It’s that time of the year again. Valentine’s Day, when love birds are out celebrating their love or singletons are celebrating their anti V-day parties. But we can never ignore the role Bollywood movies play in our lives. We can’t ignore the romance Bollywood depicts on screen or the romanticism they sometimes churn up in our hearts.
I have tried to put together a list of the top Bollywood romantic movies among the numerous that have depicted the magic of love in Bollywood.
Dilip Kumar and Madhubala bring to life the supposedly true story of Salim and Anarkali. Salim the son of Akbar falls in love with a courtesan Anarkali.
Their love is a taboo and Shahjahan Akbar doesn’t consent it. The lovers are separated by death.
Sacrifices are an integral part of falling in love but Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya.
Hum Tum ek Kamre mein Bandh Ho redefined love stories and young love at a time when love stories were out of fashion. As Rishi Kapoor wooed Dimple Kapadia on screen Bollywood fans got smitten.
A love story that can be termed almost as a coming of age film was fresh and about youngsters rather than adults.
Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha potrayed the roles of two ex-lovers, embarking on extra marital affair. Their chemistry on screen as well as rumours of real life affair between them resulted in the movie gaining a cult status.
The film depicts the lovers re-evaluating their affair after they realize that they are hurting others in search of their own happiness.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Indian boy meets Indian girl in Europe and they fall in love.
But the girl returns to India on her father’s insistence and soon her betrothal takes place. The boy has to take his chances and win the girl back from her father’s grasp. Considering the father was played by the Late Omresh Puri, it was no easy job for King Khan to get back Kajol.
The scene where Simran runs beside the already moving train to grasp Rahul’s hand has become a trademark scene in Bollywood.
Vidya Balan’s Bollywood breakthrough role as Lalita in this movie inspired by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay’s novella of the same name was a super hit when it came out. Saif Ali Khan’s Shekhar and Sanjay Dutt’s Girish were roles well played.
We will always remember the scene in which on one auspicious night Shekhar and Lalita exchange garlands and consummate their marriage.
Shantanu Moitra’s music score pulled at our heart strings.
Jab We Met
No one expected this movie to be a biggie keeping in mind Shahid’s flop movie run in the past. But when it released, Imtiaz Ali the director, immediately became the man to go to for romantic movies.
A young man, Aditya tired with the problem in his life goes on a soul search and meets a Geet, the girl full of life. Aditya realizes that she is his destiny and the story unfolds.
We adore the Tum Se Hi song sequence where Shahid and Kareena depict romance in the rain.
This Sarat Chandra Chattopadhay novel has been potrayed many times over in Bollywood. The most extravagant being the Sanjay Leela Bansali version.
Devdas, the educated lawyer returns to his hometown to find his childhood Paro, now a grown woman harbouring feelings of love for him. Circumstances lead to their separation and Devdas becomes an alcohol addict. Even Chandramukhi’s, a courtesan’s unrequited love for him cannot bring him back and he dies the tragic hero. Not all love stories have happy endings and none of the characters in Devdas are in peace.
A modern day rendition of the film is DevD directed Anurag Kahsyap.
Lootera stole our hearts and so did Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha.
The story doesn’t have a happy ending but the bond of love that strengthened over passion for art and literature stays strong even after Varun dies in an encounter. Pakhi is suffering from tuberculosis and the symbolical last leaf painted by Varun remains tied to the tree.Pakhi’s tears brings tears to our eyes too.
Barfi became a cult movie with it beautiful story line and the brilliant performances by Ranbir Kapoor, Illeana D’Cruz and Priyanka Chopra.
The deaf and dumb man Barfi from Darjeeling played by Ranbir Kapoor kept us intrigued with his on screen antics and comedy of errors. The love triangle between Barfi, Shruti(Illeana) and Jhilmil(Priyanka) throws us into fits of laughter at times and a sense of loss during others.