10 nice Bollywood romance movies


Hindi cinema’s genres are very loosely outlined, with virtually all movies having a central romantic theme. It’s not simply the romantic melodramas, the romcoms, the romantic motion movies… The standard story and construction of a Bollywood romance is that a stupendous man and girl meet, take a while to fall in love, then an sudden disaster brings us to the interval. Within the second half of the movie, the plot has to discover a decision, taking the movie to the total three hours.

There must be 5 to eight songs to mark nodes within the narrative, corresponding to assembly, falling in love, union, separation and so forth. Many romantic movies finish with the promise of fortunately ever after, however the important thing romantic moments are sometimes these of sorrow and unhappiness. Love imagined, or love misplaced, makes the movie extra emotional. The songs of sorrow (‘dard bhare geet’) produce longing that was celebrated in Indian aesthetic principle as ‘vipralambha shringara’ – love in separation. For love, tears ought to stream. It’s no coincidence that Shah Rukh Khan, the largest romantic hero of the final 20 years, weeps fantastically and usually.

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For teachers, the time period Bollywood is proscribed to describing the mainstream Hindi movie from the mid-Nineties, to embody adjustments in model and media contexts. So our record leaves apart the good romantic classics of a bygone period corresponding to Awaara (1951), Pyaasa (1957), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Pakeezah (1972) and Kabhi Kabhie (1976) – as a substitute, we start with a a lot beloved trendy traditional that lately celebrated its twentieth anniversary…

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) poster

Director: Aditya Chopra

This romance set amid London’s Indian diaspora was a landmark in Hindi movies and remains to be attracting audiences in a cinema corridor in Mumbai 20 years later. Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan as Simran and Raj grew to become one of many best-loved display {couples} of all time. They fall in love on a European rail vacation, however once they return to London, essentially the most romantic second happens when Simran invitations Raj to return to her organized marriage ceremony and he refuses. He follows her to Punjab to win over her household and persuade them to simply accept him as her husband. Amongst all of the enjoyable are fantastic romantic songs, corresponding to ‘Tujhe Dekha’/‘After I Noticed You’. 

Nonetheless, the altering views of romance in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (generally known as DDLJ) embrace Simran’s father’s view, that marriages are organized by household elders and love will comply with. The movie’s opening scene exhibits his love for his conventional homeland and his detachment from London the place he lives. Standing in a moist, gray Trafalgar Sq., feeding birds whereas dreaming of the yellow mustard fields of Punjab, it’s his views on love that change essentially the most through the movie.

Bombay (1995)

Bombay (1995)

Initially made in Tamil, Mani Ratnam’s Bombay is ready towards the backdrop of the December 1992/January 1993 Hindu-Muslim riots within the metropolis that adopted the demolition of the Babri Masjid, a mosque in north India that some contested was constructed on a destroyed temple. Bombay is considered one of three political romances by Ratnam – the others being Roja (1992) and Dil Se (1998) – which discover love in troubled occasions.

When Shekhar (Arvind Swamy), from an orthodox Hindu household, and Shaila Banu (Manisha Koirala), a Muslim, fall in love, they face hostility from each households. Shekhar brings Shaila to Bombay, the place he’s a journalist, because it appears a contemporary metropolis. Nonetheless, after six years, they’re confronted with rising intolerance between the communities and their household turns into beneath risk. 

Bombay has an immensely profitable soundtrack by A.R. Rahman, with songs like ‘Humma Humma’, which accompanies their seek for romance within the metropolis, and the searingly lovely love track ‘Tu Hello Re’/‘Solely You’ when Shekhar calls Shaila to him as he waits for her in a ruined coastal fort. She runs from dwelling, symbolically dropping her burqa, as they each declare their love for every different.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

That is the story of a half Italian, the splendidly named Sameer Rossellini (Salman Khan), who involves a lavish palace in India the place he falls in love along with his instructor’s daughter Nandini (Aishwarya Rai). Their romance kinds the primary half of this movie, however it’s the second romance that’s the really shifting one: Nandini has an organized marriage to Vanraj (Ajay Devgan), who fell in love along with her when he noticed her singing ‘Nimbuda’/‘Lemon’. He doesn’t sleep along with her after marriage, when he realises she doesn’t love him. He even takes her to ‘Italy’ (really Hungary) to seek out Sameer, however on their travels she falls in love along with her husband. This twist turns the seemingly transgressive story into a really standard one, that of affection growing after marriage reasonably than earlier than.

Veer-Zaara (2004)

Veer-Zaara (2004)

In Veer-Zaara, considered one of a handful of Indian-Pakistani romances, Squadron Chief Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) falls in love with Pakistani Zaara Hayat Khan (Preity Zinta), they usually journey round Punjab, however she returns dwelling to marry her fiancé. When Veer later learns she loves him, he leaves his job to go to Pakistan, the place he’s imprisoned as a spy.

This movie was seen as the good Yash Chopra’s tribute to Punjabiyat or Punjabiness, displaying that whereas the state could have been divided on spiritual grounds in 1947, there may be a lot shared tradition and historical past. Chopra himself, born in 1932, moved throughout what’s now the border many occasions earlier than the Partition. The movie makes use of songs composed however by no means utilized by the late Madan Mohan, principally sung by Lata Mangeshkar, which give an older feeling to the movie. Their dramatisation within the movie exhibits Chopra’s ability with movie and music, maybe the best instance being ‘Tere Liye’/‘For You’, about being keen to sacrifice for love, and ‘Dekh Lo’/‘Look’, one other track about how love can overcome difficulties.

