Songs in Which the Hero Gazes Longingly At the Heroine

Is that title clear? I feel like it is a genre that we are all aware of, but maybe it is just me and my sister and Angie in the comments. Doesn’t have to be longingly and lustfully, but also doesn’t NOT have to be longingly and lustfully.

Warning: May Cause Heart Palpitations if You Have a Weakness for Shaggy Hair and Soft Eyes. “Hichki” from Mirzya.

Jab Harry Met Sejal is essentially “Longing Gazes: The Movie”. “Hawayein” is the best one I think.

There’s a reason every girl falls in love with Salman Khan after Hum Aapke Hain Koun. We really BELIEVE it is his first love! “Pehle Pehle Pyaar Hai”

Speaking of “Hum” movies, of course Aish picked Ajay!!! Who could resist those puppy eyes? “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”

“Kuch To Hai” from Running Shaadi is when I fell in love with Amit Sadh.

And of course “Idedo Bagundi” from Mirchi is when we all fell in love with Prabhas.

And “Sneham Cherum Neram” from Ohm Shanti Oshaana is when we all fell in love with Nivin.

Oh young Ajith! So swoony when you look at Tabu! “Kannamoochi”

I hate Aamir’s hair, but his gazing is perfection in “Chand Sifarish”

Abhishek does great gazing. Something about the height I think. See in “Bol Ne Halke Halke” from Jhoom-Barabar-Jhoom?

And of course also “Ek Nazar” from Run

Fawad Khan is very good at looking at people. “Naina” from Khoobsurat.

Sidharth Malhotra, less of a good actor, also good at looking at people. “Ishq Bulaava” from Hasee To Phasee.

Grand finale, the sexiest lustiest lovingest gazing song ever, “Roop Tera Mastani”

Okay, what did I miss? What are your favorite “gaze” songs?

29 thoughts on “Songs in Which the Hero Gazes Longingly At the Heroine

    • I always try to cut down on the Shahrukh’s in these posts, so I don’t get complaints. But I also always include at least one so I don’t get the other complaints.

      But really, it could have been all Shahrukh. He is so good at longing looks!

      On Tue, May 28, 2019 at 8:18 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  1. Sigh. Fawad. He really does have spectacular eyes. This is why he and Mahira are so well matched. They could make a whole movie without saying a word, just exchanging looks and gazes.


    • I mean, that’s what Humsafar was, right? 20 hours of silent gazes, 15 minutes of actual conversation about feelings and stuff.

      On Tue, May 28, 2019 at 10:43 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • Well, also how to have a terrible dysfunctional marriage. Longing gazes are nice, but at some point you have to sit down and figure out a 5 year plan and talk through your lingering relationship doubts and insecurities and also discuss your INSANE COUSIN.


  2. Good list. Prabhu Deva and Kajol in Vennilave/Chandare? Madhavan & Shalini in Alay Payuthey (Saathiya) ?

    Couple from Telugu –
    Om Namaha from Nagarjuna’s Geethanjali – probably should go into the kisses post

    Yeto vellipoyindi manasu from Nagarjuna’s Ninne Pelladata

    Vineeth & Tabu in Nannu nenu marachina from Prema Desam/Kadal Desam


  3. What a beautiful post to read in the morning. Thank you.

    I must add the most “longing romantic gazes” song ever, the one which made me fall in love with Unni Mukundan.
    It can be also included in #SexyBeardedMen #SexyShritlessMenWithSoftMuscles #SexyMenwithShaggyHair #SexyMenInMundu Everything I like and more 😉

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  4. Ah, those smoldering eyes! All the greats have them. If there is such a thing as a screen test in Hindi cinema, I’ll bet it’s for longing looks.

    Your topic started me thinking about who DOESN’T have the sexy stare. Poor old Uday Chopra, for one. Ranbir’s is cockeyed, Rajkumar Rao can’t sustain it, and Ajay Devgan turns it on big time but seems mostly to be looking at himself. It’s less of a requirement in South India. Some of the really big stars like Rajinikanth, Pawan Kalyan, and Ajith Kumar, don’t appear to need it.

