Since it’s Valentine’s week and romance is in the air, we decided to explore how the definition of love has changed in Hindi cinema over the years for our #BigStory. While Hollywood has always prided itself on its visual effects and graphics, Bollywood
is known for deftly handling emotions. Which explains why some of the most-watched Hindi films are romances. However, since films mirror society and the decades past have been full of changes thanks to globalisation, the definition of romance in Hindi cinema has changed too. Reverent love stories have transformed into mushy romances, lust-driven accounts, and even epic dramas to keep up with the changing times. In 2021, love is no longer a sacred bond or another name for friendship, it doesn’t alter the course of the protagonists’ lives, nor does it demand bloodshed. It’s sometimes an amalgamation of all these elements or something entirely different. Read on:
Romance of the ’80s and ’90s
By the ’80s, epic and tragic tales of Laila-Majnu and Romeo-Juliet had been reprised several times over on the silver screen and boy-meets-girl romances were also losing their appeal. But promising fresh faces brought about a change in the narrative. ‘Silsila’ (1981), ‘Saagar’ (1985), ‘Chandni’ (1989), ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ (1989), presented a new-age romance that came with the promise of a happy ending. Aditya Chopra’s ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ that released in the ’90s, veered away from the rebellious love stories of the time and is still lauded for being a gamechanger as far as romances go.
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