Justalkin Episode 28: Epic love stories from Bollywood and beyond
This is Justalkin brought to you by in.com. We’re done with the week of love but are we ever done with Rom Coms? We do need movies that make us think, movies us that give us different perspectives, but every once in a while we all just need to watch something that has a happy ending! On this podcast, let’s take a look at some epic love stories from Bollywood and beyond.
1942: A Love Story
1942: A Love Story was set in very bleak times - war, protests, and difference of opinions, and a love story blossoming right in the middle of it. RD Burman did the music but sadly didn’t live to see it’s release. Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali wrote it, along with Kamna Chandra, and Vidhu Vinod Chopra also directed it. Anil Kapoor was already a star but everybody took notice of Manisha Koirala. What set it apart is the fusion of romance with love for the motherland. Great music, great locations, a nice cast - this movie checked all the boxes for a superhit.
Titanic can still get people all teary-eyed. Kind of like your fairy tales where one protagonist is well-to-do or royal and the other is a common citizen, except this time it was on a massive ship that was never supposed to sink. It’s a very endearing love story and like Romeo-Juliet and Ram-Leela, you really wish for a happy ending but it still has you hooked. It became a super-hit across the world and introduced the people who didn’t already know Celine Dion to her. The movie made love popular, and it made the Titanic pose even more popular.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ)
DDLJ is a synonym for romance in Bollywood. This movie was so different from what we were used to! Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol going on a fun adventure, taking all of us along with them, doing the song and dance routine in the snow, then suddenly in the middle of a Sarson ke khet, all the while making sure Sanskaar is followed. Because of this movie, Indians started going to Switzerland on holiday, and people who couldn’t afford that, made themselves happy with a DDLJ dress. Maratha Mandir in Mumbai have shows for DDLJ even 20 years after it first released!
One of Julia Roberts’ best performances - men were madly in love with the pretty woman and girls couldn’t get enough of Richard Gere and his charms. A lot like Disney fairy tales - like Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast - where ordinary girls get tangled in a mess, but they go on to having all the happiness in the world! The ending was supposed to be different with them going their separate ways but Disney got involved and insisted on a happy ending. That’s how we have “Pretty Woman”.
Jab We Met
Imtiaz Ali put all the right things into the movie to make us all fall in love with it - Shahid and Kareena - everyone was curious to know what they’d be like on screen together after a break-up, and it was shot across some of the most beautiful places across India. Pritam did the music and the movie had the formula of a bubbly girl falling in love with the silent boy. But Jab We Met was such a breath of fresh air in terms of its simplicity, how it seems like it’s a story that could happen to anyone in India. Bollywood - you live your dreams vicariously through these stars on screen!
When Harry Met Sally
When Harry Met Sally - the story of star-crossed lovers who keep meeting each other with a gap of few years in between, decide to stay friends, discover they can’t be friends, set each other up with their friends, and then finally decide to give love a shot. The director of this film Rob Reiner, and the writer Nora Ephron, worked on this film over years! They met people, discussed their love lives, and kept collecting material till they got what they wanted for this on-screen relationship. They were both really good friends, and the first idea they had for the ending, was Harry and Sally walking away from a romance and deciding to stay friends - that’s what these two had in real life. But then they thought, this is a movie! And Harry and Sally get married, and that’s how this movie became the hit RomCom it is today.
Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha were supposed to play the lead characters in this film, but they both chose to work in R..Rajkumar instead. Tough luck! Dhanush’s debut in Bollywood, and Sonam Kapoor’s comeback to sensible films. It doesn’t have the ending you’d like to see, but the characters are so honest, and it’s not your cliched Bollywood romance. And most of all, Dhanush’s acting was so appreciated, it’s a wonder we didn’t see him more in Bollywood after this.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams set relationship goals in this adaptation of Nicholas Spark’s book. This is set in the 1940s, and there’s war, love and people trying to separate them, and they fight it all to have their happy ending, but it’s not over - the story continues on to present day. Ryan Gosling - the strong, silent lover waiting for his girl. Rachel McAdams - from playing Regina George in Mean Girls to the mild-mannered yet emotionally strong girl in this movie - they both pulled off an amazing chemistry on screen!
We love it when there’s variety on screen - whether it’s an action movie or a thriller or a comedy, most film makers somehow find a way to add a love story to the mix. We all love a happy little tale about how love makes everything better.
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