Romance has always been the most bankable genre in Bollywood as almost every heart can relate to it.Here is a list of the best Bollywood romantic movies that have touched million hearts across the world.
It is a 1949 romantic Bollywood movie starring one of the most romantic pairs – Raj Kapoor and Nargis. Two friends, Pran (Raj Kapoor) and Gopal (Prem Nath) tour the valley of Kashmir fall. Pran falls in love Reshma (Nargis) and Gopal, a womanizer, has an affair with Neela (Nimmi).
While Pran and Reshma’s love is true, Gopal condemns her to wait faithfully for his return with the barsaat (rainy season). Watch Barsaat for sizzling chemisty between Raj Kapoor and Nargis.
This Bimal Roy classic (1953) is based on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel with the same name. The movie has Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, and Asit Baran in the lead.
It is a story of love that blossoms between the son of wealthy man and his middle class neighbor. But their romance is put to the test both by a feud between the families and by the entrance of a rival for the girl’s affection.
The movie was remade in 2005 with the same name starring Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan, and Sanjay Dutt.
Directed by Bimal Roy, this 1958 movie stars Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, and Johnny Walker.
While driving his car on a rainy night, Anand’s (Dilip Kumar) car breaks down, and he goes to seek shelter in a nearby house. He is let into the house by the servant, and he is permitted to stay until the rains stop be able to get his car fixed. It is here that he will find out about his previous birth, his true love, Madhumati (Vyjayanthimala), their ill-fated, star-crossed and tragic romance, and how events in his previous birth are going to effect him in this life-time.
(1955) is based on a Bengali novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and has Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Vyjayanthimala and Motilal.
Devdas (Dilip Kumar) and Parvati or ‘Paro’ (Suchitra Sen) are childhood friends. As Devdas grows up, he is sent to Calcutta for studies. Although away, their bonding only grows stronger. Young and very much in love, Devdas and Paro find themselves in a quandary when Devdas’s father opposes their marriage. Dejected Devdas leaves for Calcutta.
On his return, he finds Paro’s marriage on the cards with a zamindar as old as her father. The courageous Paro takes the bold step to go to Devdas in the dead of the night and asks him to take a decision about them. However, Devdas doesn’t have the same guts to face his father. He finds his escape in alcohol and the golden-hearted courtesan Chandramukhi, who finds her refuge in this derelict lover, although he doesn’t love her in return.
Devdas is the most filmed novel in India, and this Bimal Roy-classic is easily one of the best aadaptations of the novel ever. With excellent performances, memorable dialogues and tight scripting, Devdas is a must watch.
Its a joy to read the dialogues of Devdas too, compiled by Nasreen Munni Kabeer in The Dialogue of Devdas.
In 2002, Devdas was remade by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Shahrukh plays Devdas, Aishwarya Rai plays Paro and Madhuri Dixit immortalized the role of Chandramukhi.
A rich spoilt bade baap ki beti (rich dad’s daughter) runs away from house as she wants to marry a pilot against her father’s will. She meets a struggling journalist who agrees to help her in lieu of her story which could earn him big bucks. The cupid strikes and the girl ends up falling in love with the journalist. “Yeh raat bheegi bheegi”, “Aaja sanam madhur chaandni mein hum”, “Panchhi banoo udti phiroon”, “Jahan main jaati hoon”are some of the evergreen hits of this film.
Released in 1956, Chori Chori stars Raj Kapoor and Nargis is the lead. It is an adaptation of Hollywood classic, It Happened One Night and has been remade as Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin and Jab We Met.
It was released in 1962 and had Dev Anand (in double role), Nanda and Sadhana in the lead roles. Mahesh Anand and Major Verma are look-alikes and army officers. Major Verma goes missing and assumes as dead. Mahesh is asked to convey this news to his family.
Upon arrival, he is mistaken for Major Verma. And then begin the sequences of misunderstandings, emotions and double confusion. “Abhi na jaao chhodkar”, “Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya” are some great Rafi numbers in this film.
Released in 1970, the movie is directed by Shakti Samanta and has Raj Khanna and Asha Parekh as the lead pair.
Remade from the Bengali hit “Suryatapa”, Kati Patang is the story of the runaway bride Madhu ( Asha Parekh) who promises her dying widowed friend that she will assume her identity and look after her infant child.
Rajesh Khanna plays Kamal, a forest ranger, whom she was going to be married with. It’s a very dramatic movie with lots of twists and turns, finally ending at a happy note. The film has some evergreen songs of Kishore Kumar including “Yeh shaam mastani”, “Jis gali mein tera ghar na ho balma,” “Yeh jo mohabbat hai,” “Pyar deewana hota hai” are some of the superhit songs of this film.
Amar Prem (1972)
Amar Prem (1972), starring the first superstar of Indian cinema Rajesh Khanna and ever beautiful Sharmila Tagore is one of the most romantic Bollywood movies.
