Sneha Singh picks some of the best desi and firangi romantic movies
Do you feel the mushiness and feel good vibes? Because Valentine’s Day is around the corner and love is actually in the air! Finally, that day of the year has arrived when we celebrate love in full swing. Valentine Day is knocking on your door and to make V-day memorable we usually ring into v-day mode with expensive gifts, roses, assorted chocolates and prefer a peaceful candle light dinner to end Valentine’s day on a romantic note. But what if you didn’t get much time to plan your valentine day because you were burdened with work back in office or your bad health came in the middle of your v-day plans or maybe you ran out of money. Call it a bad luck or something, but before you act like joy killer and end up feeling wasted then take note. Because when you have nothing you have movies! Movies are a magnum source of entertainment – a rollercoaster ride filled with emotion, drama, laughter and fun. Everybody devour watching love stories and since ‘tis the season of love’ why not watch romantic flicks with your ‘chosen one’ and cuddle at home. So, go grab your valentine and some popcorn, (also tissues) because we bring you the best Hollywood and Bollywood lovey-dovey movies which will make you fall in love all over again.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A romantic masterpiece which stars Jim Carey and Kate Winslet in lead roles is a story about two lovers who chose to erase memories about each other after a spat with a help of a procedure. Joel (Jim Carry) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) both have strikingly opposite personality but they fall for each other while on a train journey. But actually, they don’t realise that they are former lovers who were together for two years. Most of the situations take place in Joel’s mind as he keeps some of the Clementine’s happy and positive memories in reserve. The film revolves around present and past situations shared by Joel and Clementine. Collectively it’s a moving and emotional romantic drama ideal for Valentine’s movie mania.
When we hear the word Titanic the first thing comes in mind is the soulful tune of the movie’s famous song My Heart Will Go On. Titanic, a 1997 movie which stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet is romance-disaster film which foretells the story of a guy named Jack Dawson, played by Di Caprio is a penniless artist who loses his heart to enchanting beauty Rose, essayed by Winslet who is rich, high in status. Jack and Rose become friends and their friendship turns in love and the rest is history. Apart from romance and love sensual scenes the movie has jaw dropping scenes of sinking Titanic and how water engulfs the gigantic ship that transforms titular ship into ship wreck. Titanic has a disheartening end. Jack dies but he lives in Rose’s heart forever and that’s what makes the movie more outstanding.
You’ve Got Mail
Online dating, social media relationship is common these days but back then in 1998, internet’s outreach was not so big. You’ve Got Mail, is probably the first and the best movie about online romance of pre-internet era. This amazing rom-com features Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in lead roles where Tom Hanks, Joe Fox who runs a family business of mega book store and Kathleen Kelly played by Meg Ryan owns a little street side book store. Joe and Meg secretly chat with each other online via-email, unaware of the fact that they are business rivals. Their friendship elopes into romantic relationship their secret online love story and heart-warming hide & seeks of Joe and Meg’s real identities will keep you hooked throughout the movie.
The Fault in Our Stars
Based on a novel of the same name this heart-warming, romantic movie has young actor like Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in key roles. Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene), a sixteen-year-old cancer patient is forced by her parents to attend a cancer support group where she meets Augustus Waters, another cancer patient which is essayed by cute, charming Ansel. Hazel and Augusts begin to enjoy each other’s company and gradually they fall in love. Hazel who wishes to visit Amsterdam to meet the author of her favourite novel An Imperial Affliction but due to medical and financial constraints she is denied visiting Amsterdam. Augusts secretly arranges a surprise trip to Amsterdam for Hazel. During their visit to the city they get emotionally and physically closer and realise they can’t live apart. The love story has a tragic end that will leave you with teary eyes. Longing for love and infinite believe in relationship even after you are left all alone makes The Fault In Our Stars out of the league love story.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Fondly called as DDLJ by Bollywood buffs we should consider this as one of the best romantic movie of Bollywood. It’s by far SRK’s most celebrated movie which still can leave viewers spellbound with intact magic and Shah Rukh’s romantic antics. Raj and Simran the epic on-screen Jodi of Shah Rukh and Kajol are hailed as epitome of love. Hence, every girl wants a boy like Raj and every guy dreams about Simran. Shah Rukh and Kajol’s chemistry, the music, drama, dialogues and 6how Raj crosses all the hurdles to get his Simran will keep you glued to the screen. DDLJ was one of the three Hindi films to feature in reference book ‘1001 Movies You Should Watch Before You Die’ and the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema. From the day of its first release it is still being shown at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir for last 20 years. So, all the Raj and Simran in the house! It’s time to fall in love again.
Jab We Met
Helmed by Bollywood’s most notable director Imtiaz Ali, Jab We Met was a massive hit which starred estranged couple Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles. A happy go lucky, Geet played by Kareena Kapoor meets depressed businessman Aditya, Shahid Kapoor on her journey to Bhatinda. Geet who is talkative and positive about everything in life bumps into Aditya who has given up on life, basically everything and finds Geet very irritating. Somehow Geet’s misses the train and she blames Aditya for that and orders him to drop her to all the way to Bhatinda. Misunderstandings, twists in the story make this movie more engaging. The movie has best romantic and soulful songs like Aaoge Jab Tum Saajna and Tumse Hi, apart from these Mauja Hi Mauja and Yeh Ishq Haye are other hit numbers people still love to shake a leg on.
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
Real life Bollywood couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh for the first time appeared as on-screen couple in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s romantic-crime drama called Ram-Leela. The film revolves around two arch rival Gujarati communities, Rajadi and Sanera. Ram who belongs to Rajadi clan falls in love at the first sight when he sees bold and bindaas Leela who belongs to Sanera clan during Holi. Sizzling chemistry between Ranveer and Deepika makes this movie erotic. Ram-Leela’s love and hate relationship, the revenge, sacrifice; the clash of Gujarati clans and Ram-Leela’s fiery love story is a must for your V-day movie list.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai were first seen together on silver screen in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, all thanks to Sanjay Leela Bhansali who helmed the romantic love triangle which also features Ajay Devgn in key role was a blockbuster hit. Sameer, popularly known as Thandi Hawa ka Jhonka comes to India to learn Indian Classical music under the guidance of Pandit Darbar. Sameer who stays with Darbar family and Nandini, daughter of Pandit Darbar is forced to give up her room to Sameer which leads to hatred between Sameer and Nandini. In the midst of pranks and dislikes, love blossoms and they fall in love. Later, Vanraj played by Ajay Devgn enters in Nandini’s life and Sameer-Nandini’s love story takes a tragic turn. Although in the end Nandini accepts Vanraj as her soul mate and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam has a happy ending that will boost your faith in true love.