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One Liners of Indian Cinema: Salman Khan & Rajnikanth deconstructed

October 27, 2010 07:11:58 PM IST
Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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While DABANGG broke the box office record to emerge as the biggest grocer at the box office during the recent times to come, its record was overhauled by ROBOT, and both the films continue to rule at the box office with the same panache. Various kinds of observations have been made about the success of these two films, but one thing that has not been talked about is the impact the one liner in both these films had on the audience. Be it DABANNG or ROBOT (ENDHIRAN), it is the one liners as dialogue that has magnetized the audience to come back to the box office again and again to soak and savor into the ambience. As a matter of fact, if one were to analyze the success of Rajnikanth and Salman Khan, one thing that would emerge as the underlining motif is the punch lines which draws wolf whistles and mad appreciation.



Rajnikanth's career as a matter of fact has been dominated by these one liners, and after the success of ROBOT numerous avatars of the same have made their appearance on the Facebook as well. Could it be one of the reasons why Rajnikanth is so big a hit in a country like Japan? Same is the case with Salman, be it, DABANNG, WANTED or VEER; it is the punch lines in these films that have kept the audience enthralled.

What is a cinema without a punch line in fact? The phenomenal success that Big B enjoyed in his career primarily was owing to the fabulous punch lines that he was given by his dialogue writers. Moot point then is, that the dialogue writers have gone out of vogue and has cinema has become urbanesque and has acquired a certain sense of sophistication, dialogues with punch lines do not fit into this category. Fall out is, that the present generation of actors are not associated with a punch line all together, while an earlier generation had a brand identity created along these punch lines. So there was a Sunny Deol whose punch line: ye adhai kilo ka haath "from GHATAK, or" Taarikh pe taarikh", still continue to enthrall the audience, or for that matter 'Jhakkas' of Anil Kapoor, or 'Bidu' of Jackie Shroff, they all became signature announcements for this actor.

Even in Hollywood it is the dialogues that have made the films be it GODFATHER's " Revenge is the dish that tastes the best when it is cold", or " Life is a box of chocolates " from FOREST GUMP, or " Show me the money" from JERRY McGUIRE" still are cult. May be, the possible reason would be that these days the new generation of actors like to deliver the dialogues rather faster as compared to the old times when dialogues were chewed, savored and then presented.

May be, time has indeed come for the cinema to start giving it a serious thought, as reflected from the success of DABANGG and ROBOT.

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