We have seen movies based on real-life heroes but rarely see films that can show us the accurate picture of messy, complicated relationships. Director Shakun Batra now promises to give us a closer look at romance, life, and everything in between with a film like Gehraiyaan.
Gehraiyaan is all set to release on 12th February, but before that, here are movies that did justice with plots that revolved around complex characters and even more difficult situations where romance brews. How many have you seen?
Cast: Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukome get into a messy relationship only to realize that what they were looking for was within themselves. Imtiaz Ali’s attempt to make a modern love story was sloppy but heartfelt.
Cast: Vaani Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana
First, we saw a transgender love story (and a sincere attempt) by Abhishek Kapoor as a mainstream movie. Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor deserve applause for getting into the skin of their characters to tell a story we had never heard of.
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan and Amitabh Bachchan
In all romantic relationships, Piku comes with her access baggage. However, we see Deepika and Irrfan play Piku and Rana with so much conviction that their constant batter delights you. This was a love triangle about a woman making choices concerning her romantic interest and father.
Cast: Tilotama Shome and Vivek Gomber
What happens to a heartbroken and vulnerable man when he feels attracted and drawn towards her house help? It’s not the societal pressure or judgment of his own family and peers that complicates things. Tilotama Shome and Gomber make this film a memorable watch.
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Ratna Pathak Shah, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Rishi Kapoor, and Rajat Kapoor
Before delving deeper into the world of dysfunctional relationships with Gehraiyaan, Shakun Batra gave us a closer glimpse at modern-day families. What we see on the surface is messier than what lies ahead. From Tia and Arjun’s relationship to Rahul’s sexual orientation, this beautiful slice of life film was believable and endearing.
Cast: Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda
Veera, a young bride-to-be, is abducted by a local gangster, Mahabir, and his men a day before her wedding. Veera, who had her unresolved issues, finds drawn to her abductor. Imtiaz Ali surprised us with Highway. Making a film on Stockholm syndrome was a brave move by Imtiaz Ali.
Cast: Ayesha Takia and Abhay Deol
What happens when you fall in love with someone who you had once rejected in an arranged marriage setup? Imtiaz Ali’s romantic comedy makes you laugh and wonder how relationships get complicated because life can easily throw an unannounced curve ball!
Cast: Richa Chadha, Shweta Tripathi, Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra and Vicky Kaushal
Devi, Shaalu, and Deepak’s lives collide in ways they had never thought of. Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan takes you on a ride where you see life juggling between extreme fear and endless hope. No matter what conspires in your life, Masaan tells you how life needs to go on.
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty
Things get complicated for Meera, Veronica, and Gautam when feelings get in the way of their friendship. Cocktail is a modern-day love triangle written by Love specialist Imtiaz Ali.
Cast: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Imran Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Ram Kapoor
Karan Johar taught us in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai that “Pyaar Dosti Hai.” Well, coincidentally, this film by Dharma productions gives you a more realistic picture of what happens when friends fall in love or get entangled in a situation where their friendship is at stake.
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan
When Anurag Kashyap makes a romantic film, you know things are bound to get twisted! Rumi, Vicky, and Robi get trapped in a situation where the choice between right and wrong becomes complicated.
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar
For the first time, we see how a middle-class family deals with an arranged marriage set up when their daughter-in-law weighs more than they had expected. After a bumpy first few months, Prem and Sandhya fall in love after realizing life is perfect even when people don’t look the way society expects them to.
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