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- Published 14.02.11
The day of, by and for love. Today’s edition of t2 is a Valentine’s Day guide to help you make your day of love special.
From what to watch and read to what to wear and buy, here is a slice of love to floor your partner in style and make this a V-Day to remember.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
If we were to pick one love story from mainstream Bengali cinema, it would probably be this Ajoy Kar film. The Uttam-Suchitra combo at its best. Her Rina Brown and his Krishnendu are fire and ice. Uttam singing Ei path jodi na... and pillion-rider Suchitra cooing ‘tumi bolo’ into his ear has been the Bengali’s idea of romance for decades. We prefer the love-hate games and the tinge of tragedy.
The Uttam-Suchitra pairing only got better with this love story by Agradoot revolving around Tapashi (Suchitra), who gets married as a girl but is brought back home by her mother. Later, she meets Kiriti (Uttam Kumar) at a hill station, falls head over heels in love with him — only to discover that he is actually her long-lost husband.
Antony Firingee (1967)
Love knows no barriers. Uttam Kumar is the poet and singer ostracised for his religion and his love for the Hindu girl he rescues, Tanuja. A classical tragedy by Sunil Bandopadhyay that has endured, thanks to the performances and to Aami je jalsaghare, Tumi jamini aami shashi he...
Harano Sur (1957)
It’s mushy and it makes your heart ache. This Ajoy Kar film had laughter and tears. He is Alok, she is Roma. He loses his memory, she rescues him. The two tie the knot but Alok forgets all about their romance once he regains his memory. Just when you are about to give up hope (with a willing suspension of disbelief, of course) she begins to sing Tumi je amaar...
Apur Sansar (1959)
Satyajit Ray’s searing depiction of love and loss concluded the Apu trilogy. Circumstances bring Soumitra Chatterjee’s Apurba and Sharmila Tagore’s Aparna together, but love binds them. A stray hairpin on the pillow becomes the symbol of youthful passion and the death of Aparna the last word in tragedy.
Chokher Bali (2003):
Sweet love within wedlock; scorching love outside wedlock. Tagore’s novel became Rituparno Ghosh’s grand period piece capturing the passion play between a man, his wife and a widow craving for love. Raima Sen’s guileless Ashalata was the perfect foil for Aishwarya’s seductive Binodini with Prosenjit playing Mahendra, the man torn between the two women. Brought a certain section of the audience back to the Bengali screen.
Baksha Badal (1965):
An effervescent college student (Aparna Sen) gets her suitcase mixed up on the train with a stodgy young psychiatrist (Soumitra Chatterjee) and the two undergo a hilarious journey of muddled identities, confused lovers and counselling sessions before their ‘love-chemistry’ finally combusts. With Satyajit Ray penning the script, this film by Nityananda Dutta is a treat for all ages.
Aarekti Premer Galpo (2010):
A path-breaker. The Rituparno Ghosh-Indraneil Sengupta relationship is the soul of this Kaushik Ganguly film that shows why a same-sex love story is actually just another love story. How companionship is a cornerstone of love and how a man in love with another man goes through the same emotional upheaval as a woman does.
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002):
Love in the time of hate. Young Meenakshi Iyer travels with her toddler in a bus. Next to her sits Raja, a Muslim photographer. Terror strikes and the two come together, only to go their separate ways as the journey comes to an end. We so wanted Meenakshi (Konkona Sensharma) and Raja (Rahul Bose) to unite. But it’s their fleeting kinship that made this Aparna Sen film a little classic.
The Japanese Wife (2010):
A schoolteacher from the Sunderbans marries his penfriend in Japan by exchanging letters, without ever having seen her. He remains loyal to the Japanese girl despite the miles and years that separate them and the presence of a coy young widow at home. This quaint Kunal Basu love story was brought alive on celluloid by Aparna Sen at her best — just by keeping things simple. This ode to long-distance love… make that love, actually, saw Rahul Bose, Chigusa Takaku and Raima Sen shining through.
How can a tale of a man and woman never really getting to know they are in love with each other make it to this list? Well, director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury likes to show a little and hold back a lot, and it sure works for us. Rahul Bose and Radhika Apte as the cop and the TV reporter script a poignant tale — with the Aparna Sen-Kalyan Sen track providing an intriguing backdrop — set to Shantanu Moitra’s soul-stirring soundtrack.
