20 Classic Romantic Bollywood Films you Have to Watch

Bollywood is notorious for depicting love through films. We present 20 classic romantic Bollywood films from the golden era to make you fall in love again.

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"Moreover, the three love stories have been cleverly woven in the narration"

Romantic Bollywood films often give a sense of escapism through music, dance and enchanting stories. And within that foundation, a love story to make us cry, laugh and say ‘aww’ to0.

Whether it is great on-screen chemistry, the coming together of popular Jodi’s or an amazing music album, there is nothing better than watching a good Bollywood romance movie.

Many of these films from the golden era are the production of big banners and feature some of the biggest actors from the Bollywood film industry.

Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Silsila (1981) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) are three Bollywood romance movies starring superstars Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.

DESIblitz takes a closer look at 20 classic romantic Bollywood films to get your heart fluttering.

Devdas (1955)

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Director: Bimal Roy
Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Suchitra Sen, Motilal

Set against the backdrop of rural Bengal, Devdas (Dilip Kumar) who comes from a wealthy Bengali family falls in love with Paro (Suchitra Sen). Paro is from a middle-class Bengali family.

After finishing studies at a boarding school in Kolkata, Devdas reunites with childhood sweetheart Paro in his village.

The two want to marry, but social hierarchy comes in the way of their love. The Devdas household rejects the proposal from Paro’s family.

In a weak state of mind, Devdas heads back to Kolkata where a lively friend Chunni Babu (Motilal) brings him to courtesan Chandramukhi (Vyjanthimala).

At her place, Devdas starts drinking excessively as she starts loving him.

Devdas drinks heavily in despair and is virtually suicidal. But as he cannot forget Paro, the climax of the film sees him returning to meet her.

On a dark cold night, Devdas meets death on Paro’s doorstep.

Devdas originally started off as a novel (1971) written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.

Dilip Kumar’s depiction of Devdas was earlier done by K.L. Saigal in 1936 and consequently followed by Shah Rukh Khan in 2002.

Watch a short video on ‘The Torment of Devdas’ featuring Chandramukhi:

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Pyaasa (1957)

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Director: Guru Dutt
Stars: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman, Mala Sinha

Pyaasa featuring Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman is among the 100 best films of all time according to the Time magazine in 2005.

Besides being the lead actor of the film, Dutt also directed and produced this hit movie.

Guru plays the role of Vijay, an unsuccessful poet who is not taken seriously by anyone, including his brothers.

Vijay takes to drinking as his mission to publish his poems bear no fruit.

Waheeda Rehman portrays the character of Gulabo, a prostitute who falls in love with Vijay and wants to help him.

Meanwhile, publisher Mr Ghosh (Rehman) employs Vijay as a servant to find more about him and his ex-girlfriend Meena (Mala Sinha).

Meena is the wife of Mr Ghosh and married him for financial stability.

A case of mistaken identity leads Gulabo to think that Vijay is dead. Thus she publishes his poems and they are very successful.

But Vijay is alive and is confined to a mental asylum. Abdul Sattar (Johnny Walker) assists Vijay to get away from there and expose the world of corruption.

Vijay is upset by the greed of a close friend (Shyam) and his brothers. Tired of such hypocrisy, Vijay and Gulabo leave to begin a new life.

Pyaasa is a timeless classic today, and will always be remembered as one of Guru Dutt’s finest works.

Watch this wonderful ghazal penned by Sahir Ludhianvi from Pyaasa:

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Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

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Director: K.Asif
Stars: Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote

Emperor Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) sends his son Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar) to war. Upon his return, he falls in love with a court-dancer Anarkali (Madhubala).

Mughal-E-Azam is the ultimate story of star-crossed lovers as Prince Salim and Anarkali battle to be together.

Going against his fathers’ wishes leads to war between Prince Salim and Emperor Akbar.

Emperor Akbar defeats Salim in battle and initially sentences him to death. But his decision changes when Anarkali comes out of hiding to die in his place.

Emperor Akbar directs his men to wall up Anarkali. But a close aide reminds him about a favour he owes to her mother.

Hence he spares her life with the condition that Prince Salim does not find out that she is still alive.

The period drama is the first black and white Bollywood film to be digitally remastered in colour. It was re-released in 2004 as a coloured version and achieved commercial success.

It is universally celebrated as one of the finest Bollywood films ever to be made.

