Finally, Bollywood is getting called out for its movies and songs that are normalizing the stalking culture, portraying it as an expression of love. It is due to sheer idiocy that people today believe that it’s the right way to chase a girl. Trust me, if you don’t want to land up in jail, don’t do it. Love is a feeling so pure that doesn’t have to be associated with nasty stuff as stalking. It is imperative for Bollywood to bring out different shades of love and straighten impaired perspectives. In a span of a couple of decades, Bollywood has managed to produce some movies which express love beyond stalking.
These Bollywood movies depict real love that goes beyond stalking:
1. Sanam Teri Kasam
Inder Parihaar (Harsvardhan Rane) and Saraswati Parthasarathy’s (Mawre Hocane) love story is sealed by a curse that gave us self-less and silent love. Lonely criminal finding solace in borrowed books left pieces of his heart to her. He helped throughout without forcing his emotions or burdening her. The library scene where she finds his notes of love and their conversation is the best we can ask for.
“Saru tum mere best choice ho, par mere jaise criminal tumhare best choice nahi.”
Someone understanding you even before you speak is the best expression of love.
2. Akaash Vaani
Akaash (Kartik Aaryan) and Vaani’s (Nushrat Bharucha) college love found its end in the norms and falsely brooded egos of society. Director highlights narrow mindsets, no-consideration for women in the decisions of marriage, and most ignored and important tragedy, ‘Marital Rape.’ Although her parents push her back to her husband, Akaash stands on her side. Although he expresses hatred towards her insensitivity of breaking up on phone, he understands her current mental deterioration. He helps her to rejuvenate and brings back her confidence to stand for herself. He pulls her out of toxic relationship expectations.
“Woh khush hoti toh dikkat hoti ki mere Saath nahi. Par kya wo khush hai? I feel use lagta hai ki, use khush rehne ka Haq he nahi hai. I just want her to be happy for once. Phir jab who laute use khushi na miley toh usse katke aur woh kuch karne ki himmat kare.”
Can we ask for a better expression of love than holding the hand of support and understanding silence?
3. Running Shaadi
Although this highlights the different concept of providing service for a runaway couple, there is the main love story. Ram Bharose (Amit Sadh) and Nimmi (Tapsee Pannu) gave us a true story of acceptance. Bharose accepts Nimmi’s past relations and also helps her as a good friend in teen pregnancy. Nevertheless, he never dared to express his love even after supporting her to run-away. Taapsee dared to fight for it breaking his shell and making her love successful.
Courage and fight for love (when your loved one cannot), is the expression of love we crave for.
Presenting two parallel love stories Phillauri also plated a comparative love story. Let’s talk about ‘Philauri’ couple- Roop Lal (Diljit Dosanjh) and Shashi Kumari (Anushka Sharma).
Their love story ended on a tragic, yet happy note and we saw the forgiving nature of Shashi. If you cannot forgive the person you love, you are not in love. You may choose to stay away, but you still forgive. Shashi forgave him and aligned her dreams with his. Owing to that time, they made each other’s dream significant no less than the other.
Making our dreams priority and helping to achieve them is the expression of love we fall for.
This movie of Imtiaz Ali received mixed views. The love story of Tara and Ved had two facets. One phase of Ved where he is mask-less with whom Tara fell in love and another phase of the mask which is suffocating him. Tara communicated her emotional state instead of saying yes to his proposal. Her conversation with him is a crucial point which changes his life for the better. Although followed series of events was hard yet they were meant to happen for better.
I Love You is not the only expression of love. The conversation of truth without the mask is the honest expression.
6. The Lunchbox
Nimrat Kaur, Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in The Lunchbox did justice to the story by performing well. This movie went on to receive international and national fame. It was screened at Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. A recipient of many awards, the movie was well received by the audience as well.
7. Kuch Bheege Alfaaz
A love story following a call on a wrong number makes for a good romantic watch on a late night. With beautiful dialogues, the movies brings out the actual meaning of loving someone’s soul and discarding the idea of outer beauty.
Bollywood’s one of the to-be-iconic films Barfi! is a love story that makes us want to love that purely. There are no worldly desires in a love as pious as shared by Barfi and Jhilmil in the movie. In the love triangle that follows, Shruti also learns the quintessential meaning of this four-letter word and devotes the rest of her life making amends.
9. Dum Laga Ke Haisha
In the midst of love stories being interfered by parents, this one stands apart. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is about a couple trapped in arranged marriage who come closer with time and learn to love each other with flaws. The movie takes a step forward and eliminates the misconceptions and criteria of falling in love. Your body shape doesn’t define you and hence shouldn’t be a criteria for someone to fall for you.
10. Veer Zaara
One of the Bollywood classics, the movie is about two star-crossed lovers- Veer and Zaara. Veer is an Indian Air Force Pilot while Zaara is the daughter of a Pakistani politician. Their love story is a heart wrenching one where we see the sacrifices one makes for sheer love.
Start expressing love in better ways instead of stalking women in real and virtual. Do you know more movies and better ways to express love? Share with us in the comments below.