Bollywood loves action, drama, horror and sci fi. However, the romantic comedies and deliberately cheesy movies always make our hearts beat faster. For those who want to binge watch on the classic favourites, these movies are perfect!
1. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
It is not always when a Bollywood film touches your heart, while becoming a commercial success at the same time. While Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani had all the trappings of a typical Bollywood rom com, the underlying elements made us all fall in love with the movie. The film captures our struggles for love, acceptance, flight, fight and emotional trauma perfectly, making Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani an extremely endearing watch.
2. Band Baaja Baarat
The first half of this movie was all about sense and the smart choices you need to make in life. However, when cupid strikes, logic is thrown out of the window. With “Bread Pakore Ki Kasam” and a promise of “Happily ever after,” Band Baaja Baarat has everything you could want when things do not go the way you want.
3. Jab We Met
Jab We Met perhaps one of the best movies directed by Imtiaz Ali and redefined love and romance completely.
4. Hum Tum
Hum Tum took the gender battle to a whole new level. Despite falling in love with each other through a complete act of fate, the leads just do not forget each other. Even 7 years after being apart, they manage to find their way back. Saif’s impeccable comic timing and Rani Mukerji’s brilliant performance make Hum Tum arguably the best Bollywood romcom ever.
5. Kal Ho Na Ho
Despite releasing over 15 years ago, Kal Ho Na Ho still remains one of the best romantic comedies in Bollywood. SRK, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan deliver some award worthy performances in this film. When they are funny, you cannot stop rolling on the floor laughing; when they’re romantic, they make you want to fall in love; and when they’re tragic, man, keep the box of tissues ready. Kal Ho Na Ho is one emotional rollercoaster.
Most Iconic Bollywood Teachers
Teachers are the most important people in everyone’s lives. They guide us and motivate us to achieve great things in life. Time and again, Bollywood introduced us to such dedicated teachers, who inspired us, just like our teachers in real life. Here are four such iconic Bollywood teachers.
Most iconic Bollywood teachers
1) Debraj Sahai in Black (2005)
Portrayed by Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, Debraj Sahai became the teacher of a blind and deaf girl, Michelle McNally (Rani Mukerji.) Debraj Sahai taught us learning is not always bound to the classroom. Known for using harsh methods for the long term benefit of his student, Debraj Sahai proved just how important the role of a teacher is in a student’s life.
2) Ram Shankar Nikumbh in Taare Zameen Par (2007)
An art teacher by profession, Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan) made us fall in love with his caring nature. Ram Shankar Nikumbh understood the condition of his troubled student who suffered from dyslexia and did everything he could to bring out his potential.
3) Naina Mathur in Hichki (2018)
The 2018 movie Hichki introduced us to the starry eyed teacher Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji,) who, despite suffering from Tourette syndrome, dreams of being a teacher. Landing a job at an elite school, she is given the task to teach the underprivileged kids enrolled at the school. Her dedication to bring change in the lives of these kids, makes her one of the iconic teachers of Bollywood.
4) Anand Kumar in Super 30 (2019)
Anand Kumar is modelled after the real life educator and mathematician of the same name. Super 30 depicts the struggle of a teacher (Hrithik Roshan) who sacrifices everything in order to give the underprivileged children of our society an equal opportunity in education as others. Anand Kumar inspires us to change our outlook towards life and help others who are less fortunate than us.
Which of these Bollywood teachers inspired you the most? Comment below and let us know.
Best Classic Bollywood Comedies
Over the years, Bollywood has given us numerous amazing films which made us laugh uncontrollably. However, there are some which left a mark on the audience and stood the test of time, be it for their script, perfect punchlines or the amazing acting by their cast. Here is a list of four classic Bollywood comedies which made a special place in people’s hearts.
