INDIAN CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

275
1416

With Avengers: Endgame released this week, we have seen an ensemble of superheroes of the Marvel cinematic universe. all of the Marvel fans are by now aware of the Marvel cinematic universe and how the movies have crossed paths through all these 22 movies and 11 years. it has been an exhilarating journey right from the start of Ironman to the Avengers endgame with a very satisfying conclusion. 

Although few people would be aware of the Indian cinematic universe, that exists, where the characters from different Indian film have crossed paths or have been referenced in different context across different times and films within so many decades. Probably only a die-hard fan of Indian cinema would have noticed these connections. However, most of these are used only for comic effect in Indian films. Here is presenting some of the references to the different film within other films across Indian cinema. although I am not much aware of regional cinema so I have focused my article particularly for Hindi cinema.

  • Starting the list with the cult classic Andaz Apna Apna (1994) directed by Rajkumar Santoshi is a film that is filled with filmy references. Some of the prominent references are of the character named Johnny played by actor Mehmood who is having a film studio named Wah Wah productions. This is a reference to the 1966 film Pyar kiye Jaa where a younger Mahmood is an aspiring director and has started a film production company named “Wah Waah Production”.

     

 

 

 

In another scene, a character asks “aap logo ne Sholay dekhi hai?” (Have you guys seen Sholay?)  to which the character of Salman Khan replies: “haan 10 Baar!!” (Yes…10 times). The character of Aamir Khan ridicules him saying “haan iske baap ne likhi hai.” (Yes as if his father has written it).

This is a real-life reference to the actual father of Salman Khan, Mr. Salim Khan, who has actually scripted the film Sholay.

  • In Hum Aapke Hai Kaun (1994) where the character played by Salman Khan and Laxmikant Berde is protecting the groom’s shoes so that at the bride’s friends won’t steal it from them. To distract them one of the characters calls Salman’s character over a phone call. They say the call is from someone named Suman. Salman’s character says the following lines:
  • “Suman..Kon suman?? Maine pyaar kia Tha? kab?? Pichle Janam Mei??” (Suman?? Who?? I fell in love with her?? When? In my last birth!!)

This is the reference to Salman Khan’s previous film Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) where the lead characters name was Suman with whom Salman’s character Prem is in love. although both these films were produced by Rajshri production and directed by Sooraj Barjatiya.

  • In Priyadarshan’s movie Hungama (2003), two characters, who have an affair, have the names Anil and Madhuri. This was a clear reference to the hit pair of the 80s and 90s actors Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit.

  • In David Dhawan’s Deewana Mastana (1997), at one point where the characters played by Govinda and Anil Kapoor at peak of their confrontation, they say the following lines to each other:

“dekh rajababu, ek jhapad lagaunga seedha Coolie bann jayega coolie….

Mr. India, tezab phenk k Marunga na toh pakka loafer lagega” (look Raja Babu I will slap you so hurt that you will become a porter…..

Listen Mr. India I will throw acid on you do you will start looking like a goon)

These are references of films in which Govinda (Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995)) and  Anil Kapoor (Mr. India (1987), Tezaab (1988), Loafer (1996)) had a the lead role and had these names associated with their characters. Raja Babu, Coolie no. 1 and Loafer directed by David Dhawan, while Mr. India was directed by Shekhar Kapur and Tezaab by N. Chandra.

  • In David Dhawan film Jodi No. 1 (2001), the character of the aspiring film director played by Ashok Saraf, on seeing the characters of actors Govinda and Sanjay Dutt says: “Mai tum dono Ko leke film banaunga…2 qaidi” (I will make a film with you to as lead actors I will call it…2 Qaidi). This is a reference to a 1989 film  Do Qaidi which had Govinda and Sanjay Dutt as its lead actors.

  • In another David Dhawan film Hero No. 1 (1997), the character of Govinda comes to a house as a servant. Upon asking him why he left his last job from Subhash Ghai’s house he says “kya batau Trimurti release hui Sara gussa mujh par nikal Diya!” (don’t know but after the release of Trimurti he showed all the anger on me).

