For the Bollywood fans out there, the release of the new romantic film Dil Bechara is highly anticipated. It's unclear when exactly the film will be released—as of posting, it's still listed as May 8th, though most theaters will surely not be open yet—but we're excited for this romance novel adaptation anyway. Based on John Green’s , the story revolves around two young cancer patients, portrayed by Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi, who fall in love and must navigate the tragic world of their illness together.
For those who are still indefinitely self-isolating, it can be difficult to wait for such a promising film. So for your consideration, here are 6 moving and beautiful Bollywood romance movies to watch while you wait for the release of Dil Bechara.
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Bride and Prejudice
This 2004 film is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel . The movie follows four unmarried daughters—Lalita (Aishwarya Rai), Jaya (Namrata Shirodkar), Lakhi (Peeya Rai Chowdhary), and Maya (Meghna Kothari)—of a modern day Indian family. Their mother, Mrs. Bakshi (Nadira Babbar, is determined to marry all of them off to wealthy and respectable men. However, while Jaya falls in love with a kind British-Indian barrister, Balraj (Naveen Andrews), Lalita finds herself drawn to the difficult and seemingly intolerant American, Will Darcy (Martin Henderson).
Who Am I To You?
Who Am I to You?, otherwise known as Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!, was the highest grossing Indian film of 1994. This romantic drama film encompasses family and sacrifice, following two pairs of siblings, brothers Prem (Salman Khan) and Rajesh (Mohnish Bahl) and sisters Pooja (Renuke Shahane) and Nisha (Madhuri Dixit). Rajesh and Pooja enter into an arranged marriage together, and at the ceremony Prem and Nisha develop a strong romantic connection. However, when Pooja later loses her life in a tragic accident, the baby she leaves behind derails the life Prem and Nisha hoped to have together.
Tum Bin...: Love Will Find A Way
Tum Bin is a riveting romantic drama which begins with the death of Canadian-based businessman Amar Shah (Raqesh Vashisth). Following his death, the pieces of his tanking company are put back together by his associate, Shekhar Malhotra (Priyanshu Chatterjee)—a man who also finds himself falling in love with the deceased man’s fiancé, Pia (Sandali Sinha). But Pia and law enforcement alike don’t know that Shekhar is actually the man who caused Amar’s death.
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In Ranjhaar—a fictional Gujarati village known for its arms dealing—the Rajadi and Sanera clans carry out their 500 year rivalry. However, during the festival of Holi, Ram Rajadi—a vagabond enmeshed in pornogrophy and stolen cars—strikes up a romance with the beautiful Leela Sanera. But while this tragic romance may follow some aspects of the classic play its inspired by, don’t think you’re prepared for all of the twists and turns the film will throw your way.
Hasee Toh Phasee
This 2014 romantic comedy-drama follows struggling businessman Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra), who is deeply in love with actress Karishma (Adah Sharma). As Nikhil is arranging a marriage with Karishma, he meets her younger sister, Meeta (Parineeti Chopra), a highly intelligent Chemical Engineer he had a bond with seven years ago. Over the next week, Nikhil and Meeta begin to fall in love. But would Nikhil ever betray the love he was so sure he felt for Karishma?
I Have Given My Heart Away, Darling
This film, also known as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, is a beautiful and moving story that encompasses two great romances of one woman. When the half-Italian Sameer Rossellini (Salman Khan) falls in love with his teacher’s daughter, Nandini (Aishwarya Rai), a teasing courtship turns into a deep love. However, Sameer is banished by Nandini’s father, due to the fact that Nandini is arranged to marry another man—Vanraj (Ajay Devgan), who is also very much in love with her. Yet when, after their nuptials, Vanraj learns Nandini is in love with someone else, he helps her search through Italy for her love.
As Nandini discovers new feelings for the man she has now wed, what path will she choose?
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Featured image of "Dil Bechara" via Fox STAR Studios