Kuch Kuch What Was It Again?

The genres of Hindi cinema are very loosely defined, with almost all films having a central romantic theme. Be it action, comedy, even horror. And they often lasts for three hours.

Frankly, I don’t mind sitting there for over three hours if I like the film. I’m used to it.

Anyways, if you’ve seen Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, despite the heartbreaks that motivated the plot, the idea of dancing in the rain became the most romantic proposition in our minds. And then there is the love triangle.

A couple of weeks ago, since I have no new Hindi films to catch up on, I decided to rewatch Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. I must say, the heartwarming megahit was a solid kick to my childhood. If you ask me then what I think of the film, I would say that it was fun and sad. It broke into the cinemas around the world in 1998. I was 11. I can’t really describe anything in depth.

What do I think of it now – 18 years later? After watching it again and again? Is the dancing in the rain scene still the most romantic proposition ever? Well, I’ve seen a lot of Hindi films. The romantic scenes have gone into a whole new level.

I’ve been watching Hindi films since I was a toddler. To date, I have probably seen over a thousand of them – of course of different genres.

As for the romantic ones, many would end with the promise of happily ever after. And I’m still amazed by how the actors can still weep beautifully very often in the films.

I’m going to write a review on all the Hindi films I have seen. But in this post, I’d just like to list down the 10 best romance films from the 2000s according to yours truly.

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) – Directors: Nikhil Advani and Ron Reid Jr. Stars Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan. The veteran Jaya Bachchan is also in it, playing Preity’s mother. The film was declared a “Blockbuster” in India and an “All Time Blockbuster” overseas by Box Office India. Why not?

Veer-Zaara (2004) – Director: Yash Chopra. Stars Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta. It’s SRK. Everyone will watch it.

Jab We Met (2007) – Director: Imtiaz Ali. Stars Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Fun fact – they used to date each other in real life and the romance first sparked at the film set.

Love Aaj Kal (2009) – Director: Imtiaz Ali. Stars Saif Ali Khan and today’s biggest Bollywood star Deepika Padukone. The veteran Rishi Kapoor is also in the film.

Anjaana Anjaani (2010) – Director: Siddharth Anand. Stars Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Imagine riding on a big bike wearing your wedding sari.

Barfi! (2012) – Director: Anurag Basu. Stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Ileana D’Cruz. Is it a love triangle? Well, the film depicts the story of a mute and deaf Nepali and his relationships with two women, Shruti, and Jhilmil (who is autistic). It’s a must-watch!

Lootera (2013) – Director: Vikramaditya Motwane. Stars then newcomers Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. This is a pretty heavy movie. Fans of the mainstream films may not enjoy this. It’s based on the 1907 short story ‘The Last Leaf’ by O. Henry.

Aashiqui 2 (2013) – Director: Mohit Suri. Stars newcomers Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) – Director: Ayan Mukerji. Stars Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur. Madhuri Dixit appears in one of the song – I forgot what it’s called.

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) – Director: THE Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Stars today’s most successful and talented actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. It’s a romantic-action film loosely based on Romeo and Juliet. Though it ended perfectly, many don’t quite like the ending.

There you go. I have so much more to add but since these are the first ones I’d want to write a review on, we’ll leave it at 10 for now.

P/S: One interesting fact about Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is, it was based on Archie Comics!

In case you didn’t realise it already, Shah Rukh Khan was Archie, Kajol was Betty and Rani Mukherjee was Veronica! Not only that, even Anupam Kher‘s character was based on Mr Weatherbee!


Check out SRK and Kajol’s swag!


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