This was the reference for the 1995 film Trimurti which was produced by Subhash Ghai and was his first big flop at the box office.

  • In Kunal Kohli’s movie Hum Tum (2004), the character played by actor Rishi Kapoor meets the character played by actor Kirron Kher for the first time, where she says:

“Mera naam Parminder Parkas hai…par sab log mujhe pyaar see Bobby bolte Hai….it is my pet name. To which he comments….BOBBY, Mei aapko DIMPLE na bulau” (my name is Parminder Prakas. But my pet name is Bobby. To which he replies: Bobby!! I would better call you Dimple)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a reference to Rishi Kapoor first film Bobby (1973) directed by Raj Kapoor in which his heroine was actor Dimple Kapadia and her name in the film was Bobby.

  • In Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na (2004) there are two references to earlier classic films. The first reference is the name of the character played by actor Naseeruddin Shah. The name of the character is Shekhar Sharma. This is a direct reference to Shekhar Kapoor first film Masoom (1983), where the lead actor was also played by Naseeruddin Shah and his name was Shekhar Sharma. There also he had a son born of an affair outside marriage. In Main Hoon Na as well he has a son born outside marriage played by the actor Shahrukh Khan.

 

 

 

 

The second reference Main Hoon Na is the name of the characters Ram Prasad Sharma and Laxman Prasad Sharma. This is a direct reference to Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classic film Golmaal (1979) where the character played by actor Amol Palekar played double roles in the film and had the names Ram Prasad Sharma and Laxman Prasad Sharma.

  • In the end scene of Abhishek Dogra’s Dolly Ki Doli (2015) the character played by actor Sonam Kapoor asks why are we not going to Mumbai?? In Mumbai lives India’s most eligible bachelor….Salman Khan (showing his picture). One character says “Salman Bhai (Salman brother)”, to which Sonam replies “Bhai hoga tera….ye to Mera PREM RATAN  Hai” (he would be your brother’s…mine is my heartthrob”. Then her next was Sooraj Barjatiya’s Prem Ratan Dhan PayPal (2015) with actor Salman Khan. Also, Dolly ki doli was produced by Arbaaz Khan, brother of Salman Khan.
  • Farah Khan’s 2007 film Om Shanti Om is filled with cinematic references from across different classic films. The story of this film is set around the shooting of Subhash Ghai’s Karz (1980), that means around 1978-79. In one of the scene the lead character played by Shahrukh Khan utters the following lines:

“Dosti ka ek usool hai madam no sorry no thank you” (friendship has its rules….no sorry no thank you).

On which the other character inquires, “yeh koi film ka dialogue hai?” (This is a dialogue from a film?). To which the character of Shahrukh Khan replies “abhi tak to nahin….kyunki Om Apne dialogue khud likhta hai.” (Not yet!! as Om writes his own dialogues).

After this we see a young boy copying these dialogues in his notebook. He is wearing a “Friend” cap (wore by the lead character in his movie Maine Pyaar Kia) and is summoned by his father that what are you doing here our set is on that side. This young boy is none other than Sooraj Barjatiya, the director of Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) who is seen copying the dialogues which were then used as a key dialogue between the characters of Maine pyar Kiya.

  • In 2004 movie Run, directed by Jeeva, the character of Vijay Raaz after being thrown into a gutter goes to a lady to clean himself. He is fully covered with mud. Attach the line: “Nayak film ka Anil Kapoor Bana diya hai!” (They have made me like Anil Kapoor from movie Nayak). This was a reference to a scene from the 2001 film Nayak: the real Hero, directed by Shankar, where the character of Anil Kapoor is beaten up by the goons in a mud pool.

  • In Shankar film Shivaji: the Boss (2007) in a very small scene we see the lead character of Rajnikanth getting off of a bus, to which he is uncle says: “Bilkul conductor k style mei utarte ho Shiivaji!” (you get off just like a bus conductor). This is a reference to the job which Rajnikant had before becoming an actor. Rajinikanth used to be a bus conductor.

