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It is the birthday of that woman who smiles like a flower and dances like a dream – Madhuri Dixit she is. It’s her 52nd birthday on 15th May. She is called by many nicknames – “Dhak Dhak girl”, “Mohini”, or “Dancing Diva”. Madhuri Dixit – the reigning queen of Bollywood from the late ’80s to ’90s has a fan base across generations. Someone who was born during the ’70s saw her rise in Bollywood stealing the limelight from Sridevi and others. The ones born in the ’90s wanted to copy her footsteps as she was the role model for them. And the millennials now get to see & know her through her dance shows and recent movies. What remains constant among all generations is the love & respect for Madhuri Dixit. There are some valid reasons why every generation is in love with Madhuri Dixit which are discussed at length below.

One of the strongest reasons is that Madhuri Dixit is a total package of what Bollywood or the world of art & dance wants. In her eyes, through her smile, and by her classy moves, she makes an impact in the hearts of people. Read below and know those reasons!

Enchanting Beauty
Enchanting Beauty
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I may sound a bit over the top but even the ones who are not fans of Madhuri Dixit would also agree to the fact that “Madhuri Dixit is an enchanting beauty”. Her beauty has a “girl next door” vibe and very easily she can slip into a con-woman and that too keeping that beauty & smile intact. It is a mystery how she looks so enchanting even at 52!! I also know people who perhaps have not seen any movie of Madhuri Dixit but loves her for the way she looks and carries herself! – Isn’t that interesting?

Old World Charm & Nostalgia
Old World Charm & Nostalgia
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Madhuri Dixit carries an old world charm which is quite nostalgic. Her looks, style, and attitude are like a reminder of the old world or bygone era to the people of this generation. You can gauge that difference by looking into the list of actresses in Bollywood. She definitely belongs to the list of classic and elegant enchantresses of Bollywood like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Nargis, or Waheeda Rehman. How can anyone not fall in love with her then?

Dancer Par Excellence
Dancer Par Excellence
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Bollywood has produced many excellent dancers to date. Waheeda Rehman, Vyajanthimala, Asha Parekh, Helen, Rekha, Hema Malini, Sridevi, Katrina Kaif but it’s different when Madhuri Dixit moves. It is a delightful dream to watch her dance. Even someone like Shahrukh Khan also once said, “I used to ask for retakes willingly, because, it is absolutely a divine experience to watch Madhuri Dixit dance”. Most of the yesteryear Bollywood queens had a strong dance skill but they limited that to the classical or Bollywood type dance only. But Madhuri Dixit – a trained Kathak dancer not only soaked Bollywood dance but also became a PRO with all sorts of western dance forms. In every dance form, she moves like magic. Her fans (like me) would put this trait in perfect words – Madhuri Dixit’s dance is equal to “poetry in motion”. Simply type “Madhuri Dixit Dance” and get mesmerized.

Million Watts Smile
Million Watts Smile
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Her smile of million watts can set a heart on fire & can also cool down a fire! Madhuri’s smile has that appeal. Smile is one of the primary goals in life and sometimes someone’s smile can boost your confidence, relieve your stress, or make you feel better. Madhuri Dixit is the owner of such a beautiful smile. I remember reading the film magazines in my childhood (the reigning time of my most favorite actress) where I came across many eminent personalities and public polls declaring Madhuri’s smile to be the best one from Bollywood. Well, there are many more actresses whose smile are fascinating but when Madhuri smiles it seems like a waterfall of honey!

Convincing Expressions
Convincing Expressions
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“Kal Aayeiga, Filhaal Iss Guftugoo Se Thak Gaye Hai Hum” – Who can mouth those lines with that conviction mixed with a bit of arrogance, power, and sensuality. Only a Madhuri Dixit can. Be it a “girl next door” or a muse to an artist or courtesan – she will walk into your hearts with conviction as if she was born to be a Nisha, Pooja, Maya, Bahar Begum, etc. She justifies the presence of “act” in the actress. There is a term called “adaayein” whose closest English term can be “grace” or “style” and no one except Madhuri Dixit can carry those “adaayein” better. And it is not only me, but every other industry person would also opine that!

Do you know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali generally never wants a “married woman” to play her protagonists? But he had to give up this clause while signing Madhuri for the role of Chandramukhi. Why? Maybe Saratchandra Chatterji imagined Chandramukhi just the way Madhuri is in flesh and blood. Those longing eyes for Devdas, that divine love where she is in love without any expectations, and the power to give him up for another woman’s love – who could have played such a strong role with so much of passion!

There is, was, will never be another Madhuri Dixit. She is a legend and the benchmark she has set in her field is extraordinary. She is an inspiration not only for the new generation of Bollywood but also for people belonging to other fields. Why? Because she says, “There is a child within me. Everything is fascinating. The hunger to learn, do better, and more creative things never go”.

*****Happy Birthday Goddess!*****

Nothing visualize love better than our very own Bollywood. Bollywood movies make us laugh till our stomach hurts, cry our eyeballs out, and of course make us fall in love with love. At, Bollywood love never goes out of trend. But what makes us feel the same emotion is the chemistry between two actors. Over the span of 106 years of Indian Cinema, we’ve seen hundreds of pairs making us believe in their emotions with their acting skills. It’s amazing to watch these talented people emote so many emotions and it isn’t even easy to make the audience feel it too, kudos to them!

There are quite a few pairings that hold a special place in our hearts. Reason being their on-screen chemistry is so on point that it’s hard to not believe they aren’t in love. Bollywood perfectly influences us to dream big. Let us look at some of the most perfect 10 (the chosen ones) Bollywood on-screen couples, which are memorable & our absolute favorite. Over the years, these couples have helped us set some “Unrealistic” expectations from life. See, if yours on this list or not!

Let’s reflect on some of our favorite & memorable couples:

Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol
Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol
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The Bollywood King, SRK & his on-screen leading lady, Kajol, is arguably the most romantic on-screen couple. From Baazigar in 1993 to Dilwale in 2015, the pair have acted together in 7 films and Kajol has done cameo roles in 4 of SRK’s movies. The couple truly makes us believe in love that is made in heaven!

Ranveer Singh- Deepika Padukone
Ranveer Singh- Deepika Padukone
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Ever so energetic, Ranveer Singh & the beauty with elegance, Deepika Padukone, made a three-film contract with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Started with Ramleela in 2013, and oh boy, they took the world by storm! The pair have given 3 epic historical movies and the on-screen love was transfigured to real-life marriage in November 2018. The couple was madly in love and hence made it to our list because of their unmatched on-screen chemistry as well.

