Celebrate a day of love with these adorable movies!


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Celebrate a day of love with these adorable movies!

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By S. Mangala Ramya | Updated: 12 Feb 2022 17:47 IST

New Delhi [India], February 12 (ANI): Valentine’s Day is finally coming to an end. The icing on the cake this week is without a doubt the best day ever: Valentine’s Day. Originally in honor of St. Valentine, who let lovers marry in secret, the day has evolved into a surface treatment of the most beautiful feeling everyone can feel, in varying degrees: love.
Love…what is it, in pop culture? We usually see a ton of movies every year in which the girls are usually lively and the boys are the “depressed guys” and vice versa. In mainstream movies, it is rare to see a straight or gay couple equal in temperament to each other. Almost everyone supports a popular on-screen couple finally coming together, even if it’s the most illogical thing in the story.
So, on this note, here are some traditional and unconventional love stories you can watch this Valentine’s Day. These films offer nuanced depictions of relationships and love.
1. ‘Chhoti Si Baat’: ‘Chhoti Si Baat’ is the sweetest movie on this list because of how beautiful it is, how to show love by opening up to someone you really like. Amol Palekar plays Arun Pradeep, an extremely shy young man who lacks confidence and often makes everyone use him as a doormat. He fell in love with Prabha Narayan, played by the ever charming Vidya Sinha, but couldn’t express his feelings. The film is a Basu Chatterjee classic and an instant pick-me-up for Valentine’s Day. The song “Najane Kyun Hota Hai Ye Zindagi Ke Saath” will accompany you for a long time!

2. “Rajnigandha”: The name sounded the alarm, but for the wrong reasons. Rajnigandha is the Hindi name for tuberose and is different from the pan masala brand that everyone knows. Now that we’ve got it out of the way, let’s talk about the beautiful and nuanced film “Rajnigandha”, again starring Amol Palekar, Vidya Sinha and Dinesh Thakur and directed by the guru himself, Basu Chatterjee.
Released before “Chhoti Si Baat” in 1974, the film was Amol Palekar’s Hindi debut and Vidya Sinha’s first screen role. The film revolves around the lives of psychology graduate Deepa (Vidia) in a long-distance relationship with Sanjay (Amor). She gets an interview call from Mumbai, where she meets her ex-lover, Naveen (Dinesh), with whom she falls in love again. The year was 1974, and at a time when no one would have thought girls had boyfriends, Basuda showed us a protagonist who was suddenly stuck between the past and the present, an era ahead of its time. The film has won numerous awards. Mukesh’s “Kai Baar Yun hi Dekha Hai” won him that year’s National Best Male Singer Award.

3. “Mouna Ragam”: It is a crime to mention “romance” as a genre without introducing Mani Ratnam’s films. “Mouna Ragam,” starring Revathy and Mohan, has Karthik in a cameo.
It tells the life of Divya (Revathi), a free-spirited college girl who is forced by her father (Sankaran) into an arranged marriage with Chandrakumar (Mohan). Divya hates Chandra for marrying her because she is secretly mourning the death of her shot ex-lover Manohar (Karthik). The story follows Divya’s inner conflict between clinging to the past, accepting the present, and living with Chandrakumar. Mohan’s character can safely be called the most patient husband ever portrayed on screen, enduring Divya’s every tantrum. The film established Mani Ratnam as a filmmaker, winning him the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, among many other awards. It was a box office success and ran for more than 175 days. It was remastered as “Kasak” in Hindi in 1992 and “Chandrodaya” in Kannada in 1999.

4. ‘OK Kanmani’: After such a complicated film, Mani Ratnam once again lifts our moods with this lighthearted but captivating romance. While cohabitation isn’t a big deal now, the way it’s presented in the movie is beautiful. Nithya Menen and Dulquer Salmaan’s characters had a dialogue as if they were really expressing their feelings.
It’s as if a camera is tracking a young urban couple. Unlike the effort visible in the performance of the Hindi remake of “OK Jaanu”, the flow of the original is more fluid. It will definitely leave you with a lovely smile at the end!

