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Four Iconic gestures in Bollywood

  • 2017-11-28
  • Sumbul Jafri
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Four Iconic gestures in Bollywood

Bollywood is the land of opportunities; fulfilling dreams and breaking hearts every day.But for most of us out here, it’s the world’s largest film industry and one helluva source of entertainment.

You’ve got to agree Bollywood films are not just about good actors or storylines, it’s a complete package of music, dance, drama, mic dropping dialogues and a uniqueness each mega star brings to it.

Afterall what’s Bollywood without Amitabh ki Gravity, Shahrukh ki Mohabbat, Ranveer ki hotness, Bhai ka attitude, Akshay ka action and Aamir ka perfection.

And yeah obviously not leaving out the leading ladies here.

*Don’t want Ms. Ranaut coming after me and accusing me of being a male chauvinist after all*

Hema Malini’s dreaminess, Helen’s dance skills, Kareena’s exuberant glamour, Deepika’s grace and Kangana’s ‘nepotism ke against guhaar’ and rocking at all the strong roles she bags.

There have always been certain iconic gestures or traits such celebrities made famous with the characters they played.Sometimes even continued them on to other roles as well.

Here are four such famous gestures which became a frenzy among the fans ->

Amrish Puri as Indrajit Chaddha (Damini)

Amrish Puri as Indrajit Chaddha (Damini) (1)

Amrish Puri as Indrajit Chaddha (Damini)

This movie which came out in 1993 was a huge hit amongst the audience as well as the critics.It was also the same movie which gave us Sunny Deol’s famous dialogue;
Tareekh pe tareekh..”
But Amrish Puri’s character had a different villainous charm to it.He played a criminal lawyer who took advantage of the loopholes in the system to benefit the rich.His gesture of jerking his head frequently to keep his hair off his face is one of the most imitated gestures till today.

*We don’t know why he did that, maybe his hair actually kept falling to his face.*
But the style quotient he added to it made it iconic.

Akshay Kumar as Vikram Rathore (Rowdy Rathore)

Akshay Kumar as Vikram Rathore (Rowdy Rathore)

Think of action in Bollywood and the first name that strikes your mind is Akshay Kumar.He is a versatile actor but a major part of his career has been spent in action movies and comedies.His movie Rowdy Rathore which was a remake of Telugu film ‘Vikramarkudu’ got a great response from the audience and it’s dance moves and dialogues became quite a thing amongst the fans.
But one thing we still cannot seem to forget about this ‘Rowdy’ is how he used to roll his moustache after saying his signature dialogue:
Jo me bolta hun, wo me karta hu.Aur Jo me Nahi bolta, wo to me definitely karta hun.
People started keeping moustaches like him, just to roll them with as much pride as Vikram Rathore did in the movie.It was a trend that caught on and still remains.

Shahrukh Khan in Deewana, Baazigar, Darr, Dil to Pagal Hai, DDLJ, Main hoon na, Chennai Express and even Happy New Year.The list goes on and on…


Talk about Iconic gestures and Shah Rukh’s signature pose doesn’t come in.
His ‘open arms’ with a slight tilt has been the most imitated gesture ever.
There was a time when a Shahrukh Khan movie felt incomplete till he did his signature pose.
Call it crazy or funny or whatever, but every time I open my arms to hug someone, I tilt a bit sideways and imagine how Shahrukh did it.It’s a conditioned response for me now.If this isn’t what being iconic means, then what is.

Manoj Kumar (almost all the time)

Manoj Kumar

Since we’re talking about icons, how can we forget Manoj Kumar with his hands covering his face so much that he actually came to be known by that.Even today’s generation who doesn’t know much about his acting career know about his ‘hands covering his face’ habit.
It was a habit indeed but he pulled it off with such flair that it became unique to his style of acting.The star of superhits like Patthar ke sanam, Do badan and Sanyasi still remains a legend in Bollywood.

Cringeworthy mentions:
Akshay Kumar in Housefull 2

Akshay Kumar in Housefull 2

He had a trademark lip movement accompanied by an orgasmic “aah”.
Yes, it was ridiculous and yet it caught on.
The world is a weird place people.
I hope none of you have to sit through such torturous movies and get to know before hand about what you’re getting into.

(Like by reading the blogs on Friday Fans, maybe?)
Give it a try.



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