Akshay Kumar- Katrina Kaif
Akshay Kumar- Katrina Kaif
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In 2006, Akshay & Katrina was first paired for Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. The romantic drama was a huge fail at the box office but in 2007, another movie that had the duo was a hit! Namastey London, the unique love story about East meeting the West. The chemistry between Jazz & Arjun won the audiences’ heart. For all their fans, the good news is the pair are reuniting in Sooryavanshi, a Rohit Shetty Film in 2020.

Abhishek Bachchan- Aishwarya Rai
Abhishek Bachchan- Aishwarya Rai
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Yet again a real-life couple that turned to the real-life couple, Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Abhi-Ash’s first movie together was Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, after which they have acted in 7 other movies. For aam aadmi, to witness Bachchan couple has etched their minds, but the couple is one of the rare jodis that has shone on the silver screen.

Shahid Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor
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The real dilemma, do we love Shahid & Kareena or do we love Geet & Aditya? Kapoor Duo appeared together for the first time in Fida (2004). They were dating at the time and sadly ended after 3 years while shooting Jab We Met (2007).  The chemistry between the two pulled at the heartstrings of millions. They had given few flops but the one that remains with the audience is Jab We Met. They did reunite for Udta Punjab but wasn’t paired opposite each other.

Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone
Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone
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Kapoor & Padukone are undoubtedly Bollywood’s best on-screen couple. Once real life couple too has kept all everything in the past and moved on to keeping a healthy & friendly connection now. The duo appeared in Bachna Ae Haseeno for the first time together. Both these actors together have given some really good films to their audience. Fans cannot get enough of these two sharing the same screen space.

Juhi Chawla-Aamir Khan
Juhi Chawla-Aamir Khan
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This pair has given the Indian Cinema a golden & an evergreen movie of all time, Qayamat se Qayamat Tak. The couple has delivered some great movies together, Tum Mere Ho, Ishq & Andaz Apna Apna.  The notorious perfectionist, Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla seem to have won hearts with their chemistry. Duo catapulted into stardom with Qayamat se qayamat tak, and ever since have been favorite for a lot of people. One cannot miss the innocent charm exuded out of this on-screen pair!

Nargis Dutt- Raj Kapoor
Nargis Dutt- Raj Kapoor
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The Golden Couple of Bollywood, have worked together for 16 movies. The couple has given some of the greatest hits in their time. The chemistry shared on-screen, between them was unmatched. The rumors had it, the pair translated this chemistry to a real-life romance which caused a ruckus in their personal life. But alas, the couple was perfect together!

Deepti Naval- Farooq Sheikh
Deepti Naval- Farooq Sheikh
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Handsome, Farooq Sheikh & Girl Next Door, Deepti Naval, won hearts with their chemistry on-screen. Oozing with romance, this couple starred in some of the blockbusters namely, Chashme Buddoor, Katha, Ek Baar Chale Aao & Listen…Amaya. It took 30 years for the two to reunite again and they gave Listen…Amaya! Their real & reel life chemistry won millions of hearts in the 80s.

 Sridevi- Anil Kapoor
 Sridevi- Anil Kapoor
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This iconic on-screen pair shared sizzling chemistry and has given 12 movies together. Kapoor & Sridevi share a personal relationship as later Sridevi married Anil Kapoor’s brother Boney Kapoor. Unfortunately, we lost the evergreen actress in February 2018. But the duo remains the same fiery on-screen couple.

These were some of the few on-screen couples that have given us some cult classics. Share which one is your favorite.

It is Game Of Thrones season, and we all are psyched! But some of you do not understand what the hype is about? Why is everyone watching it? Well, it is because it is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious series! It is not only geeky but interesting as well. Here are a few reasons you should watch Game Of Thrones:

The Intriguing Characters

The characters in the show are very intriguing. They are framed in such a way that you can’t help but keep thinking about them. The characters intimidating. You can’t help but compare who you match with-

Strong like Arya Stark,

Arya Stark
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Bold like Danearys Stormborn

Danearys Stormborn
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Or

Honorable like Jon Snow.

Jon Snow
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Mystical Characters

If you do like fiction, you’d love this show! It has all the mystical creatures you can think of like

  1. Dragons:
    Dragon 2
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    Daenerys has 3 Dragons and they are amazing!

  2. White Walkers:
    White Walkers
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    The army led by the Knight king who wants to kill everyone! Motive? Unknown, except a few theories.

  3. Wights:
    Wights
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    Often confused with White Walkers, they are different. They are the real army of the dead and need no one to lead.

  4. Dire Wolves:

    Dire Wolves
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Well, I would just say that they are adorable & protective!

Children of the Forest:

Children of the Forest
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Mysterious Non-Human Creatures. All they want is to live in peace!

Giants:

Giants
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Associated with Wildling army, let’s just say these giants are really powerful.

Apart from these, there are other mystical creatures like Manticores, Occasional Shadow Monsters, Stone Man & many more! If this doesn’t excite you, then what will?

Beautiful Locations
Beautiful Locations
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The locations in the show are not only beautiful but real! The show makers took an effort to travel across different locations which matched the description in the book. That my friend is dedication!

The Character Development is Amazing
The Character Development is Amazing
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The character development in the show is beyond imagination. One moment you’ll love a character, the next moment you’ll hate them and the very next moment you may start to feel pity for them. It is simply amazing how George R.R. Martin plays with the characters.

Strong Female Characters

When I say strong, I not only mean that the formation of the characters is strong but also in power. They are independent and ready to take over the world. They have shown how they don’t need a man to rule the world.

Women like Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys Targaryen
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Married at 13, she struggled with a lot. She survives even after her husband dies. She manages an entire army of Dothraki to follow her. Even the unsullied worship her!

Arya Stark
Arya Stark
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She escaped after her father died and traveled the road. She learned the art of swinging the sword and now she is one of the finest swordsmen!

Brienne of Tarth
Brienne of Tarth
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She needs no man to protect her. She can take care of herself and in fact, she can lead an army in a war.

&

Olenna Tyrell
Olenna Tyrell
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She can do it all! She can’t fight with a sword but she can use her mind like a sword.

Great Battles

I have always found fictional battles really boring. Like what fun would anyone get watching other people fight? But when there is a war in Game of Thrones, there wouldn’t be a single dull moment. You’ll always have fun watching them. Some of the greatest battles are:

  1. The Battle of Black Water
  2. The Battle of Bastards
  3. The Frozen Lake Battle

Not a single boring moment!

