From time immemorial, Bollywood, or Bollywood films have been an inevitable part of each and every Indian household. Almost 80-90% of Indians, regardless, if they have access to movies, cable or even a TV have at some point of their life seen, and enjoyed the thrills of a Bollywood film. From our parents favourite picks like Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bacchan, Jeetendar to our very own Shahrukh, Salman, Ranbir (to name a few); who were, or are the best among the generations might change; but one thing that unites everyone in India is their love for Bollywood films .
This unity is behind the fact that the main core of Bollywood films revolves around the Language of ‘Love’.
Kudos to the actors and their amazing acting skills, for they presented the word ‘love’ in a multidimensional way for the Indian audience. We have seen that romantic films in India, or generally any film does not revolve the whole story behind the two lovebirds only, but also incorporates almost everyone surrounding them. I think this kind of versatility of Indian cinemas, keeping the ‘love’ theme as the center and creating such masterpieces over the years is really commendable!
Let’s take a look at some Bollywood films which have defined the word love over the years.
Even though we won’t be going through the story of each, we’ll delve as to how we remember Love through these great films –
> THE DIE- HARD ENDLESS ROMANTIC ONES
This category of films is dominated by super hits from the King of romance, Shahrukh Khan. Starting with DDLJ; which has just completed 1000 weeks continuous running in Marathi Mandir, to my most favorite- Devdas, SRK became an idol for Romeo’s back in the late 90s. Kal Ho Na Ho, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Pardes, etc. These films from the 90’s on-wards changed the way romantic films were portrayed. Beautifully decorated film sets, exquisite shoot locations, very twisty family relations, realization of lost love followed by endless romance were some of the noted specialties. These die-hard love stories between lovebirds became everyone’s favorite. Although such movies did make us smile at moments, they surely left behind a tear or two in our eyes.
We just loved it when they loved!
> THE ONES WHERE WE SAW FRIENDSHIP
This category of films celebrated love between friends in the most amazing way! My earliest memory is of watching Dil Chahta Hai and automatically planning a trip(inside my mind only!!!) with my closest friends to Goa, while humming along the film track. ZNMD, RockOn, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar also portrayed love between an all guys group; how lifelong memories are created by a road trip, or a concert or even by a cycle race! Superhits like Sholay, 3 idiots, Rang De Basanti became the epitome of friendship . This genre also incorporated films like Ishq, Koi Mil Gaya, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai(KKHH) where a perfect balance of both romance and friendship between guys and girls existed. KKHH, with all the basketball games, fun parties, hot girls, and equally seductive teacher (Miss Briganza) presented the ultimate ‘dream college’ for students(which we later realise is just all fiction!). Overall, this genre showed how friendship and love were simultaneously important and enjoyable in life.
Yeh dosti…Hum nahi todengei…!
> THE ONES THAT TAUGHT US TO LOVE OURSELVES EACH AND EVERY DAY
The purest love is the one where we understand the importance of loving ourselves. Bollywood has produced innumerable heart warming films like Queen, English Vinglish, Iqbal, thus showcasing that we don’t necessarily need anyone else to celebrate love! How a simple heartbroken girl traveled all of London alone, how a middle class home maker gained self respect by herself; most of these films were on women empowerment. Wake Up Sid was also one such lovely movie which was a perfect mix of love, friendship, self realization and gradually, maturing while being with a lovely person!
Bollywood taught us to never forget to love our own self first!
> THE ONES WHERE WE “LOST OUR MINDS”
This genre of films made us remember love in the most psychological way. I guess everyone is familiar with SRK’s famous “K..K..K..K…..Kiran” from the movie Darr, where love made even our King of Romance into a maniac! Other films like Gupt, Ajnabee, Ghajini also showed how love can also take an ugly turn, and kept us mesmerized till the very end.
Love can truly be dangerous sometimes!
> THE ONES WHERE FAMILY COMES FIRST
Bollywood has never forgotten to showcase the respect and love Indians have for their parents and family. Hum Saath Saath Hai, Om Jai Jagdish, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and a lot of other films portrayed the love and affection which exists in every Indian household beautifully. Films like Drishyam, Talaash also showed how dark and intense the definition of ‘Love’ can turn when family members are involved.
Bollywood showed us the different kinds of love that exist!
….. Now, I know I have missed, or opted out a number of equally great films . But this article was all about how Bollywood films interpret and make us remember the word Love in a variety of ways.
Keep loving and have a lovely February month ahead!