Bollywood is known for its typical romance. Boy sees girl – girl sees boy – it’s love at first sight – musical number – boy pursues girl – girl is shy – love blossoms – another musical number – enter villain (this is usually the girl’s father or another love interest) – separates the couple – sad musical number – but their love grows stronger – boy fights villain – rescues girl – happily ever after – one last musical number.
While this will always be the go-to romance recipe, Bollywood is also open to trying out new flavors. Karan Johar’s much-awaited Ae Dil Hai Mushkil released its trailer last month, which hints at a heartbreaking ending. Here are more such happily-never-after movies of Bollywood:
Warning: Spoilers included!
If your parents do not want you to be with your girlfriend, Bollywood teaches you to fight for her. But Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan) lets go of his childhood sweetheart Paro (Aishwarya Rai), only to return on her wedding day and ask her to elope with him. If Bollywood had its way, Paro would go to Devdas, but after the way he treated her in the past, she decides to leave him for good. Paro gets married and Devdas gets drunk. The rest of the movie is a lesson about the dangers of alcoholism.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Sameer (Salman Khan) and Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) seem like the perfect couple, but only in the first half of this movie. Later, Nandini’s father marries her off to Vanraj (Ajay Devgn) who cannot sing, which impresses all and sundry and Sameer is understandably MIA. The second half of the movie is about Nandini’s search for Sameer, as Vanraj gets friend-zoned by his own wife and bro-zoned by her long lost lover. You’d think Sameer and Nandini end up together, but after finding him, Nandini leaves him and goes back to Vanraj. Can you even?
She was blind. He was a terrorist. But Zoona (Kajol) and Rehan (Aamir Khan) fall in love, and then go their separate ways when he fakes his death. Years later, he finds her again, and realizes they have a son. Her sight restored, Zoona cannot recognize Rehan at first, but later finds out who he is. Still unaware of his background, they reconcile, and their family is whole again. You cannot make such things up. But Rehan's past comes back to haunt him, and when Zoona finally learns the truth, she kills him. RIP love.
When an affair between a philandering man and a married woman blossomed into love, we thought this was Bollywood’s new style of romance. But Jism does not end with the couple living happily ever after. It turns out that Sonia (Bipasha Basu) was just using Kabir (John Abraham) to murder her husband and inherit his wealth and property. After learning the truth, Kabir shoots her and succumbs to his own gunshot. Could have just walked away, you know!
One of the biggest blockbuster romances of Bollywood, this movie too ends with the lovers going their separate ways. Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar) is the heir to the Mughal throne, while Anarkali (Madhubala) is a dancer in the court. They are not destined to be together and Salim’s father makes sure of that. But instead of taking her life, like he had planned to, he lets Anarkali escape to never return to Salim. Meanwhile, Salim moves on, unaware that his lover is still alive. Sigh.
This love story between millionaire Sanjay (Aamir Khan) and simpleton Kalpana (Asin) starts off being cute and funny, before the movie takes a turn towards all things over-the-top. Kalpana is murdered and Sanjay develops anterograde amnesia. To avenge her murder, Sanjay tattoos the name of her murderer on his body, in order to remember his sole purpose, now that Kalpana is gone. I guess you can call it a happy ending when Sanjay kills Ghajini, and is left with mere memories of his lover. Pretty tragic!
This film is a classic example of Stockholm Syndrome. Veera (Alia Bhatt) is abducted by Mahabir (Randeep Hooda) and his gang. As they move from one city to another, escaping the police, the two grow closer, confiding in each other. Both suffered from sexual abuse in their childhood and begin to sympathize with each other. Alas, the police catches up with them and shoots Mahabir. In the end, Veera walks away from her family and goes off to live in the mountains. Maybe to meditate. Om!