Are you missing Double Roles in Hindi Cinema?

When was the last time you saw a movie with double role? Finding it difficult to recollect right?? Well, double role used to be the most popular formula of filmmakers. The trend of double role movies is as old as 1960 and today almost every top actor has acted in at least one movie where they played double role.

The trend is so popular if we look at stats we will be amazed to learn that from 1960 till 2009, that is 50 yrs., there has not been a single year without at least one movie in this category. But somehow I feel that in the past decade, the double role formula fizzled out and not many filmmakers exploited twin characterized scripts. As compared with 1998 when there were 11 movies in this category in single year.

As kids we used to loves such movies, the curiosity of these double characters use to leave us amazed and we always ended asking our elders “How can there be two characters who look the same acting together” Audiences were always happy to see two heroes (in the form of two different characters) at the price of one ticket. It was a treat to the fans and a total paisa vasool to watch their favorite actors in twin role…….

There have been loads of such examples that have dazzled on the silver screen. Let’s go down the memory and relive such amazing movies that have ensured you get your money’s worth…. Double the amount 😉  

–       Dilip Kumar in Ram Aur Shyam, Daastan, Bairaag,

–       Raj Kumar in Karamyogi

–       Sanjeev Kumar in Naya Din Nayi Raat

–       Amitabh Bachchan in  The Great Gambler, Don

–       Dev Anand in  Hum Dono

–       Kamal Haasan in Chachi 420, Appu Rajja and Hindustani

–       Dharmendra  in Yakeen

–       Sharmila tagore in Mausam and An Evening in Paris

–       Sridevi in Chaalbaaz

–       Hema Malini in Seeta Aur Geeta

–       Govinda in Aankhen

–       Anil Kapoor in Kishen Kanhaiya

–       Akshay Kumar in Aflatoon

–       Salman Khan in Judwa,

–       Sunil Shetty in Gopi Kishan

–       Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai

–       Priyanka Chopra in Love Story 2050

–       Shahid Kapoor in Kaminey

–       Shahrukh in Duplicate , Don and Om Shanti Om

Well, the list of Double Role movies is endless… with more than 226 Double/triple role movies being released since 1951 we wish to see more of these kinds hitting the theatre. Hope that the filmmakers treat their audience with more of such movies. Though not all Double role movies were successful, but it does attract a good crowd. So let’s wait and watch how this age old formula of Bollywood works in the present times.

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Words will not be enough to write about Javed Akthar

The moment we hear “Javer Akthar”, all we say is WOW, what an amazing talent, what command over words. We are all too small to praise and write about him, but taking this chance to dedicate this post to Javed Saab. What better occasion to choose writing about him than on his 67th Birthday. Not many would know that his original name was Jadoo, taken from a line in a poem written by his father: “Lamba, lamba kisi jadoo ka fasana hoga”. But soon he was given an official name of Javed since it was the closest to the word jadoo.

Did you know, in his early years living in Mumbai, he managed to write the dialogue for a minor film for Rs. 100. Soon he joined with his friend Salim Khan to develop the story for Adhikar. And the world knows them as Salim-Javed. Both of them had a wonderful run in the film Industry with super-hit movies like Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay and Don. You will not be surprised to know that Javed Saab has won the National Award five times and won the Filmfare Award fourteen times, seven times for Best Script writing and seven times for Best Lyrics.

No doubt that he is a true gem to this Film Industry, and will always be one of the strongest pillar to this Industry. He is not just a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter, but a true gentleman, and a man of his words. iDubba and team takes this opportunity to wish him Happy Birthday .

Will leave you all with his amazing poetry in “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”.

