Most Iconic Bollywood Monologues Of All Time

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It is said that a film is a director’s baby and a product of the auteur’s vision. However, writer and actors play equally important role in bringing the film on celluloid. Dialogues and on-screen performances are the key elements of cinema which bring director’s vision to reality. When a writer pens a superb scene and actor, with the same brilliance, brings it to life, the scene becomes a treat for the cinema lovers.

Very rarely it happens that the actor single-handedly shoulders a sequence with a powerful monologue. It requires remarkable screen presence and acting abilities to make a solo scene effective. In Bollywood films, we have seen many such iconic sequences which have been eternalized and etched on our memories forever. We’ve seen actors pour their hearts while delivering solo performances in several genres from comic to dramatic to inspirational.

Here’s a look at some of the most iconic monologues of Bollywood films

Amitabh Bachchan- Deewar

No one can match the great Amitabh Bachchan when it comes to powerful dialogue deliveries and magnetic screen presence. Deewar was one film with which he proved that he is the most brilliant actors in the industry. In this one of the best written pieces by Salim-Javed, an atheist Vijay turns up at temple to voice his tirade with ‘Aaj Khush Toh Bohot Hoge Tum?”

Shah Rukh Khan- Chak De! India

This film is considered one of SRK’s best as he delivers a completely out-of-comfort-zone performance in the role of coach Kabir Khan. Brilliantly crafted by Shimit Amin, the film is a milestone in Bollywood cinema. Shah Rukh performed to the perfection and the peak of it was this inspirational pre-final dressing room scene where he tells the girls to make the most of ‘Yeh Sattar Minute’

Omi Vaidya- 3 Idiots

Very rarely we have seen any actor perfecting a comic monologue the way Omi aka Chatur has done in 3 Idiots. The ultimate lesson which the director intends to give through his film comes from this sequence. With every single word more hilarious than the previous, this ‘Balatkaar Pe Balatkaar’ sequence marks the high point of the film.

Rani Mukerji- Black

Rani Mukerji is one of the best actresses of Bollywood of all times. She gave her best performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black. The scene where Michelle McNally thanks everyone including her teacher on the graduation day, with her mother (played by Shernaz Patel) as her voice, left everyone teary eyed.

Sridevi- English Vinglish

This Gauri Shinde directorial was all about a common woman finding her own identity which is lost somewhere while being someone’s mother or wife. The impactful speech which Sridevi, as Shashi, delivers towards the climax of the film gives a new perspective to every viewer. The actress, as always, has done a marvellous job.

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Shahid Kapoor- Haider

In our opinion, Shahid Kapoor is one of the underrated actors of Bollywood. In the crowd of collectors of hundreds of crores, this artist constantly keeps delivering impressive acts which stay with the viewer for long time and Haider was one such film. His monologue in the film about poor and corrupt administration was intense and powerful. This performance gained him many accolades which he certainly deserved.

Naseeruddin Shah- Wednesday

An ode to the common man by another common man on screen gives us goose-bumps every time we watch it. Naseeruddin Shah, who is one of the finest actors of the industry, has brilliantly brought this revolutionary and eye-opening monologue to life. This is the high-point of the intense thriller by Neeraj Pandey. The nuanced delivery by the legend makes us introspect with each word, and want to stand and clap for Naseer Saab!

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Nana Patekar- Krantiveer

Nana Patekar as a rebel who is about to be hanged for the crime he didn’t commit is a pure genius in this sequence. He stuns with this monologue where he lashes out at the system and the people surrendering to the corrupt system is a pure eye-opener for the viewers.

Sunny Deol- Damini

In this much relatable rant against the judicial system in India, Sunny Deol gave his most memorable performance. After this iconic act in Damini, ‘Taareek Pe Taareek’ has become the catch-phrase of describing the dull and corrupt system in general. This is probably the most remembered scene in courtroom dramas of Bollywood.

Rajesh Khanna- Anand

Jovial Anand, who knows he is dying, says the most heart-touching lines ever in this ‘Zindagi Badi Honi Chahiye, Lambi Nahi’ sequence. Rajesh Khanna, with his subtle yet effective performance gives us life lessons, positive attitude and the words to live by. One of the best monologues ever!

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Kartik Aaryan- Pyaar Ka Panchnama and Pyaar Ka Panchnama 2

One of the most surprising yet deserving entry in the list is this one by Kartik Aaryan where every boyfriend’s plight was explained by him in the Pyaar Ka Punchnama franchise. For the most relatable and popular lines, every single guy out there nodded and applauded. The actor earned numerous accolades for this promising act which was totally entertaining. 

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