1) Padosan (1968)
Considered one of the best comedy films made in Bollywood, Padosan is famous for its epic song battles. Produced by Mehmood, Padosan starred Kishore Kumar, Saira Banu and Mehmood in lead roles. Mehmood’s and Kishore Kumar’s portrayals of a South Indian music teacher and a comical theater director respectively were another key highlight of this film.
2) Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
With an ensemble cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro tells the story of two photographers who get entangled in a murder mystery. The Mahabharata scene in the movie is praised by many for its raw humour. The film gained a cult following long after its release.
3) Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
With characters like crime master Gogo and Teja, this movie is a laughter riot from the beginning till the end. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, the movie starred Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon and Karishma Kapoor in lead roles. Considered a flop upon its release, Andaz Apna Apna later rose to a cult status among Indian audiences. Several of the film’s dialogues like “Teja main hu. Mark idhar hai” and “Crime Master Gogo, Mogambo ka bhatija” became quite popular.
4) Hera Pheri (2000)
Directed by Priyadarshan, Hera Pheri became a timeless classic because of its hilarious punchlines and entertaining script. Starring Tabu, Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal in lead roles, the movie follows three misfits looking for ways to make some easy money. Another film which was not received well upon its release, Hera Pheri, like Andaz Apna Apna, later went on to become a cult classic among the Hindi audience.
If you think we missed mentioning any other great comedy classics, comment below and let us know.
5 Bollywood Actors Who Played Characters Nowhere Their Age
Bollywood is known for its ancient ways of casting much older actors and actresses in younger roles. However, there have been occasions when an actor/actress played a character so convincingly, they made the audience forget their real age with their acting ability.
Here is a list of 5 actors and actresses who played characters nowhere their age and really nailed it.
1)Anupam Kher in Saaransh (1984)
Known for his versatile acting, actor Anupam Kher made his screen debut with Saaransh at the age of 29, in the role of a retired stubborn old man. The movie was about an elderly couple coming to terms with the loss of their only son. As a grieving old man, Anupam Kher was so convincing, it was hard to believe the character was portrayed by a man in his late 20s. Anupam Kher’s performance in the movie won him his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
2)Pankaj Kapoor in Kamla Ki Maut (1989)
Released in the year 1989, Kamla Ki Maut is considered one of the most progressive films of Indian cinema. It deals with issues of love and relationships in modern India and starred a 35 year old Pankaj Kapoor as a father of two adult daughters. As a talented actor, Kapoor portrayed the character really well and with raw acting and emotions, managed to breathe life into the role of a father worried about his two daughters.
3)Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Sarbjit (2016)
The rightful diva of Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, at the age of 43, portrayed a 60 year old woman fighting for the release of her brother in Sarbjit. Aishwarya shone as Dalbir Kaur and with a deglamorized look, she captivated audiences with her superb acting. She was praised by critics for giving one of the strongest performances of her career in Sarbjit.
4)Manoj Bajpayee in Aligarh (2016)
Method actor Manoj Bajpayee portrayed the role of professor Ramchandra Siras, a character 15 years older than Bajpayee’s real age. Based on a true story, Bajpayee’s portrayal of a troubled and fragile professor trying to deal with pain and humiliation with dignity, while fighting for equality, is quite memorable.
5)Shweta Tripathi in Haraamkhor (2017)
This bubbly and beautiful actress, who played the role of a young student in Haraamkhor, was 32 when the film was shot. Directed by Shlok Sharma, Haraamkhor starred Shweta Tripathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles. Shweta portrayed the role of a confused, ignored young teenager, who keeps making wrong choices. Her performance was really convincing because of how beautifully she was able to showcase the anguish of a young girl.
It takes a really talented actor to pull off a character nowhere near his/her age. These actors and actresses, through their characters, really proved the extent of their dedication to their craft.
Which of these actors won your heart with their performance? Comment below and let us know.
