The Ultimate Guide To Bollywood Films This Valentine's Day
- Authors: Nikhil Arora (Editorial Team)
1. Spend your day with Ranbir Kapoor
Watch Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani if you’re in the mood for a breezy romantic comedy, Wake Up Sid if you want a good coming-of-age film along with an unconventional love story or Barfi if you are a hopeless romantic!
2. Fall in love with Parineeti Chopra
Parineeti Chopra is the new staple of romantic comedies after Shuddh Desi Romance and Hasee Toh Phasee. She broke through the Bollywood mainstream with the Romeo and Juliet update - Ishaqzaade!
3. Let Imitiaz Ali tell you a thing or two about love
Imtiaz Ali redfined romantic comedies with the underrated Socha Na Tha and the widely loved Jab We Met. He followed it with his take on the generation gap of romance with Love Aaj Kal. You could pick any of these movies and not be disappointed. If you're in the mood for a Heer-Ranjha style romantic drama, Rockstar is your best bet.
4. Obsessed with weddings?
Shaadi, vyah te luv shuv always go hand in hand. Hum Saath Saath Hain is a 3 hour wedding video. Monsoon Wedding gave us a unique look at weddings. Band Baaja Baaraat is a genuinely romantic film against the backdrop of the binnness of weddings. Take your pick!
5. Play it safe with Saif
While the nawab is the coolest dude in Bollywood, Saif is not safe around Preity Zinta (unless there is SRK). Salaam Namaste and Kya Kehna say otherwise but we advise saying protected on this day. Yeh Dillagi badi khatarnaak hai, Hum Tum can become hum teen if you don't take it slow and steady.
6. Love perfection with Aamir
Aamir Khan starred in perhaps the most defining romantic comedy on this list. Dil Chahta Hai was the voice of a generation and resurrected Saif Ali Khan's career while showing us one more reason why Aamir can do just about anything. He started his career with some rom-coms (Dil, Akele Hum Akele Tum and Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi) that would be a perfect watch on V Day. Romantic dramas like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Fanaa are for suckers of romance.
7. The chocolate boy syndrome
Following Mamu's footsteps, Imran Khan started his career with a refreshing romantic comedy - Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. If that doesn't sail your love boat you can watch Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. If you hate mush but secretly love it - go for I Hate Luv Storys. Drown your long distance woes with Break Ke Baad. If you are single, our pick is Ek Main Aur Ek Tu!
8. Bros before hoes
Sometimes pyaar delivers punches, Pyaar Ka Punchnama doesn't resort to misogyny but hilariously brings out the frustration of young kids in relationships. Friends falling for the same girl is a common occurrence in real life and Bollywood - we suggest you take tips from Sangam, Dostana and Deewana Mastana. Okay, don't do what Rajendra Kumar did at the end of Sangam but go ahead if you want to be like Salman Khan from Deewana Mastana. Always be Salman.
9. Feeling old school?
Love when it was innocent, when the pain was heartbreaking and the music touched your heart. An epic love story like Mughal-E-Azam is unparalleled. For the lovesick, Dilip Kumar's Devdas or Pyaasa might find a cure.Raj Kapoor charmed Nargis in Awaara and Shree 420. Rishi Kapoor started off with Bobby. Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna redfined romantic heroes. Shammi Kapoor danced his way to a woman's heart. Learning a trick or two from these loverboys will always come in handy. Amitabh Bachchan paved the way for future romantic heroes and in Baghban showed that love has no age. Old is definitely gold.
10. Yash Chopra classics
Yash Chopra is the brand ambassodor of Bollywood romances. You may have seen his recent efforts but we suggest Kabhi Kabhie, Silsila, Chandni and Lamhe for a romantic Switzerland getaway.
11. Sanjay Leela Bhansali puts the passion and pain in pyaar
For Sanjay Leela Bhansali romance is no laughing matter. It's a colorful, joyous, intense emotion which many facets brought out beuatifully in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Saawariya and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela
12. Some good old Aashiqui
Mahesh Bhatt's Aashiqui was a sensation back in the day. It was repeated more than two decades later with Aashiqui 2.
13. Salman Ka Prem
Before Salman Khan became the stud, he was the quintessential innocent loverboy all through the 90s. Most of his characters were called Prem. For the Salmaniacs, there is no other way to spend your filmy valentine than gorging on films like Maine Pyaar Kiya, Saajan, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya!
14. Ogle at Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik Roshan may not have done many romantic films over the years but he started off with a bang. Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai did not just steal hearts but literally made half of the nation swoon and the other half extremely jealous.
15. Badshah of Romance
Nobody does it better than Shah Rukh Khan. The classic Bollywood lover. It all starts and ends here. While many actors have tried wooing women with their charm and persona, all Mr. Khan has to do is lift two arms.
16. One film to rule them all
Dilwale Dhulaniya Le Jayenge deserves a separate mention. It's more than a romantic comedy, it's more than a Shah Rukh Khan film, it's more than the most money making film of all time. DDLJ is a phenomenon!
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