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    • I am waiting for Rajkumar to be cast in a role that requires deep romantic feeling. I thought Ek Ladki Ko Dekha would be it, but no. I can’t decide if he isn’t capable of conveying deep sincere love, or if he just hasn’t played a character that needed that note.

      On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 1:25 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • The most romantic Rajkummar I have seen was in Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, and being honest he didn’t blow me away as a guy in love. He always was a little too cold, a little too silly.

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      • I read somewhere that Rao is the next Irfan Khan, that his acting is effortless, understated and real. Maybe. Come to think of it, I adore Irfan but don’t recall him ever staring soulfully or lustfully into anyone’s eyes. There was a movie… with Aish maybe? He plays her good friend and helps her, at great sacrifice, to pay a ransom to rescue her kidnapped daughter without anyone finding out. Turns out he does it because he loves her but she’s unaware of this. There might have been some deep Irfan-eyes in that. But like I say, if there was, it didn’t stick with me.

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  5. Oh Irrfan has lovely, hooded eyes. I’ll give you that. And he can be sexy as hell tho it’s not his main calling card. Actually, he can be anything – comic, villain, doofus. I just don’t remember him in any lavish song and dance dreamscape where the guy and gal make eye love. He was pretty delicious in the American movie, Puzzle, I think it was called. I’m going to check out Aaja Nachle and a few others.

    Saw Guru last night. Oh my, Abishek! Who knew he was such a wonderful actor? I don’t recall him making such an impression on me in any other film. Well, maybe the recent one with Taapsee and Vicky Kaushal where he played the quietly patient husband who wins in the end. I’ve seen his father in some of his earlier romantic rebel films but never actually got him. Amitabh today is great where he plays to his age or even older. (Not Thugs) But I think he should retire and help his son get more roles like Guru Desai.

    Any recommendations for Abishek movies I should watch now that I’m becoming a fan?


    • Yuva is the same director as Guru (Mani Ratnam, one of the greatest directors of all time, Indian or otherwise) and he pulls out maybe an even better performance from Abhishek. Bunty Aur Babli is just fun and entertaining and Abhishek shows off his comic chops. I assume you’ve seen KANK, so no need to watch that. Kuch Na Kahol is a wonderful little rom-com, and an Abhi-Aish movie from back before they were dating, which is always a bit surreal. Oh, and SARKAR!!!! An Indian take on The Godfather, with Amitabh playing Brando and Abhishek playing Michael. Delhi 6 is kind of interesting, and I really love Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them.

      Yeah, Yuva, Kuch Na Kaho, Sarkar, and Bunty Aur Babli are the ones to seek out.

      And definitely check out Aaja Nachle, it’s well worth a watch for the whole cast, not just Irrfan. Irrfan really has kind of a small role in it, but stands out.

      On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Once in a while we discuss the mystery of Abhishek’s acting choices. He always excels in supporting and ensemble roles, and sometimes excels in lead roles. What makes the difference? What does he actually want as an actor? as a movie star?

      In addition to Margaret’s excellent recommendations, I really enjoy him in Happy New Year. It’s such a big, dumb movie, but he is fun and interesting to watch. He dials down his charisma and talent in the group dances so as not to overshadow Shah Rukh in the most adorable way.


    • City of God, the my favorite Malayalam movie for many reasons, Prithviraj’s role is basically all gazing. He is humble and silent and drives a movie star around and gazes at her in the rear view mirror and falls in love.

      On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 7:57 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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    • Not “I only look with love at my girl all the time” song like that one with Unni, but also very good and romantic:



    • Watch Aiyya with him and Rani. ALL gazing, her at first, him in the songs (Aga Bai, sexy!) and later when he turns the tables. There’s a subplot that’s stupid, but Prith is stellar. It was my intro to him and I’ve never left.


      • Thanks for the rec! I’ve seen it a couple of times, because I’m a big Rani fan. He’s hot in it, but so stoic because he has to stay the mysterious object of her desire. I enjoy dreamum wakeupum (is that as racist to South Indians as it sounds to me?) because he actually shows emotion in it. So cute and goofy. And still hot. 🙂


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