  • In Nikhil Advani’s Chandni Chowk to China (2009), the character of actor Akshay Kumar, after hearing the song “churake Dil Mera…..goriya chali” says to Ranvir Shorey “Guruji….Ye gaane ka master toh Mai hu” (heyy I am the master of the song). This song is from Akshay Kumar’s earlier film Mai Khiladi Tu Anari (1994).

  • In one scene of Rajkumar Hirani’s Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) the character of Circuit takes Munna to a library to read about Mahatma Gandhi. Munna is reluctant to enter the library and asks if there is some other way. Since Munna had decided to read about Mahatma Gandhi based on his affection towards a radio jockey who talks about Mahatma Gandhi only because of her grandfather and his friends, circuits suggest changing the radio jockey to another radio jockey on another radio station named Anupama Chopra. Circuit adds that she is a fan of Shahrukh Khan and thus ‘concludes’ that her grandfather and his friends would definitely be fans of yesteryears actor Dilip Kumar. That would be an easy one!!

This is a reference to the wife of the producer of the film Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra and is a big fan of actor Shahrukh Khan.

  • In one of the scenes of Gautham Menon’s Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein (2001), the character of actor R Madhavan refers to the character of Diya Mirza that: “Bhav na do to bilkul maniben….aur bhav dete Hai ban jaati Hai Miss India Asia Pacific” (if we don’t give importance to then they are very petite, the moment we start giving importance they start behaving as if Miss India Asia Pacific”). this is a reference to the achievement of the actor Diya Mirza who has won the Miss India Asia Pacific title in the year 2000.

-Bhushan Kankal

(These are some of the references about Indian cinematic universe. I would like to thank my younger brother Nishant Kankal for helping me out in the compilation of these scenes. Hope you have found it entertaining and useful. Please let me know if you have any other such connections which I have missed.)

 

275 COMMENTS

  1. I’m really loving the theme/design of your blog. Do you
    ever run into any browser compatibility issues? A few of
    my blog readers have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox.
    Do you have any advice to help fix this issue?

     
  2. That is the best weblog for anybody who desires to find out about this topic. You understand a lot its virtually onerous to argue with you (not that I actually would want匟aHa). You positively put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

     
  3. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is valuable and all. Nevertheless think
    of if you added some great images or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with images and video clips,
    this website could certainly be one of the greatest in its niche.
    Amazing blog!

     
  4. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site offered us with valuable info to
    work on. You have done an impressive job and our entire
    community will be grateful to you.

     
  5. My spouse and i were really fulfilled that Michael could finish off his investigation through your precious recommendations he got from your own web site. It is now and again perplexing to simply always be giving out hints which usually many others may have been making money from. We really acknowledge we have the website owner to appreciate for that. The main explanations you have made, the easy web site navigation, the relationships your site help to instill – it’s mostly amazing, and it is facilitating our son in addition to the family imagine that this situation is satisfying, which is exceedingly essential. Thanks for all the pieces!

     
  6. Hey there outstanding website! Does running a blog like this require
    a great deal of work? I have absolutely no understanding of coding but I
    had been hoping to start my own blog in the near future.

    Anyways, if you have any suggestions or tips
    for new blog owners please share. I know this is off subject but I just
    needed to ask. Kudos!

     
  7. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site so i came to 搑eturn the favor?I am attempting to find things to enhance my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

     
  8. Thanks for your post. Another factor is that just being a photographer includes not only problems in recording award-winning photographs but in addition hardships in establishing the best camera suited to your requirements and most especially problems in maintaining the quality of your camera. That is very true and obvious for those photography addicts that are into capturing the nature’s fascinating scenes : the mountains, the forests, the particular wild or even the seas. Going to these exciting places unquestionably requires a digital camera that can surpass the wild’s tough landscapes.

     
  9. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been doing a little homework on this.

    And he actually bought me dinner due to the fact that I discovered it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this matter here on your web page.

     
  10. Howdy are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you need any coding
    knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

     
  11. Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Taking a few
    minutes and actual effort to make a top notch article… but what
    can I say… I put things off a lot and don’t seem to get nearly
    anything done.

