A stupid thing called love. While our Bollywood romances usually always involved dancing around the trees, followed the typical ‘boy meets girl’ format, finally films and scripts changed for the better and we were bestowed with some of these gems, that spoke to us. Feelings that we could not define or describe, found their way into these films and characters.
Here’s a list of best Bollywood romances, that were perfectly relatable to our generation.
If you love someone with true intentions then they often become your strength. You smile when they are around, you feel safe in their arms and everyday seems like a dream. Heer’s sudden recovery from her illness on seeing Jordan was a sign of pure love. It’s a sequence in the film which some of us can relate with. She stands on her feet again, her blood counts improves drastically. I mean, miracles do happen when you’re around someone you truly love. Have you ever felt it?
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
A very refreshing take on love, romance, friendship and life, Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani was for this generation our DDLJ. The coming-of-age film made it a point to celebrate love but not at the cost of sacrificing one’s passion.
Jab We Met
Probably one of Imtiaz Ali’s best movie, Jab We Met taught us to love, laugh and live.
Who wouldn’t relate with Geet, a feisty Punjabi girl who helped a heartbroken-depressed businessman, Aditya, get through his breakup. Not only did she become a crying shoulder for Aditya but also shared a special space in his heart post his recovery. Her character is someone we all need in our lives.
Wake Up Sid
Wake Up Sid starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead, was perhaps one of the most relatable films of our time. Sid’s character epitomised the confusion of our generation. It explored the nuances of an urban relationship beautifully.
Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
R Madhavan’s character Maddy made us all believe in the concept of love at first sight and we still love him for the way he loved Reena, a role essayed by Dia Mirza. This love story taught us that guys like him are hard to find and we if do, then we must hold on to them.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha
This film taught us how two people, forced into an arranged marriage, can also fall in love. Ayushmann Khurrana’s character, Prem Prakash Tiwari, marries an educated overweight girl Sandhya ( Bhumi Pednekar) under parental pressure but never accepts her as his wife. They file a divorce case. But later, start understanding each other when court orders them to stick around for six months.
This film explored a relationship between a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl. This wasn’t one of those rich boy meets poor girl story. With powerful performances that struck a chord for its honest portrayal of love.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
While many found Ranbir’s character problematic, this film to some extent managed to capture the pain of unrequited love. A film about tedha love, one that doesn’t stay straight. We’ve been there and in some parts the film speaks to us.
Band Baja Baaraat
A simple story of two business partners falling in love. If you are not sure the person you love feels the same way about you, then you often shy-away from confessing your love to them. It frustrates you from within so much that it starts reflecting in your performance at work. This happens with most of us and so we can relate with Anushka Sharma’s character Shruti Kakkar as she goes through the same emotions.
Gautam, Meera and Veronica’s love triangle is something we all can relate with because let’s be honest. There must have been times when the person you love, loves someone else. Veronica, who loves Gautam, is left heartbroken after she finds out that he shares that feeling with Meera. She gets drunk and explains him how badly she needs him back. But nothing works. We have all probably been through the same emotional phase that Veronica dealt with.
Tanu Weds Manu
Some of us can surely relate with R Madhavan’s character Manu in the film as for him all that mattered was Tanu’s happiness. He loved Tanu so much that he even agreed to help her elope with his boyfriend, Raja. He kept caring for her silently until one day Tanu realised it on her own.
A real couple living in together to get to know each other better. The film explored what happens after a ‘happily ever after.’
Inter-caste marriage, well a bitter reality we all know too well in India.
Krish, a Punjabi boy, falls in love with a South Indian girl, Ananya. After finishing their studies, they decide to get married. Now, this is where the most difficult part begins for both the characters and we certainly can relate with them because as they say in India, marriages are usually not between people but families.