Bollywood (the Hindi film industry) has been churning out love stories for a long. Though plots and storylines undergo changes, themes of romantic movies, especially ‘boy-meets-girl’ and ‘and they lived happily ever after’, remain the same. Here is a list of my favourite romantic movies (2001 – 2008).
A boy (Madhavan) pursues a girl (Dia Mirza) by taking the name of her would-be-husband (Saif Ali Khan) and they end up falling in love with each other. Gautham Vasudev Menon’s musical Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001) remains as fresh as a flower.
TUM BIN (2001)
Anubhav Sinha shot to limelight with Tum Bin (2001), a beautiful love story set in Canada. Every aspect of the film is brilliant – shots, scenes and songs. Tum Bin has Priyanshu Chatterjee and Sandali Sinha.
DIL CHAHTA HAI (2001)
Dil Chahta Hai (2001) is Farhan Akhtar’s magnum opus. It stars Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna. Akash (Aamir), a non-believer in love, meets Shalini (Preity Zinta), who believes in love.
Shaad Ali’s Saathiya is the Hindi remake of Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthey (2000). Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukherji marry secretly. They enjoy train rides and hanging out with friends. Life takes a u-turn when they realise marriage is not just a bed of roses. Music? Well, A. R. Rahman.
ISHQ VISHK (2003)
Ishq Vishk (2003) won hearts by showing a pure college love story on screen. Ken Ghosh’s idea of teaching a thing or two about pure and unconditional love, did not miss the target. With all its songs and sweetness, Ishq Vishk remains sweet even today. Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao, simply wow!
Yash Chopra’s Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Veer-Zaara (2004) throws light on a Platonic love story. The love sage revolves around Veer (Shah Rukh Khan) and Zaara (Preity Zinta). He waits for Zaara in jail (in Pakistan) for 22 long years without uttering a word about her to save her from moral defamation. Love is indeed eternal.
Sooraj Barjatya’s Vivah (2006) is unique in many aspects. First, it tells the story from the engagement day to the day of marriage. The marriage takes place at a hospital as Shahid Kapoor (as Prem) marries a faced-burnt Amrita Rao (Poonam).
JAB WE MET (2007)
Imtiaz Ali’s love stories are a treat for the eyes and the hearts. His Jab We Met (2007), starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, is a brilliant film. Aditya (Shahid) meets Geet (Kareena) and their lives change. Unforgettable music.
JAANE TU… YA JAANE NA (2008)
There is a feel-good factor in Abbas Tyrewala’s Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na (2008). Two fresh faces, Imran Khan and Genelia D’Souza and their group of friends, won hearts in this ‘And they happily lived ever after’ film. Music? A.R. Rahman.
LOVE AAJ KAL (2009)
Another Imtiaz Ali film. SaifAli Khan and Deepika Padukone nailed it. Songs? Superb.