Jab We Met (2007)

Jab We Met (2007)

This romcom was a lot liked for famous person Kareena Kapoor’s depiction of a stereotypically feisty Punjabi lady, Geet Dhillon, who meets Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) on a prepare and forcefully persuades him to return to satisfy her household. Her incessant speaking and optimism initially irritate Aditya, however he finally falls in love along with her. The difficulty is that Geet is in love with somebody else…

The movie’s romance is all in regards to the chemistry between the couple, who had been identified to be an off-screen pair on the time. Kareena Kapoor’s efficiency because the energetic lady and Shahid Kapoor’s because the depressive boy had been fantastically matched. Jab We Met continues Bollywood’s love for trains as a major location for love, as seen in DDLJ and Chennai Categorical (2013), with the railway carriage nonetheless serving as a spot for probability encounters and journey.

Love Aaj Kal (2009)

Love Aaj Kal (2009)

Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal takes a really romantic view of affection by no means altering, though methods of romancing are totally different. Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika Padukone) are in a cheerful relationship however break up for profession causes, with Jai staying in London, hoping to go to San Francisco, and Meera going to India. Jai turns into pals with an older Sikh, Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor), who tells him that when he was younger he would do something for his love, Harleen, travelling by prepare simply to see her, however getting overwhelmed up by her household.

Within the reenactments of this story, Saif performs the younger Veer. Meera marries one other man, however she and Jai will finally come collectively, and the ultimate track ‘Aahun Aahun’ exhibits that love is similar, though courtship adjustments.

Lootera (2013)

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

Lootera (2013)

Lootera is a love story between Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha) and Varun (Ranveer Singh). The primary half of the movie begins in 1953, the place Varun is an archaeologist on Pakhi’s household’s appreciable estates in West Bengal. They romance within the model of a heritage movie – elegant garments, homes and way of life – and are about to marry however he runs away. Within the second a part of the movie, Varun is on the run however takes refuge in Pakhi’s home within the hills, the place she is dying.

The movie is predicated on the 1907 brief story ‘The Final Leaf’ by O. Henry, through which the heroine is aware of she’s going to die when the final leaf falls, so the hero paints and ties paper leaves on the tree till he can accomplish that no extra. The music by Amit Trivedi, together with hits corresponding to ‘Sawaar Loon’/‘I’ll Beautify My Coronary heart’, evoke the Nineteen Fifties and the golden age of Hindi movie music.

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

Loosely primarily based on Romeo and Juliet, this romantic-action movie is ready towards a background of armed feuds in rural Gujarat and centres on a pair from rival households who fall in love with one another. Ram (Ranveer Singh) needs peace, however when he and Leela (Deepika Padukone) elope, they’re separated by their households. Later, with Ram and Leela put in as heads of their households, they attempt to result in peace throughout riots that occurred through the Dussehra competition.

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (‘The Play of Bullets, Ram and Leela’) is liked for its portrayal of the doomed and delightful couple. It has the beautiful design that’s related to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in addition to his usually fantastic use of music. Other than a 1941 Gujarati track, ‘Mor Bani Thanghat Kare’, he composed most of it. The festive songs are actually performed at occasions on these events, particularly the garba track ‘Nagada Sang Dol’, which is a favorite through the Navratri celebrations.

Hasee Toh Phasee (2014)

Hasee Toh Phasee (2014)

Many Hindi romances function one member of a pair realising they’re marrying the improper particular person on the day of the marriage itself. The couple need to reconcile their romance with their household obligations, which embrace fixed references to cash, whether or not for schooling or for weddings. 

Meeta is one other of Parineeti Chopra’s quirky offbeat roles. Right here she performs a intelligent however awkward engineering geek whose older, far more glamorous sister, Karishma, is engaged to Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra). Nonetheless, Nikhil and Meeta change into shut pals, and it’s solely on the final minute he realises what the viewers already is aware of, that he’s in love with the improper sister, whilst Meeta’s behaviour turns into ever stranger. The movie explores the concept love isn’t at all times primarily based on standard concepts of magnificence and desirability however on different emotional bonding, so the shock is that the good-looking Nikhil falls in love with the sister who doesn’t conform to those norms.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)

Director: Sharat Katariya

Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)

In Haridwar, India, in 1995, Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushmann Khurrana), who runs a music store and has little schooling, has an organized marriage with Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar), an informed girl. He finds her unattractive as she is obese, however he can’t see his personal limitations or think about how she may really feel about him. After enduring troubles and insults, she leaves him, blaming his father for neither educating his son nor educating him to respect ladies. Sharat Katariya’s movie then explores the emotional bonds of marriage and love, that are far more necessary than the conventions of feminine magnificence. 

Dum Laga Ke Haisha is deeply nostalgic about music, specializing in the interval’s romantic track, at a time when Prem’s cassette store enterprise is being threatened by the arrival of a CD store.  Kumar Sanu, one of the crucial well-liked singers of the period, makes an look within the movie and sings ‘Dard Karaara’ for a second when the couple dance and romance in Nineties model.


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