Crafting the character arcs of the protagonists, the antagonists, and the side-roles is one of the most important aspects while writing a script. Gangs of Wasseypur won’t be interesting without the tragic, violent path that Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Faizal Khan goes down on. Batman Begins would just be about some guy in a batsuit if it didn’t have the layered mindset of Bruce Wayne on display. But, guess what’s equally important? Lines.
A character is defined by their lines that they get to speak on-screen. It encapsulates the world they live in. It impactfully portrays their mindset. And it becomes timeless since it gets etched into the minds of the audience. I mean, even if you haven’t seen Jab We Met for the longest you’ll still remember Aditya telling Geet that “Tumhe uthakar museum rakhna chahiye“. Or even if that DVD of Aliens is collecting dust, you’ll definitely find yourself saying “Get away from her, you bitch!”. But those are just my choices.
Recently, a trending hashtag, #BestMovieLineEver, united cinephiles and casual movie fans from all over the globe to pitch in their favourite dialogues. Here are just some of them:
pls enjoy the “bitch please, you’ve been to space” thread #bestmovielineever
This is undoubtedly a passing trend that will be forgotten in a few days. But I think budding writers, screenwriters, dialogue writers should take notice how important dialogues are. Because they can transcend the limitations of time, define generations of people, and actually extend the shelf-life of a movie. So, get busy watching more movies or get busy dying.