I am the biggest fan of Shahrukh Khan one can possibly meet. Can you blame me? Envision a Shahrukh Khan standing in the middle of a mustard, with a Mandolin and his brown orbs glistening with passion and intensity.*sigh*.Anyway, I first fell in love with him when I watched Kuch Kuch Hota Hai at the tender age of 5. And that devotion, that obsession has continued till this very day.
Since I enjoyed Mr. Khan’s movies so much, and since his movies are primarily love stories, I started reading and watching romantic fiction. And, puns aside, I fell in love again.
Now that I think about it, what makes love stories so special? People argue that love stories are unrealistic, they are cheesy, they are impractical, they don’t have an ounce of reality in them, and they coerce people into making unrealistic demands from their life.
Well, it may be true in some respects. Movies are meant to portray a larger than life image. The song and dance sequences may seem over the top, but that’s precisely why they exist. If movies were made to be completely realistic, what would the difference be between a movie and a documentary?
I think love stories exist for a very specific reason. They fill one’s heart with hope. They can rekindle the dying fire within you. They entertain you. And sometimes, they even make you believe in love.
In this article, I have highlighted a few of my favourite love stories, and the true message behind them-
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
My favourite Bollywood movie, no movie list made by me will ever be complete without this candyfloss romance. In Karan Johar’s directorial debut, Shahrukh Khan and Kajol portray Rahul Khanna and Anjali Sharma, two best friends. They are best friends. When Rahul makes an innocent, yet truthful comment about how love is nothing but friendship, Anjali starts falling in love with Rahul. However, Rahul does not reciprocate, and Anjali is left heartbroken. 10 years later, with the help of Rahul’s daughter, who realizes how much Anjali loved Rahul through a series of letters left by her expired mother, Tina(Rani Mukherji), Rahul and Anjali meet again.However, Anjali is to be married to Aman(Salman Khan).Will Anjali’s love story get a happy ending?
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai describes so many human emotions beautifully. The bond between a father and a daughter, the bond between two friends, the heartbreak of unrequited love, sacrifice of one’s happiness to see the person you love flourish and the joy of falling in love and having your love story fulfilled are all beautifully potrayed in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Most of all, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai taught me that truly, Love is indeed friendship.
P.S. I love you
A movie that can bring tears to the eyes of the hardest of hearts, this movie is based on a novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. Holly(Hilary Swank)and Gerry(Gerard Butler) are a married couple, very much in love. Suddenly, tragedy strikes, and Gerry dies of a brain tumor. Holly is truly heartbroken upon Gerry’s demise. She stops functioning and is lost without his presence. To her surprise, she starts receiving a series of messages written by Gerry before his demise, all ending with P.S. I love you. Gerry’s letters encourage Holly to live life again- each new message sends her on an altogether new adventure. Gerry’s letters encourage her to follow her dream, and to move on with life. Holly begins rediscovering herself, loving herself and in the process realizes that moving on doesn’t mean that her love for Gerry will be any less.
P.S. I love you beautifully describes the undying love Gerry had for Holly, so much, that he ensured that she would be able to thrive after his demise.
A Walk to Remember
In this adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker,troubled teenager Landon Carter(Shane West) finds himself slowly falling in love with the pastor’s daughter, Jamie Sullivan(Mandy Moore, in her cutest role ever). Jamie is religious, innocent and caring. She slowly inspires Landon to become a better person. However, Jamie has terminal leukaemia and only has a few more months left. Landon stays with Jamie throughout her illness, fulfilling all her wishes listed in her Book Of Wishes, including getting married in the chapel her parents married in. Years later, it is revealed that Jamie inspired Landon to join Medical School. My favourite scene in in this movie is right towards the end, where Landon is looking at the ocean with a slight smile on his face, thinking,”Our love is like the wind… I can’t see it, but I sure can feel it.”
A Walk to Remember beautifully describes how love can inspire one to become a better person and how, love doesn’t necessarily have an end.
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Another Shahrukh khan starrer(can you really blame me for falling in love with him?),this movie is set around the life of Naina Kapur(Preity Zinta), a girl who has forgotten how to smile. Enter Aman(SRK),suave, handsome, charming. He turns Naina’s life upside down-mitigating all her problems, making her world better, teaching her how to smile again. Slowly, Naina finds herself falling in love with Aman. But Aman is a terminally ill patient. And though Aman loves Naina with all his heart, he knows that he has to sacrifice his love, for Rohit(Saif Ali Khan), who loves Naina, perhaps, just as much as he does.
After spreading happiness all around him, Aman passes away. But Naina, in a heartfelt voice-over, says how she can never forget Aman. He was her first love, and he taught her how to love life, how to love herself and how to love Rohit.
These four movies, these four examples are mere pages torn from an encyclopaedia of so many love stories, These are my personal favourites, the movies I would watch when I’m sad or depressed or losing my faith in love. These movies fill my heart with joy and hope and reaffirm my faith in happy endings. They make me appreciate the beauty the power of love even more. They make me believe in prince Charmings and white stallions. And that is the primary reason why love stories exist.