Bollywood’s Best 2-liners: 7 Dialogues From Raanjhana

Raanjhanaa is one of those rare Bollywood movies that dared to consider the complexities of India, not limiting itself to a mere Hindu-Muslim love story. Cherished for its witty observations about life in a small town, teenage infatuation, unrequited love and communal strife, its ingenious dialogues have not aged a day in the four years since the film’s release:

1. The young Kundan (Dhanush) sees Zoya (Sonam Kapoor) for the first time, and he is amazed at the simplicity of the little girl offering devotions:

“She was in prayer, but I felt as if my wish was fulfilled”

2. When Bindiya (Swara Bhaskar) who is desperate for Kundan’s love tries to get intimate with him, Kundan counters:

“The string of Kundan’s pyjama isn’t loose enough to get opened on two hooks of your blouse”

3. After Zoya returns home having completed college, and Kundan and his best friend Murari discover that she is engaged to marry someone else, Murari gives voice to their reality:

“The love of local boys is often taken away by the doctors and engineers” | “This is Banaras; if a guy cannot win here, where else will he win!”

4. Once Kundan learns of Zoya’s love interest in college, he tries to cut his wrist in despair, prompting Murari to exclaim:

“Your love looks more like a UPSC exam, you haven’t cleared it in ten years.”

5. As soon as Zoya hears of Kundan’s attempted suicide, she visits the hospital and starts crying over his condition. Kundan calls her closer and murmurs:

“I’m shedding blood, you’re shedding tears, this is more of a baton charge than bloody love.”

6. When Zoya’s beau at college, active student leader Jasjeet Singh (Abhay Deol) wins the election, he expresses his delight by declaring:

“There are two types of leaders: one who gets happy by dissolving the government, and the other who gets happy by forming a government.”

7. Later, frustrated by his many failed attempts to make Zoya fall in love with him, Kundan at last pours out his heart:

“Loving you is my talent, you owe no credit to this.”

Class and communal divides are Raanjhanaa’s villains, but intellectual differences between the youths also play antagonist in their romance. The clash gives the picture a realistic touch.