Remember the audition scene in Rang De Basanti (RDB) when Karan (Siddharth) is rehearsing a Bhagat Singh’s line–Mai Jaanta hoon aap meri shaadi karana chahtey hain par maine apni jawani desh ke naam kar di hai, meri dulhan to Azadi hai. Aapka aagya kaari beta Bhagat. The dialogues appeared so heavy for the actor that he ends up saying ‘Kaun baat karta hai re aise’. Well that was not just a scene in RDB but perhaps a lesson for the newage filmakers to do away with the trend of heavy dialogues that once ruled the industry.
Remember the era of 70s and 80 when ‘Dialogues by Kader Khan’ in casting roll used to be a formula for success. Most of the epic lines by Amitabh Bachchan, then, were penned by either Kader Khan or the Salim-Javed duo.
The likes of ‘Gaddari ke zameen se nikley makkari ke paudhey’ and ‘sapney aksar samudra ki lehron ki tarah haqeeqat ke chattan se takra ke bikhar jaatey hain’ were considered mature-writing and had its takers in cinema halls.
But audience taste gradually changed post Dil Chahta Hai (2001), and movie buffs of the internet generation found it difficult to relate with the complicated lines. They now wish to hear their favorite actors talk original on screen.
The grand success of Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Raanjhana, Dum Laga ke Haisha, Vicky Donor, Piku or Gangs of Wasseypur can be attributed to the dialogue writers of these films whose brilliantly scripted lines left a lasting impression on audiences’ mind, even after coming out of theatres.
In an interview after Raanjhana’s release, writer Himanshu Sharma had said he writes keeping in mind the origin of the actor in the film and try to bring the essence of the place in his lines. Remember, Kundan from Banaras saying ‘Humarey Uttar Pradesh me ladkyiaan sirf do tarah se patayi jaati hain. Mohalley ke laundo ka pyar aksar doctor engineer utha ke le jaatey hain.’ Sharat Kataryiya who directed Dum Laga ke Haisha believes audience should go nostalgic seeing his films and its originality and that can be done only through tight screenplay.
Well, Himanshu is back again and has hit the right chord with the sequel of Tanu Weds Manu (also written by him). The Anand L Rai-directed film is one of the trending topics among movie buffs these days. While the leading lady Kangana Ranaut and supporting cast are getting rave reviews for their powerpacked performances, the dialogues penned by Himanshu have acquired the status of no less than a hero. Not only Kangana, the funny one-liners from the film have made a huge impact on social media.
Some funny lines from Tanu Weds Manu Returns:
* Saaley ko original bhi yahi rakhey, duplicate bhi yahi rakhey
* Humko ek baar ghodi pe chadhna naseeb nahi hua, ye saaley ko tab se ghodi pe hi ghum rahey hain
* Sharma ji, hum jara bewafa kya huye aap to badchhalan ho gaye
* Eent se eent judni chahiye, cement bhaley Ambuja ka ho ya JK ka