Bollywood Actors Who Married Older Women
Age is just a number, they say and these Bollywood couples prove just that. While the trend earlier was younger heroines falling in love with older actors, the tides have now changed. Today, men are falling for (and getting married to) women much older than them! Check out these couples who, despite their age difference, have had quite a successful marriage:
1. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan
Rumoured to have started dating on the sets of their superhit film Guru, Abhi and Ash got married in the year 2007! Despite their age difference and the fact Aishwarya has a “manglik yog,” nothing could stop the two love birds from making their love official. While they have an age difference of only two years (Aish is 45 and Abhi is 43 years old,) they still raised quite a few eyebrows. Twelve years later, the two are still as happy as they were in the beginning and now have a beautiful daughter called Aaradhya!
2. Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu
Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu hit the tabloid headlines for being bold and fierce about how much they loved each other from day one! Although Bipasha Basu is four years older than Karan Singh Grover, the two refused to back down and tied the knot in the year 2016. Three years later, the couple is just as adorable as they were when they started dating!
3. Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan
Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan met each other while shooting for the film Dhoondte Reh Jaoge in the year 2009. Perhaps one of the most progressive couples in the industry, the two even moved in together in the year 2013. After staying together for two years, the two tied the knot in 2015. Always open and honest about their relationship, they never shied away from admitting the fact that Kunal is five years younger than Soha!
4. Shirish Kunder and Farah Khan
Did you know that filmmaker turned director Shirish Kunder is eight years younger than his wife, Farah Khan? They met while Shirish was editing Farah Khan’s directorial debut, Main Hoon Na. Even though everyone around them was extremely sceptical about the eight year age gap, nothing stopped the two from tying the knot in 2004. Today, they are blessed with a son and 2 daughters. So deep is their love that Farah Khan once said if she was ever reborn, she would marry Shirish all over again!
When you see love stories like these blossom despite age being a barrier, your heart just melts. If you think we missed out on other couples like these, comment and let us know!
Bollywood Celebrities Who Will Never Work Together Again
Bollywood celebrities live quite the dramatic life. While all the hookups and breakups make for an entertaining read in real life, the effect these negative relationships have is a bittersweet one in the reel world as well. While some celebrities make for a great pair on screen when they were dating, the fact they said they will never work together after a fall out is quite sad. Here is a list of celebrity pairings we will never see together on the silver screen again!
1. Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan
That Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan made quite a sizzling pair was a known fact. Remember Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam? The two were so great together, they made quite a lasting impression. However, their breakup was not quite as beautiful as their relationship and immediately after they stopped dating, the two vowed to never work together. Oh well. At least we have a handful of their movies.
2. Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan
Remember how great Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan were in Karan Arjun? It seemed like the two were going places, with their acting skills and their on screen chemistry. However, things turned dicey when at Katrina Kaif’s birthday, a brawl broke out between the two. It was so bad, Aamir Khan stepped in and separated the two before things became worse! Thankfully, things seem to be calming down for the two after they celebrated Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday in 2015. Fingers crossed. 2019 may be the year for them!
3. John Abraham and Bipasha Basu
John Abraham and Bipasha Basu were perhaps the hottest couple in Bollywood when they were dating. However, when their nine year long relationship ended rather abruptly, no one knew what went wrong. In fact, things are now so sour, when Bipasha was asked if she will ever work with John again, she said, “John Abraham? I don’t know him.” For John, on the other hand, he doesn’t have any plans of working with his ex flame again. Oh well. Room for more hot people on the screen now!
4. Ranbir Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha
Ranbir Kapoor perhaps has one of the most twisted reasons for never working with Sonakshi Sinha. According to the rumour mill, the Wake Up Sid actor said he doesn’t want to be paired with the Lootera actress because she looks too old and they will make a bad pair on screen. Ouch. Talk about being an ageist.
5. Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan
According to the Bollywood tabloids, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan will never work together because both of them are too popular to share screen space. Their reasons extend far beyond this as both of them don’t like each other personally as well. Did you know Aamir Khan named one of his dog’s after Shah Rukh Khan? You know on whose bad side not to be , now.
Which of these pairs would you want to see on screen again? Comment and let us know!
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