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Friday, September 30, 2011

aur meri bhee tabeeyat kucchh Theek naheen rahtii

Film : Mere Apne
Year of release : 1971
Spoken by : Biloki Prasad (Asit Sen)
Spoken to : Audience at political meeting
Dialogue writer : Gulzar

It is election time and the two rival candidates are Biloki Prasad and Anokhe Lal (Mehmood). The former is assisted by Shyam (Vinod Khanna) and the latter by Chhainoo (Shatrughan Sinha). Asit Sen, who is normally parodied by most mimicry artistes for his peculiar style of dialogue delivery and his girth, is also a very good actor with excellent comic timing. See this film (or rather this scene), for evidence  of that. So in this political meeting, our great politician starts speaking. And what does he say,

"bhaiyo aur behno desh ke bahut bure din aa gaye hain"
"भाईओ और बहनो, देश के बहुत बुरे दिन आ गए हैं"

"aaj hamaare beech panDit jee naheen hain ...neta ji naheen hain...gandhiji naheen hain..."
"आज हमारे बीच पंडित जी नहीं हैं...नेता जी नहीं हैं...गान्धी जी नहीं हैं..."

Then he takes a pause for effect and delivers the punch line. 

"aur meri bhee tabeeyat kucchh Theek naheen rahtii"
"और मेरी भी तबीयत कुछ ठीक नहीं रहती"

Asit Sen's delivery of this line has made this line walk into this blog. Otherwise I generally avoid joke punchlines. 

This is also a famous technique used in sales - called equation by association. If one goes to buy a TV,  the shopkeeper will say something like...

Sir this is Sony TV. Costs 20k. This is Panasonic. Costs 19.5k. And this is Pappu TV. This costs 16k. 


  1. That is a really good line. If you read the dialogue itself in isolation - it may not work. But Asit Sen makes it work.

    You are right - Asit Sen had a real gift for the comic. I remember one film (I cannot seem to remember the name) in which he plays a slightly crazy man who keeps telling an attending doctor "Dr. Sahib - Mere pait mein billi hai" (i.e. there is a cat in my belly). Though the effect is initially comic - eventually you realise you should be a little ashamed to be laughing at a man in such a situation; but it is done with a light touch.

    Also remember his memorable role in Purab Aur Paschim. When asked if he is married he replies with sweet earnestness "Shaadi to ho gayee, gwaana nahin hua". i.e. "I am married, but the ceremony for the bride to depart to the husband's house never happened."

    He is possibly alluding to child marriage, where he married when he was a kid, but his bride never got to depart her parents home and live with him.

    Eventually we get to see his bride - I will leave folks on this blog to guess who she is !!

  2. your blog, as always, is a delight to read. It will be great if you could also provide links to the video showing where the line was spoken, whenever possible.

  3. Thanks Divesh for your encouragement. You can watch this line here


    the speech starts at 01 : 15.

  4. Good to see a post after such a long time, I was beginning to get worried....!!!