[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hough the last year’s Best Film Oscars went to the silent Masterpiece “The Artist”, yet dialogues continue to maintain quite an invaluable place in our Hindi films. Whether it’s the 70s cult classic Sholay or 90s romantic journey Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, dialogues form the heart and soul of every film. In commercial cinema, it’s all about amusing punch lines and mouthing the right phrases at the right time.

Dialogues not only bring the fun element in the story but also form the backbone of the Hindi Cinema Showbiz. On one side, where Bollywood has a consistent stock of typical dialogues like “Apne aap ko kanoon ke hawale kar do” and “Bhagwan ke liye mujhe chhod do”, then on the other side, there are some marvelous gems like “Dosti ki hai nibhani to padegi hi” and “Jab yeh dhaai kilo ka haath kisipe padta hai, toh aadmi uthta nahi, uth jaata hai”, that have transcended the clichés and etched into our memories.

As a tribute to the 100 years of Indian cinema and iconic Dialogue Writers of all times, Pandolin enlists below top 20 movie quotes that are still popular among cine audiences:

 01slid2“Agar aisa na hua to Salim tujhe marne nahin dega aur hum Anarkali tujhe jeene nahin denge – Undoubtedly, this one dialogue pretty much sums up the entire film and eminent love story of Anarkali and Salim. Uttered by Prithviraj Kapoor who portrayed the role of Akbar in Mughal E Azam, this dialogue works out powerfully for the success of the film.

“Babumoshai, zindagi aur maut uparwale ke haath hai. Usse na aap badal sakte hain na main– This simple philosophy of life penned by Gulzar and voiced by Rajesh Khanna in the climax of the film Anand brought audiences to tears. It’s a dialogue par excellence with tons of grief and sensitivity rooted in it.


“Pushpa, I hate tears – Another hysterical dialogue from Rajesh Khanna’s starrer Amar Prem that created rage just like the super star himself.

“Aap ke paon dekhey, bahut haseen hain, inhen zameen par mat utariyega, maile ho jayengey” These words uttered by Raj Kumar in his heroic and graceful style just took away Meena Kumari’s heart in the golden classic Pakeezah penned by Kamal Amrohi.


“Kitne aadmi the?”Sholay was one film that was stuffed with a massive series of classy dialogues. However, it was Gabbar Singh’s this dialogue that we still like to mock and speak.

“Mere paas maa hai – This dialogue written by Salim-Javed and narrated by Shashi Kapoor in the 70s Hindi film Deewar is one simple yet extremely powerful line that embraces lots of emotions and feeling.

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“Sara shehar mujhe Loyan (Lion) ke naam se janata hai – This is one of the most memorable dialogues of Indian Cinema’s popular Villain Ajit.  He had his own peculiar style of delivering dialogues that made these lines from the film Kaalicharan iconic.

“Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, namumkin hai” It was such an iconic dialogue penned by Salim-Javed that not only one but two superstars uttered it in their own signature style. First Amitabh Bachchan in original Don and then Shahrukh Khan in Farhan Akhtar’s remake of the film.


“Rishte mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah – This power packed dialogue spoken in Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone voice immediately created waves among his fans just within few days of Shahenshah release.

“Agneepath Agneepath Agneepath – Originally, Agneepath is a poem written by Amitabh Bachhan’s father Late Shri Harivansh Rai ‘Bachchan while the actor immortalized his father’s words repeating them at the end of every verse.

“I can talk English, I can walk English, I can run English… because English is a very phunny language” – When Amitabh Bachchan acted in his usual humorous style and voiced these dialogues in the Hindi flick Namak Halal, it effectively left Indian audiences in splits.


“Mogambo Khush Hua” Amrish Puri was truly extraordinary in his role of Mogamo in Shekhar Kapur’s Mr.India and this dialogue is colloquially used even today to convey feelings of ecstasy in filmy way.

“Hum angrezon ke zamaane ke jailor hain” – This is another gem of a dialogue from celebrated film Sholay that’s been spoken by Asrani as he warns the prison inmates in his distinctive Great Dictator inspired style.


“Tareekh pe tareekh, tareekh pe tareekh, tareekh pe tareekh milti gayi My Lord, Per insaaf nahi mila – This influential dialogue from the Sunny Deol starrer Damini not only narrates the character’s situation but also reflects upon the realistic condition of the society. Even today, when things get delayed in our system, people tend to utter these lines casually.

“Mere Karan Arjun Aayenge – It was such a simple line with no great significance but what made it truly exemplary was the Rakhee’s undying believe in the return of her dead sons in the blockbuster film, Karan Arjun.


“Dosti ka ek usool hai, madam: no sorry, no thank you” – Salman Khan as Prem just floored the audiences along with his love interest Suman in his debut film, Maine Pyaar kiya. He utters this dialogue with such warmth and friendliness, that Prem became the ultimate hero of every girl’s dream.

“Kabhi kabhi kuch jeetne ke liye kuch harna bhi padta hai, aur haar kar jeetnay wale ko baazigar kehte hain”Baazigar being one of the most successful films of Shahrukh Khan’s early career gave his fans some of the best lines to chant and recite and this dialogue definitely tops the list.


“Bade bade shehron mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain” – Not for nothing, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge remains the longest running film in the Indian cinematic history. A major reason for its success can be credited to its dialogues apart from the great performances, exotic locations, musical extravagance and romantic theme.

“Main apni favorite hun” – Till date, Geet remains the most memorable role essayed by Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met and what made this role truly exceptional was its peppy and real-life dialogues penned by Imtiaz Ali.

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Filmein sirf teen cheezon ke wajah se chalti hain- entertainment, entertainment, entertainment. Aur main entertainment hoon” – Sensuously articulated by gorgeous Vidya Balan, this catchy dialogue from Dirty Picture has been enormously liked by young audiences.