Classic & Rad One-Liners

The show has really cool one-liners! These one-liners & dialogues will be used to reference for years and years.
You know Nothing Jon Snow

You know Nothing Jon Snow
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Winter is coming

Winter is coming
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I drink & I know things

I drink & I know things
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Wisdom Overloaded!

The show is more than just battles, throne & magical creatures. It has a lot of wisdom to offer. Characters like Tyrion Lannister, Lord Varys & Petyr Baelish have taught us some amazing things like:

  1. Tyrion Lannister

     

    Tyrion Lannister
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    Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.

  2. Lord Varys
    Lord Varys
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    Power is a curious thing, my lord… Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall. And, a very small man can cast a very large shadow

  3. Petyr Baelish

    Petyr Baelish
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Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love – illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is!

Nefarious Villains

So all villains are crooked? There is something about the villains in this show. You will love to hate them. You would wish them to be destroyed & at the same time, you’ll admire them with your heart and soul.
The show has given some of the most amazing villains of the history like:

  1. Joffrey Baratheon
    Joffrey Baratheon
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    Till date, my favorite scene is the one where Joffrey dies!

  2. Ramsay Bolton
    Ramsay Bolton
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    Oh, he was really wicked & handsome!

Unpredictable AF
Unpredictable AF
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No matter how intelligent you are! You may brainstorm and come up with different theories of what may happen next or who is going to be killed next, but you will never be right. The show is unpredictable AF!

I guess I have given you enough reasons to watch the show. It has everything from Politics, family feuds, true love, cool creatures, wisdom & a lot of sass!

Fashion and Bollywood movies go hand in hand. Whenever we watch our favorite actresses wearing a stylish outfit or donning a unique piece of accessory, we start imagining ourselves into them. And very soon those outfits and accessories end up becoming a part of our wardrobe. After all, no one is untouched by the glitz and glamor of Bollywood stars.

In the past, many actresses have set major fashion trends by adopting a particular look for their movies. These fashion trends became quite popular among girls or ladies and a few of them have even made a comeback as well.

Here is a list of popular fashion trends set by the 90s Bollywood movies.

  1. Headbands
Headbands
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The famous colored headbands were the most glorious accessories that came in trend after the release of blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The headbands added to the tomboy character of Kajol in the movie that became the choice of every school and college going girl back in 90’s.

  1. High Waist Jeans
High Waist Jeans
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From Urmila and Karisma to Raveena and Kajol, every other actress rocked high-waist jeans in the era of 90’s. They were cool, comfy, and chic and undoubtedly a better alternative to regular denim. These sexy high-waist jeans keep coming back in the fashion that usually makes one look leaner and taller.

  1. Mini Skirts
Mini Skirts
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We have seen Karisma, Urmila, and Rani donning miniskirts in most of all their movies in 90’s that made them look cute and sexy at the same time. In fact, these skirts used to be the staple outfit of girls in that era for every party, outing, or dates.

  1. Denim Shirts
Denim Shirts
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Urmila actually showed us in 90’s how to wear denim shirts the right way. Remember her look from Rangeela- the denim shirt with high-waist jeans. She aced the look completely. And that’s how denim shirts became an important item in every girl’s wardrobe back in 90’s.

  1. Athleisure
Athleisure
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The trend of sexy athleisure started in Bollywood with the movie Dil to Pagal Hai and eventually ended up coming every day’s sportswear. We often see celebrities sporting this look for their workout session.

  1. Chiffon Sarees
Chiffon Sarees
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Sri Devi set a trend of ‘Chiffon Sarees’ in Bollywood, which was gracefully carried forward by Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Raveena Tandon in Mohra. These lovely ladies looked amazingly beautiful in the avatar and inspired millions of Indian women to opt for this traditional Indian outfit on special occasions.

  1. Velvet Outfits
Velvet Outfits
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The velvet outfits were a huge HIT among Bollywood actresses back in the era of 90’s. For the record, Karisma nailed the velvet outfit look like a pro in her blockbusters Dil to Pagal Hai and Dulhan Hum Lejayenge.

  1. Off Shoulder Tops
Off Shoulder Tops
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The off-shoulder trend is quite popular among girls nowadays. But it made its way in Hollywood quite back in the 90’s. We saw Madhuri Dixit flaunting off-shoulder top in the movie Raja and Juhi Chawla looking cute as a button in them in the movie, Ishq.

  1. Halter Neck Tops
Halter Neck Tops
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The vintage halter neck tops were a rage among actresses back in the 90’s. They were perfect to wear on hot summer days and keep your fashion on point. An ideal outfit that works for all body types and showcases toned shoulders in the best way.

  1. Crop Tops
Crop Tops
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The crop tops had their major moment in the 90’s. The actresses would flaunt their toned midriff in these easy breezy tops that all the women welcomed in their wardrobe in that era. From Rani Mukherjee in KKHH and Karisma in DTPH to Raveena Tandon and Shilpa Shetty, every actress paired crop tops with jeans and skirts in almost all 90’s Bollywood movies.

  1. Chokers
Chokers
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The first thing that strikes in our mind about chokers- the return of 90’s. Chokers were a rage in 90’s and way before that. Almost every Bollywood actress has been seen sporting this accessory in 90’s Bollywood movies, be it Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon, Karisma, and Zeenat Aman way before everyone else.

  1. Backpacks
Backpacks
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Yes, that remind us of Rani Mukherjee’s college-going girl look from KKHH. The super chic and cute backpacks looked super stylish on her. This accessory became an important part of every girl’s wardrobe in the era of the 90’s, which is back in trend again.

  1. Royal Lehengas
Royal Lehengas
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Should we thank Sanjay Leela Bhansali for introducing us to the world of royal Lehengas in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam? Or should we appreciate Aishwarya for looking like a dream in them? Those dreamy royal Lehengas became the first choice of girls for every family occasion and helped them live their fantasies.

The year was 1994 and the date was 15th April. The world saw the release of 1942: A Love Story – a Hindi language movie directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. With a runtime of 157 minutes, this movie went on to make INR 896.4 million. The soulful songs scored by R.D. Burman still run fresh in the minds and hearts of people. It won 9 prestigious Filmfare Awards. A story written by Kamna Chandra and later developed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra & Sanjay Leela Bhansali was made on a tight budget and no one had any idea that they were in the process of making a movie that will be fondly remembered even after 25 years.

