There is very little that has not already been said about the legend, the actor Amitabh Bachchan, fondly called as Big B. Nothing that you achieve in your life comes easy. Mr. Bachchan’s is one such example. The journey from being a not-so-well-known actor to the actor who epitomized the stature of The Angry Young Man in Hindi Cinema was a rather remarkable one. The signature baritone voice, the style, the walk, the aura had never been seen before. His fans still ape him in whichever way possible, be it the epic dialogues, the dance, or the songs picturized on this superstar.
Today on his 71st birthday, here are my favorite dialogues that were mouthed by Mr. Bachchan and have become epic since. So much so, that they are used, recycled and used again, in some way or another. Such is the power of superstardom. Such is the following of the legend.
Don: "Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, naamumkin hai."
Zanjeer: "Jab tak baithne ko naa kaha jaaye, seedhi tarah se khade raho. Yeh police station hai, tumhare baap ka ghar nahin."
Amar Akbar Anthony: "Aisa to aadmi life mein doich time bhaagta hai, Olympic ka race ho, yaa police ka case ho. Tum kisliye bhaagta hai bhai?"
Deewaar: "Jao pehle us aadmi ka sign leke aao jisne mera baap ko chor kaha tha; pehle us aadmi ka sign leke aao jisne meri maa ko gali deke naukri se nikal diya tha; pehle us aadmi ka sign leke aao jisne mere haath pe yeh likh diya tha… yeh… Uske baad, uske baad, mere bhai, tum jahan kahoge main wahan sign kar doonga."
Sholay: "S***a, ghadi-ghadi nautanki karta hai."
Namak Halal: "Babuji aisi English aave ki that i leave angrez behind. You see Sir, I can talk English, I can walk English, I can laugh English because English is a very phunny language. Bhairo becomes Baron and Baron becomes Bhairo because their minds are very narrow."
Chupke Chupke: "Ohhhh Corolla!!! Corolla khane mein kadva hota hai par liver ke liye bahut achha hota hai."
Kaalia: "Hum jahan khade hote hai, line wahin se shuru hoti hai."
Sharaabi: "Moochhein ho toh Natthulal jaisi ho, warna na ho."
Agneepath: "Vijay Dinanath Chauhan… poora naam, baap ka naam… Dinanath Chauhan, maa ka naam… Suhasini Chauhan, gaon Mandwa, umar 36 saal, 9 mahine, 8 din aur yeh 16va ghanta chaloo hai."
Kabhi Kabhie: "Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khayaal aata hai, ki jaise tujhko banaya gaya hai mere liye."
Silsila: "Main aur meri tanhai, aksar yeh baatein karti hai… tum hoti toh kaisa hota…"
Shahenshah: "Rishte mein to hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah."
Satte Pe Satta: "Chain khuli ki main khuli ki chain"
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham: "Keh diya. Bass keh diya."