
How to make a well-known idiom into your own?
Answer. Raaj Kumar.
His classic style of delivery ensures you never quite forget this lesson in conduct.
Image: Raaj Kumar and Sadhana in Waqt
'Tum ahankaar ho, tumko marna hoga. Main aatma hoon, amar hoon'
Film: Guide (1966)
Dialogues: Vijay Anand
Although the entire monologue when Dev Anand's inner self discusses the conflict, between his worldly role and salvation of his soul, is exceptionally riveting, it's these profound lines that stand out most in explaining the transition.
Image: Dev Anand in Guide
'Babumoshai, zindagi aur maut uparwale ke haath hai. Usse na aap badal sakte hain na main'
Film: Anand (1971)
Nobody demonstrates the philosophy of Anand better than Anand himself.
What makes the truth in Gulzar's words even more effective is how they play out in the climax. Just when we start to mourn the loss of its vibrant titular character; comes in Rajesh Khanna's lively discourse on life and its unpredictability.
Embrace it, you do.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna in Anand
'Aap ke paon dekhey, bahut haseen hain, inhen zameen par mat utariyega, maile ho jayengey'
Film: Pakeezah (1972)
Dialogues: Kamal Amrohi
And words are all he has to take her heart away.
The grace and grandeur of Raaj Kumar's delicate observation is simply too precious to not give in.
The lovely Meena Kumari cannot help but reciprocate.
Image: Meena Kumari in Pakeezah
'Mujhse dosti karoge?'
Film: Bobby (1973)
Dialogues: Jainendra Jain
Bobby captures an entire generation's heart with her disarming exuberance, cutesy miniskirts and a warm, friendly proposition.
Best friends since 1973 and still going strong. Right, Ms Braganza?
Image: Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor in Bobby
Film: Badla (1974)
Dialogues: Jagdish Kanwal
Speaking of dialogues, can Shatrughan Sinha be behind?
Considering, it's his forte; the man's had many a rollicking, whistle-inducing lines to his credit.
But it's his utter conviction in hollering 'Khamosh' that continues to shut us up in delight till date.
Image: Shatrughan Singha in Badla
'Saara shaher mujhe loin ke naam se jaanta hai'
Film: Kalicharan (1976)
Dialogues: Jainendra Jain
It's not just the arrogance of Ajit's peculiar tone but the manner he chooses to pronounce Lion as Loin that makes all the difference in Subhash Ghai's directorial debut.
Image: Ajit in Kalicharan
'Kitne aadmi the?'
Film: Sholay (1975)
One could compile an entire slide show with Sholay's punch-lines (I've limited myself to three).
And while Amjad Khan's career best role has him saying a whole lot of cool stuff that continues to be revered and referenced with manic enthusiasm, his menacing inquiry, 'Kitne aadmi the?' leads the count.
Image: Amjad Khan and Viju Khote in Sholay
'Main iska khoon pee jaonga'
Film: Sholay (1975)
Dharmendra may have never played a vampire but the most memorable line of his career has him mocking one.
His incensed rage seems both justified and believable after he loses Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and unleashes his fury on the evil Gabbar in Salim-Javed's action-packed script.
Image: Dharmendra and Amjad Khan in Sholay
'Chal Dhanno, aaj teri Basanti ki izzat ka sawaal hai'
Film: Sholay (1975)
Being the most loquacious character in one of Bollywood's most beloved movies has its perks.
Salim-Javed's historic script ensured Hema Malini and the horse get their due as she takes on Gabbar's men with her 'Chal Dhanno' call that was later spoofed by Shah Rukh Khan with a rickshaw in Farah Khan's Main Hoon Naa.
Image: Hema Malini in Sholay
'Mere paas maa hai'
Film: Deewar (1975)
It takes a Maa to steal the scene from the otherwise invincible Amitabh Bachchan.
Only Salim-Javed could have cracked a retort of this stature.
Image: Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan in Deewar
'Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, namumkin hai'
Film: Don (1978)
There's something about the confidence of this statement where Amitabh Bachchan declares the implausibility of such possibility, it had to catch on.
No surprise then that even the generation, unacquainted with the original, succumbed to its charm when Shah Rukh Khan proclaimed the same in Farhan Akhtar's version.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Don
'Draupadi tere akele ki nahi hai, hum sab shareholder hain'
Film: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983)
Dialogues: Ranjit Kapoor, Satish Kaushik
Right from 'Yeh sab kya ho raha hai and Shaant gadadhari Bheem to Main Draupadi ke vastraharan ka idea drop kar diya hai, the famous Mahabharata play sequence can be quoted verbatim by its multitude of fans.