Watch the colourful song ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’ from Mughal-E-Azam:

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Sangam (1964)

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Director: Raj Kapoor
Stars: Vyjayanthimala, Raj Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar

Directed by Raj Kapoor, the 1964 romance features a love-triangle between the three principal characters.

These include orphan Sundar Khanna (Raj Kapoor), Magistrate Gopal Verma (Rajendra Kumar), the son of Judge Verma and the daughter of wealthy army captain Radha Khanna (Vyjayantimala).

Sunder is madly in love with Radha. Radha, on the other hand, is in love with Sunder’s friend Gopal.

After Radha and her family reject him, Sunder joins the Indian Air Force to prove his worth. After carrying out a dangerous flight to help army personnel, everyone thinks Sunder is dead.

However, contrary to reports, Sunder who is alive finally wedlocks Radha. The newly- wedded couple go on honeymoon to several European countries.

But one day prior to attending a function, Sunder’s life turns upside down as he finds a love letter penned for Radha by an unrevealed man.

The suspicious and angry Sunder takes his gun and confronts Radha to find out the writer of this letter with the intention of killing him.

Both Sunder and Radha visit Gopal for assistance into this matter. Torn between the two, Gopal admits authorship of this letter to Radha.

Taking into account how distraught his friend is, Gopal kills himself using Sunder’s revolver. Subsequently, Gopal and Radha get back together as they mourn the death of Gopal.

Sangam is one of Raj Kapoor’s best films in colour.

The film became a hit in India, and other countries, including the Soviet Union, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and Hungary.

Versions of the film were also remade in Telugu and Kannada languages.

Watch a Bollywood ‘Masti’ Romance scene from Sangam:

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Bobby (1973)

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Director: Raj Kapoor
Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Pran, Prem Nath, Prem Chopra

Bobby tells the story of innocent Raj Nath (Rishi Kapoor), the son of a rich businessman Mr Nath (Pran), and the youthful Bobby Braganza (Dimple Kapadia), the daughter of a poor fisherman Jack Braganza (Prem Nath), who fall in love.

Raj wants to marry Bobby, but his parents do not agree as they feel her family does not have the same status.

It is a classic tale highlighting what will society think if a wealthy person marries his son to someone from a less privileged background.

Mr Nath engages Raj to a mentally affected rich girl as a ploy to build closer business ties with her father.

But Raj leaves home and runs away with Bobby.

With Mr Nath announcing a reward for the safe return of Raj, villain Prem Chopra and his associates kidnap the two.

At the end of the film, finally accepting the union Mr Nath saves Bobby, while Raj is rescued by Jack.

This was the first leading role for Rishi Kapoor and the debut of Dimple Kapadia in Bollywood.

The blockbuster film became a trend-setter and introduced Bollywood to the genre of teen romance with a rich and poor divide.

The movie did particularly well in the Soviet Union, thus turning Rishi Kapoor into an overnight chocolate boy sensation.

Watch Romantic scenes of Bobby with Raja:

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Kabhi Kabhie (1976)

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Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh

Kabhi Kabhie is a love-story of generations.

Poet Amit Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan) and fellow student Pooja Khanna (Raakhee) imagine a future together.

However, destiny has other plans as the two end up marrying other people. While Amit ties the knot with Anjali ‘Anju’ Malhotra (Waheeda Rehman), Pooja ends up marrying architect Vijay Khanna (Shashi Kapoor).

Twenty years on, Pooja’s son Vicky Khanna (Rishi Kapoor) and Amit’s step-daughter Pinky Kapoor (Neetu Singh) fall in love. There is a slight complication as Amit’s biological daughter Sweety Malhotra (Naseem) also fancies Vicky.

But all things end well. Fate ends up bringing old lovers as friends.

The soundtrack and lyrics of the film were appreciated, with composer Khayyam and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi winning Filmfare Awards for that year.

The song ‘Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein’ penned by Sahir Saab went on to become a classic.

Watch the poetic song ‘Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein’:

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Silsila (1981)

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Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Sanjeev Kumar

Silsila depicts a love-triangle between playwright Amit Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan), simple Shobha Malhotra (Jaya Bachchan) and the attractive Chandni (Rekha).

Shobha marries Amit’s brother Shekhar Malhotra (Shashi Kapoor). But when Shekhar dies in air combat, Amit takes pity on Shobha and ties the knot with her.

