When Sharukh Khan chooses the anonymity of a Pakistani jail, and Preeti Zinta, playing his Pakistani love interest, dedicates her entire life as his widow in an Indian Village, we can’t help but feel all mushy. And when Amitabh Bachchan sings ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ in the memory of his ex-lover who is celebrating her wedding night, your heart cries with him. When Ranbir Kapoor pines for Anushka Sharma in ‘Achcha chalta hoon’, you really want her to break her marriage and run away with him. You know what we mean. So here is our pick of the 7 most Romantic Bollywood Films to make you fall in love all over again.
7 Romantic Bollywood Films
1. Dilwale Dulhani Le Jaayenge
This is one of our favourite romantic Bollywood films and it is not your run-of-the-mills love story because the lovers literally refuse to run away. Shah Rukh Khan stole the heart of the leading lady Kajol and of every Indian girl across the globe with this one. A brattish NRI boy falls for a plane Jane Punjabi India girl who is engaged to be married. Will he be able to win over the bride’s family? Or will the lovers break the Indian customs & traditions and run away?
Trivia: Do you know that Aditya Chopra who assisted his father, the legendary Yash Chopra on this actually wanted to rope in Tom Cruise for Shah Rukh’s role?
An innocent small town girl is wooed by a rich uptown boy. But what happens when he gets paralysed trying to woo her with a flower shower from a helicopter? Distanced by him and his already discerning family, does Sridevi or her on-screen character Chandni find love in her bosses arms? A triangular love story with a beautiful lead actress as Sridevi, every frame is poetry. The boy band with Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna make for a relishing love recipe.
Trivia: Do you know that the role of Chandni was originally offered to Rekha, but she turned it down and suggested Sridevi’s name?
3. Jab We Met
This is the DDLJ of the millennial kids. A happy go lucky girl saves a disoriented millionaire boy from ending his life. But when her lover ditches her, she fades into oblivion. Will the millionaire boy bring the life in her back or will she settle in with her apologetic ex-boyfriend? Kareena Kapoor as Geet was a whiff of fresh air. Chirpy, confident, self-loving punjabi girl madly in love was played with aplomb by her. And Shahid Kapoor’s good looks totally made this a runaway hit. And the songs were chartbusters. This is one Indian dish you can’t miss out on.
Trivia: The title of the film was decided by a popular vote. The other choices were ‘Punjab Mail’ and ‘Ishq Via Bhatinda’.
4. Kabhie Kabhie
This one is a an iconic film. A woman leaves her poet lover and settles into happy matrimony through an arranged marriage. Years later her son falls in love with a girl, who is the illegitimate daughter of her ex-lover’s wife. What happens when they meet again? Does the shadow of their love affair ruin the young lover’s nest? This is a quintessential Yash Chopra film. Amitabh Bachchan in his long overcoat plays the pinning lover and then the emotion-less husband to a graceful Waheeda Rehman. Rakhi Gulzar plays his love interest and Shashi Kapoor her husband. These class actors bring the love turmoil alive with an incredible maturity. But the Rishi Kapoor- Neetu Singh pair sets the screen on fire with their chemistry. If there is one Bollywood cassette you must listen to, it is Kabhie Kabhie.
Trivia: Actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh fell in love with each other while shooting for this film in Kashmir.
A beautiful tribal girl dies under unfortunate circumstances. Her city born and bred lover hatches a plan with her lookalike to scare the killer by acting like a ghost. But what happens when the murdered girl actually comes back to take her revenge? Vjanthimala and Dilip Kumar immortalised their onscreen characters and their tragic love-story with this cult classic.
Trivia: Romanian singer sang the cover version of hauntingly beautiful ‘Aaja re Pardesi’ (Astept Singura).
Vidya Balan stunned everyone with her subtle sensuality while playing a girl next door. The beautiful old world charm of Calcutta, the Nawabi anger of Saif Ali Khan and just mesmerising music tracks. This movie was a hit before it even released. Parineeta is the story of a woman who is dignified enough to not beg for acceptance by her jilted lover. Will the misunderstandings between them be cleared or will her silence prove her guilty?
Trivia: The film is based on a 1914 Bengali novel, Parineeta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. And the title Parineeta literally means ‘The married woman’.
7. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Aishwarya Rai plays a girl torn between her longing for her ex-lover and her attachment with her husband. Ajay Devgan plays the husband with much sensitivity and love. When he lands in Italy trying to get his wife to reunite with her ex-lover your heart bleeds for him. So much so that the good looks and charm of the ex-lover brought alive by Salman Khan, fails. Everyone wants the husband to win her back. Does he or does he not?
Trivia: This movie sparked the love affair between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.
There are many, many more romantic Bollywood films which are beautiful love sagas -Qyamat Se Qyamat Tak, Maine Pyaar kiya, Dil Hai ki Manta Nahin, Devdas and even Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. But classics like Kabhie Kabhie, Parineeta and DDLJ are class apart. So we suggest you light that candle, pour that wine and settle for a date-night with any of our picks.
And of course we have to ask, why is one of your favourite romantic Bollywood films?