Some Interesting Trivia
  1. Once, Mr. Chopra shared a trivia that he was not so rich and so he had to reject many building plans for the set made by Nitin Desai. So, Jackie Shroff came to rescue and lend some money to him.
  2. Another trivia is that Madhuri Dixit was approached to play the iconic Rajjo or Rajeshwari in the movie. She even did a screen test but as they say “daane daane pe likkha hai khaane wale ka naam” – the role landed in the lap of Manisha Koirala.
  3. This movie was R.D. Burman’s last Hindi movie. He died in January and this movie released in April. What a way to finish an innings!!! Many say that this was perhaps Burmans best work. Mr. Chopra rejected many tunes of Rahul Dev Burman before he came up with the masterpiece ones.
Reasons behind Its Eternal Success
Love for Freedom

Love stories have always been a favorite genre for Bollywood and the movie buffs. The title of the movie claims that it is a love story. But the opening scene says a lot more. It shows that someone from the influential family is going to be hanged for his patriotic outburst. That’s the point where you understand that this movie is definitely more than just a man-woman love story. The love for the freedom of the nation here goes simultaneously with a boy-girl love story. There are many movies which have been done on this topic but none has been this good. Kamna Chandra – the writer of this movie actually experienced those burning times and that’s why the script was so true.

The Sensation of First Love

Who doesn’t love the sensation of love? This movie celebrates the passion and innocence of that “first love”. Again that was the time when love was not so fast. Love took time to arrive. After arrival, it took time to cook and then served. There is loyalty, faith, and unflinching confidence in that other person. Naren & Rajjo were like that who looked out for each other without knowing much details about each other. They perhaps felt the soul connection quite strongly to flow in the romance! Compare it with any current time love story and you would know the difference.

Lyrics & Music

One of the strongest pillars of the success of this movie is that heart-warming music backed brilliantly by sensible lyrics. In some stories, you would hear that Javed Akhtar wrote the lyrics of Ek Ladki imagining Madhuri Dixit as she was the first choice for the role. In other stories, you may hear, Javed Akhtar imagined Shabana Azmi – his real-life muse and wife. But actually, Javed Sahab says, the inspiration is “terror of deadline”. When R.D. Burman asked him right at the studio about the lyrics, he penned these words right there. That’s unbelievable creativity!!

Imagine, lyrics that still forms a popular way of the proposal was written in such haste?! Many surveys say that this is the best album of Bollywood in the 20th Century. There was no title song but all the 8 songs were chartbusters. Burman has the story clear in his mind and he infused that haunting “ tu run a tu run a” tune into Pyar Hua Chupke Se – a song where Rajjo celebrates her “being in love” but she is reminded that the time is challenging. Kumar Sanu & Kavita Krishnamurthy sang all the songs and it seems like their voice were the blood circulation system of this movie.

Visually Stunning

Binod Pradhan – this man is a magician. He shot this movie to utter brilliance. He makes actors look more interesting and intense. Binod Pradhan has shot maximum VVC and Bhansali movies and now you know why movies like Devdas, Mission Kashmir, or Parinda were visually stunning. His camera falls in love with every actor beautifully. Remember that projection of sky, clouds, and lush meadows in the song Pyar Hua Chupke Se? It reflected our Indian Flag colors – first of its kind!

Adding to that was Nitin Chandrakant Desai’s perfect set design. If you remember the opulence, grandeur, and truthfulness of the world of movies like Lagaan, Salaam Bombay, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, Jodhaa Akbar, or Ishqiya – then you know what I am referring to. The set of a movie is the platform on which makes other departments show their brilliance. That’s why the set or production design has to be impeccable.

So, if Binod Pradhan’s camera work was flawless, then, Nitin Desai’s artwork was also notable. A major part of Dalhousie was created in Film city and you never had a doubt that it is Mumbai and not Dalhousie – that’s the victory of both these stalwarts.

Remember The Poster?

I am in love with this poster. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, one of the writers, distributors, and assistant directors of this movie later revamped it into his “Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela”. The kissing couple standing over a cracked mountain. Those cracked rocks carry the faces of the other parallel actors from the movie. No better way to describe a movie – love in not so favorable times!

Bengali movie industry in India is going to be 100 years old in 2020. In its span of a century, it has gifted many cinematic gems, won many accolades in the country & across the world, and gave textbook to film students and cinephiles. This film industry is still the most creative pocket in our country. And every year churns out some of the best movies in India in terms of content, direction, and acting. One of the best things of the Bengali audience is that they love a movie like “Paglu” (hardcore commercial like any Salman Khan movie) as much as “Autograph” (not so massy movie). That’s why, the content-driven movies, if marketed well, is lapped by audiences graciously. In 2018 also, Bengali movie industry gifted some of the best stories on cinema screens. Here are the best ones that you must watch!

Uma: Director- Srijit Mukherjee
Uma
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Undoubtedly, this was the best movie from the last year. Based on a true incident of the life and death of Evan Leversage, who lived in St George in Ontario, Canada.

Uma is a young Bengali girl who lives in Switzerland and is terminally ill. She wishes to see the Durga Puja once in her life and spends her days by listening to her Baba (father) who gives microscopic details of Durga Puja in Kolkata. The doctor says to take her to Kolkata and fulfill her wish because she may not live enough. Generally, Durga Puja occurs in October but Uma’s father decides to create a fake Durga Puja all over the city in sweltering April. So, he gets in touch with a “once-renowned & now faded” film director to recreate a fake Durga Puja all over Kolkata and make it convincing. I suppose, this topic was a huge cinematic challenge. But the chiseled director Srijit Mukherjee pulled it perfectly.

At the day’s end, Cinema is something un-real which makes us believe in our “dreams” & gives us wings to fly. This movie also rolled like a dream but the dream was very convincing and you have no other option than falling in love with it. There is a dialogue in this movie – “imagine that God has given you a chance to recreate this universe only for a day, what would you do?”. Through this movie, this director made use of that imagination – very well!

Haami: Director- Shiboprosad Mukherjee & Nandita Ray
Haami
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From the successful director, here comes a stunning movie about kids. A class I student Bhutu is the best friend of Chini. Chini has recently relocated from Gurgaon to Kolkata and has joined this co-ed school. Now adults also get involved in their friendship and how their innocent friendship survives is majorly the story of this movie. Barring the amazing screen presence of the kids, it was definitely Aparajita Adhya, Knoeenica Banerjee, Gargee Roychowdhury, Shiboprosad – the director himself, and Kharaj Mukherjee have given brilliant performances. Just like the rest of Shibu-Nandita movies, this one will also make you think many things regarding love and relationships.

