Bollywood has given us some of the most awesome surprised expressions over the ages. In no particular order, here are our favourites.


Watch out for the oh-no-must-cover-eyes-this-instant aka grandaddy of the double facepalm for future generations.

Sunil DuttPadosan, 1968

Because apparently if the future generation is not allowed the facepalm they might try to claw their faces…

Jab we metJab We Met, 2007

Or pretend to be a startled T-rex? (Note to self: Recheck with office T-rex.)

Andaz apna apnaAndaz Apna Apna, 1994

You mean my gorgeously made-up eyes have been featured only once on this list so far?

K3gKabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, 2001

Because if this surprised (or shocked- thin line really), we’ll do the most awkward laugh cover-up in history. It masks the pain, ok?
We’re going to have to chalk this down to consensual because surprise surprise (notice background aunties) song and dance follows.

MadhuriHum Aapke Hain Koun..!, 1994

Because Kantaben. Can’t. Even.

KaantabenKal Ho Naa Ho, 2003

And if life’s mixing it up and everything comes as a surprise, we’ll roll with the dice.

SholaySholay, 1975