A remake of Bengali film Nishi Padma (1970), Amar Prem portrays a pure and selfless form of love, developed between a rich and lonely businessman, and a beautiful courtesan, which happens to take shape and grow in adverse situations and places.
Zindagi Zindagi (1972)
This 1972 movie revolves around a village hospital that was built by a kind-hearted man, Choudhury Ramprasad (Ashok Kumar) who is also a patient in the hospital. The other patients include Isamil (Iftekhar), Dayaram (Anwar Hussain), Ratan (Jalal Agha), and the doctor is Dr. Sunil (Sunil Dutt).
Amongst the patients is a singer (Deb Mukherji), who loves Shyama (Farida Jalal) a worker in the hospital. When Meeta Sharma (Waheeda Rehman) comes to the hospital to admit her son, she meets Sunil and their romance is rekindled.
A reclusive writer (Sanjeev Kumar) rescues a young woman (Jaya Bhaduri) lying injured on the road. When she regains consciousness, she insists that she is his wife. His uncle and the family doctor persuade him to humor her until they find a solution to the problem.
In the process, he falls in love with her and calls her Anamika (girl without a name). But as unexpectedly as she had come into his life, just as unexpectedly, she vanishes one night. He is despondent. Then one night at a party, he meets her again, but she refuses to recognize him.
Khushboo is a 1975 movie, directed by the ace director Gulzar. Kusum (Hema Malini) and Brindavan (Jeetendra) are two small children living in a small village in India. Both love each other, and decide to marry when they grow up. Kusum has his name tattooed on her arm. But fate has other plans – both are separated. Kusum thinks that Brindavan has betrayed her, and she burns her arm to eradicate the tattoo. Years later, Kusum has grown up and is looking after a wealthy woman in her village. The wealthy woman falls sick, and her son brings in a doctor to treat her. Kusum’s hopes for meeting her beloved surface, when she finds out that the doctor’s (Jeetendra) name is Brindavan.
This 1988 movie portrays the love story of two individuals Raj (Aamir Khan) and Rashmi (Juhi Chawla) who are madly in love with each other much to the annoyance of their feuding fathers’ wishes.
It’s Romeo and Juliet set in contemporary India. It is cute movie featuring love in its purest form. Be prepared for the heart break at the end.
It’s a beautiful 1989 movie with Salmaan Khan and Bhagyashree in the lead.
It’s a love story that flourishes between a poor girl and a rich guy. The guy’s father disapproves the girl. The guy abandons home and expresses his desire to marry the girl. Girl’s father asks him to earn money and he starts working as a driver. The movie beautifully portrays the power of love which knows no boundaries of class and society.
Released in 1997, DTPH is among the best films of Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit. Pooja (Madhuri Dixit) is engaged to an NRI (Akshay Kumar), her childhood friend. Rahul (Shahrukh Khan), dreams of directing an epic play. The leading lady for the play, Nisha (Karishma Kapoor) who is madly in love with Rahul, gets injured and then begins the hunt for the role of central character, Maya. Under dramatic situations, Pooja gets selected for the role of Maya. After few fights and arguments, Rahul falls for Pooja and Pooja reciprocates. After a string of heart breaks and sacrifices, the film concludes with a happy ending.
A rich, pampered, spoilt NRI guy falls for a beautiful, dusky, sanskari, about-to-be-married girl who is on her first and probably the last adventure trip to Europe. The guy wins the heart of the girl with his sincere love. However nobody proposes. The girl leaves for India for a reluctant marriage. The guy follows and goes through fire and water to finally bring back her love.
DDLJ, starring Shahrukh and Kajol, is among the most lovable and commercially successfully movies in Bollywood. A Bible for lovers, it can be your movie for the Valentine’s.
A young and handsome businessman Aditya Kashyap (Shahid Kapoor) gets depressed after he his girlfriend dumps him and her mother remarries. He was about to commit suicide when a spunky and care-free young woman, Geet (Kareena Kapoor) bumps into his life, forces him to take her to Bhatinda, her hometown. Her carefree attitude transforms him into a happy and full-of-life person. Geet loves another guy and elopes from home with Aditya to marry Anshuman while everyone in the house thinks she is in love Aditya. After many twists and turns, sobs and smiles; finally movie concludes with a happy ending.
Aashiqui2 is 2013 romantic movie, known for its heart-touching story and melodious music.
Rahul (Aditya Roy Kapoor) is a singer, whose career is on the downhill, thanks to his drinking habits. He meets Arohi in a bar in Goa, where she sings to earn her livelihood. Impressed by her singing, he promises her to take her to Mumbai and make her a star, where they fall in love with each other. Aashiqui 2 is a musical love story that offers a high dose of emotions. The climax will leave you in tears.
Though this one is no match to the class of above mentioned movies, it is one of the best movies released in the recent times. It’s a cute love story starring Siddharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra. The movie is running in your nearest cinema halls. Go watch it this Valentine’s Day with your beloved and celebrate love.
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