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Bollywood is known for it’s over the top romance, aided by beautiful exotic locations, beautiful people, and the quintessential song and dance routine. Right from Rajesh Khanna to Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood has definitely given us larger than life romance goals.
However, there are some underrated gems in this same Film Industry that can make us relate to this romance world a little bit better. I mean, come on, we all know that there will hardly be any moments of “Palat” or “Bade bade Deshon mein…” in our real life. Romance in real life is so much more than that.
Underrated Romantic Movies of Bollywood
Here are a few underrated romantic moments in Bollywood that will definitely make us skip a beat and make us go awwww.
1. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer is an Indian drama film written and directed by Aparna Sen. The story revolves around these two lead characters a Tamil Iyer Brahmin, Meenakshi Iyer(Konkona Sen Sharma) and a Bengali Muslim wildlife photographer, Raja Chowdhury(Rahul Bose) during a fateful bus journey amidst the carnage of a communal strife in India.
The backdrop is of communal violence, and the two characters don’t even touch each other in the entire movie. Neither are feelings exchanged. But at the end of the journey, Meenakshi rests her head slightly on Raja’s shoulder.
That one intimate moment between the characters just spices up the chemistry of the entire movie.
2. Cheeni Kum
A subtle romance with a huge age difference. Amitabh Bachchan as Buddhadev Gupta and Tabu as Nina Verma bring this bittersweet love story alive with their amazing performances and unexpected chemistry.
A high profile kidnapping gone wrong, is the backdrop of this dramatic tale. The kidnapped girl Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) realizes during the course of the movie, that she has more freedom in this abduction than in the stifling hypocrite high society life in Delhi.
The abductor Mahabir Bhati (Randeep Hooda) starts getting a soft corner for her as well. There is no direct romance here. But some moments of honesty that both the characters share despite their different worlds, breaks our hearts in pieces.
Raincoat is a drama film directed by Rituparno Ghosh, and starring Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai. It tells the story of two lovers, separated by destiny, who meet again one day.
This encounter allows each to realize the truth about the lives they are living. A beautifully subtle, underrated and real tale about real characters, this story shows the sacrifices made by lovers in a beautiful light.
5. My brother Nikhil
This is by far one of the best relationships ever shown on celluloid. It shows the relationship between Nikhil and his boyfriend Nigel. Though homosexuality is never openly asserted in the movie, it is very subtly nuanced.
The beauty, the strain and the difficulties that their relationship faces especially after Nikhil being diagnosed as HIV positive, is brilliantly shown by the director. Another underrated romance of Bollywood.