Bidaay Byomkesh: Director- Debaloy Bhattacharya
Bidaay Byomkesh
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I have included this movie in this list only due to the theme. Walking away from the safe road of making an author-backed Bomkesh movie, director Debaloy Bhattacharya chose a different path. He chose to make a spin-off of Bomkesh this time.

Like most people, I was also impressed beyond limits watching the trailer but when finally sat down to watch the movie – I was not so happy! The continuous nostalgic rather sadistic tone of background music became sore to my ears. But hats off for bringing this concept on board. The movie shows Bomkesh – the renowned detective is old now and lives with his family sans Ajit (the friend) & Satyabati (the wife). His son is missing for years and he lives with a hope that someday he will solve that mystery. The movie sees Abir Chatterjee in a double role of Bomkesh & his grandson and needless to say he was terrific in them. The movie is watchable for him!

Shonar Pahar: Director- Parambrata Chattopadhyay
Shonar Pahar
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Parambrata Chattopadhyay, the actor has directed quite some movie and Shonar Pahar is his fifth movie. Till date, this is his best! There is a bit of lack of pace in this movie but overall this movie would take you down to a very nostalgic ride. It will evoke those black & white days of Soumitro-Tanuja too.

The story is basically about this septuagenarian lady who loves her son blindly. Her son stays apart in another flat as she couldn’t adjust with his wife. Being a very protective and possessive mother, she is in an emotional turmoil who has become cranky because somewhere she feels neglected and unloved by her son. There are many flashback moments that registers the solid friendship this mom-son duo had shared once upon a time and now they don’t even talk. So, one fine day, she befriends a 7-year-old child Bitlu who is terminally ill and with him, she starts living life again. A very simple and innocent tale – that’s what you will remember after the end credit rolls!

Guptodhoner Sondhane: Director – Dhrubo Banerjee
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Unlike any other movie industry in India, Tollywood produces the most number of thriller movies. All kinds of thrillers are found here be it psychological or criminal. Most of them are based on the classic stories of Feluda and Bomkesh. Now, leaving those two here is another mammoth detective named Sona Da aka Subarna Sen – an Oxford professor. He visits India and finds that some relative of him has kept a treasure. And this movie is about that treasure hunt journey by solving riddles, fighting goons, and of course, applying that “mogojastro” (grey matter). The treasure is 350 years old Mughal treasure that belonged to Shah Jahan’s 2nd son Prince Shuja. Directed by Dhrubo Banerjee, this movie is brave and the box office figure says that it must come up with a series.

Uronchondi: Director – Abhishek Saha
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As a society, we need more of this kind of cinema truly. Three women belonging to three different generations, cultural setup, and belief system forms a friendship because they had no other option. Their journey has no destination and everyone is actually running from something. Each of the female protagonists has dealt with their own battles and heartbreaks. And now they simply want to break loose. The elderly woman is the one suffering from “child neglect at old age”. The young woman is a runaway bride who is going to her lover who later discards her for eloping (as that is evil in that small village). The middle-aged woman is cheated by her husband and that’s why takes his truck and sets on a journey. It is a beautiful film about normal human emotions and it will also make you think your thought-base too.

Maati: Director – Saibal Banerjee and Leena Gangopadhyay
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How far can you go to know your roots? How far can you go know a person you have only heard about? This movie is about a Meghla who took up history in her post-graduation just out of the love for this subject that is backed by her family’s tragic tale. She grew up knowing about the traumatic tales of migration (from Bangladesh to West Bengal). Her grandfather came to West Bengal with her dad leaving her grandmother alone there who was reluctant to leave the ancestral home. Meghla’s grandmother was killed by the goons whose descendants now live in that same home. In this journey, she gets to learn about a culture that stays in a different map and yet so similar. Truth, ideology, and humanity – all change succumbing to the changing “time” and it leaves behind many scars of relationships – she learns that beautifully.

Movies are the most famous form of entertainment to most of the people around the world. From inspiring people to making people laugh – movies are always the best medicine when you are sad, depressed, happy, or bored. It works at least for me and many other movie buffs like me. There are various genres of movies like political drama, crime, murder mystery, adventure, comedy, satirical comedy, romantic comedy, etc. Apart from all these, there has been a development of another genre of movies.  Which has been quite rampant in India since the last two decades and that is called “road” genre. These are movies where the lead characters are traveling through amazing locales, taking the story forward, & bringing twists and turns in the plot. Some show traveling via cruise, some through motorcycle, some through airplanes, and some through a car. The characters are supposed to reach a destination and by the end of these movies, the characters not only reach their destinations but their perspective about themselves, surroundings, and life change too!

That’s why travel movies are always special. They inspire and motivate the weak. They urge lazy people to move around beautiful locales. These movies work like a beautiful dream and make you believe that travel helps in untangling the knots in life.

So, here are some of my all-time favorite travel or road movies from Bollywood & Hollywood!

Piku: Road Trip From Delhi’s Belly To Kolkata

When the idea of “road trip” comes to the mind, you generally think of your best friends or at the most, you can take a chance with your colleagues. But never ever could anyone think of a dad-daughter duo taking a road trip from C.R. Park, Delhi to Central Kolkata. But Juhi Chaturvedi (writer) narrates a wonderful story of a 70-year-old dad who is an eccentric person and his relationship with his bowel system. His disturbed and unsatisfactory bowel system is always the topic of discussion at the dinner table and his daughter is always irritated for his behavior.

Amitabh Bachchan playing Bhaskor Banerjee is never good to the neighbors or the maid and is also very clear that Piku (Deepika Padukone) should not marry & leave him. One night after a few drinks and dance, he had a heart attack and after recovering he decides to go to Kolkata as he is missing his own land. Due to his disturbed bowel system, and lots of other apprehensions, he decides for a road trip. The movie beautifully captures the heart of Delhi from the posh clubs to C.R. Park lanes, Select City Walk to the famous traffic and also the ghats of Kolkata, Church, local railway stations. In fact, Shookit Sircar (director) captured the “not so filmy-popular” locales of both the cities. He also captured the narrow dingy lanes of Banaras too! There is an emotion, love, understanding, care, and belonging to this travel story. Piku lost her father after this trip but she gained many other perspectives too! So, here, the travel was not only physical but also emotional.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: It’s All About Spain & Friendship

Three best friends meet after a gap of few years. The reason is a “promise” that they made to each other during college days that they will go for a road trip to Spain together. For some time, this trip has been canceled or postponed due to differences between two friends. But as it is the bachelor trip of the third friend, all of them make up their mind for Spain.