5. “Bajirao Mastani”: When his most ambitious film is a modern cult classic, how could the great king not be here? The film shows the heroine fearlessly expressing her love for the unattainable “Peshwar”, knowing that only humiliation and non-acceptance await her. Still, she voluntarily chose to be “another woman.”
The film also showcases the pain and betrayal faced by “Kashibai”, brilliantly performed by Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who feels betrayed for the love she unquestionably gives to her significant other. The film is exhausting and often becomes a love story of three people who get into the wrong place at the wrong time.
The song “Aaj Ibaadat” sung by Javed Bashir and written by Bhansali himself is an underrated gem, a cool breeze after a tiring battle. This film is a visual spectacle and a must-see.

6. “The Notebook”: A heartwarming poem from Kashmir, packaged in the film, “The Notebook” released in 2019. This may be one of the few movies where the hero and heroine hardly share any screen space, but foster mutual respect and love by reading each other’s lives in a tiny “notebook”. Movie star newcomers Pranutan Bahl and Zaheer Iqbal, along with a group of cute little kids, are usually the driving force behind the movie. The film is pleasing to the eye with no overt preaching on why it’s important not to find approval for yourself from others.

7. “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa”: Another criminal offense is talking about romance instead of talking about the king of romance: Shah Rukh Khan. The 1990s can safely be called the most romantic era of the century due to the plethora of romantic films from that era, from Mahesh Bhatt’s “Aashiqui” (1990) to Shah Rukh’s “Dil Toh Pagal Hai” (1997) .
But this underrated movie may be the only movie where the male protagonist did not reunite with the female protagonist in the end, but still enjoyed it. Although the film is based on romance, it expresses the daily feelings of a middle-class family vividly. This is a Kundan Shah classic and one of SRK’s most heartbreaking and natural performances.

8. ’96’: This masterpiece is like opening an old scrapbook of memories, longing to return to that lovely life full of happiness and innocence. The film stars National Award winner Vijay Sethupathi and the ever-reliable and lovable Trisha Krishnan.
The film revolves around the reunion of the 1996 cohort twenty-two years after graduation. The reunion also brings Ram and Janu (Janaki) face to face after years of tragic separation. The film walks a fine line with ex-lovers reunited and their current lives lack love, but never let any love overlap with any immorality or incest. Dubbed in Hindi, the film was remade as “99” (2019) in Kannada and “Jaanu” (2020) in Telugu.

9. “Paheli”: An unconventional film, it is Mani Kaul’s 1973 Hindi film “Duvidha” based on a short story written by Vijayadan Detha in Rajasthan. It is directed by Amol Palekar and stars Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee.
It tells the story of a newlywed girl, Lachchi (Rani), whose husband Kishanlal (Shah Rukh) is on a business trip immediately after marriage. She is then visited by a ghost disguised as her husband, who falls in love with her. The most refreshing thing about this movie is that even the ghost gets the girl’s consent and never forces her to love him. The choice, the dilemma (duvidha) that Lachchi faces as she chooses between her needs and unnecessary sacrifices is the crux of the story. This is a tribute to the beautiful culture of Rajasthan and its breathtaking beauty.

10. “Cheeni Kum”: The most out-of-the-box movie on the entire list is undoubtedly R. Balki’s 2005 film “Cheeni Kum.” Amitabh Bachchan as Buddhadev Gupta, a 64-year-old egotistical and snobbish chef, until he meets Nina Verma (Tabu), who is 30 years younger than him, and who doesn’t believe in love and is a calm and composed but independent and strong-willed woman .
He seeks her to marry her father, played by Paresh Rawal, only to discover that he is even older than her father. The film tells the story of a woman who doesn’t obey social rules and chooses to live with a man older than her, knowing that he may not live long, but she wants to live happily, even if it is short-lived. time. Amitabh Bachchan’s performance brings such effortless style and glamour that no one believes he’s in his 60s. Taboo is very charming.

Some heavy, some light, some light, some out of the box, you can watch this Valentine’s Day. Unlike many views that glorify toxicity and encourage lovers not to move on from heartbreak, it’s important to understand that love can never be toxic. Toxicity arises when the boundaries of reason are crossed in the name of love.
Love is ultimately all about letting go and moving on, and these films offer a perspective on that. happy Valentine’s day! (ANI)

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