But it's the loutish argument made in Om Puri's corporate tone that draws unbridled laughs.
Image: A scene from Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron
'English is a very phunny language'
Film: Namak Halal (1982)
Dialogues: Surendra Nath Kaul
Whether or not English is a phunny language, there's no debating the seriously phunny contents of the Big B's long-winded, laugh-by-the-second gyaan to a befuddled Ranjeet in Prakash Mehra's zingy comedy.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Halal
'Mogambo Khush Hua'
Film: Mr India (1987)
Mr India may have the coolest gadgets and a super hot Sridevi for arm candy but it is Mogambo's knack for appreciation, in Amrish Puri's booming baritone, which adds to its overall 'khushi.'
Image: Amrish Puri in Mr India
'Rishte mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah'
Film: Shahenshah (1988)
Dialogues: Inder Raj Anand
Amitabh Bachchan's characters are easily the most quoted ones in Bollywood history.
So much that he paid a tribute to himself in Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap. But this slide show isn't exclusively dedicated to him. (Click here for that.)
Coming to Shahenshah, AB's grandiose opening as a midnight messiah, a desi Dark Knight is truly the baap of all introductions.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Shahenshah
'Main chhota sa, pyaara sa, nanha sa munna sa bacha hoon'
Film: Chaalbaaz (1989)
Dialogues: Kamlesh Pandey
It may be a Sridevi vehicle from start to finish but Shakti Kapoor made quite an impression with his goofy, over-the-top Balma everytime he goes, 'Main chhota sa, pyaara sa, nanha sa munna sa bacha hoon.'
So silly, so fun.
Image: Shakti Kapoor in Chaalbaaz
'Dosti ki hai, nibhani to padegi'
Film: Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
Dialogues: Sooraj R Barjatya
Long before Salman Khan battered the screen with one-liners about 'commitment,' 'cheds' and 'ehsaans,' he floored us and Suman with his sincerity and friendliness as Prem.
And that's what made the 'Friend' cap so hugely popular for the audience too believed, 'Dosti ki hai, nibhani to padegi.'
Image: Salman Khan and Bhagyashree in Maine Pyar Kiya
'Jab yeh dhaai kilo ka haath kisipe padta hain, toh aadmi uthta nahi, uth jaata hai'
Film: Damini (1993)
Dialogues: Dilip Shukla
In movies, threatening is an art form.
It requires a specialised degree of conviction. And hence when Sunny Deol flexes that dhaai kilo ka haath in the bad guy's face, you know he means business.
Instant classic, this.
Image: Sunny Deol in Damini
'Teja main hoon, mark idhar hai'
Film: Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
Dialogues: Rajkumar Santoshi, Dilip Shukla
Fans of Andaz Apna Apna could probably rattle off the entire script in their sleep.
There are so many gems and Paresh Rawal's, in a double role, hilariously insistent 'Teja main hoon, mark idhar hai' is the one I pick.
He has the mark, you see. Moreover, this one's so popular they even have t-shirts imprinted with the said quote.
Image: Paresh Rawal in Andaz Apna Apna
'Koi baat nahi Senorita, bade bade deshon main aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai'
Film: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1994)
Dialogues: Aditya Chopra and Javed Siddiqui
Mimicry artists may have had a field day stuttering, K-k-kiran.
Bollywood enthusiasts dig the heroism attached with 'Haar ke jitnewale ko Baazigar kehte hain' but Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge's 'Bade bade deshon mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai' is the one that influenced most real-time conversations.
Saying 'It happens' never felt this lyrical.
Image: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
'Ya toh dosti gehri hai ya yeh photo 3D hai'
Film: Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Dialogues: Farhan Akhtar
The new millennium brought a certain degree of normalcy in the way the actors spoke their lines.
Farhan Akhtar's urban story about three friends works on understated but effective wit.
And this one with Saif Ali Khan, trying to be the smart aleck, is most chuckle-worthy.
Image: Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Kulkarni in Dil Chahta Hai
'Tension nahi lene ka'
Munnabhai MBBS, 2003
Dialogues: Abbas Tyrewala
Rajkumar Hirani's Munnabhai MBBS has many attributes but its Sanjay Dutt's fluency in speaking the delectably written tapori lingo and the aforementioned catchphrase that interested the viewer's most.
It sure inspired me to write its review in kind.
Image: Sanjay Dutt in Munnabhai MBBS