• Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Birthday Special: Unforgettable dialogues from Karan Johar’s movies

Karan Johar (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Murtuza Nullwala

Karan Johar is one of the most successful filmmakers in Bollywood. After assisting his good friend Aditya Chopra in the classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Johar took the industry by storm in 1998 with his debut directorial venture Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and has gone on to to direct hits such as Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna and My Name Is Khan.

The filmmaker celebrates his 49th birthday today and to mark the occasion we look at some of the most memorable dialogues from his iconic films.

Film: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Released: 1998

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji

Awards: Filmfare (8), National Film (2), Star Screen (4), Zee Cine (10)

Scene: In a heart-warming scene, Shah Rukh Khan’s character Rahul explains what love means to him with the words:

Quote: Pyar dosti hai. Agar woh meri sab se achchi dost nahin ban sakti, to main usse kabhi pyar kar hi nahi sakta, kyun ki dosti bina toh pyar hota hi nahin, simple, pyar dosti hai

(Love is friendship. If she can’t become my best friend then I can never love her because without friendship love doesn’t happen. Simple, love is friendship.)

Scene: After losing his wife, Rahul is reluctant to remarry and explains his reason why with the emotional words:

Quote: Hum ek baar jeete hai, ek baar marte hai, shaadi bhi ek baar hoti hai, aur pyar ek baar hi hota hai

(We live once, we die once, we marry once, and love, only happens once)

Scene: Years after reuniting with her long lost friend, Kajol’s character Anjali explains to Rahul, in his own words, how love happens.

Quote: Kuch kuch hota hai Rahul, tum nahi samjhoge

(Something something happens, Rahul…you won’t understand)

Scene: As Anjali walks away from the love of her life, Rahul…a young mute boy says his first words – imploring her not to leave.

Quote: Tussi ja rahe ho? Tussi na jao

(Are you leaving, please don’t leave)

Rani Mukerji (L), Shah Rukh Khan (2L) and Kajol (2R) and director Karan Johar pose for a picture as they attend an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP)

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Released: 2001

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor

Awards: Filmfare (13), IIFA (8), Zee Cine (2)

Scene: The quote is repeated in two pivotal scenes. The first when Shah Rukh Khan’s character Rahul, when leaving his family behind, tells his younger brother how to succeed in life. And then again when the brothers finally reunite after many years apart.

Quote: Zindagi mein agar kuch banna ho, kuch haasil karna ho, kuch jeetna ho, toh hamesha dil ki suno. Aur agar dil bhi koi jawab na de toh aankhen band karke apni maa aur papa ka naam lo, phir dekhna har manzil paar kar jaoge, har mushkil aasaan ho jayegi, jeet tumhari hogi, sirf tumhari

(If you want to become something in life, to achieve something, to win something, then listen to your heart. If your heart doesn’t say anything, then close your eyes and think of your mother and father, you will see all difficulties will become easier, victory will be yours, just yours.)

Scene: When Shah Rukh Khan visits a festival in Chandni Chowk, he wears a suit and Kajol telss him the below quote.

Quote: Lucknow da kurta, Pathani salwar, tab lage mard, varna lage bekaar 

(Lucknow’s kurta, Pathani pants, that’s when a man looks like a man or else he looks useless)

Scene: The below quote is said by Kareena Kapoor when she has to select a prom night date.

Quote: Mere saath prom jaane ke liye tum sabko teen departments mein brilliant hona chahiye, and that is good looks, good looks and good looks

(If you want to go to prom with me then you have to be brilliant in three departments, good looks, good looks, and good looks)

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Released: 2006

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan

Awards: Filmfare (1), Star Screen (1), Zee Cine (1)

Scene: When Shah Rukh Khan and Rani meet for the first time in the movie, they discuss about marriage and friendship.

Quote: Kabhi kabhi dosti mohabbat ki jagah le leti hai, aur phir mohabbat ke liye jagah hi nahin rehti

Scene: After discussing marriage and friendship, when Shah Rukh Khan and Rani are parting ways, at that time SRK says ‘alvida’, so Rani replies with the below quote.