He has to put an end to his ever-growing relationship with Chandni.

However, years later Amit comes to the realisation that his marriage is loveless and he still has feelings for Chandni.

Chandi who is the wife of Dr V. K. Anand (Sanjeev Kumar) feels the same and starts meeting Amit to rekindle their relationship.

Dr Anand who is aware of Chandni’s unfaithfulness goes on a business trip when tragedy strikes. The plane carrying Dr Anand crashes.

As Amit rushes to the scene, Shobha informs him that she is pregnant with his child.

After Amit saves Dr Anand from the blazing wreckage, he and Chandni realise their mistake and decide to live happily ever after with their respective partners.

The film is said to be loosely inspired by the alleged real-life love triangle between Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha.

Silsila was a commercial failure at the box office. But over the years it has become a cult classic and is appreciated by audiences.

Watch the poetry filled Romantic song ‘Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum’ from Silsila:

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Love Story (1981)

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Director: Rahul Rawail
Stars: Kumar Gaurav, Vijeta Pandit, Rajendra Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Danny Denzongpa, Amjad Khan

Vijay Mehra (Rajendra Kumar) is a rich constructor, who fancies Suman Dogra (Vidya Sinha). The feeling is mutual from Suman’s perspective.

Civil Engineer Ram Dogra (Danny Denzongpa), a college friend of Suman, also likes her.

Feeling jealous of Ram and Suman’s friendly relationship, Vijay decides to marry another woman (Beena Banerjee). Meanwhile, Ram and Suman marry each other.

After giving birth to a baby boy, Bunty Mehra (Kumar Gaurav), Vijay’s wife passes away.  Suman and Ram have a baby girl named Pinky Dogra (Vijeta Pandit).

Years later after meeting up, Bunty who has ambitions to be a pilot and Pinky avoiding marriage, run away together.

Following a series of misunderstandings, Bunty and Pinky fall in love with one another.

The comical Hawaldar Sher Singh (Amjad Khan) has the task to find the couple. Despite building a cottage and living happily amongst beautiful surroundings, Ram takes Pinky in a forceful way.

Vijay is happy with Bunty’s choice. But Ram wants Pinky to marry someone else and that too against her wishes.

With Bunty and Pinky eloping together, a gang of thieves follow them. But Ram and Vijay come to the rescue and bury their difference for the sake of their children

Love Story was the launch for debutants Kumar Gaurav and Vijeta Pandit. The film became a blockbuster hit, making Kumar Gaurav an overnight star.

Watch ‘Yeh Ladki Zara Si,’ a teasing track from Love Story:

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Yeh Vaada Raha (1982)

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Director: Kapil Kapoor
Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim, Poonam Dhillon, Shammi Kapoor, Rakhee, Iftekhar

Rishi Kapoor plays the role of Vikram Rai Bahadur who falls in love with Sunita (Poonam Dhillon/Tina Munim) in Kashmir.

The two wish to marry but Vikram’s mother Mrs Sharda Rai Bahadur (Raakhee) refuses due to Sunita’s poor background.

Vikram decides to marry Sunita against his mother’s wishes. But on a spiritual journey, they have an accident, which causes Sunita’s face to be badly disfigured.

When Vikram wakes up at the hospital, his mother tells him that Sunita is dead. In fact, she attempts to pay Sunita to stay away from her son.

Dr Sahni (Iftekhar) forwards Sunita’s case to cosmetic surgeon Dr Mehra (Shammi Kapoor) who then transforms her face through surgery.

Following successful surgery, Sunita has a new a look and identity. She is adopted by the Dr and given the name Kusum Mehra.

Vikram initially does not recognise Sunita with a new face. After singing Yeh Vaada Raha on stage together and confronting his mother, Vikram finally finds out that Sunita is still alive.

The film finishes with Vikram travelling to Kashmir and finally renewing his vows as the two lovers embrace each other.

The film is a remake of the 1979 American drama The Promise.

Watch Vikram and Sunita dance to ‘Yeh Vaada Raha’:

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Sohni Mahiwal (1984)

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Director: Umesh Mehra
Stars: Sunny Deol, Poonam Dhillon, Pran, Tanuja, Zeenat Aman, Gulshan Grover

Mirza Izzat Beg (Sunny Deol) comes to India to find a beautiful woman that he has envisioned in his head.

