Reader's Choice: The Most Romantic Hindi Films EVER!
Director Ang Lee once commented how a 'great romance needs great obstacles and textures.'
And Bollywood's best-known love stories are filled with these qualities.
That is why we asked YOU, dear readers, to send in your MOST romantic Hindi film ever. What better than Valentine's Day to declare the results?
Here it is then, your pick of Bollywood's five timeless love sagas you cannot get enough of.
5. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
'Pyar dosti hai. Agar woh meri sab se achchi dost nahin ban sakti, to main usse kabhi pyar kar hi nahi sakta kyunki dosti bina toh pyar hota hi nahi.'
Karan Johar's directorial debut is one complex tale of love lost and found. Two best friends drift apart when the guy gets serious about another but get back again when his daughter schemes their reunion with a little help from her sprightly granny and deceased mom's letters.
Despite its far-fetched plot, Johar's pleasing treatment along with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's drawing power combine to create a beloved blockbuster.
Image: Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
'Mujhse dosti karoge?'
Raj Kapoor launched his charming son Rishi Kapoor and introduced a refreshing beauty like Dimple Kapadia with the young and vibrant Bobby.
The rebellious tone of their rich boy-poor girl romance, the duo's eagerness to please and a bunch of chartbusters assured Bobby is a huge rage and influenced the depiction of young love in future films.
Image: Dilmple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor in Bobby
'Mohabbat jo darti hai woh mohabbat nahi ayaashi hai, gunaah hai.'
Whether it's 1960 or 2004, the allure of Mughal-E-Azam has only grown bigger with time.
The epic scale of K Asif's colossal production along with its star-studded cast of heavyweights like Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala and Naushad's splendid soundtrack collaborate to tell the story of forbidden romance between a prince and a court dancer and the events that lead to inevitable heartbreak.
Image: Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in Mughal-E-Azam
'Aapne zindagi ke bees baras ek aisi aurat se pyaar karne mein gavaye hain jisse aapse kabhi pyaar nahi tha. Aur ab main apni saari zindagi ek aise aadmi se pyaar karne mein bitaanewali hoon jise mujhse pyaar nahi.'
The King of Romance dedicated his creativity to helm Hindi cinema's most cherished romances. Yash Chopra's Lamhe is one such fine example of the same.
Though both acclaimed and controversial, Lamhe drew mixed responses for its daring script, which has a man falling for both the mother and her daughter.
But the sensitivity with which he treats this delicate set-up, in addition to Anil Kapoor and Sridevi's top notch performances, is forward filmmaking at its best.
Image: Sridevi and Anil Kapoor in Lamhe
1. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
'Raj agar yeh tujhe pyaar karti hai toh yeh palat ke dekhegi. Palat. Palat.'
Aditya Chopra tells a believable tale of love between a spoilt, extrovert, brat and a demure, morally-strong girl in film that didn't wait too long to be dubbed as classic.
From NRIs to locals, young and old, everyone adored the sweetness and simplicity of Raj and Simran's courtship and quest for their family's blessings without resorting to any conflict or aggression.
It stamped SRK as the ultimate romantic in our memory and his unique chemistry with Kajol as the benchmark for on screen magic.
Image: Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge