Iconic Scenes from Bollywood movies that were improvised by the actors

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The film industry is unpredictable, just like our lives. Things seen on the big screen are not always scripted. Talented actors invest a part of themselves and alter certain scenes and dialogues to make the character more iconic. 

So, here are some of the few iconic scenes from Bollywood movies that were improvised by the actors

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge - The pigeon feeding scene

Shahrukh Khan and Amrish Puri feeding the pigeons was not part of the script. Shahrukh had reached earlier on the sets and started feeding the pigeons, and he was later joined by Amrish Puri, who began saying Aao Aao. At the same time, Shahrukh picked up on this and started using and the rest, as we all know, is history.  

Tamasha - The breakup scene 

Breaking up is never easy, and this scene was as gut-wrenching as it could be. The actors executed the scene beautifully by tapping into their own emotions. They refused the use of glycerin while shooting for this particular scene. Deepika and Ranbir flawlessly transcended the pain felt by the characters to the audience. 

Andaz Apna Apna - The Teja Main Hun Dialogue

The movie didn't do well at the time of release but soon gained popularity after it's premiere on the television. The film went on to become a cult favourite. The actors had partly improvised most of the dialogues in the movie to match the humour level. The writer Dilip Shukla recalls the entire process of making the film was more a fun activity that there was a lot of scope for improvisation. 

Ambar Akbar Anthony - The mirror scene

The actor had shared the making of this iconic scene on his social media a while away. The director was working on two projects simultaneously, and both the movies were being shot at in RK studio. He had given a brief to Sr. Bachchan regarding the upcoming shot. Amitabh Bachchan not only rehearsed his role to the T but also shot the scene with the assistant director who was present there. When the director Manmohan Desai returned to the sets and saw the clip a month later he was so impressed by Amitabh's acting that he insisted on casting him in his every movie as long as he said yes. 

Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 - The permission Scene

Nawaz improvised the scene where he and Huma Qureshi taught the world the meaning of consent. Huma gets offended when Nawaz puts a hand on her, and she asks him to take permission before doing anything like his. Nawaz's reaction to this scene was unscripted and was inspired by his real-life incident. So take notes people - Ask for permission before you act. 

Piku - The knife scene

This movie will give you all the feel-good vibes you'll need to survive a bad day. The scene where Deepika finds a knife during their road trip was unplanned. The director let the actors take the lead on the scene and went with the flow. The banter between Irfan Khan & Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika throwing away the knife was all improvised. 

Ugly - The Police station scene

The scene where Rahul Bhat goes to the police station to lodge an FIR about his daughter being kidnapped was a 2-minute scene on paper. But the actors improvised on the dialogues and made it a 12-minute shot. Anurag Kashyap lauded the actors on the quick thinking, and the scene did make it to the final cut. 

Masaan - The climax scene

The writer - Varun Grover recalls in an interview that they had planned to shoot the climax of the movie on a boat. Vicky Kaushal suggested they film the scene under a Railway bridge. He cried and improvised the scene by using the lyrics from the song in the movie Tu Kisi Rail Si Guzarti hai Main Kisi Pull Si Ther ta Hoon. The scene made the climax more memorable and was relished by all. 

Shahid - The courtroom scene

The actors improvised the argument they had inside the court. There was an actual judge present to point out the mistakes made by the actors during the debate. The director admitted that the improv session went better than what they had planned in the script. 

Bareilly Ki Barfi - Dialogue

Rajkummar Rao had improvised dialogue to match the rowdiness of the character - Koolha Pe Dimple Nikal Denge Tumhaare. The director was impressed and gave it a green signal, and the dialogue made it to the final cut.