Friendship vs Love
The era of friendship on the celluloid in Bollywood began with the release of Dosti (1964), a heart-touching tale of friendship in the face of extreme hardship. The evergreen Bollywood movie of friendship and one of the greatest hits is Sholay starring Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. In 1981, Bollywood released Yaraana on friendship of Amitabh and Amzad Khan. Of the Bollywood releases in the first decade of the 21st century, Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti, Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock On and Rajkumar Hirani’s Three Idiots are among the best Bollywood movies on friendship. And………
Most of Bollywood romantic movies are triangle love stories centering around two heroes and one heroine, or two heroines and one hero. In movies with two heroes and one heroine, the heroes are friends from the beginning or they make friends in the mid. In most triangle love stories with two heroines, the heroines are rivals. Coming to the point, the person of love is either sandwiched between two friends or treated as kabab me haddi. These movies are rollercoaster rides of LOVE vs FRIENDSHIP.
The friends either sacrifice their love interest for each other or get into a war with each other to win the lady love. The most recent triangle love and friendship story of Bollywood is that of the romantic drama, Student of the Year, released in 2012. In this movie by Karan Johar, love and friendship are at war. The story begins with the friendship of two college mates and proceeds with competition between them for love. The student of the year ends up being the lover of the year.
In Dil To Pagal Hai, a blockbuster in Yash Chopra’s repertoire, friends are secret lovers. In this tale of Yash Chopra romance, Karishma Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Akshay Kumar are friends. Karishma and Akshay discover the lovers in them for Shahrukh and Madhuri respectively. Shahrukh intrudes the world of Akshay and Madhuri. Madhuri creeps into the world of Karishma and Shahrukh. Friends turn lovers.
Transformation of friendship into love is the story of Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The movie begins with friendship and ends with marriage, culmination of love between the lead actor – Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. They are college mates and close friends. They fight over small issues and then, hug each other. With Rani Mukherjee’s arrival, Kajol shifts from friendship to love. She wins the battle as a lover ultimately.
Almost the same story of love vs friendship is repeated in Kal Ho Na Ho, another directorial venture by Karan Johar. Priety Zinta and Saif are close buddies. They are happy with their friendly relationship until Shahrukh comes in between them. Suddenly, Saif hears the heartbeats of a lover in him, and falls in love with his friend Naina, essayed by Priety. Their relationship culminates in marriage.
Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee ride the rollercoaster of friendship vs love in Mujhse Dosti Karoge directed by Kunal Kohli under the banner of Yash Raj Films, in 2002. The three actors in the leading cast are childhood friends. As they grow up, love for each other begins to bloom in their hearts. Hrithik is the love interest of both Kareena and Rani, but he loves Rani. Marriage of Rani and Hrithik is the ultimate fate of the friendship tale of three. Though in the list of Bollywood movies on friendship, Mujhse Dosti Karoge is less about DOSTI and more about LOVE.
Kabir Khan’s New York is a tale of three hearts in friendship, but two of them are successful lovers, and the third one is a disappointed lover. Sajan, a romantic Bollywood movie in Madhuri Dixit’s super hit movies list, is the story of one friend’s sacrifice of his love interest for the other friend. Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan’s friendship comes at a stake because of their same love interest, Madhuri Dixit.