List of Best Romantic Bollywood movies worth to watch

Be it the 1950’s or 2000’s, a good love story has always been appreciated by the film audience in India. In Bollywood films, heroes are known to play different avatars, but most of them become popular mainly on the basis of their romantic selves. Even Amitabh Bachchan who became synonymous with the moniker ‘angry young man’ in the 70’s, did memorable romantic roles in the 80’s. Romantic films in Bollywood have been accused of being unrealistic, harping too much on sentimentalism or clichés, but slowly with the changing times they are becoming more realistic and mature. Perhaps no other film industry in the world explores the genre of romance like Bollywood and as a result it has churned out several classics as well as cult films.

(The list is in no particular order)

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge- although made in the 1990’s, it is considered by many as the epitome of Bollywood romance. Directed by Aditya Chopra, the film told the story of a boy and girl, both NRI who meet and fall during travelling Europe. They wish to marry but girl’s father takes her away to India to fulfill a promise made in childhood. Determined to win her back, the boy also arrives in India.  The film had its share of comedy and super hit songs and thus connected very well with Indian audiences. Shahrukh Khan and Kajol played the lead roles while Amrish Puri was memorable as the girl’s father. Popularly known as ‘DDLJ’, the film is one the biggest Bollywood hits of all time and even after 20 years, can be still found running in some theaters across India, nearing 1000 weeks.

Guide- directed by Vijay Anand, the 1965 film starred ‘evergreen’ hero Dev Anand and Waheeda Rahaman. The film was based on the famous novel ‘The Guide’ by R.K. Narayan. The film revolved around Raju, a tour guide who gets attracted to a married woman and gives her shelter during trouble. But later is sent to jail for forgery. What happens next? Widely considered to be one of the best Indian films ever made, the film had memorable music and brilliant performances from the lead pair. The film also won several Filmfare and National awards.

Mughal-E-Azam- inspired  by historical events, this  19060 K. Asif film at one point of time was both the most expensive as well as the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time. The film told the story of a Mughal prince played by Dilip Kumar who falls in love with a court dancer, played by Madhubala. But the couple faces resistance from his father the Emperor. The production of the film was praised for its grand scale and detailing which was at that time was unprecedented. In 2004, it was the first black/ white Bollywood film that was digitally restored to color.

Silsila- this 1981 film was directed by ‘king of romance’ Yash Chopra and featured Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan in the lead roles. A successful writer decides to bury his romance and marry his brother’s widow to support her. But slowly they drift apart and he goes back to his lover who is also married by now. Thus a triangle is created.  Allegedly based on a real life love triangle involving the three actors the film disappointed at the box office. But over the years, the film has gathered a strong following and is now considered a cult classic.

Hum Aapke Hain Koun- the songs from this film can be still heard today at weddings. Directed by Sooraj Barjatya, the film starred Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit. Prem and Nisha meet when their siblings get married and over time fall in love. But after her sister’s accidental death, Nisha decides to take care of her child and her family plans to marry her off to Prem’s brother. Will their love be sacrificed? The film become the highest grossing film in Bollywood, a record that took several years to break. It is still popular with viewers across generations.

 Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak- this 1988 film directed by Mansoor Khan became a trendsetter at that time as it shifted the focus back on romantic stories and melodic music. The film marked first major roles for both  Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla. It’s tragic love theme is loosely inspired from Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.  A boy and girl fall in love despite their families’ long standing enmity and it leads to major complications. The film was a huge hit and launched the careers of both the leading stars.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai- the film was the directorial debut of Karan Johar and it set a new milestone in Bollywood. Lead roles were played by Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee. The film features two love triangles set several years apart. Rahul and Anjali are best friends in college and she secretly loves him. But Rahul falls in love with new arrival Tina. Anjali sacrifices her love and goes away. Later Tina realizes the truth. Before her untimely death she writes letters for her young daughter and tells her to try and reunite Rahul and Anjali. But Anjali is engaged to the loving Aman. Will their love ever be fulfilled? The film has received iconic status over the years and is especially popular among the young generation.

Dil Chahta Hai- one of the most influential film’s of the new millennium, it was directed by Farhan Akhatar. Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Khanna play three friends who have different perceptions about love. With time they all fall in love albeit in different ways and their lives are changed forever.

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