Feel like watching DDLJ for the fiftieth time but the DVD player is out of order? You’ll find it on Amazon. In fact, there’s a ton of classic Bolly cinema from the 1990s and 2000s on Amazon, Hotstar and Netflix. Pick from these dramas when you’re programming your next movie night.
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‘Kal Ho Na Ho’
Director Nikhil Advani’s 2003 movie Kal Ho Na Ho is Naina’s (Preity Zinta) story. The central theme is the idea of unfulfilled love. Naina lives in New York with her dysfunctional family. There, she befriends Rohit (Saif Ali Khan), who falls for her. However, she develops feelings for her neighbour Aman (Shah Rukh Khan). Aman likes Naina, but hides his affections because of a sad secret.
‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’
Family comes first for the Raichands in Karan Johar’s family drama, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001). So much so that when Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) disobeys his father, Yash (Amitabh Bachchan), to marry Anjali (Kajol), he’s disowned. Years later, his brother, Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) tries to reunite them.
‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’
First love is unforgettable or so Karan Johar’s coming-of-age romantic comedy Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) preaches. Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali (Kajol) are best friends in college. Their ways fork when he falls for Tina (Rani Mukherjee). A heartbroken, friend-zoned Anjali leaves college. Years later, a letter from the now-deceased Tina sets Rahul and Tina’s daughter on a mission to reunite the long-lost best friends.
‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’
When it comes to schmaltzy Bollywood romances, it doesn’t get better (some might say worse) than Aditya Chopra’s 1995 movie (pictured above). The film is so popular, it hasn’t stopped playing at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai for more than 20 years. It’s love at first sight for Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol). They gallivant through Europe, she returns to India to marry a man her folks have picked, he follows his lady love.
Following your crush on Instagram maybe a good idea, but following them in real life is a criminal offense. Director Yash Chopra’s Darr (1993) is the story of Rahul’s (Shah Rukh Khan) obsession with Kiran (Juhi Chawla ). She’s engaged to Sunil (Sunny Deol). But that doesn’t stop Rahul from creepily trying to sabotage the relationship between Kiran and Sunil.
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‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’
Surrogacy is a complex issue and this Abbas-Mastan movie complicates it further. It follows a wealthy childless couple Raj Malhotra (Salman Khan) and his wife Priya (Rani Mukherjee). Raj meets a hustler, Madhubala (Preity Zinta) who agrees to conceive their child for a million rupees but faces a dilemma as her pregnancy progresses.
What would you do if you were acting as the chief minister of Maharashtra for 24 hours? In director S Shankar’s Nayak 2001 political drama Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (Anil Kapoor), a journalist takes up this challenge after an interview with the chief minister, Balraj Chauhan (Amrish Puri).
In this 1997 movie directed by Indra Kumar, two wealthy businessmen Ranjit Rai (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) and Harbans Lal (Dalip Tahil) are determined to get their kids to marry into wealth. They get their children Madhu (Juhi Chawla) and Ajay (Ajay Devgan) to meet intending to get them hitched. Instead, Madhu falls for Ajay’s best friend, Raja (Amir Khan), a mechanic and Ajay falls for Kajal (Kajol), who is equally poor.
‘Andaz Apna Apna’
What better way to be rich than marrying rich? Andaz Apna Apna (1994), directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, follows two slackers Amar (Amir Khan) and Prem (Salman Khan). They plot to marry an heiress, Raveena Bajaj (Raveena Tandon). Instead, they end up protecting her from a criminal.
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‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’
In director Aziz Mirza’s Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000) Mohan Joshi (Paresh Rawal), has an axe to grind as a minister. Two journalists Ajay (Shah Rukh Khan) and Ria (Juhi Chawla) work for two rival channels. A complicated series of events bring the three together in the pursuit of justice.
Director Kundan Shah’s drama Kya Kehna (2000) is the story of a jovial university student, Priya (Preity Zinta), who’s impregnated by wealthy womaniser, Rahul (Saif Ali Khan). The man refuses to marry her and she faces the brunt of social disapproval for having a child out of wedlock.
In this 1999 Subhash Ghai movie, a wealthy man, Manav (Akshaye Khanna) falls in love with Mansi (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), the daughter of a music teacher, Tara Babu. Standing in the way of their marriage is Manav’s wealthy father. When Manav’s family insults Tara Babu, Mansi breaks off all contact with him. She goes on to become a singing star thanks to Vikrant Kapoor (Anil Kapoor), a music producer. Predictably, he falls for her and proposes marriage. She agrees but her heart’s not in it.
‘Hum Aapke Hai Koun…!’
It’s all about the family in all of director Sooraj Barjatya movies, and none is bigger than Hum Aapke Hai Koun…! (1994). Nisha (Madhuri Dixit) and Prem (Salman Khan) fall in love as their siblings Rajesh (Mohnish Bahl) and Pooja (Renuka Shahane) are getting married. Then Pooja dies and the relationship between Nisha and Prem goes awry.