Love seems to be a favourite theme amongst Bollywood's directors and their perspectives. Every movie, be it from any genre, seems to be crammed with love stories. Interestingly, also, if the hero is lucky enough, he would get to romance a couple of actresses. Along the way we stumble upon some stories which can be rendered unique because they fail to fit into the normal romance formula. They aren't loud, doesn't have masala but appeals to our emotions. These stories, no matter how few they are in number, make us pull out a chair, sit down and ponder over them. BollyCurry has decided to share a few stories which are one of a kind and worth thinking over.
Meenakshi Iyer (Konkona Sen Sharma
) who is travelling with her infant son is introduced to Raja Chowdhury (Rahul Bose
), a wildlife photographer by a common friend at a bus station. Being an orthodox Brahmin, Meenakshi is, at first, horrified to know that Raja is a Muslim, but she later on saves him from an angry Hindu mob by claiming him as her husband. As an after effect of this small lie, the duo is forced to spend time together. Feelings do arise but Meenakshi is destined to return to her husband who is waiting for her. As their journey comes to an end, both Meenakshi and Raja bids farewell to each other, but what lingers on is a mutual feeling of warmth.
What would happen if an autistic girl and a deaf-mute boy fall in love? Anurag Kashyap's Barfi!
narrates the accidental yet heart-warming love story of Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra
), an autistic girl who is the heiress to her grandfather's fortune, and Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor
), a happy-go-lucky person who was born deaf-mute. This movie portrays love in its purest form; which is devoid of occasional ego clashes or confrontations. For Barfi and Jhilmil, love is something which doesn't need pondering over, it just happens. This movie captures the essence of a love which is serene, peaceful, and above all, innocent.
Inspired by O. Henry's Last Leaf, Lootera
is a love story which redefines all notions of right and wrong. Pakhi Roy Chaudhary (Sonakshi Sinha
) and Varun Shrivastav (Ranveer Singh
) cross each other's paths all thanks to an accident. As expected of the leads, they fall in love but little does Pakhi know that Varun is a thief. They experience passion, and eventually heartbreak as Varun flees the night before his wedding. A year sprints by and Pakhi, who suffers from tuberculosis, is convinced that she would die the day the last leaf falls from a wilting tree outside her window. As fate has it, Varun becomes her light at the end of the tunnel, as he paints a leaf on the tree with such perfection that it looks real to her.
Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox
revolves around an epistolary relationship between Saajan Fernandez (Irrfan Khan
), a widower on the verge of retirement, and Ila (Nimrat Kaur), a young housewife. Saajan is quite a loner, while Ila is trying to revive her husband's affections. Their friendship flourishes to love, and coincidentally, Ila learns that her husband is having an extramarital affair. Ila and Saajan decide to meet up but Saajan declines to pursue their relationship as Ila is much younger than he expected. Nevertheless, Ila gets a divorce and Saajan is shown changing his mind on the way to Nashik and chooses to return to Mumbai. This movie ends on a note of hope, and shows us that love seeks no rules, doesn't care about age, and is quite unpredictable.
Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt
) is abducted by a gang on a highway, but soon her abductors panic when they realize Veera's father has ties with the government. However, one of her abductors Mahabir Bhati (Randeep Hooda
) is willing to anything he can to see this abduction to the end. They travel from city to city, and throughout the journey both of them warm up to each other. Highway
is much more than a love story. It is the story of two people healing each other while embarking on a journey of self-discovery. Through the journey, Veera learns to make peace with life and shows us the transforming power love and compassion has.
BollyCurry feels elated and proud that our film makers have expanded their limits and tried to do something unusual. These movies are different because of their simplicity and realistic storytelling. Brilliant performances delivered by the respective actors take the notch higher and make the movies more palatable. These stories don't just make us believe in the future of Bollywood, but also reinforces our love for life. They don't avoid the harsh realities of life but make a pact with those very realities and teach us to have hope, no matter what. We sincerely hope that such movies are headed our way in the future because change is the only constant. Is there a movie that touched you to the core? Let us know in comments section below.
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Author: Dhanya S.
Editors: Peehu A. and Mohini N.
Graphics: Nidhi D.