Romance is the most-loved genre in the cinematic fraternity all around the world. Needless to say that our very own Bollywood has made a tremendous contribution to the genre. In fact, if we take a look back into the history of the Indian cinema, the first very film to grace the Indian soil was a silent romantic movie titled Raja Harishchandra which was released in 1913. From that time, we have come a long way in terms of innovation, stories, shooting techniques, and everything that revolves around while making a film. If we reflect on all the movies made under the banner of Bollywood or the Hindi film industry, 70 percent would fall under the romantic genre.
It is safe to say that Bollywood has nailed the genre with much finesse and flair. At times, it has gone way too extreme in terms of portraying true love, but most successful films in our country have been romantic movies. The genre is so popular that every second movie released on a Friday morning turns out to be a love story. However, not all romantic films go on to touch the heart. Therefore, we dedicated this entire space to list few of the best romantic Hindi movies to ever grace the Indian Film industry.
Top Romantic Bollywood Movies of All Time
Director: Yash Chopra
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji
It had to be Yash Chopra to start the list with. He has reigned the genre for decades, and this film is another masterstroke from the vision of the veteran director. The film features the King of Romance, Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta in the lead. SRK plays the role of an Indian Airforce Pilot who falls in love with the daughter of a Pakistani renowned politician which is played by Preity Zinta. The drama that comes between when the two lovers meet and live happily ever after makes it an interesting tale of love. The outcome of the movie is ordinary like any other lovey-dovey movie that regardless of the problems faced, no power on the earth can stop two lovers from uniting.
However, the performances from the cast of the movie are top-notch. The lead actors share tantalizing chemistry which is reflected on the outcome of the movie. It was the highest grossing movie of the year of its release. Also, it won several awards including a national award in the most popular film category. This is that kind of movie which makes you believe in the power of the love all over again.
9Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989)
Director: Sooraj Barjatiya
Cast: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree
It has to be one of the best films in the long career of Bollywood’s Bhaijaan, Salman Khan. To his delight, it also tends to be his first film in a leading role which set a perfect launchpad for the actor. The film has a pretty mundane storyline which is fueled by catchy songs, good humor, nice dialogues, and served to the Indian audience with a dash of innocence. The script revolves around Salman Khan and Bhagyashree who play the role of Prem and Suman respectively. After they fall in love, the drama steps in, in the second half giving way to Prem’s efforts to win the heart of Suman’s dad. Barjatya leaves no stone unturned while telling this tale in his own definitive style.
Maine Pyaar Kiya outclassed all the films which were released in that year in terms of its overall collection. Box office India denoted the title of All Time Blockbuster to the movie after it smashed all the records by collecting a total of 356 million rupees overall. It is believed to be in the list of top 10 most successful Bollywood movies of all time. The film did not even fail to entertain the masses in the international circuit. Its English and Spanish version was also well received by the audiences.
Director: Raj Kapoor
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Pran, Prem Nath
The plot of the movie is imitated even today. Such was the storyline that it moved the hearts of the people of all classes. Not only India, but the film gained popularity in the Soviet nations as well. The teenage romance gained tremendous popularity and went on to become a trendsetter for years to come. The story moves forward as Raj (son of a rich businessman) played by Rishi Kapoor falls in love with the daughter of a lower-middle-class fisherman’s daughter played by Dimple Kapadia. The huge gap between the classes makes it difficult for their young teenage love to blossom. However, in the end, the two lovers unite after their parents realize the happiness of the children.
How many times do we see the same plot being rigged to make a decent film out of it? Such has been the aura of the film. Without a doubt, it has to be one of the best romantic films to grace the Indian film fraternity. To translate its success in numbers, it would make a place for itself in the list of top 20 highest grossing Bollywood movies of all time (if inflation rate had to be adjusted). The actors proved their mettle as actors in the movie which flowed swiftly throughout. Also, it was way ahead of the time of its release which adds to the magnificence of the movie.
7Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Ajay Devgn
Sanjay Leela Bhansali stands true to his name of producing a movie with a rather tragic ending. Well, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam doesn’t have a precisely tragic ending, but it is more of an unconventional ending which makes this movie so successful. The things that accompany the intriguing storytelling of Bhansali are an ensemble star cast and wonderfully cued music. A complete package overall, it is considered as one of the biggest hits of the 90’s era. The movie is adapted from a very popular romantic novel titled Na Hanyate written by Maitreyi Devi.
The first of the film would make you fall in love with the characters played by Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan respectively. Ajay Devgn enters the frame in the second half who plays the role of Rai’s so to be husband. After marrying Rai, he realizes that she doesn’t love him and loves Sameer which is played by Salman Khan. He even takes her to Italy to find Sameer. In the process, Rai falls in love with the character played by Devgn and chooses to stay by his side. The film garnered much love and appreciation from the audiences upon its release.
6Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
Director: Mansoor Khan
Cast: Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla
Many filmmakers have tried to make their own interpretation of the William Shakespeare’s novel, Romeo, and Juliet. However, very few of them have come as close as QSQT in depicting the tale to perfection. QSQT gave birth to two of the finest superstars to ever grace the industry, Aamir Khan, and Juhi Chawla. From the script to the music, and from the direction to the acting, everything in the film was on point. The film upon its release was a recipient of several awards including a national award for the best film providing wholesome entertainment.
The script was an out and out adaptation of a Shakespearean novel, Romeo, and Juliet. It was executed to perfection, to say the least. The chemistry inflicted in the movie by both the superstars is insane. The climax of the movie sees both Aamir and Juhi Chawla suiciding in each other’s arms with a sun sinking down and their families running towards them. Even with a tragic ending, the film leaves the audience with a long-lasting effect, and of course, tears.
5Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994)
Director: Sooraj R Barjatya
Cast: Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Renuka Shahane, Mohnish Bahl, Laxmikant Berde
This film has had a long-lasting effect on the people of the country even today. It was a musical rom-com that comprised of altogether 14 songs. The script also differed vastly as there was no action, no villains, and no vamps, it only inflicted on the problems faced by a family and how they tackled them. The importance of sacrifice for the loved ones served as the theme of the movie. However, the tragic incidences were balanced beautifully with a dash of humor. The chemistry between the two superstars, Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit had the temperatures soaring.
The wedding, the fun family gathering, and other events were exhibited in the movie in such a grand way, that those games shown in the movie are often imitated by the followers. It broke all the records at the Box Office after it released and gave a new perspective to the Indian Cinema. Songs are still hummed years after the film has been taken off the big screens. Box Office titled it as the biggest blockbuster of the modern era. Even today, it is much loved by the Indian audiences. Needless to say, it had all the honors including a National award under its wing in the year it released.
Director: Vijay Anand
Cast: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Leela Chitnis, Kishore Sahu
This is yet another movie which reflects on how beautifully a novel can be made it into a movie without disturbing the innocence of its characters and storyline. Guide is a classic romantic overly dramatized movie which has Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in the lead. The Evergreen Dev Anand plays the titular role of the Guide who helplessly falls in love with a beautiful woman who is married to one of his customers.
Things between Rosie which is played by Waheeda Rehman and her husband don’t go according to the plan as he cheats on her with a tribal woman. This is when, madly in love Raju (played by Dev Anand) gives her shelter and motivates her to follow her passion, that is dancing. He does everything at the cost of villagers, family, and his friends turning against him. Rosie turns out to become a big superstar. Raju is sentenced to 2 years after few set of events for indulging in forgery. Then struck by poverty, he finds shelter in a temple for which he is mistaken as a holy man. This leads to rivalry with the local sages who make him fast for 12 days eventually leading to his death.
The plot might sound quite over exaggerated today, but back then, it had the capability of making people cry. A beautiful film powered by an exceptional performance by none other than Dev Anand makes it one of the best romantic films of Bollywood.
Director: K. Asif
Cast: Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote
The historical romantic drama depicts the story of a Mughal prince, Salim played by Dilip Kumar who falls in love with a courtyard dancer, Anarkali whose role is played by the beautiful Madhubala. The move with a tragic ending is considered to be one of the iconic movies in the history of the Indian Cinema. The movie is supported by jaw-dropping songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. It broke all the box office records and stayed undisputed for 15 years. Critics could do nothing but applaud the movie with all their hearts. The detailing and precision shown in the movie reflect upon the intellect of the director.
The movies bagged numerous awards, as expected. To be precise, it won a National award, 3 Filmfares, and several other awards during the time of its release. It also became the first Hindi movie to be digitally colored. It was put up in the theatres in 2004 again. Even then, 40 years after its release, it received a great response from the Indian audience. It is one of the best movies to be ever produced in the Hindi Film Industry.
2Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)
Director: Aditya Chopra
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri
This is the longest-running film in the history of the Indian cinema for a reason. A reason would be an understatement, rather it ran that long for several reasons. From terrific direction, mind-blowing locations shot beautifully, over the par songs, insane acting skills, till the editing and other post-production procedures, everything in the movie were done with a sense of perfection.
It all reflected on the outcome of the movie as it went on to become the highest grosser in the year of its release. Other notable recognitions included 10 Filmfares for a single movie, which is a record in its self and a National award. Also, it was one of only 3 films included in the book, 1001 movies to watch before you die.
The script starts with two NRI’s, Raj and Simran, played by SRK and Kajol respectively, falling in love with each other during a Europe vacation along with their friends. However, her dad doesn’t want his daughter to marry Raj as he has promises to fulfill. In the end, the Dilwala Shah Rukh win her father’s heart, who then allows Simran to go with Raj. The movie ends with her dad saying ” Ja Simran Ja, Je Le Apni Zindagi.
If you ever wish to watch this movie again in the theatres, rush to Maratha Mandir in Mumbai where the film is still being played for 20 years after its release. Also, it gives you one of many reasons to deem SRK as the undisputed King of Romance.
Director: Guru Dutt
Cast: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Johnny Walker
Considering the time of its release, we have to admit that the movie was way ahead of its time when it came to ideology. The film narrates an uncomplicated story of a poet in the post-independence India trying to make a mark for himself. This role is done brilliantly by one of the finest actors to ever grace the Indian film industry, Guru Dutt. He is helped to set up a decent launchpad for his career by a prostitute played by Waheeda Rehman who is a woman with a big heart. She loves his poetry and in favor gets his work published via a publisher. The film is very well laid by the veteran director who captures human emotions perfectly.
Upon its release, it was showered with a plenty of awards and recognition. Time magazine listed it in the Top 100 movies of all time in 2005. They further described the movie as a romance with a lot of souls. The comment from the respected magazine says a lot about the movie. A wonderful storyline, beautiful characterization, great acting abilities, and a lot of soul from the makers, make it the best romantic movie to have ever graced the Hindi film fraternity.
“Romance is the glamor which turns the dust of every day life into a golden haze”
These words from Carolyn Gold Heilbrun describe the emotion in the most righteous manner. Bollywood has made constant efforts to exhibit that emotion in its purest form. Therefore, this was our genuine attempt to review few of the very best romantic Hindi movies of all time.
We hope you liked reading this space. With this, we conclude our blog and leave you with 10 glorious options to choose from, if you ever want to find the true meaning of the word, Love.