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Lessons in Bollywood: What flowers *really* mean

By Sukanya Verma
March 27, 2019 19:40 IST
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In Saraswatichandra, Nutan pulls out a tiny flower from her bun and slips it inside a love letter saying, 'Phool nahi mera dil hai.'

Flowers are fragrant symbols of special something for that special someone.

Bollywood takes its romantic emblems very seriously.

Sukanya Verma looks at send-a-bouquet, Bollywood style.



'Direct kabristan se uthake leke aaya,' Ranveer Singh jokes to Sara Ali Khan on handing her the birthday roses.

We don't recommend either in real life.


Satte Pe Satta

The first rule of romance in the movies is never send a watermelon to do a rose's job.

Amitabh Bachchan learned his lesson the hard way.



Rose day rules laid down by Akshay Kumar in Khiladi.

White rose for peace, yellow is for friendship and red for love.


Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

A water gun masquerading as peace flower, Shah Rukh Khan's silly prank on Kajol paved the path for a blockbuster romance.


Andaz Apna Apna

Robert and Bhalla's scheme to sneak a bomb into a bouquet blows up in their face, backs actually, thanks to Amar and Prem's timely meddling.



What better way to tell your ex you're still into him in the presence of the pati than a bouquet of get-well-soon red roses?



Amol Palekar's daily delivery of sweet smelling tuberoses is the key to Vidya Sinha's wandering heart.


Kal Ho Naa Ho

Roses are treated like a game of passing the parcel in Kal Ho Naa Ho.

They do their magic for good when Saif Ali Khan proposes to Preity Zinta one final time.


Dil Chahta Hai

A single rose, every cheapskate's first choice.



Unless offered by someone who looks like Shashi Kapoor and can sing like Kishore Kumar.



She loves him. She loves him not. Madhuri Dixit doesn't need to tear apart a flower to figure who she'll pick between Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt in Saajan.



Because sometimes the way to your ladylove's heart is through her daddy.



Pick your flowers from a reliable florist unless you want bugs creeping on her nose after one ill-fated sniff.


Baar Baar Dekho

Better still don't gift them at all if she's allergic like Katrina Kaif in Baar Baar Dekho.

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