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Classic romantic films - the way romance has evolved with time
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Romantic films have their own charm and there is a large chunk of audience which looks forward to watching these kind of films. Raj Kapoor, Devanand and Rajendra Kumar were pioneers of romantic cinema. Raj Kapoor and Nargis were the first renowned screen couple of Hindi cinema. They were part of superhit films like 'Shree 420', 'Awara' and 'Andaz'. Dev Anand had humour in his romance with teasing his heroines and not to forget his style. Rajendra Kumar is one of early good looking hero in Hindi films and the songs in his films were very popular. How can we forget memorable songs from his films like 'Teri Pyari Pyari Soorat Ko', 'Baharon Phool Barsaye', 'Tum Kamsin Ho', 'Mere Mitwa, Mere Meet Re' and many others? The melodious music plays very important role in romantic films. The hero expresses his love through the song to the heroine. Without good music, the romantic films will fall apart like an uprooted tree.

Shammi Kapoor took romantic films ahead with his energy, humor and dance. The music played an important role again but we saw Indian movies being shot in foreign locales. The songs looked more beautiful when filmed in these locations. Mohammed Rafi added lots of zest as voice of Shammi Kapoor in these songs. Rajesh Khanna, the first superstar of Indian cinema was true personification for romance in Indian cinema. The female fans were crazy over him. 'Mere Sapno Ki Rani' from the film 'Aradhana' can easily be rated as most romantic song of all time. Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore made most beautiful onscreen couple of Indian cinema. They did quite a number of films together. We had other actors also doing romantic films but some actors are only able to create cult romantic characters.

Yash Chopra has been the best film maker to showcase romance in his films. His romantic films are timeless. The way he presented love will make you fall in love. His films are classics of Indian cinema. He made cult romantic classics like 'Kabhi Kabhie', 'Chandni', ''Lamhe', 'Darr', 'Dil To Pagal Hai' and 'Veer Zaara.' The love stories have to be made with lots of passion and dedication. We need to patience to create cult romantic characters. We can see same passion in today film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. There is poetry in his films. Love without passion is like a car without break. Imtiaz Ali is another film maker makes good romantic films. 'Jab We Met' and 'Love Aaj Kal' were brilliant films on romance.

The Khan troikas of Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan have been part of great romantic films like 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak', 'Maine Pyar Kiya', 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', 'Dil Hai Ki Manatha Nahi', 'Hum Aap Ke Hai Koun', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 'Raja Hindustani', 'Dil Tho Pagal Hai', 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' and 'Veer Zaara'. They were part of mesmerizing cinema which made fall you in love. Shahrukh Khan was king of romance. We need to blame him that today Indian women expect their husbands or boyfriends to love them like characters of his film like Raj and Rahul.

Today our Indian society has changed and so has the concept of love. Sex before marriage has become very common. There is nothing called first love. There are many in society two timing their respective partners through Facebook and WhatsApp. Love has lost its purity and has become complex commodity. We have nothing white and black. Most of us are grey. We can see the change in our Indian cinema. Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh are the romantic lover boy actors of this generation but the problem is that today love stories have become so complex that lust has won over love. Our society is moving towards culture of countries like U.S.A and England. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making love stories but his characters are from past. The present love stories have lost passion and purity and lust is primary reason for the love. 'Jab We Met' was the last classic love story of Indian cinema.


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