Bollywood dialogues…

Recently FCB-Ulka Advertising conducted a survey on Bollywood dialogues to find out the most popular movie dialogues. The survey results were astonishing. Almost all the popular dialogues were from older movies.

Amitabh Bachchan dominates the list of most-liked dialogues. Amjad Khan’s Gabbar Singh takes top 4 places out of seven in the villain dialogue category. And among the movies, Sholay stands head and shoulders above the rest, even after 30 years of its initial release. Here are the results:

Top Hero Dialogues

  1. Kabhi kabhi kuch jeetne ke liye kuch harna bhi padta hai. Aur har kar jeetne walon ko Baazigar kehte hain, kya kehte hain? Baazigar. — Baazigar
  2. Rishte mein hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah. — Shahenshah
  3. Mere paas ma hai. — Deewar
  4. Tareekh pe tareekh milti rahi hai lekin insaaf nahin milta. Milti hai to sirf tareekh. Kanoon ke dalalon ne tareekh ko ek hathiyar ki tarah istemaal kiya hai.— Damini
  5. Main aur meri tanhai aksar yeh baate karte hain, tum hoti to aisa hota, tum hoti to waisa hota, tum is baat par hansti, us baat par hairan hoti. — Silsila
  6. Mera naam Raju hai, main us desh ka vasi hoon jis desh mein Ganga behti hai. — Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai
  7. Jab ye dhai kilo ka haath kisi par padta hai, to admi uthta nahin, uth jata hai. — Damini
  8. Anarkali, Salim ki mohabbat tumhe marne nahin degi aur hum tumhe jeene nahin denge. — Mughal-e-Azam
  9. Jao pahle us admi ka sign lekar aao, jisne mere haath pe yeh likha – Mera baap chor hai.— Deewar

Top Villain Dialogues

  1. Mogambo khush hua! — Mr India
  2. Pachas-pachas kos dur tak jab bachcha rota hai toh maa bolti hai beta so ja, nahin to Gabbar aa jayega. — Sholay
  3. Tera kya hoga re Kaaliya? — Sholay
  4. Sara shahar mujhe Lion ke naam se jaanta hai. — Kalicharan
  5. Idhar bhau ko election jitaye kaun? Bhikhu Mhatre. Mumbai ka king kaun? Bhikhu Mhatre.— Satya
  6. Ye haath mujhe de de Thakur.— Sholay
  7. Arrey o Sambha, kitne aadmi the? — Sholay

More details in the article Mere paas dialgue hai by Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi (December 11, 2005).

To read an IT version of Sholay (Story, script and dilogues by Silverine) read Entertainment Taxed.


  1. Geo said,

    January 6, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    Too good.. :_)

    Nice to see all these timeless dialogues once again…

  2. James Bright said,

    January 6, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    That means, ‘the old is the gold still…!’
    The new generation writers have yet to find the real success…!
    Thanks for collecting all these valuable information, Alexis.
    Really interesting.

  3. Alexis Leon said,

    January 6, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    Geo & James: The entire article and full list of dialogues is in the article that I mentioned at the bottom–Mere paas dialgue hai.

  4. silverine said,

    January 6, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    “Sara shahar mujhe Lion ke naam se jaanta hai. — Sholay”

    This is the famous villain dialogue by Ajith Kumar and he would say “loin” as he culd not pronounce ‘lion’. It became a cult classic line after that. This is definitely not from Sholay but from ‘Kalicharan’ as I am a huge Ajith fan!

    great compilation!

  5. Alexis Leon said,

    January 6, 2006 at 11:24 pm

    Silverine: Thanks for pointing out the error. Somehow I missed it. Ajit is one of my favorite villains, after Amjad Khan and Amrish Puri.

  6. James Bright said,

    January 7, 2006 at 4:24 am

    I checked that link.
    Really interesting…!

  7. -poison- said,

    January 7, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    makes me want to watch all these cult classics once again 🙂

  8. Paresh said,

    January 8, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    Great!! I always get a feeling that our films are not taken seriously enough. Surveys like these help.

  9. anu said,

    January 8, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    great..!! loved reading the post..

  10. Alexis Leon said,

    January 8, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    -poison-: When I was college I used to record the sound track of these movies and listen to them whenever I got time.

    Paresh: True

    anu: Welcome back. Hope you had a nice vacation.