Exalted Urdu in spate? Especially after a dagger flung at you has missed by a whisker? It can only be in the magniloquent world of Mughal-e-Azam, where even the vamps' one-liners defied translation.
2. "Wow...wait, wait, wait! You see the whole country of the system is juxtaposition by the haemoglobin in the atmosphere because you are sophisticated rhetoricians intoxicated by the exuberance of your own VERBOSITY..."
'Prof Anthony Gonsalves' comes out of his eggshell and charms the maidens with pearls of wisdom in Amar Akbar Anthony.
3. "Zameen pe mill ban jayega to maa... baap ban jayega."
Sapru in that classic patrician pose—half-reclining on divan, lifting a bunch of grapes off silver tray—counselling the peasant (Balraj Sahni) to sell his land in Do Bigha Zameen. This is in response to the farmer's last argument: zameen to kisan ki maa hoti hai!
4. "Jab koi ladki mujhe thappad marti hai toh main kuch nahin karta. Sirf diary mein uska naam likh leta hoon."
Occasional '60s baddie Manmohan to Sharmila Tagore in Aradhana, hands-down winner for indirect sexual menace.
5. "Prem naam hai mera...Prem Chopra."
The leeriest line ever spoken, from Bobby. Don't miss the inverted Bond touch.
6. "Viva Purtgaal!"
Chopra in action again, as blond-wigged Montero, breaking into cow-belt Portuguese in the heat of a gunbattle in Goa liberation flick Pukar.
7. "What did you call us? We may be poor, coolies, trolley-pullers, but we are not beggars! You enjoy the status of life because of our sweat and blood."
Humbler lexicon, but '70s action hero Jayan scores one for the proles...and the front-benchers in Angadi (The Market), stunning everyone with the first unbroken English dialogue spoken in Malayalam! Almost 30 years later, a big hit on Youtube.
8. "Vari, vatti, kisthi...Yaarai ketkirai vari...Etharkku ketkirai vari. Vaanam polikirathu, bhumi vilaigirathu, unakken katta vendum vari...."
Take that, you Brits. Sivaji Ganesan in alliterative heaven in his epochal role of 18th century Tamil rebel Veerapandya Kattabomman.
9. "Naan oru tharavai sonna nooru tharavai sonna madhiri."
Rajnikant as Basha says it once and it's as if he's said it a hundred times. Fans consider it one of his finest "punch dialogues". Also struck a chord for there were rumours aplenty then that the star would any day announce his entry into politics. They are still waiting.
10. "Kal subah tumhara boss jab naashte pe baithe, is chaaku se uske toast pe makkhan lagana."
—Tough guy Dharmendra making light of bouncer Shetty's armoury in Yaadon ki Baarat
11. "Gaana toh hum bhi gaate hain. Kaam kya karte ho?"
A sceptical Pran to rockstar Rishi Kapoor, a suitor for his ward Tina Munim, in Karz
12. "What is the weight of the moon?"
The jobless Somnath (Pradip Mukherjee) must answer this googly from the interview panel in Ray's Jana Aranya
13. "Ek, do, teen...baarah, terah."
Won't win any prize for best lyrics, but how could we let this one pass? Madhuri Dixit does the No. 13 jig in Tezaab.