There is nothing more romantic for a couple (read lazy couples) than to snuggle up in a blanket with hot chocolate (read wine for the alcoholics) and watch a romantic movie in the comfort of your own home. We bring you our HKYantoYan version of the Top 5 Romantic Hindi Movies to watch this Valentines Day. For the single people, let these movies be an inspiration to go after what you love, in a non ‘stalky’ manner.
5. Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin
Mahesh Bhatt launched the career of his daughter Pooja Bhatt in her first solo role. Paired with Aamir Khan, she goes on a bus trip going to Bangalore to meet her crush, a movie star; only to realize that she has fallen for Aamir Khan’s cocky character. Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt were rumored to have started an affair on the set, which is hard to believe as not only her father was directing the movie, but he was also married at the time. The movie has more misunderstandings between the characters than between the driver and myself on an average cab ride home from the bar. Still a fun watch with Anupam Kher hamming a comedic father’s role which must be on the list of his top regrets of all time (right below the 2 Tamil and 1 Malayalam movies he did… don’t ask! ).
4. Main Ne Pyaar Kiya
It would not be too far fetched to think that the Barjatya family’s typical day involves lot’s of flowers for everyone, happy singing competitions, fake rain dances and after dinner dumb charades. Before Sooraj Barjatya went all sugar syrupy on us with movies like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hain; he made Main Ne Pyaar Kiya, the most violent movie he’s directed (with at least 1 fight scene). Salman Khan’s almost first movie (his first role was in Biwi Ho To Aisi) went on to become the biggest hit of the 1980’s and broke all sorts of records including most Salman Khan’s posters ever sold. Not too far behind in the poster sales was “Bhagyashree”, the female lead who became a household name and someone for the mother-in-laws to compare their daughter-in-laws with. A story of love conquering status, scheming characters and a coal mine, the movie remains one of the most loved romantic movies in Hindi cinema.
3. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
A very endearing movie in which Shahrukh Khan played a loser for the first time, which sort of became his trademark for sometime. His character, Sunil falls hopelessly in love with Anna, played by Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, also known as the ex wife of that guy who directed Mr. India. After more ups and downs than the Indian Cricket Team under Dhoni, the movie ends with a twist which Hindi movies and specially Shahrukh Khan movies are not known for.
Deepak Tijori appears in one of the most memorable (mostly for himself) roles he’s done. I can imagine him watching the movie in 2013 on YouTube after a long night of heavy Whiskey drinking, with a single tear glistening from the light emitting from the monitor. A sugar laden movie which re-enforced the obvious fact that almost everyone who lives in Goa is a Christian, plays at least one musical instrument and owns a bakery.
2. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (QSQT)
This movie made stars out of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla and also made them both Bollywood’s most sought after onscreen couple. Juhi Chawla at a young age of 21 in 1988 looked as innocent as a 12 year old girl does today. The chemistry between the two was electric and made couples everywhere feel bad about theirs. The story in-fact was nothing new, the same old generational rivalry between two families. Then comes the next generation, falling in love with each other as they’re supposed to, fighting for their love, running away from home while singing about running away from home. The movie signified ‘to live and die together’, and may not have been suitable for few lovers torn apart by family. Still a great watch now as it was then.
1. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ)
Probably the only Hindi romantic movie starring Shahrukh Khan which has crossed that tangible line; the line dividing romantic movies which men can publicly say they love and the ones they deny watching, ever. Since the movie came out in 1995, DDLJ has made thousands of girls secretly wish that their father somehow disagrees with their choice, just so they can pin ridiculous expectations on their boyfriend. Also, so they can feel the same way Simran felt when she heard that familiar tune coming from Raj’s mandolin, signalling his resolve to not let go that easily. The most romantic situations in life come from the fear of getting caught. Anyone who has lived before the mobile era can attest to this. The talking to each other by passing notes, meeting up in secret places briefly with the fear of getting caught, acting like normal friends in front of family and friends. With DDLJ, we all were in on the secret, we all were rooting for the lovers and we all became a part of Raj and Simran’s love story.