Dilon mein tum apni betaabiyaan leke chal rahe ho Toh zinda ho tum

Nazar mein khwaabon ki bijliyaan leke chal rahe ho Toh zinda ho tum

Hawaa ke jhonkon ke jaise azad rehna seekho

Tum ek dariya ke jaise lehron mein behna seekho

Har ek lamhe se tum milo khole apni baahein

Har ek pal ik naya samaan dekhein yeh nigaahein

Jo apni aankhon mein hairaaniyaan leke chal rahe ho Toh zinda ho tum

Dilon mein tum apni betaabiyaan leke chal rahe ho Toh zinda ho tum

Do let us know you favourite Javed Akthar written Movie, Dialouge, Poetry or Song. Happy Viewing!

Which is your Favourite Bollywood Dialogue….?

I am sure that it would be very difficult for you to single out your favourite movie dialogue…. Don’t worry, I am also sailing in the same boat as you. There have been endless movies been made, and there are some amazing dialogues that have left a strong footprint in our minds. Not necessary that we were born in that era, but there are still some lines that are alive in our hearts forever. Following is an attempt to relive those celebrated dialogues that the movie industry has gifted us. Are you still thinking about your favourite Movie Dialogue… Let me try to help you out…. Hope you might find a few of those in the list below….

Sholay …. Well you might wonder that this is not a Dialogue… well, to be honest, every scene, every moment of this movie is a masterpiece… Everyone, almost everyone knows the famous dialogues from this movie…

” Kitne aadmi the” Just 3 words, but still the way Mr Amjad Khan has said it on the silver screen, it’s just awesome.  “Jo dar gaya woh mar gaya”Well, this is one such dialogue that we end up using in our personal lives too…. Have you ever used this….!!!!  “Arrey oh sambha kitney admi they” ?”  “Sardar… maine aapkaa namak khaayaa hai sardaar…”   “Arre O Saambha… kitna inaam rakkhe hai sarkaar ham par” How about this…. “Yu ke ye kaun bola?”   And the very famous scene on the Water Tank “  Arre gaanw-waalo sunaa tumne bhaaeyo, mausi bhi taiyaar hai basanti bhi taiyaar hai isliye marna cancel” The list is endless, and one can just go on and on…. It would not be fair to rate these timeless classics… Each dialogue is a gem and can’t be compared.

Let’s come to some more of such classics that might take you back to your favourite lines…… Who can forget the intense scene between Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan… Just one word said it all – Babu Moshai…The moment we hear this, there are Goosebumps, and we can visualize the death scene of Anand. And also the way he kept on saying, ” Zindagi aur mauth upar vale ke haath hain jahapana use naatho aap badal sakthe na mein hum sab tho rang manch ke katputhliyaan hain jinki dor upar vale ki ungli pe bandhi hain kab kaun kaisa uthega yeh koi nahin batha saktha hain !! “ 

Time to move on to another such intense dialogue; again just 4 words made it such a huge hit…. “Mere paas Maa hai”, followed by “Khush to bahut hoge aaj tum” and “Jao pehle us aadmi ka sign lekar aao jisne……..” again it’s not possible to pen all of them down, as each one is just amazing. What about Amar Prem and its unforgetable dialouge –  ” Arri oh Pushpa, Arrey i hate tears re” Also there are some dialogues that are still used in today’s times, no prices for guessing –  ” Don ko pakad pana mushkil hi nahin namumkin hai”

Let me try to just put across some more dialogues, which might confuse you while deciding your favourite Dialogue… Well, just kidding, just trying to take you back in time which these dialogues… Mooche ho to Nathulal jaise ho….warna na ho” ” Mogambo khush hua”  ” I can talk englis, i can walk englis because english is a very phunny language”  “I love you kkkkkkk…………….kiran”  “Rishtey amin to hum tumhare baap lagte hain magar naam hai shenshah”  ” Tarkih par tarikh” “Hum jaha pe khade ho jaate hein, line wahi se shuru hoti hai”  And these two are my all time favorites ” Tumhe charo taraf se gher liya gaya hai apne aap ko kanoon ke hawale kar do.”  and  “Kanoon ke haath bahut lambe hote hain”

Hopefully after going through some of these dialogues you might have relived those amazing moments, and also might recollect those times when you might have used these at some point of time in your lives. Do let us know your favourite dialogues.