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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

kitnee door hai babuji... hindustaan me to hai naa

Film: Laawaaris
Year of release : 1981
Spoken by : Heera (Amitabh Bachchan)
Spoken to : Ranvir Singh (Amjad Khan)
This was Amitabh at his absolute peak. He just could do no wrong. But when you take the era out of the equation and see this film today, it is a film which deserves its rightful place in a trashcan. The film is about a bastard (laawaaris) who grows up to be Amitabh Bachchan. This one act turns the status of Laawaaris into 'hot'. Now everyone wants to disown their parents. Oh it is so fashionable to wallow in a sea of self pity. More about that wallowing later.
Both Mahender (Ranjeet) and Heera are Ranvir's sons. Mahender is the legal one and Heera is the illegal one. Neither Heera nor Ranvir are aware of this fact. Fate dishes up Heera to land up as an employee on Ranvir's estate. One day, when Dr Goyal (Om Prakash) finds that Ranvir has run out of his medicine, he asks Mahender to immediately get some stock. Mahender refuses to go on some flimsy pretext. Heera volunteers.
"Laaiye Doctor saahab; babuji is ghar me jab tak aapkaa ye naukar zindaa hai, aise kaamoN ke liye aapko koee takleef naheeN karnee paDegee, davaai maiN le aataa hooN"
"लाइये डॉक्टर साहब, बाबूजी इस घर में जब तक आपका ये नौकर ज़िन्दा है, ऐसे कामों के लिये आपको कोई तकलीफ़ नहीं करनी पडेगी, दवाई मैं ले आता हूं"
Ranvir says
'magar shahar bahut door hai"
Heera says
"kitnee door hai babuji... hindustaan me to hai naa"
"कितनी दूर है बाबूजी...हिन्दुस्तान में तो है ना?"
Often you find people finding excuses to turn a 'non-work' into a Herculean task. Here is a great line to trivialise a big job.

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