In this huge expanse of Spain, they visit the La Tomatina Festival in Buñol, Costa Brava, Seville, and Pamplona. Now, the deal was, all three of them had to plan some kind of adventure sport on this road trip and the other two had to agree. So, deep sea diving, sky diving, and participating in the “running of the bulls” are the three adventure sports that the leads of the movie encounter. With each sport adventure, their principle, belief, conscience, and fear of 3 friends altered. They confessed truth, secrets, and fears of their lives to each other on that road trip which was meant only for an adventure. That was the most amazing beauty of ZNMD. The beautiful cinematography by Carlos Catalan and amazing screenplay by Zoya-Reema duo make this movie a gem. Every travel enthusiast is a lover of this movie.

The Motorcycle Diaries: When Che Guevara Travelled Across South America

Che Guevara – Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist was a prominent figure of the Cuban Revolution. His stylized appearance has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture. Che used to write a diary or memoir about his trip all over South America with his friend Alberto Granado. It is not only a road movie. But it is also about coming-of-age, adventure, youthful profligacy, injustice, prevailing social classes, and economic inequalities. The 23-year-old medical student on his road trip learns almost everything about life on this trip. This trip actually planted the seeds of revolt in Che Guevara and that’s why it is a must watch. Watch South America from the Andes Mountain to the coasts of Chile, the Atacama deserts to the Machu Picchu – Eric Gautier have done beautiful cinematography.

The Hangover: The Craziest Trip Ever

This is a cult Hollywood comedy movie that dealt with the story of 4 friends who goes to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. Now, the fun extends to some trouble and they face all of that together with lots of craziness and returns just on time on the day of the wedding at the venue. They form a chain of dirty secrets on that trip and promise to keep them under the wraps forever. You should never pray your bachelor party to be like this for sure. But you will always want to have some crazy memories with your besties on a road trip – right? This movie will give you that boost.

Highway: It Started With A Kidnap

The dark loneliness of Delhi at night & the unpopulated highway leads a group of goons to kidnap a young “soon to be married” girl. She belongs to a rich and influential family in Delhi. Her life changes completely when she is abducted by these goons. They kidnap her first in a car and then shifts to a truck. From Haryana, they take the girl to Rajasthan then to Gujarat, and then to Himachal Pradesh. Through this journey, you will not see the posh locales at all.

The cinematographer Anil Mehta had captured the rustic and pure natural beauty of India. The rugged terrains of the Himalaya or the loneliness of the Rann of Kuchh. Or the vast sugarcane fields of North India – the unsophisticated soul of these places just propels into your heart and stays forever. The best part of the movie is that the upper-class girl is kidnapped and while the goons are taking her to “not made for her” places she understands that she is free here in this whole “kidnapping” phase than she has ever been in her life. She understands herself better and forms an everlasting bind with the one who kidnapped her! Finally, you realize that human emotion is the same – over geographies & social boundaries!

Who doesn’t love a good Netflix show? One such show is BoJack Horseman! Filled with dark humor, this animated comedy show covers a lot of untouched sensitive issues. It has taught me about life more than school ever did. The anthropomorphic, drunk horse taught me the truths no one ever told me. Everyone is too scared to talk about the sad things in life, well not BoJack!

Here are a few things BoJack has taught me:
PS. Spoilers Ahead!

Living In The Past Wouldn’t Help You
Living In The Past Wouldn’t Help You
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BoJack has wasted so many years of his life! He was once a successful actor, but now instead of getting back to his life, he is still stuck on the phase of that one successful show- Horsin’ Around. Everyone in his life has moved on! Everyone who worked with him on the show, all of his friends and his entire family. He is left miserable, drunk & under the delusion that he is a superstar.

Being Rich Does Not Make You Happy
Being Rich Does Not Make You Happy
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BoJack is rich. He made a lot of money and doesn’t even have to work to live a lavish lifestyle. But is he happy? Most of the times, he is drunk, grumpy & seems depressed. His sober identity is constantly thinking about how empty his life is & how messed up he is!

Things Get Easier Every Day If We Try
Things Get Easier Every Day If We Try
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Remember the random old man from the show who jogs every morning around BoJack’s house. When BoJack attempts to be fit and starts to Jog, he falls down and is about to give up. The wise man comes along, helps him and tells him that “It gets easier every day.” You shouldn’t give up on things just because they seem tough, but keep trying because every day you learn something new which will make it easier.

Stop Taking People For Granted
Stop Taking People For Granted
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We all have people who love us & care about us. And we often start taking them for granted. We think that they’re going to be there for us all the time and often forget to appreciate their efforts. Harsh reality- They Leave!

Todd was BoJack’s friend, cared for him even when BoJack treated him poorly, he stayed and cared for him. He stayed even after he had money, but once he realized that BoJack does not care at all!

Similarly, Princess Caroline left once she realized that BoJack wouldn’t change.

Your Attitude Towards Life Matters A Lot
Your Attitude Towards Life Matters A Lot
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There is BoJack Horseman & then there is Mr. Peanutbutter! BoJack was the star of the show Horsin’ Around and Mr. Peanutbutter started with Mr. Peanutbutter’s House which was clearly a copied from Horsin’ Around. Despite this, everyone loves Mr. Peanutbutter, while BoJack is long forgotten! Why? Mr. Peanutbutter never gives up, he is positive & sees good in all situations. He has a very positive attitude towards life, cheerful & enthusiastic!

No One Is Perfect
No One Is Perfect
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Everyone loves Mr. Peanutbutter. He seems like the perfect man every girl wants! Along with a good heart, he also has a very positive attitude towards life. He seems Perfect but he PURR-FECT!

Mr. Peanutbutter has his own flaws! He can get a little clingy in relationships, is a bit of a narcissist & cannot do many things but wouldn’t admit defeat!

He did not understand that his wives had a career & aspirations, always talked about how great he is & was definitely not a good politician.

Educated The World About Asexuality
Educated The World About Asexuality
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Many of us are aware of asexuality while to others asexuality is all about amoebae reproduction. The show BoJack Horseman not only introduced the concept of asexuality to many but educated us all. It started with what is it, how does it affects the people around & how it is common, but people struggle with their sexuality.

Seeking Closure Will Make You Happy- Elusive & Deceptive Concept
Seeking Closure Will Make You Happy- Elusive & Deceptive Concept
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Since childhood, people have taught us that it is very important to seek closure. It isn’t true! Sometimes it is best to let things be. The closure will not always make you feel better!