He meets Sohni (Poonam Dhillon) and the two fall in love. However, Noor, (Gulshan Grover) an admirer of Sohni’s does everything to keep the two apart.

Both defiant in love, the couple face a tragic watery end.

Tulla (Pran), Tulla’s wife (Tanuja), Peer Baba (Shammi Kapoor), Zarina (Zeenat Aman) are the other key characters of the film.

As this film is a collaboration with the former USSR, people can also watch it in the Russian Language.

Frunzik Mkrtchyan one of the finest artists from the Soviet period plays the Warrior in the film.

The musical score by the emerging Anu Malik of that time is one that many still listen to.

And who can forget the iconic lyrics ‘Soni Meri Soni Soni Aur Nahi Koi Honi Soni.’

The film won 3 awards at the 32nd Filmfare Awards, including ‘Best Female Playback Singer’ to Anupama Deshpande for the song ‘Sohni Chenab De Kinare,’ along with ‘Best Sound’ and ‘Best Editing.’

Sohni Mahiwal is a film version of the favourite romantic folktale from Punjab.

Watch the popular track ‘Bol Do Mithe Bol Sohniye’ from Sohni Mahiwal:

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Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)

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Director: Mansoor Khan
Stars: Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (QSQT) is an ill-fated love story between Raj (Aamir Khan), son of a convicted man and Rashmi (Juhi Chawla) who fall in love.

But the two are unable to be together due to their families being bitter enemies.

The lovebirds eventually escape from home to start a new life in the middle of nowhere.

The film has a tragic end, as Rashmi gets shot and Raj uses a dagger to commit suicide. As the sun sets behind them, both families come running towards the two lovers who are lying down together.

Aamir and Juhi’s chemistry was lauded, leading the pair to star together in several films including Tum Mere Ho (1990) and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993).

The songs ‘Ae Mere Humsafar’ and ‘Gazab Ka Hai Din‘ are melodious tunes composed by Anand-Milind.

The film catapulted both Aamir and Juhi’s careers, with the two of them winning the ‘Best Male Debut’ and ‘Best Female Debut’ at the 34th Filmfare Awards.

QSQT also won ‘Best Film’ and Mansoor Khan won the ‘Best Director’ award.

Watch the heart touching song ‘Akele Hai To Kya Gum Hai’ from QSQT:

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Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

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Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Stars: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree, Mohnish Behl 

Maine Pyar Kiya is Salman Khan’s first film in a leading role after playing a supporting character in the Farooq Shaikh and Rekha starrer Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988).

Maine Pyar Kiya made Salman an overnight sensation, and then eventually one of the biggest stars in the Bollywood film industry.

The film tells the story of Prem Choudhry (Salman Khan) and Suman (Bhagyashree) who fall in love with each other after attempting to enforce the idea that a boy and girl can just be friends with nothing more.

As the drama unfolds, Prem has to rebel against his businessman father Kishan Kumar Choudhary (Rajeev Verma).

He also has to meet the challenge set out by Suman’s hardworking dad Karan (Alok Nath) and fight off the crafty Jeevan (Mohnish Behl).

The film was greatly appreciated, with the music becoming an instant hit.

Salman and Bhagyashree also went on to win the Filmfare ‘Best Male Debut’ and ‘Best Female Debut’ respectively.

Watch Prem and Suman get playfully Romantic in Maine Pyar Kiya:

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Aashiqui (1990)

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Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Stars: Rahul Roy, Anu Aggarwal, Tom Alter

Long before Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor’s chemistry was acknowledged in Aashiqui 2 (2013), the original Aashiqui duo Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal brought love to life through this great musical film.

Rahul Roy (Rahul Roy) falls in love with Anu Verghese (Anu Aggarwal) who is living in an oppressive hostel for girls.

Being treated badly by Arnie Campbell (Tom Alter), forces Anu to run away a few times.

Anu and Rahul find solace in the arms of each other, to help ease their minds from the various family problems they face.

Despite the two getting married, everything goes pear-shaped as the couple part ways.

Rahul who establishes himself as a singer eventually renews his relationship with Anu, now a successful model.

The soundtrack of the film is one of the best-selling Bollywood albums of all time. The hit song ‘Dheere Dheere Se’ has been covered and released by Yo Yo Honey Singh in 2015.

