Bollywood is more like a galaxy in the universe. Stars shoot up, shine bright, and with time, they lie low, lose their sheen and finally fade out into the sea of anonymity. However, if there’s something that keeps them alive in our heads for a very long, maybe even eternally is – Bollywood dialogues! Of course, we are synonymous for our song and dance sequences across the globe. Yes, we are also famous for the drama (read melodrama) on the screen. Yes, we are even popular for our timeless tales of impractical (in most cases) love stories. But there’s something about our dialogues that make Bollywood the most celebrated film industry in the world.

It’s amazing how our desi dialogues get engraved on our minds and pass on for generations. Stars may live or die but their iconic utterances keep them alive in our hearts as part of the religion we follow in India – Bollywood. Here we are celebrating, commemorating, reminiscing and applauding 19 of the Most Iconic Bollywood Dialogues that are grounded in all us, regardless of our age:

1. Yaadon Ki Baarat


“Kutte Main Tera Khoon Pee Jaoonga”

This was when the macho Dharmendra threatened the canines with anemia in a loud shrill.

2. Mr. India


“Mogambo Khush Hua”

If not for Mr. India, Mogambo would have always remained a happy man. Miss those iconic villains.

3. Shahenshah


“Rishte Mein Toh Hum Tumhare Baap Lagte Hai, Naam Hai Shahenshah”

With that fearless attitude and gait, Shahenshah would certainly run chills down our spine. Any doubt?

4. Pakeezah


“Aapke Paon Dekhe, Bahut Haseen Hai. Inhe Zameen Par Mat Utariyega, Maile Ho Jayenge”

The historic first encounter of Meena Kumari and Raj Kumar when he leaves a note addressed to her after admiring her feet as she sleeps in a train compartment. Romance at its heights!

5. Deewar


“Bhai Aaj Mere Maas Gaadi Hai Bangla Hai, Tumhare Paas Kya Hai? Mere Paas … Maa Hai.”

The timeless dialogue, from the 1975 Deewar, between siblings Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor makes us all go down the memory lane.

6. Sholay


“Basanti, Inn Kutton Ke Saamne Matt Nachna”

Again canines? Wonder what’s with Dharmendra and this despising dogs.

7. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge


“Senorita, Bade Bade Shehron Mein Aisi Choti Choti Baatein Hoti Rehti Hai”

Yes, Senorita! Practically anything can happen in big owns, your encounter Raj was more like a blessing, with all that melodrama over your impending marriage to Balraj and you running to catch that train. Drum rolls please!

8. Karan Arjun


“Mere Karan Arjun Aayenge”

Faith is one of the most innocuously positive thing that Bollywood has taught us. So, reincarnation of our heroes to avenge the death and atrocities done by the villain is all part of the ‘Hoping’ process. Yes, we get it!

9. Namak Halal


“I can talk English, I can walk English and I can laugh English because English is a very phunny language”

True! When our noses can run and feet can smell, no doubt English is a ‘phunny’ language. Good Heavens! Someone in Bollywood realized that faking an American accent just to seem cool on account of English is after all, a ‘phunny’ thing.

10. Andaaz Apna Apna


“Aap Purush Hi Nahi .. Mahapurush Hai”

One of a beauty! Comedy at its best, this flattery of the megalomaniac Shakti Kapoor by Aamir and Salman was a delight on screen.

11. Amar Prem


“Pushpa, I hate tears”

Time to get our hankies out.

12. Sholay


“Kitne Aadmi The?”

Asked Amjad Khan and the entire cinema hall stood up to applaud the hapless actor. Wonder who he was threatening to question this, ‘Are-o-Saamba’.

13. Devdas


“Kaun Kambakht Bardaasht Karne Ko Peeta Hai? Main Toh Peeta Hoon Ke Bas Saans Le Saku”

Dilip Kumar, playing the legendary alcoholic, suffering from the bouts of his self-destructive behavior.

14. Darr


“I love K-k-kkkk … Kiran”

Shahrukh Khan’s portrayal of the psychotic lover. Word of caution: Dial 100 for police, please.

15. Don


“Don Ka Peecha Toh 12 Mulkon Ki Police Kar Rahi Hai. Don Ko Pakadna Mushkil Hi Nahi Naamumkin Hai”

Said Amitabh Bachchan in his uber-cool yet sexy dialogue delivery style. Ooh la la.

16. Daamini


“Taareekh Pe Taareekh Milti Rahi Hai Lekin Insaaf Nahin Milta. Milte Hai Toh Sirf Taareekh

Revolted Sunny Deol, the classic angry young man of the ’90s.

17. Dabang


“Thappad Se Darr Nahi Lagta Saab, Pyaar Se Lagta Hai”

Debuting as one of the few dialogues of the younger generation of movies, Sonakshi’s subtle yet powerful utterance of words made the country go berserk.

18. Wanted


“Ek Baar Jo Maine Commitment Kardi, Phir Toh Main Apne Aap Ki Bhi Nahi Sunta”

Salman’s 440 volt powerhouse dialogue that still resonates with the youth and old of our country.

19. Baazigar


“Haar Ke Jeetne Waale Ko Baazigar Kehte Hai”

‘Baazigar oh, baazigar. Tu hai bada jadoogar,’ We cannot help but sing along.