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12 Iconic Bollywood characters that became larger than life

It’s been more than 100 years since Bollywood came into existence. The Indian film industry has covered a long way from making a movie without audio to making movies that have marked their presence across the world and have won millions of hearts. Many onscreen characters became a significant part of our life. Whether it is a role, dialogue delivery, or their on-screen persona, some characters of Hindi cinema have become larger than life. The blog throws light on some of the unforgettable characters of Bollywood.

1. Mogambo in Mr. India

Remember the iconic dialogue Mogambo Khush Hua and a villainous laugh of Amrish Puri in Mr. India. Undoubtedly, it was one of the most legendary works of Late Amrish Puri. The character Mugambo became famous in households; people even today mimic the dialogue. Like his dialogue, the role Mukambo was itself very powerful, making it one of the best antagonists of decades.

2. Raj-Simran in DDLJ

The hit couple- Raj and Simran from the much-acclaimed movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge became the talk of the town ever since the film hit the theatres. Raj and Simran played by Shahrukh and Kajal went on to collect many awards for their stellar performances, and the sweet love story inspired many love birds.

 3. Daaku Gabbar Singh  in Sholay

The cult classic has ensemble star cast that had Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmender Singh, Hema Malini, and Jaya Bachchan in the lead. But the antagonist character played by Amjad Khan won many hearts. His dialogues like ‘Kitne aadmi the”, “Bahut yaarana laagta hai” made the character earn legendary status in Bollywood history.

4. Anand in Anand

The character made Rajesh Khanna, star of the millennium. His mind-blowing acting and dialogue delivery won him many accolades from the audience and film fraternity. The late actor is remembered as Anand, a strong man who suffered from untreatable illness. His famous dialogues such as “Babu Moshai, Zindagi Aur Maut Ke Khel Mein Hum Sab Katputhli Hain” are still recalled from his movie.

5. Radha (Nargis) in Mother India

The classic was nominated as one of the best movie in the Oscars. The film had Nargis, Sunil Dutt, and Raj Kumar and Rajendra in the lead. The lead character Radha who’s a strong woman trapped in even and odes of life made Nargis win many awards. Her role is remembered as one of her most versatile piece of work.

6. Inspector Vijay in Zanjeer

Soon after the movie release, Amitabh Bachan rose to fame. The character created a benchmark for heroism. The role is known for its strong ethics and principals. Taking the cue, the movie was remade. However, it tanked at the box office.

7. Bhuvan in Lagaan

The movie showcased India’s condition during the British Raj and depicted how a win in Cricket match made the Britishers live the country. The film was a hit at the box office, and Amir Khan was tagged as Mr. Perfectionist with his stunning acting. This too made its way to Oscars and won many awards in India.

8. Shahenshah from Shehenshah

Who can forget the loud yet ambitious character of Amitabh Bachchan in Shehensha and his most popular dialogue Rishtey mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah’. With this movie, the angry man of Bollywood was back with the bank.

9. Janardan Jakhar or Jordan in Rockstar

Janardan Jakhar got Ranbir Kapoor back in his A-game, with his daunting acting and etiquette the actor won appreciation across the globe and Rockstar become the blockbuster of the year. And, not to forget the songs of the movie which were technically sung by Jordan to show his angst.

10. Geet in Jab We Met

Jab we met was a turning point for Bollywood mainstream romantic movies. Dialogues like ‘Mai Apni favorite hu’ from the movie became famous across the world. Geet played by Kareena Kapoor showcased a transition of a chirpy girl to matured women. The film stole many hearts, and Kareena Kapoor won the award for best actress for the same character.

11. Bajirao and Mastani in Bajirao Mastani

Inspired from the real story, Bajirao Mastani has now husband and wife Ranveer Singh and Dipika Padukon in the lead. Both the characters i.e., Bajirao and Mastani, became larger than life with their big-screen space and dialogue delivery. Well if you are a huge fan of the celebrity couple, here is good news for you. The couple will be seen together in a movie named 83, which sets to release next year. You can book your tickets in advance at Book My show and get a massive discount using coupon code for Bookmyshow. The movie is a biopic of iconic cricketer Kapil Dev.

12. Dev-Chandermukhi and Paro from Devdas

The film has stellar star cast including Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. All three characters are known for their refined acting and strong persona that they played in the blog buster.


Bollywood has many films and characters to its credit. However, some character was portrayed so beautifully that they went on to become an unforgettable character. The blog remembers all the aspects that become larger than life.

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