The idea of Indian romance is pretty different from western romance. While western romance is based on explicit display of affection, Indian prefer romance in more subtle way. Keeping this in mind we have made up a list of the greatest romantic movies in Bollywood history. Crizic selects 10 of the greatest romantic movies in Bollywood.
10. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
A disillusioned guy who falls in love with a girl next door. Well, the formula originated in India because of this movie up here. QSQT gave India the ever young Aamir khan, who took the nation by storm with his good looks and superb acting. And the cherry on the top was Juhi Chawla, who was mesmerizing in this flick.
9. Kuch Kuch Hota hai
Filmed in India, Mauritius, and Scotland, this was Karan Johar’s directorial debut. The movie did what it was meant to: set a new level for style in Hindi cinema. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai wasn’t merely a college love story but a surprisingly delicate, mature, coming-of-age love story as well.
8. Maine Pyar Kiya
This was the first time in Hindi Cinema when true character of the love in Indian Culture was revealed; achieving the desired love with parents consent instead of eloping. This movie gave India many things; the iconic pigeon, the iconic FRIEND cap, oh, and the iconic guy, Salman Khan.
Never before was such bold and ahead of its age teen romance was seen in Indian cinema. The romance in Bobby is portrayed beautifully, injected with many youthful energies and further aided by colorful and vernal locations, beautiful romantic songs, comedy and drama, and two very charming fresh talents in the lead roles.
6. Dil se
The problem with Hindi cinema is its very strong formalistic framework where it has to fit in. It must pass the censors, must be made for a billion of general audience and must contain a great number of song and dance scenes. But Mani Ratnam is one director who constantly extends this genre to embrace the producers, the popular audience and the critical and political aware intellectuals with his strong political claims. This one beats it all and takes the cake.
Such an end was not seen before in Hindi cinema, and all fits perfectly well. And it works even if you know the end before. Genius.
5. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
A love story with a 12 grader? Showing the frustration of common Indian teenager? Amazing songs? Brilliant story line and direction? Awesome acting? Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa had it all. A lot of people believe Shahrukh Khan became an actor with Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge in ’95. The truth is that he was well on his way to becoming a legend in Indian cinema with this movie.
4. Rehna hai tere dil mein
RHTDM has to be one of the greatest cult movie in the history of Bollywood. The reason is how innocently, sincerely and beautifully its simple plot is merged with amazing direction.
3. Dilwale Dulhaniya le jayenge
Yes, it is pretty controversial. Why is the movie that taught Indian cinema about romance on number three? Two reasons. Reason number two;
2. Shree 420
And reason number one;
Sadma is the greatest in romantic genre, most unusual, and most criminally underrated movie in Indian cinema history. The sad truth is; most of you reading this list don’t even know about the existence of this movie. Maybe it is because Indian audience could not digest the unusual romance and they like the old school storyline: Guy meets girl, girl meets guy, they fall in love, problems arise, they fight the problem, they elope or die. But this movie is truly beyond all that. Whenever there will be talks about Indian romantic movies, Sadma’s name will always be taken with respect throughout the world.