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!