When BoJack finds out that his Ex-Best Friend Herb Kazzaz is dying of cancer, he visits him to apologize for betraying him but Herb refuses!  He says he is clearly under no obligation to forgive & wants BoJack to live with the guilt for life. Sometimes it is better to confront the person you are rather than expecting others to forgive us!

Doing Good Will Not Always Make You Feel Good
Doing Good Will Not Always Make You Feel Good
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Diane starts to feel like she needs to do something big for the world and follows the philanthropist Sebastian St. Clair, who is working at a war scene in Cordovia. She realizes that St. Clair is working for them just to get his name highlighted, boost his ego & and for his own gain. After all this, he was still doing a good thing. Diane eventually walked away from then cause and St. Clair because it simply didn’t feel right.

Achieving What You Want Will Not Always Make You Happy
Achieving What You Want Will Not Always Make You Happy
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BoJack always wanted to be the star of The Secretariat’s Autobiography. He has waited for the role of secretariat his entire life as secretariat was his idol! When he did get the role, he learned more about his idol. This only made him feeling emptier than before.

Trying To Achieve Things From Past Can Do A Lot Of Damage
Trying To Achieve Things From Past Can Do A Lot Of Damage
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BoJack has always wondered what it would be like if he left with Charlotte (His Friend & Herb’s Ex-girlfriend) to live in Maine. He always thought that there was a spark between them, but he was too scared to leave. When he decides to visit Charlotte to give it a try, it is too late! She is happily married with 2 kids. He instead wrecks things even more by getting involved with Charlotte’s daughter- Penny who is a teenager!

Families & Relationships Don’t Have To Be Clichéd
Families & Relationships Don’t Have To Be Clichéd
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Diane & Mr. Peanutbutter decide to stay friends after divorce. Princess Carolyn adopts a baby as a single mother. Todd’s ex-girlfriend becomes his best friend. Things don’t have to be the way society wants them to be!

Pain Is An Inevitable Part Of Life
Pain Is An Inevitable Part Of Life
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When BoJack’s Mother died, he felt the pain. He delivered a 20-minute long eulogy where it was clear that BoJack had a very perplexing relationship with his mom. He narrates everything- good & bad about the kind of relationship he shared with his mom only to realize that he does feel bad about her death. And he also realizes that there is never a happy ending or a sad one either. It is always mystifying!

Alcohol & Drug Dependency Lead To The Path Of Self Destruction
Alcohol & Drug Dependency Lead To The Path Of Self Destruction
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The Show BoJack Horseman has covered a very important issue- Alcohol & Drug Abuse! BoJack has been portrayed as an Alcohol Addict and Sarah Lyyn as a Drug Addict.

BoJack Horseman often has blackouts for days! Sarah Lyyn dies because of Drug Overuse. We see BoJack hitting the rock bottom because of Substance Abuse & at the end of season 6, he finally decides to get help.

That Emptiness! 
That Emptiness! 
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Well, that is something not learned from BoJack Horseman! We all can just can relate to BoJack on so many levels. That emptiness he feels, that is so relatable and scary!

It is frightening how a show with anthropomorphic characters teach us so much about life and how relatable it can be! It covers important issues like depression, asexuality, substance abuse, stardom, feminism, & so much more! So, if you haven’t seen the show, I strongly recommend you to.

Dharma production’s a blockbuster hit in the year 2001, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. With a famous star cast, this movie is one cinematic art you cannot ignore. People have hated it, loved it but haven’t been successfully able to ignore it. K3G completes its 17 years of existence in the Indian cinema. And we still love it, for all the right reasons. This blog includes 8 insanely famous and loved dialogues for you to understand the gist of the movie. Well, we all have seen, maybe in bits & pieces, or someone like me who’s watched it time n again; cannot stop dancing to ever-so melodious “Deewana hain dekho…” or “Bole Chhudiyan…” Deep down your heart, even you love it. Admit it now!

Let’s hit the rollercoaster through the famous dialogues:

  1. “Kabhi aisa kyun hota hai ki apne paraye ho jate hain…”
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Of course we know this and agree too. If you’re coming from an Indian middle-class family we have an extended-chosen family that was initially our family friends but over time we realize it’s the chosen ones that have our heart.

One reason to love this movie, how they showed the difference between the Raichand(s) and Sharma(s). It’s crazy that both the dads in the respective families shared the same birthday and their children fell in over a “Gamla” incident.

  1. “Arey return sheturn karna hain toh khareedte wareedte kyun hain?”
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Hashtag True story! Who doesn’t love our evergreen Kajol’s character? And her quirky dialogues with her Chandni Chowk influenced Punjabi accent. Just another reason to love K3G is the amalgam of characters and how they merged the nuances of two typical families, one from the elites and the other…well Mithai ki dukan wale.

  1. No drinking, no smoking….no der se aana aur yahan se jitni jaldi ho chale jana”
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King Khan gives us one more reason to love this movie because of his (Rahul Raichand’s) nature showcased in the movie. In the beginning, the playful elder brother and later on protective brother-in-law to someone who we drool for! (You’ll see later). The scenes between Rahul and his sister-in-law are adorable. We can all relate if we were to have such a diva in our family, Protective hona banta hain!

  1. Tell me how it was”
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Trust me, even reading this dialogue gives me immense excitement and happiness because of Kareen Kapoor (Pooja Sharma a.k.a Poo) nails it like no other. It seems like she was born for being the Poo for K3G. Her accent, her diva lifestyle, pickiness about guys, everything makes me or everyone for that matter swoon for her character. K3G gave us Poo, we don’t any more reasons to love it, but we do have a list!

  1. Keh diya na? Bas keh diya…”
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When there’s Shahenshah in a movie and you’re finding reasons to love it? Shame on you! (Not literally) Shri Amitabh Bachchan’s character, Yashvardhan Raichand, is every elite dad we guess. He’s cool until everything’s happening that he approves of. But loses his shit and damn how he expresses it! (We guess that’s every dad ever?) The authoritative, poised, dedicated-man that he plays is another reason because he’s The Shahenshah! We love his acting. We have to love K3G! And especially when he’s paired opposite his real-life partner, Jaya Bachchan. The duo is loved for their chemistry. There were perfect aww moments when she gets on the stool to match his height but when the angry young man gets angry, we didn’t like it (imagine a puppy face).

The pair is an absolute treat to watch!

  1. Bade Mazaaki ho, bade mazaaki ho”
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Did we mention Kajol earlier? Yes, we did! But what can we do she played the best Anjali ever! The incident when Rahul goes to her mithai ki dukaan to hand over Daijaan (Farida Jalal, yet another legend that we abso-freakin-lutely love.) and Anjali mistakenly recognizes him as Ashfaq Miya. The mischievous nature of Kajol’s character makes our heart giggle even after 17 years of the film.