Quote: Alvida nahin, alvida kehne se phir milne ki umeed mar jaati hai

Scene: When at a party Amitabh Bachchan sees that Abhishek and Rani are having issues, he gives a speech and says the below quote.

Quote: Waqt ka matlab hota hai ab, pyar karna hai toh ab, maafi maangna hai toh ab, haath pakadna hai, toh ab

(Time means now, if you want to love do it now, if you want to say sorry do it now, if you want to hold someone’s hand, do it now.)

My Name Is Khan

Released: 2010

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol

Awards: Filmfare (3), Star Screen (3), Zee Cine (6)

Scene: The below is said by Shah Rukh Khan a few times in the film. It’s a message that he wanted to give to the president of the US.

Quote: My name is Khan, and I’m not a terrorist

Scene: While traveling when a bus stops at a restaurant, SRK decides to pray namaaz and fellow passengers tell him that it’s not the right place to pray namaaz at that time SRK tells them the below quote.

Quote: Namaaz jagah aur logon se nahi, neeyat se padhi jaati hai

(Namaaz is prayed with intention and not by thinking about people and place)

Scene: Zarina Wahab says the below quote when she tries to explain the young Rizwan about what kind of people live in this world.

Quote: Is duniya mein sirf do kism ke insaan hai, achche insaan joh achcha kaam karte hai aur bure joh bura

(In this world there are only two types of people, good people who do good work and bad people who do bad work.)

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Released: 2016

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Awards: Filmfare (4), Star Screen (2)

Scene: When Ranbir Kapoor meets Shah Rukh Khan in the movie and asks if it’s easy to do one-sided love. So, SRK tells him the below quote.

Quote: Ek tarfa pyar ki taqat hi kuch aur hoti hai, auron ke rishton ki tarah yeh do logon mein nahi batt-tim sirf mera haq hai ispe

(The power of one-sided love is totally different, like all the other relationships it’s not shared by two people, It’s only my right on it.)

Scene: In a scene, in the song Bulleya, Aishwarya is mouthing a few poems written by her and the below quote is a poem she recites)

Quote: Sau andheron mein bhi roshan ho, us haqeeqat ki talash hai. Teri dehleez pe chhod aaye, uss mohabbat ki talash hai. Jhukne ki ibaadat ko toh samjhe jahaan walon, katne pe joh haasil ho, uss jannat ki talash hai

(Looking for the truth that can even lighten in hundreds of darkness. Looking for love that I can leave at your doorstep. People should understand the worship, looking for heaven that I can get once I die)

Scene: After a dinner with Ranbir and Anushka, Aishwarya understands that Ranbir still loves Anushka and decides to part ways with him and that that time tells him the below quote.

Quote: Mohabbat karna hamare bas mein nahi hai, uss mohabbat se door chale jaana, woh hamare bas mein hai

(Falling in love with someone is not in our hands, but to go away from that love is in our hands)

Scene: When Anushka and Ranbir go for a holiday in Paris, they share a heartwarming moment with each other, and at that time Anushka tells him the below quote.

Quote: Pyar mein junoon hai par dosti mein sukoon hai

(There’s a craze in love, but in friendship there’s peace)

Scene: After spending a night with each other, when Ranbir tries to propose Aishwarya, the actress replies him with the below quote.

Quote: Main kisi ki zaroorat nahi, khwaish banna chahti hoon

(I don’t want to be someone’s requirement, I want to be someone’s wish)

Scene: When in an interview, Ranbir is trying to explain the love triangle between him, Anushka, and Fawad Khan, the actor mouths the below quote.

Quote: Kisi ne kabhi aapko suddenly chaata mara hai, phaat! Uss chaante ko ishq kehte hai, aur woh chaanta aur zor se padta hai jab koi teesra aa jaata hai

(Has someone slapped you suddenly, that slap is called love, and that slap is felt harder when a third person comes into our lives.)

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