“Mere paas dialogue hai…”

March 4, 2009

The last thing I expected A.R. Rahman to do during his Oscar speech is invoke Salim-Javed. After all, you don’t expect to hear one of Bollywood’s most famous dialogues on Hollywood’s biggest night. But in hindsight, I am so glad he said “mere paas maa hain.”

Not only did he demonstrate his love and respect for his mother, he also pretty much made that particular one-liner from Hindi cinema world famous. Melodramatic and over-the-top though it may have been, Shashi Kapoor saying those four words to his brother (Amitabh Bachchan) in “Deewar” remains one of my favourite moments in Indian cinema.

Following close behind is another Bachchan moment, when he ambles up to Basanti in “Sholay” and drawls “tumhara naam kya hai, Basanti”, after actress Hema Malini has finished regaling him and Veeru with her life story. That scene never fails to crack me up.

I did a quick poll in office and it turns out “Sholay” features on most people’s lists, but so do Yash Raj films. And although I never quite warmed up to the fact that “bade bade deshon mein, aisi choti choti baatein hoti rehti hai,” a lot of people are huge fans of that line.

So, what is your favourite Bollywood one-liner?

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How about “main tumhare bachche ki maa banne wali hoon” or something like that.

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