Doused in accolades and admiration, the 1999 Anil Kapoor-starrer, Taal, is still celebrated as one of Bollywood’s ultimate cult movies of all time. As it should be – with its gooseflesh-inducing music, well-written dialogues, fantastic direction and on-point acting, Taal became the first Indian film to reach the top 20 on Variety’s box office list.
While Taal was a love story between a rich boy Manav (Akshaye Khanna) and Mansi (Aishwarya Rai), a middle-class girl in Chamba, it was the character of Vikrant Kapoor (Anil Kapoor) who also stole the show. In the movie, we see that Vikrant, a successful and famous music producer/ director, falls in love with Mansi, regardless of the class differences. Smitten by her beauty, he helps her become a dancing sensation in India. Unfortunately for Vikrant, in spite of Mansi first agreeing to marry him, the dangerous territory of a friend zone was looming large over his head! At the end of the day, when Mansi wants to marry her true love Manav, he accepts this plot twist that gets thrown at him graciously without blinking an eye. As a character, Vikrant was also blatant in his opinions and Anil Kapoor’s dialogues in the movie are still remembered to be iconic.
Today, as Taal completes 22 years in Indian cinema, we take a look back at famous dialogues delivered by Anil Kapoor:
1- Hum dard bechte hai, khareedte nahi hai
2- Imaandari se zyaada zaroori hai dukaandari
3- Yeh Mumbai hai – yahaan har cheez dikhawa hai, jise hum showmanship kehte hai; sajawat hai jise hum publicity kehte hai aur banawat hai jise hum marketing kehte hai
4- Hum kala bechte hai, ladkiyon ki izzat nahi
5- Hum doston se daant ke aur dushmano se pyaar karke baat karte hain
6- Ameer banne ke liye zaroori hai lalach
7- Kuch log pyaar karke shaadi karte hai aur kuch log shaadi karke pyaar karte hai
For his role in Taal, Anil Kapoor won many awards including Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award, Zee Cine Best Supporting Actor Award, and Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor Award.