Love makes Bollywood go around (and we’re not just talking trees here). here’s looking at xi films that have defined and redefined romance down the decades
|Kaagaz ke phool (1959) |
A director falling in love with his leading lady has played out on screen film after film but nothing has been able to match the magic of Guru Dutt’s classic tale of love and loss. Two lonely souls, Waheeda Rehman and Dutt himself, coming together in VK Murthy’s stark black-and-white frames with Kaifi Azmi’s words put to music by SD Burman — waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam...
You can’t talk about Bollywood and romance and not talk about Tere mere sapne ab ek rang hain. Writer-director Vijay Anand used just three shots to shoot an entire song and till today the images of Dev Anand serenading Waheeda Rehman remain the benchmark of romance on screen. Who can love like Raju loved Rosie?
|Ijaazat (1987) |
Mera kuch samaan tumhare paas pada hai became the paean of unfulfilled love as Gulzar wrote and directed one of the most poignant tales of passion on the Indian screen. Featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, Anuradha Patel and an Asha Bhonsle-only RD Burman score, Ijaazat remains special.
|Lamhe (1991) |
A love story way ahead of its time, Lamhe celebrated love that transcends the boundaries of age and time. Yash Chopra — the raja of romance — made Lamhe the mature love story that Bollywood had never attempted before. Sridevi in a dual role turned in a career-best performance with Anil Kapoor impressing as the man spurned by the mother but loved by the daughter. A favourite that did not get its due.
|Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge (1995) |
When Raj met Simran, love was never the same again. A Mumbai couple we know watched the film every Sunday evening at Maratha Mandir for almost two years on the trot. The SRK-Kajol saga wasn’t just a great love story on screen, it inspired millions of romances across the world, from the European valleys to the mustard fields of Punjab. And countless Bolly remakes. Tujhe dekha toh ye jaana sanam...
|Jab we met (2007) |
A sassy Sikhni and a bashful businessman changed the way we looked at love this millennium. Fresh and frothy, spirited and soulful, this Imtiaz Ali film strikes a chord — in those in love or out of it. Every time we watch Kareena and Shahid — which is a couple of times every month given the TV reruns — we silently root for Geet and Aditya and cheer aloud when they seal it with a kiss at the end. Aaoge jab tum...
|Hum dil de chuke sanam (1999) |
Love and sacrifice took centre stage in this Sanjay Leela Bhansali film in which a married woman (Ash), husband in tow (Ajay), travelled from the dusty deserts of Rajasthan to the grand piazzas of Italy searching for her lost love (Salman). Stirring performances and soulful music took this love story a notch higher than the rest. Today, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a cult romance. Jhonka hawa ka aaj bhi...
|Roja (1992) |
A compelling tale of love in the face of terror, Roja brought a freshness to romance seldom seen in Bollywood. A young bride fearlessly rescuing her husband from the clutches of militants moved and inspired. Arvind Swamy was the man to lust after and also bring home to mom, Madhoo was the right mix of romance and resolve. Enter, Mani Ratnam. Enter, A.R. Rahman!
|Amar Prem (1971) |
How can a Rajesh Khanna romance not make it to this list? This Shakti Samanta film about the forbidden romance between a man unlucky in love and a courtesan became the love story for a generation of movie lovers. RD Burman’s tunes — from Chingaari koi bhadke to Raina beeti jaaye to Kuch to log kahenge — have made this love story live on. Along with the line, “Pushpaaa, I hate tears”.
|Mili (1975) |
True and tragic, simple and sensitive, this little gem from Hrishikesh Mukherjee is heart-warming and heart-rending. Amitabh Bachchan says it all with his eyes and Jaya Bhaduri charms us all with her smile. Our moment? When Aaye tum yaad mujhe rises out of the silence of the night and Jaya stares out of the window from her sick bed, united in spirit with “dusht raakshas” Amitabh.
|Qayamat se qayamat tak (1988) |
Even today, it’s tough to switch channels when this desi Romeo & Juliet is on air. On screen, it made Aamir Khan a superstar and Juhi Chawla a star. Off screen, it inspired a generation of lovers to rebel for romance. Every young couple in love identified with Raj and Rashmi, the star-crossed couple whose love story triumphed in life and in death. Anand-Milind’s soulful tunes — Ghazab ka hai din to Aye mere humsafar to Akele hain.... — added to the enduring appeal of this Mansoor Khan-directed romance.
