Our top three Bollywood romance films from the 90s
Bollywood in the 90s saw the creation of some of the most iconic romance film storylines to come out of India to date. Often telling stories of forbidden love and birthing songs that continue to stand the test of time, these Bollywood romance movies helped form the industry we know today.
Many of these movies were instrumental in creating the lucrative overseas market, cashing in on the NRI nostalgia and representing Bollywood to diaspora audiences around the world.
Keep reading to find out CulturalPulse’s top three Bollywood romance movies of the 90s!
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhani Le Jayenge, otherwise known as DDLJ, is one of the most popular Bollywood films of all time. Filled with catchy love songs and infectious music, this is your perfectly typical story of the forbidden romance.
Starring Bollywood’s most iconic on-screen couple of the 90s, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, DDLJ is a tale of a love that most young boys and girls dream of.
DDLJ tells the story of Raj and Simran, who fall in love during a vacation to Europe with friends. However, Simran grew up in a traditional strict household and she always had a difficult time saying ‘no’ to her father, who has already promised her hand in marriage to another.
DDLJ reminds audiences of the conservative family traditions and values held within an Indian household and how love can often conquer all.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Karan Johar’s blockbuster film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, showcases the true meaning of friendship and love, featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as the leads, and Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji as the supporting actors.
The plot is of a love triangle between university friends Rahul, Anjali and Tina, and conveys a strong message that one must not suppress their feelings when it comes to love.
Rahul and Anjali have been best friends since high school, but when Rahul develops feelings for beautiful college newcomer Tina, Anjali also realises she loves Rahul and decides it is best for her to say goodbye to her beloved friend. Years later, Rahul and Tina’s daughter, Anjali, receives her eighth letter from her late mother, who asks for her help in reuniting Rahul and Anjali.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai teaches us that a love begins that begins with true friendship will last forever.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a 1999 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film stars Aishwarya Rai in lead role playing a role of a young girl Nandini. The film also stars Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn.
The theme of this film is based on Rashtriyashayar Jhaverchand Meghani’s play “Shetal ne Kathe”. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a huge fan of Meghani and he acknowledged it many interviews.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam received a leading 16 nominations at the 45th Filmfare Awards, including Best Actor for Khan and Devgn, winning 7 awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Bhansali, and Best Actress for Rai and Best Male Playback for Udit Narayan.