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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

saamaan to uThaa lenge, aap ko kaun uThaayegaa

Film : Jab Pyaar Kisise Hotaa Hai
Year of release : 1998
Spoken by : Mahesh (Johnny Lever)
Spoken to : Old Man at Lovedale Railway station (unknown)
Dialogue writer : Javed Siddique

The 90s was a period that Johnny Lever dominated as a comedian. Especially the later part of the 90s. He was nominated 7 times during the 90s though he won it only twice. This post marks the debut of Johnny Lever on this blog.

In the 1998 film, Jab pyar kisi se hota hai, he plays the role of Mahesh. He, Suraj (Salman Khan) and Kabir (Aditya Narain) are standing on the Lovedale station railway platform. They have a lot of luggage with them and are looking around for a coolie. A very old man (looks older than Methuselah) approaches them and asks them

"saab mai.n saamaan uThaa loo.n"

“साहब मैं सामान उठा लूं ”

Mahesh replies with a deadpan expression

"saamaan to uThaa lenge, aap ko kaun uThaayegaa"
“सामान तो उठा लेंगे, आप को कौन उठायेगा”
I still laugh when I think of this line and the way Johnny Lever delivered it. There are times when some people – old or otherwise – proffer that they would do things which are beyond their normally estimated abilities. In every such situation you could use this line.

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