They don’t call it “big fat Indian weddings” for nothing. In India, weddings begin with intricate ceremonies like haldi, mehndi, sangeet, and the actual wedding. This makes for a colorful tapestry, good-looking people in gorgeous clothes, naach-gaana, and total fun. No wonder Bollywood makes weddings movies and the audiences love them! They have a familiar feeling about them. We love these films so much that it feels like one of ours is getting married. Time and again, Bollywood wedding movies have showed different facets of marriage. Here are six such Bollywood wedding movies that you can enjoy with your family any time.
Hum Aapke Hain…Koun! (1994)
The Barjatyas have more or less reinvented weddings in Bollywood movies. Hum Aapke Hain…Koun! remains to be one of the biggest hits of our times. Right from the ceremonies, the songs and the excellent chemistry between the lead characters Prem (Salman Khan) and Nisha (Madhuri Dixit), HAHK has it all.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
We are all guilty of reciting the dialogues straight out of DDLJ on several occasions. Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol) are legendary characters and we have all rooted for them to get married against all odds. Each person in the audience has cheered when Bauji (Amrish Puri) finally let Simran’s hand go at the railway station.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
This film has steered off the norm and told a story about unrequited love. Nandini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is in love with Sameer (Salman Khan) but is married off to the rich, marriage-material Vanraj (Ajay Devgn). Vanraj soon realizes that his wife is unhappy and is in love with someone else. He takes it upon him to make her meet Sameer.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Monsoon Wedding was a complete package with loads of relatives coming in for the wedding, a distraught father of the bride-to-be, an interesting event planner, and a bride who has some secrets. The movie was said to be entertaining as well as ahead of its times.
Poonam (Amrita) is a middle-class, orphaned, well-behaved girl who lives with her uncle and his family. A family friend brings Prem’s rishta (played by Shahid Kapoor) for Poonam. After a few awkward yet sweet conversations, they are attracted to each other and decide to get married. This simple and sweet romance was quite refreshing among the Bollywood wedding movies.
Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
Bittoo (Ranvir Singh) and Shruti (Anushka Sharma) meet accidentally and soon realize that they both have complementing personalities. They realize that they can be wedding planners but they must keep their personal emotions in check. However, one fateful day, everything changes and now they must deal with the interpersonal awkwardness to keep their business and their lives afloat.
Tanu Weds Manu (2011)
One of the funniest wedding movies ever, Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) is a carefree, bashful, and a bold girl in love with someone else and whose marriage is arranged with a demure, soft-spoken Manu (R. Madhavan), an NRI doctor. The film was one of most loved comedies and Kangana’s performance was lauded by the audience.