From Raj Kapoor and Nargis in the 50s to Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone today, romance and its tunes have changed but a true Bollywood heart hums to every beat, be it Pyaar Hua Ikrar Hua from Shree 420 or Tum Ho from Rockstar. While the expression may have moved on from playing the piano, singing out shayaris and dancing around trees, the underlying theme of love, charmingly remains constant in our movies till date. Don’t believe us? Join us as we reminisce Bollywood romance through its unforgettable melodious tunes this Valentine’s!
It was a rainy day in the 50s, a monochrome scene on a dimly lit street, two lovers shared an umbrella while expressing the joys and woes of love through the iconic song Pyaar Hua Ikrar Hua in Shree 420. Raj Kapoor and Nargis were rumoured to be in love at the time, thus their chemistry here is unmissable!
Stereotypically, girls were expected to be rather coy back in the day, so we saw songs like Chodd Do Aanchal starring Nutan and Dev Anand (Paying Guest) where the couple shared sweet nothings while also being afraid of the society. But the path-breaking boldness of the song Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya from the magnum opus Mughal E Azam, starring Madhubala & Dilip Kumar, welcomed the 60s with a fresh perspective. This made the 60s a memorable era of romance in Bollywood, where love knew no bounds. *ae mohabbat zindabad*
Adding the crazy to love was Shammi Kapoor in the 60s, where his eccentric and hysterical expression of love in the song Junglee(Junglee) became a benchmark tune! This opened the gates to movies like Kashmir Ki Kali, Teesri Manzil and Prince, giving us legendary tunes like Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra, Oh Haseena Zulfonwaale, Aja Aja Main Hu Pyaar Tera and Badan Pe Sitare. These songs basically deserve a different jukebox because the age of Shammi Kapoor has a different fan base altogether! *YAHOOOO!*
Passion mixed with sorrow in the song Lag Ja Gale (Woh Kaun Thi) is audible through Lataji’s voice and visible through Sadhana’s expressive eyes even in black and white. This song gave a loving embrace an all new meaning in the 60s. Which takes us to the colourful 70s where Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore shined in the song Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka Naata Koi (Aa Gale Lag Jaa), yet another mesmerising melody you just can’t get out of your head.
The 70s also saw Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia debut in the film Bobby, our favourite song from the film? Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Bandh Ho of course! Let’s just say, this movie singlehandedly took the meaning of bold love to an all new level. When we talk about romance in the 70s and 80s, Amitabh Bachchan’s films Kabhie Kabhie and Silsila need a special mention. The beautiful picturization, lyrics and music of Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein and Yeh Kaha Aa Gaye Hum gave us a glimpse of the magical world of Yash Chopra. Although, Silsila was a controversial film for BigB, where the story was partially inspired by true events. *main aur meri tanhaai, aksar yeh baaten karte hain*
The rest of the 80s gave us catchy tunes like Dard-e-Dil from Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim’s Karz and dance numbers like Ek Do Teen from Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor’s Tezaab. Also, the longest reigning queen of Bollywood, Sridevi, became an overnight favourite in the 80s with songs like Naino Mein Sapna(Himmatwala), Mitwa(Chandni) and Surmayee Ankhiyon Mein(Sadma). Her spectacular reign continued in the 90s with Yash Chopra’s Lamhe, the song Kabhi Main Kahoon from this movie is compelling. What a glorious age in Bollywood that was!
The 90s gave us the longest running movie, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge that needs no introduction. While all its songs were blissful, Tujhe Dekha Toh remains our top favourite! More favourites from the 90s include Dil Se Re(Dil Se), Are Re Are(Dil Toh Pagal Hai), Koi Mil Gaya(Kuch Kuch Hota Hai), Aankhon Ki Gustakhiya(Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam), Ishq Bina and Nahin Saamne(Taal). Well choreographed numbers with background dancers were a rage!
The first year of the 21st century was welcomed with the super blockbuster Kaho Na Pyaar Hai that received the most number of Filmfare awards ever! We love ALL the songs from this Hrithik Roshan and Amisha Patel debut, but Na Tum Jano Na Hum and Pyaar Ki Kashti Mein are our favourites! It’s been a rollercoaster of Bollywood romance films in the 2000 age, so here’s briefly listing our picks from the gazillion. Jab We Met’s Yeh Ishq Hai, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’s Tu Bole, Rockstar’s Tum Ho, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’s Kabira, Ram Leela’s Laal Ishq, Dum Laga Ke Haisha’s Moh Moh Ke Dhaage and ADHM’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, give these gems a listen this Valentine’s!
And though 2018’s best movie Andhadhun was a twisted tale that managed to get us on the edge of our seats with its absurdity, this list is incomplete without the playful tunes of Naina da Kya Kasoor that Ayushmann Khurrana sings for Radhika Apte with much love!
Did we miss out any? Add to this list with a comment below! Also, tell us which one is your favourite.
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