Just like most children growing up in India, I’ve grown up on a steady diet of Hindi films, right from the time I uttered my first words. If my neighbors are to be believed, I started repeating trashy dialogues from Hindi films earlier than most kids start with nursery rhymes.
Today I happened to witness an excellent scenario on the street. A motorcycle rider accidentally bumped into an aunty, who was already bugged by the ever rising prices of pulses and vegetables. Consequently a major scene was created, mostly by the super jobless people on the street. The hapless motorcycle rider was in the eye of the storm when suddenly a wise old uncle came from nowhere and uttered those magic words “Shaant Gadadhari Bheem, Shaant” from the brilliant ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ to the aunty, holding a huge bitter gourd in a warrior-like pose. Everyone started laughing and forgot about everything that was going on. Oh, The magic of Hindi movies!
Events like these and many more have inspired me to write about some of those epic lines that have been etched into my subconscious for eternity. Here are some of my favorites:
- “Suresh/Ramesh/Mahesh/Paresh, Main Tumhare Bacche Ki Maa Banne Wali Hoon!”
- Source: Every second movie in the 80s
A perfect line which blended pain, anguish, shock and happiness – all in a tone, which was matched by nothing else on the planet.
- “Ye Haath Mujhe De De Thakur!”
- Source: Sholay
Who can forget the brilliant way in which Gabbar said these words? What most of us do not realize is that this was a masterstroke by the writers to show the homosexual undercurrents between the two characters, by making Gabbar ask Thakur for his hand.
- “Mere Paas Bangla Hai, Gaadi Hai, Bank Balance Hai Tumhare Paas Kya Hai?” “Mere Paas Maa Hai.”
- Source: Deewar
I have a feeling that Shashi Kapoor, behind that smug grin was content having Maa, mainly because what Amitabh Bacchan did not realize was that the Bangla, Gaadi, Bank Balance etc were all registered under Maa’s name.
- “Mujhe Bhagwan Ke Liye Chodd Do!”
- Source: Almost every film featuring Shakti Kapoor
Made even more amazing by the great Shakti Kapoor always saying “Bhagwan Ke Liye Chodd Doonga, Toh Main Kya Karunga?” Genius.
- “Don Ko Pakadna Mushkil Hi Nahi, Namumkin Hai”
- Source: Don
This line would have easily made the top of my list, if only a certain Ham-of-an-actor hadn’t ruined it for me, forever.
- “Kitne Aadmi The?”
- Source: Sholay
Yet another cleverly crafted example of Gabbar’s homosexual tendencies. (And you thought Samba rubbing his hands suggestively, every now and then, was just a mannerism?) Well played Salim-Javed. Well played.
- “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota."
- Source: Mard
A line that made almost all the males in the country wince and act manly, even if it hurt like a bitch at times, for decades to come. And it still haunts us. So much for Metrosexuality.
- “Police Ne Tumhe Charon Taraf Se Gher Liya Hain”
- Source: Every third movie of the 80s
Whenever I heard this line, I almost always wished the criminal would shout out, for once, “Toh Kya Ab Garba Khelne Ka Irada Hai?”