     
  12. You actually make it seem really easy with your presentation however I
    to find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never
    understand. It kind of feels too complicated and
    extremely wide for me. I’m having a look forward on your next publish, I’ll attempt to get the cling of
    it!

     
  13. What i do not realize is in fact how you’re not really much more smartly-preferred than you might be right now.
    You are so intelligent. You recognize therefore considerably in the case
    of this topic, produced me personally believe it
    from so many numerous angles. Its like men and women are not involved until it is something to accomplish with
    Girl gaga! Your individual stuffs outstanding. Always handle
    it up!

     
  14. Wonderful beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend
    your website, how could i subscribe for a blog site?
    The account helped me a appropriate deal. I were tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered
    brilliant clear concept

     
  15. Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

     
  16. Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my
    myspace group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Thank you

     
  17. Greetings! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering
    which blog platform are you using for this site?

    I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.

    I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

     
  18. I think this is one of the such a lot vital information for me.
    And i am happy studying your article. However want to commentary on some common issues, The site taste
    is perfect, the articles is really excellent : D.

    Excellent task, cheers

     
  19. Greate post. Keep posting such kind of info on your page.

    Im really impressed by it.
    Hi there, You’ve done an incredible job. I’ll definitely digg it and for my part
    recommend to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited
    from this site.

     
  20. The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!|

     
  21. It’s the best time to make a few plans for the longer term and it’s time to be happy. I have learn this post and if I may just I want to counsel you few interesting issues or advice. Perhaps you can write next articles relating to this article. I want to learn more things approximately it!|

     
  22. Greetings I am so thrilled I found your weblog, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Aol for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a remarkable post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the minute but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great work.|

     
  23. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I’m quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!|

     
  24. I do accept as true with all the concepts you’ve introduced for your post. They are very convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for beginners. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.|

     
  25. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Appreciate it!|

     
  26. Having read this I thought it was rather enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!|

     
  27. Hey there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!|

     
  28. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!|

     
  29. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.|

     
  30. Hello, I think your blog could possibly be having web browser compatibility issues. When I take a look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in Internet Explorer, it’s got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Other than that, wonderful blog!|

     
  31. Howdy! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!|

     
  32. When I originally commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is a way you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks!|

     
  33. Thank you for every other informative web site. Where else may I am getting that type of information written in such a perfect means? I’ve a challenge that I’m just now working on, and I’ve been at the glance out for such info.|

     
  34. you’re truly a just right webmaster. The site loading speed is incredible. It seems that you’re doing any distinctive trick. In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a wonderful activity in this topic!|

     
  35. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.|

     
  36. I believe what you posted made a ton of sense. However, think about this, what if you added a little information? I ain’t suggesting your content is not good, but what if you added something that grabbed folk’s attention? I mean BLOG_TITLE is kinda boring. You might look at Yahoo’s home page and watch how they write article headlines to grab people interested. You might try adding a video or a pic or two to get readers excited about everything’ve written. Just my opinion, it would bring your posts a little bit more interesting.|

     
  37. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!|

     
  38. Hey there, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Chrome, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, excellent blog!|

     
  39. Greetings from California! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I love the info you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, amazing blog!|

     
  40. When I originally commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the same comment. There has to be a means you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks!|

     
  41. Hello, i believe that i saw you visited my weblog so i got here to go back the desire?.I am attempting to find issues to enhance my web site!I suppose its adequate to make use of a few of your ideas!!|

     
  42. I am curious to find out what blog platform you are using? I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest site and I’d like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any solutions?|

     
  43. This design is spectacular! You most certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!|

     
  44. Cialis Scaduto Da 2 Anni [url=https://acialisd.com/]cialis online cheap[/url] Avis Sur Le Cialis Cialis Progesterone Menopause With Free Shipping Secure Ordering

     
  45. Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.|

     
  46. Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author. I will remember to bookmark your blog and may come back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage continue your great job, have a nice day!|

     

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here