Love Stories With A Twist
One size doesn’t fit all. That holds true for the matters of the heart too. Hindi films, sometimes, manage to tell us just that. The most exciting romances happen in the most unexpected circumstances, between the most unlikely characters. Here is a list of some movies famous for their offbeat romances.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Being the sleeper hit of 2015, Dum Laga Ke Haisha was essentially a fresh take on romance in Hindi cinema. It is the story of a slim uneducated man (Ayushmann Khurrana) and an overweight but educated girl (Bhumi Pednekar). They are both thrown into wedlock, arranged by their parents. What follows is an unusual love story despite towering small town insecurities.
Barfi! explores a deaf and mute boy’s (Ranbir Kapoor) relationship with an autistic girl (Priyanka Chopra) and a seemingly normal girl (Ileana D’cruz), all in the backdrop of the 1970’s Darjeeling. Ranbir and Priyanka’s characters, Barfi and Jhilmil, fall in love in the face of familial conspiracies and set a precedent for offbeat romances.
Balki, without exception, has always managed to get Amitabh Bachchan play a motley of interesting characters. Cheeni Kum narrates the tale of Buddhadev Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan), a 64-year-old bachelor and ego-centric chef who lives with his 85-year-old mother. Life is usual for him until he starts courting the 35-year-old Nina Verma (Tabu). He has to seek blessings of her Gandhian father, who in fact happens to be younger than him! What could go wrong?
The Lunchbox is not your usual variety of romance. It tells the story of a housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur), who is stuck in a typical domestic servitude, and a retiring accountant, Saajan. Mumbai’s famously efficient tiffin service, makes a mistake in delivery and connects hem both. An unassuming friendship blooms between the two as they start exchanging letters daily, without never having actually met. The friendship soon turns into love as they become confidantes and increasingly find solace in each other.
Highway is Imtiaz Ali’s take on the Stockholm Syndrome. Veera (Alia Bhatt) develops affections for Mahabir (Randeep Hooda), who has kidnapped her. Veera, who has been brought up by an affluent but authoritative family, finds liberty in bondage. Various philosophical layers keep unfolding as Veera and Mahabir travel across the highway, evading arrest and their old lives.
My Brother… Nikhil
Onir’s My Brother…Nikhil is a thought-provoking story of Nikhil Kapoor (Sanjay Suri) who gets diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. When he is shunned by the society and family, his boyfriend Nigel (Purab Kohli) and sister (Juhi Chawla) are the only ones who stand beside him. The two men have an unconventionally deep relationship in a rather volatile environment.
Dil Chahta Hai
There is no doubt that Farhan Akthar’s Dil Chahta Hai is a cult classic. It also happens to be a progressive film on so many levels. Among its famous candy-floss romances, the one between Akshaye Khanna and Dimple Kapadia stands out. Tara (Kapadia) is a middle-aged divorcee who shares a much younger Sid’s (Khanna) passion for art. Things get complicated as he develops feelings for her.
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