There is no dearth of romantic movies in Bollywood. Some movies followed the tried and tested format of boy-meets-girl romance, and some try out different and unconventional love stories. These stories touch the hearts of the viewers and leave a warm feeling in the heart. In recent years, many such films have been made which show beautiful love stories between unconventional couples. The films do not need to have a union as the ending. It is the beauty and feel-good factor that matters.
Let us look at 10 such unconventional romantic films of Bollywood.
, Barfi! Is the heart-warming story of a deaf and mute boy named Murphy Johnson and nicknamed Barfi. The movie is set in Darjeeling and Kolkata and tells about the relationship of Barfi with two women, Shruti and Jhilmil. The character of Jhilmil is autistic, and it is the love story of Barfi and Jhilmil that forms the theme of the film. The movie stars
, and ‘
Ileana D Cruz
’ as the central characters. The movie teaches us that love knows no boundaries and conventional definitions.
This wonderful movie has been directed by
in important roles. The story of the movie is very simple and warm. It depicts the unique connection between a middle-aged widower, Saajan Fernandes, and a young married woman, Ila, who is ignored by her unfaithful husband. They write letters to each other back and forth after the ‘dabbawala’ mistakenly delivers the lunchbox meant for Ila’s husband to Saajan. The two lonely people form a connection with each other and share their feelings and memories, resulting in a beautiful relationship.
Directed by ‘’ and starring ‘
, Raanjhanaa is an unconventional Bollywood film about the love of a Hindu boy, Kundan, for a Muslim girl, Zoya. The story is set in Varanasi and follows a timeline from the characters’ childhood to adulthood. Politics, religion, and society form important elements of the story as well. The film depicts how people’s lives can be torn apart and destroyed due to love and obsession. Though the movie has a tragic ending, it has been called one of the greatest tales of love in recent years.
This love story was adapted from the concept of The Last Leaf, a short story written by O. Henry. It was directed by
. It is a poignant love story between a sick daughter of a Bengali landlord, Pakhi, and a man who comes to her house and introduces himself as Varun, an archaeologist. Riddled with lies, false identities, and conspiracies, their love story blossomed like a lotus in a muddy pond. The film has been praised for its sensitive treatment and deep understanding of human emotions.
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
This movie is a romantic comedy which is quite different from the typical romantic comedies of Bollywood. It was directed by
Kareena Kapoor Khan
. The story is about two people, Rahul and Riana, who meet each other in
, get drunk, and get married. This kind of movie is entirely new to Bollywood. The best part of this film was its connection with real people and real emotions. It did not show an unrealistic love story, instead choosing to focus on the growing relationship between these two strangers, be it love or friendship. The theme and treatment of the movie are very fresh and entertaining.
Hum Tum is a romantic film based on the lives of the lead characters, Karan and Riya, and their love story. They meet each other many times in a span of several years, and each meeting adds another dimension to the equation between them. They know each other, become friends, support each other in times of need, and finally fall in love. This journey is portrayed beautifully by director
. The lead roles are played by actors and
. The film is said to be loosely adapted from the Hollywood film “When Harry Met Sally”.
Love Aaj Kal
This romantic film starred Saif Ali Khan and
in central roles, along with
. The film is a unique love story directed by Imitiaz Ali. It tells two parallel love stories set in different time periods and between different types of people. It strives to highlight that the core emotions of love do not change with time. The purity of the emotions remains constant although the approach towards one’s partner changes. The movie was praised by critics and viewers.
Paheli is a romantic and fantasy film directed by
Shah Rukh Khan
and Rani Mukerji in the lead roles. The story is about Lachchi, a bride in rural India, who falls in love with a ghost impersonating her husband. The film develops the beautiful relationship between these two beings as Lachchi finds a dream husband in the ghost. She is faced with a tough choice when her real husband returns, and she has to make a decision about whom she wants to live with. The movie was praised exceedingly and sent to the Oscars the year it was released.
9. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
’s film, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, was a very unconventional story about the forbidden love between two people who are married to others. The film explored the themes of extramarital relationships with a beautiful love story at its core. The film generated different reactions in the viewers, with some people supporting it and some condemning it. The movie was quite successful critically and commercially. The lead actors of this film were , Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji,
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
This movie was very different from other romantic movies made in Bollywood. Here, the love story is between two middle aged Parsi individuals who find love in each other accidentally and have to fight their families and principles to be with each other. The movie marked the debut of director and choreographer
as a lead actress. The other actors of the film are