Though love stories are not a recent trend in Bollywood and the childhood crushes over Rahul and Prem still make us blush, there has been an evolution of the genre lately. The man at the forefront of this change is Imtiaz Ali, the director of romantic hits like Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal. While his stories are away from the general saucy stuff or over-the-top item numbers, they have something cinephiles yearn for – soul.
His upcoming venture with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, (tentatively) titled Rahnuma, has made fans desperately wait for yet another wonderful weaving of stories and characters. The director is known for creating magic on screen solely on the strength of his film's characters. Ever wondered how wonderful it would be if Imtiaz was to direct famous Hollywood rom-coms with his dose of individuality to it? Fans of the director would not ask for more.
An ultimate classic, My Best Friend’s Wedding stars Julia Roberts as Julianne who decides to sabotage her best friend’s wedding after discovering her feelings for him. With Imtiaz’s unique approach towards story narration where you keep guessing about the character’s actions and reactions, a Bollywood adaptation of the film, classic Imtiaz style, will be a treat to cinemagoers.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The nonlinear narrative, ambiguous characters, relationship dilemma and offbeat theme, are all essential elements of an Imtiaz Ali film. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starred Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in the lead roles and its unique storyline about a couple who erase each other’s memories only to fall in love again will definitely raise Bollywood standards if Imtiaz remakes it with his own pinch of creativity to it.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Though Hum Tum, directed by Kunal Kohli, was inspired by this quintessential romance drama, Imtiaz can give the story a different spin. His emphasis on the nuances of romantic relationships of the current generation will definitely make for an interesting watch. The original film has left behind a legacy today and still people identify with the characters, thus making it one of the most loved rom-coms of all time.
Notting Hill (1999)
Directed by Roger Michell and starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, Notting Hill is a complex love story between a bookshop owner and a famous film star. Bollywood loves such themes of the impossible taking shape on the screen and therefore an adaptation of Notting Hill by Imtiaz would garner a lot of attention.
This classic piece is nothing less of a fairy tale. Where else will you find such a wonderful love story between a sex worker (Julia Roberts) and a filthy rich businessman (Richard Gere)? Imtiaz Ali’s penchant for offbeat themes and characters facing their inner demons will surely give more reasons for watching a Bollywood-style adaptation of this popular rom-com.
For now let’s just hold onto our excitement and wait for the director to spread his magic yet again with the Shah Rukh Khan – Anushka Sharma starrer.