Colours, glamour, song and dance — this is what makes Bollywood, well, ‘Bollywood’. And don’t forget the melodramatic dialogues that might either wrench out your emotions or have you rolling your eyes. But every once in a while, audiences are treated to mind-blowing monologues that stay with you and provoke you to think. It might be about women’s rights, the frustration of a single millennial guy looking for love, or encouragement to be stronger as a team and play to win — some monologues give you goosebumps and some just make you applause with excitement.
Let’s take a look at some rather impressive monologues from Bollywood:
Shah Rukh Khan - Chak De! India
One of the best films of Shah Rukh Khan, Chak De! India has some of the finest dialogues to look for. The Sattar Minute monologue by SRK, just before the final match between the Indian and Australian hockey team, is considered to be one of the best monologues ever produced. The monologue is so powerful and intense that it gives one goose bumps. It is a source of inspiration that can be used in anyone’s life, not just for a game but any situation where one is afraid and needs a morale boost.
Amitabh Bachchan - Pink
The actor of the millennium — Amitabh Bachchan — has delivered innumerable dialogues and monologues over the years. He has been a great source of inspiration to many aspiring actors on dialogue delivery and acting with passion. His monologue from the film Pink ‘No Means No’ is one such monologue that is considered to be a landmark statement as it talks about consent in the most honest way possible. His voice not only graced the monologue but also brought life into it.
Taapsee Pannu - Mulk
Actress Taapsee Pannu plays a lawyer in the film and delivers a powerful and impacting performance alongside Rishi Kapoor. This is the dialogue about prejudice and she talks about how the world is dividing people based on their religions, instead of uniting them based on their humanity. She delivers the heart-wrenching monologue while arguing with Ashutosh Rana in the court. Mulk has been receiving praise from all over and rightfully so but Taapsee’s dialogue has been causing people to give standing ovations in cinemas across the country.
Naseeruddin Shah - A Wednesday
One of Indian cinema’s finest actors, Naseeruddin Shah has given us many memorable performances and dialogues to remember. He is an institution in himself and an inspiration to many budding actors. His monologue ‘I am just a stupid common man’ from the film A Wednesday is one of the best monologues from the list. It is so hard hitting and powerful that it literally makes one think twice about taking everything lying down as a common man.
Kartik Aaryan - Pyaar Ka Punchnama
The five-minute long monologue delivered with gusto by Kartik Aaryan in the first Pyaar Ka Punchnama movie can be considered his claim to fame. The video of his rant went viral on the internet and had everyone in splits. As the boys clapped with enthusiasm, like someone has finally stringed words appropriately to express what they’ve been wanting to express all along, girls worked on comebacks. But those who have grown out of the whole ‘boys versus girls’ mentality into matured and sensible men and women, appreciated his performance and acknowledged the situational humour in it. The second part of the franchise also has a monologue delivered by Kartik, which is longer, but on the same lines.