I did not intend to suggest you 5 ‘best’ love films or something. I just wanted to let you to know/revisit a select 5 of my favourites, which could, probably, be one of your favourites too.
Lists, as you know, are personal.
I’d be glad if you could suggest a few rom-coms that you loved (no language barriers here).
Now for the list:
1. 500 Days of Summer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel)
The title of the movie refers to the number of days Tom spends with Summer, the girl who is in ‘some relationship’ with him.
Tom, who writes for a Greeting card company falls for Summer, who has just joined the company. The movie traces the phases that the two go through in the course of their unlabelled 500 day long ‘relationship’. The story switches back and forth to specific incidents in their relationship by means of a day count.
Nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Picture and Best Performance for Joseph-Gordon Levitt
2. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na: (Imran Khan, Genelia D’ Souza)
Jaane Tu… is one of the best feel good films I’ve ever seen. The title translates to ‘Whether you know (it) or not’ which is an apt description of the movie’s plot.
Jiggy takes his air-hostess crush to the airport along with his other friends to receive someone at the airport. The flight gets delayed and Jiggy’s crush is bored. So, the friends offer to tell her a story that involves love, a villain, fights and a climax at the airport. Though she initially refuses, she starts loving the story as the friends continue. They narrate the tale of Jai and Aditi, two close friends who aren’t in love as people around them believe. The two help each other find a partner for life only to discover the truth that they had been running from all this time.
Delightful music and excellent screenplay make this movie a must-watch for this Valentine’s Day.
Fimfare awards for Imran Khan (Male debut), AR Rahman (Music), Prateik Babbar (Special Performance) and Longinus Fernandes (Choreography)
3. Alaipayuthey: (R.Madhavan, Shalini)
Alaipayuthey is a marital love story. The plot revolves around the issues that arise after having moved the romantic relationship from love to marriage. ‘Alaipyuthey’ roughly means ‘(it) tides’, which represents the turbulence of marriage.
Karthik meets Shakthi at a marriage function. They start having feelings for each other and soon get married without the knowledge of their parents. Things take a turn when Shakthi’s father comes to know of this and the couple is forced to live on their own. Complications ranging from silly fights to (assumed) disloyalty hinder their marital bliss.
The film features a highly successful soundtrack that is considered one of AR Rahman’s best till date. Alaipayuthey is the pinnacle of the ARR-Mani Ratnam combo.
Fimfare for AR Rahman (and a cult following for the movie)
4. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind: (Ensemble cast including Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst)
Eternal Sunshine.. is a modern, sci-fi story about an unusually unique couple. The movie’s name has been taken from a poem by Alexander Pope.
In a failing romantic relationship, Clementine decides to erase all memories of Jim. Jim, after coming to know of this, retaliates by deciding to erase her off and goes through the same procedure at Lacuna Inc. Midway into the procedure, Jim grows fond of Clementine again and tries his best to stop her erasure. Meanwhile, the Lacuna employees go through a roller-coaster of emotions in turns to finally understand that forgetting isn’t what people want after all.
The movie utilises non-linear storytelling for the lovely surprise at the end.
Oscar for Original Screenplay.
BAFTA for Screenplay and Editing
5. Minnale: (R.Madhavan, Reema Sen)
Minnale is the début work of Gautham Vasudev Menon who would later go on to define the benchmarks for Kollywood romance with his later works. Literally translates to ‘O Lightning’ refers to the scene where the love-hating hero falls for a girl he sees on a rainy night in Bangalore.
Minnale features a run of the mill story taken to a whole new level by its music and screenplay (a characteristic of all of GVM’s later films too!). Rajesh, who is waiting for his kinda girl, meets her in Reena. However, he gets to know that she is engaged and is about to get married. He enters as Reena’s fiancée Rajiv, whom she hasn’t yet met. Things go fine until Reena meets the true Rajiv.
The soundtrack of the movie, by debutant Harris Jayaraj, was the major selling point of this movie and started a famed association between Harris and Gautham that went on to produce chart-busters until Varanam Aayiram.
Filmfares for Bombay Jayashree (Female Playback for ‘Vaseegara’), Harris Jayaraj (Music) and Reema Sen (Female Debut)
My other favourites:
A Walk to remember (Shane West, Mandy Moore)
Varanam Aayiram (Surya, Sameera, Divya. Music: Harris. Director: GVM) and Moonu’s (Dhanush, Shruthi Hassan. Music: Anirudh. Director: Aishwarya R Dhanush) pre-intermission segments
Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya (Simbu, Trisha. Music: AR Rahman Director: GVM )
Neethane En Ponvasantham (Jiiva, Samantha. Music: Ilaiyaraaja. Director: GVM)
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Sudharshan – Before Sunrise: (Julie Delphy, Ethan Hawke)