  1. Maafi maangne se koi chota bada nahi hota…aur jo maaf kar deta hain uska dil bahut bada hota hai”
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ShahRukh Khan inspiring us with such dialogues! Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham teaches us some legit life lessons in the most unapologetically amazing manner. Another dialogue from this epic film is here, “Zindagi mein agar kuch banna ho, kuch haasil karna ho, kuch jeetna ho, toh hamesha dil ki suno. Aur agar dil bhi koi jawab na de toh aankhein band karke apni maa aur papa ka naam lo…phir dekhna har mushkil aasan ho jayegi…jeet tumahri hogi…sirf tumhari!”

Hrithik Roshan (Rohan Raichand) comes out (not that) to Shahrukh’s family in London when he teaches Rahul’s kid, Rishi, this mantra which he learned from Shahrukh Khan, his elder brother. Hrithik’s character was a fat-binging-on-ladoo kid turned hot-shot. And if he’s hot, how can he not charm his childhood sweetheart (Kareena Kapoor) with his tongue twister. Another pairing that we loved and vouch for. With such heartfelt dialogues from Hrithik and his attempts to get Father-Son duo to get along is inspiring. Why can’t we learn from movies to forgive and let go because there’s nothing above family!

  1. Kabhi kabhi ghar ke bache…ghar ke badon ko sahi raasta dikha dete hain”
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Yes, and like a boss! JK. Don’t try this at home or you might receive a flying chappal! (Tryna’ be cool)

The motto of this movie is A. Family’s everything.

  1. There’s nothing wrong or right in love.
  2. Parents can be wrong too!
  3. It’s all about loving our parents even if they’re wrong.

This iconic 3.5 hours long sob-session is everything but love. The family-romantic-Blah-blah-blah drama showcases the high-class Indian family with swanky cars & luxurious lifestyle is the epitome of KJo’s family fantasy. These aren’t the only reasons to love this family drama, as quoted by Dharma Production.

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“It’s the fine blend of laughter, entertainment, chartbusting music, unforgettable camaraderie & lots of love” that makes the movie acknowledged & loved by many. With merits, this also has some demerits too. There are a few reasons that aren’t acceptable but its KJo. After Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, we know he loves the love story to thrive after 360-degree transformation of either of his characters. Hands down, this ott drama is love and we can watch it time n again.

“Me or them?” He asked. Since I already had thought about living without him but without my girlfriends? No! So, I chose my girlfriends without even thinking twice.
The thought of living without them has never crossed my mind. That’s friendship!
People still keep talking about how strong male friendships are, but no one ever talks about female friendships. Surprisingly, Bollywood has made a few attempts to make movies about female friendships. We need to appreciate these movies! Here are a few wonders by Bollywood which proved that female friendships last a lifetime:

Veere Di Wedding- Kalindi, Avni, Sakshi & Meera
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The movie portrayed female friendships at its best! It illustrated how female friendships function from school to eternity. It shows 4 school friends, who pledge to stand by each other, do so! Despite being busy in their own lives, they make time for each other. Even after years, despite being in different countries, when they reunite for a wedding it’s almost like they have never been separated. They share problems, they hang out and everything we all do with our girl pal group. They help each other overcome things the society did not understand.

Their friendship is not proved at a major event but the consistency they have, that’s what manifests true friendship!

Aisha- Aisha, Shefali & Pinki
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We have seen multiple Bollywood movies where the rich girl is mean. Meet Aisha, the rich girl who wants to help everyone she can! This movie truly embraces female friendship and shows us how our girlfriends help us see the truth in every situation. Aisha & Pinki are best friends forever, they welcome Shefali to their little group and make sure she is comfortable. This movie illustrates the ups & downs in a friendship.

We all fight and make-up with our best friend, even after a spiteful fight we go back to them. This is what Aisha is about!

Luv Ka The End- Rhea, Jugs & Sonia
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This one movie denounced the brat rich boy culture & illustrated the power of female friendship at the same time.
Rhea, a straight A student in junior college, dating the hunk of her college-Luv and dreams of marrying the dude. When Rhea finds out that Luv is cheating on her and is just using her to win the billionaire boy club contest, she is heartbroken. When Rhea feels helpless and feels her world has come crashing down, her friends make sure to turn it around for her.
Her friends help her plan revenge against Luv by making him drunk dance in a club, in a girl’s attire and making everyone believe he is a gay, which ruins his image of being the cool guy who is famous amongst girls. And then giving Rhea the courage to teach Luv a lesson!  Such friendships!

Cocktail- Veronica & Meera
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“Pyaar Dosti Hai” is one iconic SRK dialogue. But is it true? Who knows? But, the movie cocktail proved one thing- Friendship conquers all, even love!

When Veronica lets Meera into her life, and into her house, we sensed start to a really pure friendship on screen. That is what happened! Even though Veronica and Meera were poles apart, they found a common ground to stay together. What was it? They just cared about each other. It was all good until Meera falls in love with Veronica’s casual boyfriend Gautam and Vice-Versa.

Guess what does Meera do about it? She leaves town! She gives up the love of her life because it would hurt Veronica.

Guess what Veronica does? After wrestling with her feelings a little, she gives up on her casual boyfriend as well! She packs her bags, finds Meera and tells her how important she is.

Talk about friendship now!

Angry Indian Goddess- Frieda, Nargis, Joanna, Suranjana, Pamela, Madhurita & Lakshmi
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This movie does not have a single male lead. It is one of those movies where you see a particular gender running around in the background for the sake! The movie pictures these ladies getting together for their friend’s marriage. Each one of them is going through some kind of patriarchal oppression or judgment in their personal lives. Some of them are meeting for the first time at Frieda’s wedding, and although all of them come from a really different personal & professional background, they do not judge each other. In fact, they help each other grow as a person, advice each other, become each other’s strength, encourage each other & stand up for each other.

When Joanna is raped and killed by the molesters, these ladies are seen taking a stand for each other and raising a voice against it together. That is friendship!

This is one of those movies which enlighten the world the fact that women are not jealous & in competition but stand by each other. It educates the world about purity in female friendship & strength.

Guess what happened after I chose my girlfriends over the guy? I never saw the guy ever again but my girlfriends? They stayed throughout! I guess that is the beauty of friendship.
I guess it is high time that Bollywood starts blessing us with such delightful female friendship movies because male friendships are overrated!

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