Watch the iconic song ‘Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi’ from Aashiqui :

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Dil (1990)

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Director: Indra Kumar
Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher, Saeed Jaffrey

Dil saw the coming together of Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit for the first time.

Raja Prasad (Aamir Khan) and Madhu Mehra (Madhuri Dixit) take an instant disliking to one another during their first meeting.

However, the two eventually fall in love. But they are kept apart by their warring families, particularly the parents.

Despite Hazari Prasad (Anupam Kher), Raja’s father and Mr Mehra (Saeed Jaffrey), Madhu’s dad not seeing eye to eye, the couple continue to meet discreetly.

When Mr Mehra comes to know about this, he hires goons to bash up Raja.

He even makes the decision to send Madhu away, so that she cannot communicate with Raja.

Before this happens, Raja creeps into Madhu’s house and instantly marries her. As a result, both parents disown them.

With Raja finding employment in the construction sector, the couple fine home in a tiny hut. Even though they live in hardship, the couple is content.

But one day when Raja suffers an injury at work, Madhu has to take desperate measures to fund his treatment.

Following pressure and misunderstanding, Madhu and Raja return back to their respective father’s homes.

It is only when Raja’s mother (Padmarani) reveals the truth to him that the two lovers reconcile.

Hazari and Mr Mehra also manage to patch up their differences as ‘alls well that ends well.’

Madhuri Dixit won the Filmfare award for ‘Best Actress’ for her portrayal as Madhu. The film is also remade in Telegu and Kannada.

Watch a Rom-Com scene of Raja challenging Madhu to kiss her in Dil:

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Lamhe (1991)

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Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi

Yash Chopra’s, Lamhe is one of the greatest romantics films of all time. It is also a personal favourite of the late producer.

Virendra ‘Viren’ Pratap Singh  (Anil Kapoor) makes a journey to India, where he is enchanted by Pallavi (Sridevi) in Rajasthan.

However, Pooja is in a relationship with Siddharth Kumar Bhatnagar (Deepak Malhotra).

Knowing about this, Viren is upset. Pallavi and her husband die in a car accident, leaving behind their daughter Pooja (Sridevi).

Twenty years later, Viren meets Pooja. And in a bizarre state of affairs, Pooja who fondly refers to Viren as ‘Kunwarji’ falls in love with him. The same man who was once in love with her mother.

In the meantime, Viren does not want to let down Anita (Dippy Sangoo) who has stuck around for him,

But at the last moment, Viren has a change of heart and in the end, chooses Pooja who is quite younger to him.

Sridevi played a double role in Lamhe as mother Pallavi and daughter Pooja.

Considered as one one of her best performances, she received a Filmfare award under the ‘Best Actress’ category for Lamhe. The film was shot in North England.

Although the film did not do well commercially, it gained critical acclaim and has become a classic.

Watch Pooja and Viren in ‘Kabhi Mein Kahoon’ from Lamhe:

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

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Director: Aditya Chopra
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Parmeet Sethi

This is arguably one of the most-loved romantic Bollywood films of all time.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge also known as DDLJ tells the story of Raj Malhotra (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran Singh (Kajol).

After meeting in Europe and spending time together, Raj and Simran begin to fall in love with each other.

Upon return from Europe, Simran’s strict father Baldev Singh Chaudhry (Amrish Puri) overhears a conversation about Raj.

Refusing to accept Raj, Baldev arranges for Simran to marry his friend’s son Kuljeet (Parmeet Sethi) in Punjab. India.

When finding out that the family have left London for India, Raj follows suit in the quest for his love and prove the Big-Hearted Will Take Away the Bride.

Tujhe Dekha‘ in the golden mustard fields of Punjab is an eternal love song.

This film went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1995 and one of the most successful Indian films of all time.

It is the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. Since its release, the film has had a long run at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai.

Watch the Official Trailer of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge:

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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

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Director: Karan Johar
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Salman Khan

Following the success of their chemistry in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol reunited in Karan Johar’s directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Rahul Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan) is unaware that his best friend from college Anjali Sharma (Kajol) is in love with him.

He falls in love with fellow college mate Tina Malhotra (Rani Mukerji) and the two marry and have a child, also named Anjali.

Tina dies during childbirth, and years later, her daughter attempts to reunite her businessman father and Anjali.

