Many Bollywood movies have love triangles, breakups, rebounds, and affairs (extramarital or otherwise), which filmmakers have explored by combining the reality of pain and guilt. What makes these movies interesting is the storyline and the twists that we may not expect. Here are the top 10 Bollywood movies which explored infidelity, complicated marriages, and affairs
1. Gehraiyaan (2022)
Starring Deepika Padukone,
, Ananya Panday, and
in lead roles, this film's plot revolves around Alisha, a yoga instructor who gets drawn toward her cousin Tia's fiance, Zain. The similarity in their pasts helps them find solace in each other's company. Inspired by Woody Allen's Match Point, director
explores relationships, infidelity, and dysfunctional families in this film. The story is narrated in quite a monotonous way, but the acting, bonding, and chemistry between the actors make it worth a watch.
2. Kapoor and Sons (2016)
Two brothers, Rahul and Arjun, return home to visit their ill grandfather and are forced to face the challenges of their sibling rivalry and their parent's failing marriage. Their emotions intensify as they get attracted to the same girl Tia. Director and writer Shakun Batra explored infidelity, dysfunctional families, relationships, and homosexuality through this film and engagingly narrated quite a predictable story. The performances by Fawad Khan,
in lead roles and
, Ratna Pathak Shah, and in supporting roles are stellar.
3. Haseen Dillruba (2021)
Rani and her husband Rishab's complicated relationship is revealed when she is investigated for the accusation of killing her husband. Rani falls for Neel and gets intimate with him. He betrays her, and Rishab, who finds out about the affair, attempts to fix their failing marriage. This murder mystery starring
, and Harshvardan Rane in lead roles will keep you on the edge of your seats.
A lunchbox wrongly delivered by the Mumbai Dabbawallahs develops an unusual friendship between a young housewife Ila and Saajan Fernandes. They communicate through notes sent through the lunchbox. She reveals that her husband Rajeev has been cheating on her and how unhappy her marriage is. The movie has an opening end, leaving whether Ila and Saajan ever meet to the viewer’s imagination.
delivered phenomenal performances in the film.
5. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)
Dev and Maya eventually become friends. They help each other to resolve their conflicts in their respective marriage and end up falling in love.
Shah Rukh Khan
, Rani Mukherjee,
, and have delivered good performances in the movie. The movie didn't perform well at the box office, but it was way ahead of its time and is one of the first few Bollywood movies dealing with an extramarital affair.
6. Silsila (1981)
Amit sacrifices his love for Chandni and marries his brother deceased, Shekhar's pregnant fiancé Shobha. When Amit and Chandni meet, their love for each other strengthens, and they give in to their desires. Directed by , the movie stars Amitabh Bachchan,
, Rekha, and in lead roles.
7. Life In A Metro (2007)
, this film's plot revolves around the lives of nine people who live and work in Mumbai. Their lives change when their paths cross with each other. This film explores the issues related to extramarital affairs and loneliness among Indian youth. This film features Irrfan Khan,
Konkona Sen Sharma
Kay Kay Menon
8. Murder (2004)
Simran has an affair with Sunny, her ex-boyfriend, before her marriage. Her spouse Sudhir finds out about his wife’s affair through a private detective he hired, and this leads to tragic consequences. This movie, directed by Anurag Basu, stars
in lead roles.
9. Rustom (2016)
Rustom Pavri is a naval officer, accused of murdering Vikram, with whom his wife Cynthia is having an affair. The court trial reveals further details and secrets. This movie is loosely based on the famous naval commander K.M. Nanavati's court case. This National Award-winning film features Akshay Kumar, Ileana D'Cruz, and
in lead roles.
10. Biwi No. 1 (1999)
, it is a remake of Sathi Leelavathi, a Tamil film. The plot revolves around a caring homemaker who discovers that her husband is having an affair with a model. The film features
, Karishma Kapoor, and in lead roles.