Main toh kehta hun aap purush hi nahi hain, mahapurush hain mahapurush!” … “Suno suno duniya k logo, sabse badaa hai Mr. Gogo” – how many times have we recollected this iconic dialogue from the cult classic Andaz Apna Apna and had a laughter riot. Even after decades of their release, the recall value of various such dialogues from our favorite movies remains high, even today. But have we ever thought – ‘yeh dialogue likha kisne hai?’. The chances of you answering this question as ‘yes’ are as slim as my wrists (I am a skinny guy). And if you’re still wondering who the writer was, this article is just for you. Yes, not just Andaz Apna Apna, but we have cherry-picked some of the best Bollywood movies and their writers.
1. Andaz Apna Apna – Dialogues by Dileep Shukla and Rajkumar Santoshi
Loved by the millennials and the new-age cinephiles likewise, this comedy was released ahead of this time. It suffered heavy losses at the time of its release and went on to be regarded as the greatest Indian comedy movies of all time. However, very few of us know that Rajkumar Santoshi co-wrote the dialogues with Dileep Shukla. So, for all the fun times we’ve had, let’s all thank Dileep Shukla and Rajkumar Santoshi.
2. Khosla Ka Ghosla – Written by Jaideep Sahni
In one of the scenes when a skeptical Mr. Sethi (Navin Nichol) meets with Kishen Khurana (Boman Irani) for the first time, Sethi subtly asks “Aap chai coffee lenge? Kuch thanda? To aap chup honey ka kya lenge?” – and smirks. This is one of my favorite scenes of the movie and I-kid-you-not, Khosla Ka Ghosla is one of the best Indian movies made. Which brings us to the golden question – Who wrote the movie? The man behind Khosla Ka Ghosla is Jaideep Sahni. He has also written Chak De! India, Company, and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year.
3. Hera Pheri – Dialogues and Screenplay Neeraj Vora
‘Maajhi chaati phodli rey’ – we’ve laughed at least a zillion times playing this scene in our head. It was Neeraj Vora who wrote these memorable dialogues. Vora has also written movies such Rangeela and Golmaal.
4. Oh My God – Written by Umesh Shukla and Akshay Kumar
There might be many raised eyebrows after reading this one! Yes, Akshay Kumar did work with Umesh Shukla, who later went on to direct All is Well.
5. Bheja Fry – Written by Sagar Ballary
The duo of Vinay Pathak and Rajat Kapoor positively brain-fried us with their immaculate chemistry in this movie while Pathak aced his character. The movie was Sagar Ballary’s debut as a director and writer. Ballary later went on to direct Bheja Fry 2 and Hum Tum Shabana.
6. Rang De Basanti – Written and Screenplay by Rensil D’Silva
A movie that inspired the generation! Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the movie still remains to be one of his best. We all have gone gaga over the cast and how wonderfully the movie was shot but let’s make sure we know it was Rensil D’Silva who wrote it. He later went on to write Kurbaan, Student of the Year, and Ungli.