Love stories are always in the trend (because a majority of movie goers are youngsters and lovers) and romantic movies are always awaited. There was a time when a love story meant two people meeting and falling in love, facing all the trouble that comes their way and live a happily-ever-after life (or sometimes die). It was all about a boy, a girl and non-conforming society and parents.
But with time, the definition of "love" in love stories has changed big time. There are films that showed a different and a rather true side of love stories that the youth today could connect to. Love Aaj Kal starring Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan is one of such film, where the story started with a break-up. Today, as Love Aaj Kal completes seven years, let’s have a look at seven movies that are coming-of-age love stories with a difference.
Break Ke Baad
Break Ke Baad, as the name suggests, is about the concept of taking a break from a relationship. The story revolves around Abhay (Imran Khan) and Aaliya (Deepika Padukone) who are childhood friends and lovers. Aaliya wants to become an actor and goes to Australia to pursue the same. Abhay goes the Australia behind her because he is worried about her well-being. This backfires, as this makes her think that he doesn’t trust her. They take a break from their relationship. They do come back together after a lot of falling apart and realizations.
Cocktail deals with a love triangle where one has to sacrifice, which you’ll think is as old a concept as the earth itself. But the story also deals with arranged marriage turning into a divorce and live-in relationship (now you get the point here). It revolved around Veronica (Deepika Padukone) who becomes best friends with Meera (Diana Penty) and later meets Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) and they all move in together to live in her house. All seems well until love enters into their lives and adds more complications than they can handle.
Happy Ending is about commitment aversion, which is a fairly new topic of discussion these days. The story is about a best-seller novelist Yudi (Saif Ali Khan) who is suffering from a writer’s block and is in need of an inspiration to complete his next book. In the meantime, the publishing company dumps him for a new romance novelist Aanchal (Ileana D’cruz). Yudi has always avoided commitment and Aanchal is averse to commitment, as well. Things change when they both meet each other.
Bachna Ae Hasino
Bachna Ae Hasino is another story that deals with commitment phobia. The story revolves around Raj (Ranbeer Kapoor) who is a playboy and doesn’t realize how many hearts he has broken until he meets Gayatri (Deepika Padukone) who ditches him. He then goes on to apologize to all the girls who he had hurt in the past.
Jab We Met
One of the most loved and popular movie till date revolves around the woes of eloping and societal issues. The film revolves around Geet (Kareena Kapoor), a bubbly girl who plans to elope with her boyfriend and get married, and Aditya (Shahid Kapoor), a heart-broken tycoon on the verge of committing suicide. The story takes a new turn when Geet is dumped by her boyfriend and Aditya falls in love with her.
I Hate Luv Storys
As the name suggests, the movie deals with the stereotypes related to love stories and all things lovely. The story revolves around Jay (Imran Khan) who is a disbeliever of love stories and Simran (Sonam Kapoor) whose life is all about pink color, beautiful things and a perfect fiance "Raj". Their love story starts when Simran proposes to Jay and he rejects the proposal.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
The movie is believed to be about a holiday trip and a destination wedding but what everyone fails to notice is that it also discusses a very important issue of every career-oriented person – the dilemma of choosing between love/family-life and career. Kabir (Ranbeer Kapoor) and Naina (Deepika Padukone) become friends during a trekking trip when Naina realises her feelings for Kabir. But before she could express, Kabir leaves India to pursue his dreams. Later they meet at a common friend’s wedding and he realises what all he has missed.
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