“If I say your voice is an amber waterfall in which I yearn to burn each day, if you eat my mouth like a mystical rose with powers of healing and damnation, If I confess that your body is the only civilization I long to experience… would it mean that we are close to knowing something about love?”
The aforementioned quote by an anonymous and mysterious personality stunningly summarizes the tenderness and reverence of love.
With Badrinath Ki Dulhania all set to release this week on the 10th of March, what better way to revisit some of the most dazzling and mesmerizing love stories of Hindi Cinema. So, here we go-
10. EK MAIN AUR EKK TU (2012)
Refreshingly original and devoid of any cliched melodrama, debutante director Shakun Batra gave us an immensely endearing tale of two diametrically opposites and the heartbreak involving one-sided love. With restrained performances by its lead couple, it was a film that surely deserved a watch. Have a blast by catching it up.
9. JAB WE MET (2007)
The man was quiet and poised, the woman was a chatterbox. They met on the train, spent some crackling moments and love blossomed in the hero’s heart. Separated by circumstances, united by destiny, they gave us a truly unforgettable cinematic experience.
How many of us have been able to forget the feisty and spunky character of Geet, played with impeccable perfection by Kareena Kapoor? How easy is it to be able to forget the charm and panache of its leading man, Shahid Kapoor ? Jab we Met is your perfect watch, if you’ve made the crime of skipping it.
8. QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK (1988)
One of the earliest adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, QSQT(as fondly abbreviated) made its leading pair an overnight sensation. The perfectionist Aamir Khan and the always effervescent Juhi Chawla made heartbreak and tragedy fully palpable with their emotionally stirring performances. Bathed in unrequited love and undying passion, this film never gets old and has truly aged gracefully.
7. CHOTI SI BAAT (1975)
A delightfully charming film about a shy and gullible man’s love for a breathtakingly beautiful lady, Choti Si Baat is immensely endearing and extremely entertaining in equal measure. With the idyllic Ashok Kumar guiding Amol Palekar towards rock-solid confidence and the courage to confess his stuffed feelings, it’s a small film with a big beating heart. If your inability to muster up the bravery to confront your secret crush continues to haunt you, rent a DVD or download it ASAP.
6. SILSILA (1981)
The casting was a masterstroke. With Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and Jaya Bachchan as the leads, this highly underrated and unfairly overlooked film truly remains one of the most gorgeously mounted romantic sagas. With lavishing landscapes and unforgettable music at its core, maverick filmmaker Yash Chopra truly explored the complexities of extra marital relationships with aplomb. My takeaway from SILSILA will always remain the ending of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha’s tale. Watch it and realize the power of films that can not only fill your heart with exuberance but also rupture it with and dolor and dejection.
5. DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAAYENGE (1995)
Give me any list of the greatest romances ever told in the history of Hindi cinema that does not feature this giant of a film and I’ll pay for your ticket prices for the rest of your life. It’s not important but almost mandatory to mention DDLJ as one of the greatest love stories to splash the silver screen ever. There isn’t a single moment between the lead couple, Raj and Simran (SRK and Kajol), that can evaporate from our consciousness. And who can forget the iconic and historic train sequence that has almost epitomized the essence of true love ?
Feel lucky if you’ve someone to pull inside the train!
4. DEVDAS (1955)
You’ve got be callous or indifferent not to be moved or choked by Dilip Kumar’s torment.
You’ve got to be emotionless not to be swayed away by the ardor of Devdas and Paro, which was devoid of any voyeurism. This Bimal Roy classic has inspired the greatest of filmmakers, but this adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel is still hailed as the most soul-stirring and haunting in Hindi cinema. This is not your regular mawkish love story, it’s a deeply affecting saga that wrenches your heart and almost ends up questioning your belief that true love conquers all.
3. GUIDE (1965)
Dev Anand’s irresistible charm coupled by Waheeda Rehman’s allure made millions of hearts swoon to their love story. Rose-tinted, vivacious, tumultuous and ultimately tragic, it was indeed an emotional roller-coaster. Still as fresh today as it was 5 decades back, one of the film’s biggest strengths was the chart-buster music. How I wish we had such earnestness in today’s film-making!
2. PYAASA (1957)
Nobody could make pain and anguish more real and relatable than Guru Dutt, unarguably one of the greatest filmmakers in Indian Cinema. Pyaasa was not just a motion picture, it was a reflection for his undying and passionate love for Waheeda Rehman. A love so honest and affectionate, it could melt even the strongest of hearts. If you’re willing to go back in time and visit one classic, let this gem be your pick this week.
1. MUGHAL-E- AZAM (1960)
Shahrukh Khan said, on the release of the film’s DVD, that Mughal-E-Azam is the mother of all films and mothers can never be remade. All the connoisseurs of cinema would unanimously agree that K. Aasif’s portrayal of Salim and Anarkali’s tragic love story is easily the greatest tale ever narrated on the celluloid. Valentine’s Day or not, young or old, nobody should make the grave mistake of skipping this gargantuan blockbuster that still continues to shine and inspire filmmakers world over. It’s not a mere film, it’s a masterpiece.