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Meet Bollywood's MOST Beloved Characters

Last updated on: December 19, 2012 16:32 IST

Meet Bollywood's MOST Beloved Characters

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It's not always about the hero or heroine -- though sometimes we love them too.

No matter how big the film, there are very few that create characters truly worth remembering.

With one such character returning to screens this Friday, here's a look at him and nine others who have entrenched themselves firmly into public memory:

Chulbul Pandey from Dabangg

Maybe it's the sunglasses, maybe it's the moustache, maybe it's the uniform.

Or maybe it's just that Chulbul Pandey epitomises the brashness and absurd glory of Salman Khan at its looniest, celebrating every aspect of the superstar.

No matter what reason, the public love him -- as declared by the box office numbers.

Image: Salman Khan in Dabangg


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Geet from Jab We Met

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"Main apni favourite hoon," trilled Kareena Kapoor in this film, but the public loved her Geet just as much.

An outspoken, reckless and genuinely gutsy Sikhni, Geet might not know better when seedy hotels charge by the hour but has her own ways of finding catharsis.

A truly independent girl, this, and her spunk made her quite the icon.



Image: Kareena Kapoor in Jab We met


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Circuit from Munna Bhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai

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Sure, the Munna Bhai franchise has Sanjay Dutt as the lovable goon and Boman Irani in great roles, but Arshad Warsi as circuit is an absolute scene-stealer.

Authentically tapori and effortlessly hilarious, the sincere (and doggedly loyal) Circuit is the kind of character audiences everywhere love rooting for.

Image: Arshad Warsi in Lage Raho Munna Bhai


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Barfi from Barfi!

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Ranbir Kapoor's Barfi might not have gotten to speak much in this year's hit, but he was quite a sensation with audiences across the country as he, guilelessly and forever smiling, stole our hearts with silent-movie flair.

And it wasn't all slapstick laughs; his Barfi managed to provide moments of genuine heartbreak and sadness as well.

Image: Ranbir Kapoor in Barfi!

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Babli from Bunty Aur Babli

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This lunatic tale of couple of conmen wouldn't have been anything as special without this cinema-bred smalltown heroine, a girl who just believed that anything was possible: and fast.

It's a confidence game, and with the irrepressible Babli, Rani Mukerji created a character who was likely to distract us all while she stole our wallets.


Image: Rani Mukerji in Bunty Aur Babli


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Dr Chaddha in Vicky Donor

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He might not have been the film's hero, but Dr Chaddha, as played by Annu Kapoor, was the character holding Vicky Donor together, and also the good-natured champion of the film's cause who we couldn't stop quoting.

The way he reduced the world to sperm ("Confused sperm," "intelligent sperm") remains persistently in our heads.

Image: Annu Kapoor in Vicky Donor


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Coach Kabir Khan from Chak De! India

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Nobody quite gave us a cinematic pep talk like this coach.

Shah Rukh Khan got a team of unruly women and turned them into champions, and made all us viewers believe, every step of the way.

His final talk to his team -- a spiel about the most important 70-minutes of life -- gave us goosepimples and remains unforgettable.

No wonder his team finally won.


Image: Shah Rukh Khan in Chak De! India


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Bob Biswas from Kahani

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Never before had we seen assassins as soft-spoken (or, indeed, as out of shape) as this pudgy life insurance agent who doubled up as a stealthy, lethal hitman.

Saswata Chatterjee's Bob Biswas is one of the greatest characters we've seen this year or any other, and we're hoping those rumours about him getting his own film/TV series are true.

Image: Saswata Chatterjee in Kahaani


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Bhuvan from Lagaan

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If we applaud SRK for getting together an unlikely group to make them champions, well we must first look to Aamir Khan who did it on an even bigger scale -- and with an even more insane band of misfits.

Aamir's Bhuvan defiantly took on the British and played the game for the greatest odds, coming up on top in the end. It's almost Dhoni-like.


Image: Aamir Khan in Lagaan

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Sameer from Dil Chahta Hai

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Aamir was the big draw in Farhan Akhtar's debut film, but when we walked out of the smash hit, all we could talk about was Saif Ali Khan and his fantastic, flippant, flirty fool of a character, Sameer.

Sameer who was henpecked, then hoodwinked, and then amused by a man who bought his girl red balloons.

He laughed hard, and we laughed with him.


Image: Saif Ali Khan in Dil Chahta Hai


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