DVD recommendations for Shahid, Katrina
No two people are alike. This seems especially acute when we speak of a relationship, and as we heard of Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, or Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, unable to resort their differences, we decided to recommend them a few films to maybe rekindle the spark.
So here are 10 DVDs of romantic comedies, where two vividly different characters with contrasting personality types made their romances immortal.
When Harry Met Sally
University of Chicago students sharing a car to New York City, Harry Burns and Sally Albright couldn't be any more different. Their whole outlook on life and relationships is diametrically opposite, with Billy Crystal's Harry feeling that men and women can never be friends, and Meg Ryan's Sally disagreeing.
They run into each other several times before first becoming friends, proving Sally right, and then falling in love, somewhat proving Harry wasn't wrong either.
Image: A scene from When Harry Met Sally
Will Thacker, played by Hugh Grant, is the recently divorced owner of a travel bookstore. Awkward, fumbling and very English, his life is completely overturned when he runs into Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) playing a massive Hollywood star.
The two really have nothing in common except crackling chemistry and a desire to win the last pity brownie.
Image: A scene from Notting Hill
Jab We Met
Aditya Kashyap (Shahid Kapoor) is a heartbroken and melancholy young loner contemplating suicide off a moving train.
Geet Dhillon (Kareena Kapoor) is the loud, shrill girl stopping him, the one who talks a mile-a-minute and can't stop being exuberant. They're as different as can be, but a shared journey brings about a genuine, warm romance.
Image: A scene from Jab We Met
Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin
A pretty faithful remake of Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, this one stars Pooja Bhatt as bratty heiress Pooja Dharamchand.
Eloping to hunt down the movie star lover her father disapproves of, she meets smart-alec journalist Raghu Jethley, played by Aamir Khan. She needs his quick resourcefulness, he smells a story, and both fall headlong into love.
Image: A scene from Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin
Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) is a strikingly Jewish and immensely high-strung comedian. Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) is a blazer and tie clad flake, one who experiments and finds herself and is as scared of spiders as Alvy is of lobsters.
The two are frequently, perpetually locked in disagreement, but the way they relate to each other just the way they look at each other, even makes this romance staggeringly real.
Image: A scene from Annie Hall
Cher plays Loretta Castorini, an accountant who has just gotten engaged. She goes to invite her husband's estranged brother to the wedding, and finds a bitter Ronny (Nicolas Cage), blaming his brother for his own losing a hand in a baking accident.
She's accomodating and concerned, he's a vicious firebrand, and, despite her initial hesitation, they fall madly and breathlessly in love.
Image: A scene from Moonstruck
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Raj is a shameless flirt, an overgrown child who thinks he can charm his way out of anything. Simran is a straitlaced girl out on one rare holiday with her friends.
They meet with him sitting on her bra and then trying out a pick-up line he then uses on her best friend Yet, her playing a dreamer and him a casanova, Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan work magic with Hindi cinema's most iconic modern romance.
Image: A scene from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Band Baaja Baaraat
Ranveer Singh's Bittoo Sharma is scavenging for food at a gate-crashed wedding when Anushka Sharma's Shruti Kakkar tries to play spoilsport.
They're both from Delhi University, but while she's a girl with a plan, he's absolutely aimless. Looking to escape his father's farming legacy, he joins her wedding planning enterprise, a huge success owing to her optimistic foresight and his dogged persistence.
They decide partners should never fall in love, but, well, that never works out in films, does it?
Image: A scene from Band Baaja Baaraat
How much more varied can two people be than a fruit wholesaler and a, um, mermaid?
Daryl Hannah plays the mythical sea-creature who has traded her tail temporarily for legs and borrowed her name Madison from the famed Madison Avenue while Tom Hanks plays confused and smitten New Yorker Allen Bauer. It's a surreal, delectable old-world romance, a fine fairy-tale that deserves many a watch.
Image: A scene from Splash
Pyaar Ke Side Effects
Rahul Bose's Sid is a 'cool' DJ playing at a Delhi wedding. Mallika Sherawat's Trisha is the bride-to-be, eagerly escaping the same wedding, her own, and enlisting a hapless Sid's help in the process.
The two are poles apart and despite getting into a serious relationship and throwing it onto the rocks the film refreshingly celebrates how their differences continue to grow.
Image: A scene from Pyaar Ke Side Effects