The filmi style punch lines are back!

Once upon a time in Bollywood films, crying moms in their crumpled cotton saris would believe that ‘Mere Karan Arjun aayenge’ long after they had been killed; bad guys would sit on golden thrones, sporting hideous blond wigs, and say ‘Mogambo khush hua’; a golden hearted drunken lover would say ‘Pushpa, I hate tears’; a bandit king would ask his sidekick, ‘Ab tera kya hoga Kaalia’ and ’11 mulkon ki police’ would look for an underworld hero.

Just when we thought those iconic and sometimes genuinely funny one-liners were going to be relegated to history books, the return of the B-Town potboiler gave new hope and life to those punch-lines that had almost gone missing.

Thank god for Hindi masala films that helped revive the art of punch-lines. Now you have new age commercial filmmakers rediscovering the relevance of smart one-liners in helping create blockbusters. Everytime superstars like Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Amitabh Bachchan voiced their thoughts on screen, you could hear the thunderous round of applause and the almost unheard, ceetees. The year 2011 will go down in cinematic history as one that redefined the way our stars speak. On screen, of course!

Don 2
The year ended with SRK’s dhamakedaar dialoguebaazi. From well-versed one liners that included that cult ‘Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin… namumkin hai’ to new tongueteasers like, “‘Sir’ bahut shareef lagta hai, call me ‘Don'” and ‘Mr Mallik, aap meri maa ko nahin jaante the’. The dialogues of the film also started an entire series of ‘Donisms’ that’s on everyone’s lips now.

Mr Salman Khan had already played his pivotal part in kick-starting the trend of powerful punch-lines with Wanted and Dabangg; but he’s not had enough of them. Sample this, ‘Bodyguard hoon, dhoondh nikalunga’ to the almost memorable, ‘Mujh par ek ehsaan karna, ke mujhpe koi ehsaan mat karna’. There are more Salman-isms after every 15 minutes with one random line in Sallu-ishtyle. Who wants story-lines and plots? After directing the same film in three other languages, Siddique got his punch power right in his Bollywood directorial debut.

‘Main kutta hun, yeh meri kutiya hai; aaya mausam kat ne ka… Bow Wow’ is an almost spoof of a song from “Maine Pyaar Kiya” and now a film dialogue too! Salman Khan re-established the old Bollywood saying, ‘dialogues alone can bring audience to cinema halls, was
re-established in this Anees Bazmee flick that saw Salman mouthing lines like, ‘Teen cheezo ko kabhi underestimate mat karna; I, me and myself’.

Years after he thought standing on two speeding bikes was the coolest thing ever, Ajay Devgn did something cooler (and we are not talking of his tattoos). Clad in khaki hues, he said, ‘Abhi ke abhi’ to ‘Meri zarooratein kam hai, isliye mere iman me dum hai’ – Ajay was surely dumdaar enough to carry the movie to the next level – the opening collections created new BO record. Even baddie Prakash Raj got his share of one-liners, ‘Ata mazhi satakli’, to which Devgn replied, ‘Ata tujhi satkel.’

The dirty picture
Director Milan Luthria and producer Ekta Kapoor clearly understood how badly the audience wanted to wolf-whistle and throwing chillars everytime the hero/heroine spoke her/his lines. Here was a heroine who delivered one liners that could give her male counterparts (in the film and the industry) a run for their money. Vidya Balan topped the year with her impeccable performance and flawlessly dished out an entire series of witty punch lines that might have been also instrumental in the film’s A-certification. Vidya’s ‘main entertainment hoon’ and ‘Mera naam badnaam hokar hua hain’ were simply teasers that sent the audience drooling in collective fantasy in the dark confines of a movie theatre. Ooooh la la anyone?

Buddah Hoga Terra Baap
The original angry young man and the principal packs some more power-packed lines in his new, revamped macho avatar. In Puri Jagannath’s Hindi directorial debut Big B’s is the angry not so young man whose dialogues are ‘beeped’ into silence (this one is to save the Censor Board some time and hassle, and leave the room open for imagination). His epic one-liner ‘Hum jahan khade hote hai, line wahin se shuru ho jati hai’ shared space with many brand new ones like ‘Yeh aaj-kal ke bachche hamen copy karne lage hai’ in the film.

Dialogues abhi baaki hai
The five minute long frustrated lover’s rant and rave in Pyaar Ka Punchnama by the character of Rajat (Kartik Tiwari), the giggling trio of “Delhi Belly” and many other movies like “Yeh Saali Zindagi” and “Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster” also deserve mention here for working hard to live up to the trend of ‘dialogues are back’.

With upcoming remakes like “Agneepath” and “Chasme Baddoor” (remembered for their witty one-liners), looks like there will be plenty of bindaas bol moment for us in store. In upcoming films like “Rowdy Rathod” (‘Ilaka tera, dhamaka mera’ and ‘Faulad ki aulaad’) the dialoguebaazi continues unabated.

Courtesy : TOI


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