Bollywood Rom-Com Movies That Aren’t So Cliche!
We all have a complex relationship with rom-com movies. They are easy to watch and distract us from the extreme redundancy of daily life. At the same time, most of them set romantic standards for love and relationships.
Over the last three decades, Bollywood has given us many iconic rom-com that make our souls dizzy with love and help us create kickass playlists with evergreen songs. Here are the 10 best rom-com movies that stood the test of time and 10 romantic comedy movies that we need to say goodbye to.
The Best Rom-Com Movies
Jab We Met
More than their cute meeting inside a train, the irony of this movie’s lead couple splitting right after its release makes it unique. They broke up after several years of dating, and this movie allowed us to see them together for one last time. Don’t forget, Jab We Met gave us iconic songs like Mauja Hi Mauja, Nagada and Tum Se Hi and Aaoge Jab Tum.
Kal Ho Na Ho
Accept it or not, even the hardest of hearts cried during Aman’s final moments as everyone came to say goodbye to him. His ability to mingle with everyone and bring a smile to people’s faces made him everyone’s favourite, especially Naina, who thought she would never fall in love.
Band Baaja Baarat
Saying “Bread pakode ki Kasam” is a great way to become the most reliable person in the room. Well, thanks to Ranveer Singh‘s crazy character in his debut movie. It showed the budding romance between two college students who became Delhi’s most popular wedding planners.
Dil Chahta Hai
Though it had the overused story of a man who doesn’t believe in love until he meets a girl who changes his world, the fellowship between Akshaye Khanna, Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khan was super enjoyable. It was also one of the few movies to show an age-gap relationship beautifully.
Bunty Aur Babli
India got its very own Bonnie and Clyde story with Bunty Aur Babli. Believed to be inspired by the exploits of this couple and the infamous Bunty chor, this movie was a super hit. Rani Mukerji and Abhishek Bachchan’s chemistry left the audience gasping, especially in the famous romantic song, Chup Chup Ke.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Apart from giving ‘TravelGoals’, a panoramic portrayal of Manali, this movie gave us iconic songs, style inspiration, and a memorable couple, Naina and Bunny, played by Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor.
This was one of the few offbeat romantic movies SRK did where the first half was all mush and romance, but the second part showed the harsh realities of life and love. Most movies end at a wedding with a kiss, but this movie shows what happens after a couple says, “I do.”
The movie was ahead in depicting a live-in relationship and premarital pregnancy. Though it has a fair share of comedy scenes, it shows the male lead character coming to times with an unexpected pregnancy and becoming a responsible adult.
Love marriage isn’t easy, mainly because it’s a union of two families instead of the couple in India. When two people from different cultures decide to get married, their families and value systems are in an unavoidable crash that the young couple must sort out to bring their love to completion.
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
This teenage coming-of-age love story had another old trope — best friends who don’t know they are in love with each other and figure it out after a string of dramatic events. However, Imran Khan’s naivety and Genelia’s bubbly personality made it watch-worthy.
Rom-Com Movies That Are Too Cliche!
Katrina Kaif’s character is emotionally squeezed into accompanying her family to India for a vacation but is ultimately pressured into marrying Akshay Kumar, the son of a family friend. She decides to fight fire with fire and takes him to London, where the marriage isn’t valid. None of it is cool anymore, except the rad songs.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns
The movie shows a man falling in love with a replica of his ex-wife. She manipulated medical professionals into locking him in a mental asylum in the middle of a counselling session! The story is so complex that we can’t see or soak up the romance.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
It is not okay to go through a girl’s bag when you meet her for the first time and sag her undergarments in front of her. It’s also not okay to slut shame women who have sex before marriage, only to give a lecture about an Indian guy’s izzat depending on protecting the girl’s izzat. It’s a wonder how nobody saw a problem with this movie.
Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
Stalking, bullying, intimidating — and fierce man masquerading as a romantic hero does everything to shock and scare a girl, but she still falls for him. There’s no love in a relationship born out of the need to control to keep a woman.
Dil Toh Pagal Hai
Sure, the movie gave us some fantastic songs, and the chemistry between SRK and Madhuri left us mesmerised. But if you think about it, SRK’s character was not the guy you wanted to date. He treated Nisha (Karisma Kapoor) like a disposable tissue in Pooja (Madhuri Dixit) invention. Do we need to say more?
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Surinder Sahni was one of SRK’s most lovable characters, but it’s hard to believe a woman can’t recognise her husband without his moustache. Let us also remind you that Anushka Sharma’s character almost left her husband for his lookalike, but he took her back instantly, no questions asked.
A movie that was supposed to start healthy conversations around homosexuality became a parody of gay men. The plot is not as annoying as how Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Boman Irani’s characters were written. Good idea, terrible implementation.
It is puzzling how nobody sees anything wrong with a school with its resident ghost, a lonely railway station, and a principal who starts morning assemblies with Parampara, Pratishtha, and Anushasan. Let’s not forget that it also had a strict father who compelled his daughter to suicide.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
The hero refuses to remarry after the death of his wife and says, “Shaadi Bhi Ek Baar Hoti hai Aur Pyaar Bhi Ek baar hota hai.” Cut to the end, he gets married again, this time to his Bachpan ka Pyaar. Does it really make sense?
Mujhse Dosti Karoge
Catfishing, gaslighting — these may sound like new terms, but they were the reality of characters in Mujhse Dosti Karoge. Hrithik Roshan’s character falls for a girl he regularly writes letters to, only to realise that he’s been catfished by her sister. And yet, there’s happily ever after for him and the person who catfished him.