But with NRI Aman Mehra (Salman Khan) in a special appearance engaged to Anjali senior, Rahul is up against to marry her.

Aman realising the two are in love with each other, sacrifices his dreams to get them together in the end.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai went on to win several awards and further cemented Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as one of Bollywood’s most-loved on-screen Jodi’s.

Watch a Romantic Rain scene of Rahul and Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai:

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Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

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Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Stars: Salman Khan,  Aishwarya Rai, Ajay Devgn

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam brought together the talent of Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai.

The three feature in an emotional love-triangle, with lots of colour, music and dance.

Sameer Rossellini (Salman Khan) falls in love with Nandini Darbar (Aishwarya Rai), the daughter of Pundit Darbar (Vikram Gokhale).

Pundit arranges for Nandini to marry Vanraj (Ajay Devgn) and banishes Sameer.

After reluctantly tying the knot, Nandini gives a cold shoulder to Vanraj as he tries to consummate the marriage.

When Vanjraj questions Nandini of the distance she has created, she keeps quiet.

But then one-day Vanraj finds out that Nandini is in love with Sameer. This initially rages Vanraj, before he goes on a mission to unite the pair who are in love with each other.

While in search for Sameer in Italy, someone shoots Nandini in the arm. This incident brings the two closer to each other. Nandini finally warms up to Vanraj as he cares for her.

Despite locating Sameer with the help of his mother (Helen), Nandini says sorry to him, and that she has now fallen in love with Vanraj.

With fireworks in the background, Vanraj places an auspicious thread around her neck as he embraces Nandini.

The movie received rave reviews, with critic Anupama Chopra saying:

“This three-hour spectacular is stuffed with songs, romance, comedy, devotional material, and colour-soaked dance numbers that are huge even by Hindi standards.”

The film was a hit at the Box office.

Watch Sameer and Nandini get candid in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam:

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Mohabbatein (2000)

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Director: Aditya Chopra
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai

Mohabbatein is a film about the battle between love and fear. Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan), headmaster of Gurukul stands for discipline and fear.

But Raj Aryan (Shah Rukh Khan), a new music teacher at Gurukul, wholeheartedly believes in love and everything that comes with it.

This film marks the coming together of Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

During the course of the film, we see a battle between the two powerhouses, with a backdrop of 3 love-stories, as well as the romance of Raj and Megha Shankar (Aishwarya Rai).

An emotional Shankar backs down at the end realising that his harsh no-love policy is unwarranted.

Apologising to the students, Narayan resigns as headmaster of Gurukul and proposes Raj in his place, who accepts.

Critic Taran Adarsh praises the characters of Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan in the film:

“The conflict between Amitabh and Shahrukh is another trump card of this enterprise.”

“Moreover, the three love stories have been cleverly woven in the narration and heighten the conflict between Amitabh and Shah Rukh.”

Watch the classic track ‘Humko Humise Chura Lo’ from Mohabbatein:

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Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

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Director: Nikhil Advani
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta

Kal Ho Naa Ho is a love-triangle between the characters of Aman Mathur (Shah Rukh Khan), Naina Catherine Kapur [later patel] (Preity Zinta) and Rohit Patel (Saif Ali Khan).

Naina’s friend Rohit falls in love with her, but she likes her new neighbour Aman.

With Aman being terminally-ill he does not want to reveal his love for Naina. Aman instead pushes Naina and Rohit to be together.

The movie perfectly represents love, sacrifice, friendship and loss. Rani Mukerji makes a special appearance in the dance song ‘Mahi Ve.’

The film received positive reviews and went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2003. Critic Taran Adarsh spoke about the film:

“The climax is highly emotional and completely justified, in keeping with the story of the film.

“The end is pleasant, very family-orientated and will be identified by Indians everywhere, whether in India or on foreign soil.”

Watch ‘Mahi Ve’ video from Kal Ho Naa Ho:

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And that is it! 20 of the best classical romantic Bollywood movies. Bollywood will always be known for telling great love stories through music, dance and colour.

We look forward to some more Bollywood romantic films for the future, featuring the very best hero and heroines of the industry.

Hamaiz is an English Language and Journalism graduate. He likes to travel, watch films and read books. His life motto is “What you seek is seeking you”.

Images courtesy of IMDb, Firstpost, Cinestaan, Browngirl Magazine, Just Watch, India FM and Rajshri.



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