Vote! Bollywood's Best Shaadi Film!
Bollywood can't get enough of brides. And grooms. And in-laws. And sangeet-worthy item songs. And moments of tradition. And pet dogs saving the day.
It's always wedding season in our movies, and with Mere Brother Ki Dulhan coming up this week, we present to you 10 very, very different films about shaadis -- so you, dear reader, can choose your favourite kind and vote at the end of this slide show.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge
Sure, the first half of Aditya Chopra's nineties-defining romance shows us Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol gallivanting across Europe, but post-Interval the film is grounded in shaadi territory, with wedding preparations as the backdrop to a man defiantly wanting to win his potential in-laws over instead of bolting with the bride.
Image: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Hum Aapke Hain...Koun!
The film looked at two families in extreme close up and showed us their entire wedding process, like a ghee-soaked but great documentary. And shaadis were never the same again.
Image: Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan in Aapke Hain...Koun
Band Baaja Baaraat
Top performances and lots of weddings make this a shaadi film to love.
Image: Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baaraat
Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin
Image: Pooja Bhatt and Aamir Khan in Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin
Which is where most such films end, but this one just starts getting into its stride.
Image: Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerji in Saathiya
Woh Saat Din
The husband, Naseeruddin Shah, discovers that the wife was forced into marrying him, and that she used to love Prem, played by Anil Kapoor.
Shah hunts for Kapoor to reunite his wife with her love, but eventually -- in a template echoed faithfully in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam years later -- she stays by her husband's side.
Image: Padmini Kolhapuri in Woh Saat Din
A fun romp about shaadis and saalis.
Image: Rekha and Rakesh Roshan in Khubsoorat
Image: Rekha, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan in Silsila
There was much incest, behind-the-scenes familial politicking, random sexual trysts and a whole lotta things going on, but the spotlight was on the wedding planner, Dubey (a brilliant Vijay Raaz) and his predilection for both maids and marigolds.
Image: Parvin Dabas and Vasundhara Das (centre) in Monsoon Wedding
Nagesh Kukunoor's sparklingly honest debut gave us the director himself as a protagonist an entire generation could completely relate to.
Image: A still from Hyderabad Blues