[In no specific order]
I’m a bad man : Possibly one of the most overlooked, but also one of the most reeking-of-awesomeness dialogues in Tamil Movie history was Kannada Prabhakar’s “I’m a baaad man” in the epic Rajnikant movie Annamalai. There can be only one reason for the neglect of a dialogue that is so high in degree of badassness and that, is Thalaivar. The dialogue features in the climax scene of the most kvlt Rajnikant movie in Rajnikant movie history. No, really – Apart from making a fortune of billions (from being a broke milkman) within the span of 4 minutes by singing inspirational hard work song in a black background, Thalaivar gets the news that his ex-best-friend (Sarath jilpathalai Babu, as if you didn’t know that already!) is being beaten up by baddies. The moment he hears the news, he moves his feet from the sofa, picks up his sun glasses and gets up to save his ex-friend. THAT, is what people who see the movie remember, more than the dialogue. Do you see the way he moves his foot? The way he puts on those glasses? The way he stands up? Do you see it? See it again. You’ll understand why he is who he is. Thalaivar. He’s a baaad man.
The man is a legend (cue for gaptun, gaptun chants). He has been a one man army, killer of terrorists using mere eye contact, the hidden gem of the Indian army, pigeon trainer and a pink blazer with leopard print shirt wearing fashion icon all IN THE SAME MOVIE. This particular dialogue stands for everything that is Gaptun – power, command and most importantly STYLE. See the way he enters into the scene with aplomb, and captures your attention with his rendition of the line “Yeny odhar inbarmayson pass it to me” and displays his mad geographical knowledge of India by citing regions like Banchkula. Did you even know there was a Banchkula before Gaptun said so? Touch your heart. If you were aware, then you either wrote the dialogues in the movie or you’re a cold hearted liar. Notice the authority in his voice when he says “Mister Asog” and the extreme strategic skyllz when he asks his subordinate to “block all yentry points espesally from Delhi locayson”. But the piece de resistance (and I’m sure Mr.Asog will agree, aam sir) has to be Gaptun’s execution of “Eieieidowhatisay”. The greatness of this dialogue is naturally the tone – casual, but commanding. Friendly, but professional. Don’t be surprised if Eieieidowhatisay is included in Harvard’s MBA syllabus soon.
3. What a Man.
Rajni takes his shirt off. ‘Nuff said.
4. Catch my point?
What’s a list on English dialogues in Tamil movies without Kamal Haasan? His expertise in the language has still not been matched by any actor in the industry. He’s had his fair share of english dialogues, but the most famous and perhaps most quoted dialogue would be “catch my point?” from his greatest comedy film of all time, Michael Madana Kama Rajan. The dialogue, like the movie is a classic and somehow, never gets old. You…catch my point?
5. Start Meesic
Goundamani is one man who always had the best lines. Somehow, his newer roles these days don’t have the bite that classic Goundamani did, and Suriyan is as classic Gounder as classic Gounder can get. His “comedy track” had no relevance to the actual story, thus complying with Tamil Cinema rules, and not surprisingly, became the sole reason for the film’s success. 90% of the people who saw Suriyan won’t remember the hero or the heroine or the plot. They will only remember Gounder. I doubt any other movie had as many phrases quoted from it (including “Who is that disturbance” “Arasiyalla idhelaam sagajam appa!” and “Sathyasodhanai“) like this one did, thus making it the starting point of the Tamil pop culture movement and Gounder its founding father. Wokay-nga publics, enough talking. Press play button, start meesic!
1. Sing in the rain – Vadivelu
2. Sorry for the interruption, this is only my introduction – TR
3. Do you underwear? – Thalaivar(Note the usage of the word “jalsa” as well)