Best Bollywood love stories in different fashions
Bollywood has come of age with its evolving treatment of one of the dominant themes; the theme of love between two different castes, communities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. Bollywood has weaved many stories out of this theme, in different fashions and different times from Mughal-e-Azam to 2 States. Love between the rich and the poor was one of the most popular themes in the yesteryear Bollywood movies, to say Mughal-e-Azam and Devdas. Now the focus is shifted to love & marriage between two different castes in the Indian society, to say the upcoming 2 States starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor. Here is how some of the best Bollywood love stories have been treated in different fashions till date:
Mughal-e-Azam is the epic love story of a prince and a court dancer in the Mughal Empire. Directed by K. Asif and released in 1960, Mughal-e-Azam is one of the greatest Bollywood blockbusters. Mughal Emperor Akbar’s son Salim falls in love with Anarkali, a dancer in the court, which hurts the pride, royalty and sovereignty of the Mughal dynasty. It leads to a battle between the father and the son with grim consequences. Though the love story ends with an unhappy note under the glinting sword of the emperor Akbar, it becomes eternal to inspire lovers for generations.
Maine Pyar Kiya
One of the most popular romantic films in Bollywood, Maine Pyar Kiya is the story of love between a rich man’s son and a poor mechanic’s daughter. Steeped in the overtones of Mughal-e-Azam, the love story of Maine Pyar Kiya is depicted in the modern context where the businessman and the mechanic are friends with a socio-economic gap between them. Unlike Mughl-e-Azam and Devdas, Maine Pyar Kiya starring Salman Khan and Bhagyashree ends with reunion of the lovers.
In Dil starring Madhuri Dixit and Amir Khan, Bollywood repeats the tale of lovers from different economic backgrounds but in a new setting where the hero’s father runs a wastepaper business and the heroine’s father is an industrialist. Naturally, the lovers’ way to reunion is not smooth. Their love falls prey to the economic gap between their families and meets with obstacles till the end. Fortunately, this Bollywood love story does not end with estrangement of the lovers as in Mughal-e-Azam.
With the release of Bombay in 1995, Bollywood sought a relief from the overdose of love theme set in the socio-economic background. Bombay starring Manisha Koirala and Arvind Swamy is a poignant tale of love between a Hindu boy and a Muslim, set against the infamous communal riot of the then Bombay in background. The lovers get married despite their communal, religious and cultural differences, and build a happy nest in Bombay. But, their shelter of love and peace is shattered by religious tensions over the demolition of Babri Masjid which leads a violent riot between the Hindu and the Muslim in the city.
In the first decade of the 21st century, Bollywood went a few extra miles to push the boundary of its love stories beyond the cultural and communal limits of India. Bollywood comes of the age with an absolutely different tale of love and sacrifice of an Indian boy and a Pakistani girl in Yash Chopra’s Veer-Zaara starring Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta. Though the Indian boy, a squadron leader in the Indian Air Force, pays a heavy price for falling in love with a girl from Pakistan, he has no regrets. The girl, daughter of a Pakistani politician, braves all odds, comes to India, and settles here to fulfill the dreams of her lover’s uncle and aunt. They are blessed with reunion after 22 long years.
In the second (current) decade of the 21st century, the theme of love from two different Indian communities makes its way to Bollywood. The love story of a Punjabi boy and a Bengali girl in Soojit Sirkar’s Vicky Donor is a breath of fresh air, parting its ways from the previous Bollywood love stories set against the different socio-economic and religious backgrounds. The treatment of the story of cross-cultural love in a comic fashion is a departure too. With Vicky Donor hitting the jackpot, the theme of love set amidst socio-cultural differences becomes popular.
With the upcoming film 2 States, Bollywood is going to repeat the story of two lovers from two different castes – Punjabi and Tamilian – in India. Based on a slice of real life novel of the same name penned by Chetan Bhagat, 2 States is a love story in conflict with the socio-cultural gap between the Punjabi and the Tamil which creates barriers on the lovers’ way to marriage.