From Bogart and Bergman to Leo and Kate, they have celebrated love on screen from black-and-white to colour, from stereo to dolby. here’s looking at XI of the best Holly romances, Kid!
|Casablanca (1942) |
A love story like no other. Of love lost. Of love regained. Of love sacrificed. And when you have the sublime Ingrid Bergman and the majestic Humphrey Bogart playing out the romance, just keep playing it Sam!
|Titanic (1997) |
This one hasn’t aged so well and there are many who feel guilty for going bonkers over the multiple-Oscar movie when it had released. But as the umpteenth rerun on TV proved the other day, when Rose looked at Jack with her wide eyes and when Jack glanced at Rose through the tuft of golden hair, you couldn’t help but love Kate and Leo.
|Roman Holiday (1953) |
A princess falls in love with an ordinary guy. In this classic love story set in romantic Rome, Audrey Hepburn stole Gregory Peck’s heart — and that of the audience — as the poor little Princess Ann. The charming fairytale romance, often described as a Cinderella story in reverse, ends on a bittersweet note. Her last look and his last walk — feel the lump in your throat?
|When Harry met Sally... (1989) |
A chalk-and-cheese couple discover and rediscover their love for each other over a period of 11 years in this Billy Crystal-Meg Ryan rom-com that has been a firm favourite through generations. Naughty and fun (a high point being the fake orgasm scene at the deli), this Rob Reiner film explored the varied faces of romance and relationships. Bollywood spun out Hum Tum and came close, but...
|Pretty Woman (1990) |
A Hollywood fairytale set in Beverley Hills. Part-Cinderella, part-Pygmalion, this tale of love between a suave millionaire and a spunky call girl became the last word in celluloid romance for so many. Women swooned over Richard Gere’s Edward and men wanted to get to know Julia Roberts’s Vivian just a little better. Funny and touching, Pretty Woman worked because underneath it all, it must have been love and it meant that some dreams still come true.
|Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (2004) |
Can you erase someone you love from your memory overnight? Writer Charlie Kauffman tried to find out in this mindboggling journey across hearts and heads, directed by Michel Gondry. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet were Joel and Clementine. Clementine: This is it, Joel. It’s going to be gone soon. Joel: I know. Clementine: What do we do? Joel: Enjoy it. Well, we sure did!
|Brokeback mountain (2005) |
Same-sex relationships come with a baggage — they are same-sex relationships. But when ranch hand Ennis del Mar (Heath Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) found each other, they were just two people hopelessly in love. The world did raise its ugly head but by then Ang Lee had lent a universal feel to Ennis and Jack’s romance. Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together does come close, but Brokeback Mountain continues to best exemplify the fact that love can bloom between any two souls.
|Wall-E (2008) |
An animation film and that too about two machines, but Pixar managed to conjure up the most passionate of romances. When Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth Class saw Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator, love was in the air. EVE would go on to understand WALL-E’s feelings for her better than most humans do in a live action film. And there’s something about love and innocence that spells magic together. WALL-E? Eeeee.... va!
|Annie Hall (1977) |
No one understands relationships on 35mm better than Woody Allen and Annie Hall is his greatest treatise on that. Annie Hall and Alvy Singer fall in love, fall out of love, understand their love, question their love and take us through all the crests and troughs of the oldest game in the world. “That sex was the most fun I’ve ever had without laughing.” LOL!
|(500) days of summer (2009) |
It opens with the voiceover, “this is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story”, but this Marc Webb movie has, in a short time, found its pride of place among the most rocking screen romances in recent times. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in this post-modern love story about two young people who go through 500 days of emotional upheaval. And like life, they don’t come back to you one after the other but like a jigsaw puzzle the heart must solve.
|The notebook (2004)|
There are two kinds of people in the
movie-going world — those who love The Notebook and those who don’t love The Notebook. If you are in love, chances are you are in the first batch. Nicholas Sparks has written some of the sappiest love stories in years but this one hit home and how. Two people (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) fall in love, are forced out of love and then came together to lead a life where they don’t have each other all the while — if this one doesn’t move you, little else will.