From classic romances to modern-day thrillers, Bollywood has almost always had a love story as part of its plots. Yet, there are a few movies that have broken the mold and presented a unique take on the said emotion. Uncovering the true meaning of love, these gems are sure to leave you inspired. Here's a list of binge-worthy films that demonstrate the various forms and shades of love:
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At the top of our list is Barfi!— an exceptional example of how love transcends language and other barriers, including speech. This concept was rarely seen in Bollywood movies before Barfi! The film tells an incredibly moving story about Barfi, a deaf-mute man, played by Ranbir Kapoor, and his autistic childhood friend, played by Priyanka Chopra. Both fall in love and eventually reunite, despite the many roadblocks. Shruti, played by Ileana D'Cruz, grew close to Barfi too, but it was too late for her to back out of her arranged marriage. The film is an exemplary representation of the power of love. It is highly uncommon for Indian cinema to have such an impact without any substantial verbal exchange between the characters.
Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, beautifully implies that our differences in caste, region, or faith should not limit our capacity to love. Salman's character in the movie goes to great lengths to reunite a 6-year-old speech-impaired girl with her family. The film is full of powerful moments in which love and humanity triumph over hatred. The most important takeaway is that love is about more than just having romantic feelings toward someone; it’s the deep care and the warmth you carry for someone in your heart.
Queen is literally one of the most cherished “queens” of Hindi Cinema. It showcases the importance of self-love and exploration through the character of Rani, the small-town girl, emphasizing the message that true happiness comes from within and does not rely on external relationships.Queen celebrates the freedom and joy of being oneself. The film encourages viewers to love themselves first and to embrace their true identity and what life has to offer. So, this Valentine’s Day, let self-love be the first form of love you celebrate today.
The Lunchbox, starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur as Saajan and Ila respectively, is one of the most heart-wrenching love stories Bollywood has ever created. Both the characters fall in love with each other, but Saajan realizes that Ila deserves better. He is old and she is young; he has experienced both the best and worst that life has to offer, while she has been confined to the traditional demands of marriage.
Although they eventually come back looking for each other, this story of love proves that you can find love in the most unexpected places and through the most unexpected means. And sometimes letting go of the person you love the most for their own good is the greatest expression of love.
Kal Ho Na Ho
Kal Ho Na Ho, starring Shah Rukh Khan as Aman Mathur, is a perfect illustration of the popular saying “When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”
Despite his intense feelings for Naina, Aman makes the ultimate sacrifice by having her marry her best friend Rohit so that she can live a happy life even after his inevitable death. The film conveys the message that love is all about making the other person feel happy and loved, even if you can't be with them.
The key takeaway from these films is that love is more than just romantic feelings; true love is all about sacrifice, understanding, and selflessness.