Valentine’s Day is finally upon us and we have something special in store for all you Bollywood buffs. Romnce and movies go hand in hand and over the years Hindi cinema has given us a lot of incredibly epic stories. Some tragic, some funny, but all extremely romantic. So here goes – the most epic love stories of Bollywood.
Jab We Met
Few romantic films in the past decade have made as much of an impact as Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met. It’s an achingly sweet love story of a disillusioned young man who meets a girl so vibrant and full of life that she manages to convert him into a hopeless romantic in a few short days.
Maine Pyaar Kiya
Maine Pyaar Kiya was the movie that made Salman Khan and Bhagyashree B-town’s latest heart-throbs. It tells the totally filmy yet paisa-wasool tale of Prem and Suman who gradually fall in love. The catch arrives in the fact that Prem has to prove himself capable of sustaining a family and he has to resort to driving a truck. He does so for love and emerges with flying colours.
Silsila is a tale of forbidden romance, of two married people acting on their attraction towards each other. What makes it all the more brilliant and ironic is that it was allegedly based on Bachchan’s love affair with Rekha and the movie itself features the same actors including his wife Jaya.
What could be more romantic than a cross-border love-story. Veer is an Indian and Zaara a Pakistani and when she has to return to her country, our desi munda crosses the border and gets imprisoned in the process. He spends a couple of decades trapped in prison just so he can let Zaara live a peaceful life with her new hubby only to realize the heart-breaking truth in the end.
Devdas, the seminal Bollywood love-story of a man who destroys himself when he cannot have the girl of his dreams. Devdas has already been made into a film twice not counting the modern-day version DevD as well as Sudhir Mishra’s upcoming take on it. But for this list, we will go with Shah Rukh and Aishwarya’s romance in the Bhansali interpretation of this classic novel.
Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia’s Bobby became the classic Bollywoood romantic movie and set the bar for all to follow. It’s a regular rich boy meets poor girl story with plenty of familial conflict thrown in for good measure and that is exactly what a classic cinephile loves!
Ek Duuje Ke Liye
Kamal Haasan and Rati Agnihotri inspired an entire generation of lovers to break free of all bonds for your beloved. Particularly Rati’s act of defiance when she burns up her lover’s letter and swallows the ashes was imitated a troubling number of times.
Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerji’s Saathiya wonderfully reflected the changing face of romance in the new millennium. It spoke about the lesser addressed issue of the difficulties of a love marriage but ultimately ended on a positive and hopeful note.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past three decades, DDLJ needs no introduction. SRK and Kajol’s pair of Raj and Simran have become the quintessential Bollywood couple. And why not, after winning her heart by annoying the hell out of her, Raj not only infiltrates and disrupts Simran’s marriage but also runs away with her after beating up her fiancé. What’s not to love?
Speaking of epic romances, what could be more epic than an emperor preventing his heir from marrying a courtesan by having her cemented into a wall? Mughal-e-Azam is a sprawling, awesome tale of the intense romance between Saleem and Anarkali and Emperor Akbar’s opposition to the whole thing.