This is it! Last chance! Based on reader interest in these films, and suggestions put forth, and generally what I think I/you will like, this is my list of Romances for Valentine’s Week Festival. If you read this list and go “oh ick, I hate ——” or “oh man, she didn’t include my favorite movie —-!”, now is the time to speak up. (also, don’t panic, I decided to do a whole Ramesh Sippy Week in honor of Shimla Mirch)
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania NEW REVIEW
Because people CARE. If you write impassioned pleadings about a movie, I will write a new review. So this will be the start of Valentine’s Week.
My favorite recent romance, I don’t care what you say. Taapsee is a stubborn delight, Amit Sadh is dreamy, and I love the plot.
Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal
The most beautiful Malayalam romance I have seen yet. Old-fashioned filming, natural light and poor film quality, but such a lovely story once you lose yourself in it, and the visuals have their own charm too.
One of those where I am just going to keep posting the review until everyone has seen it. If you like Jane Austen, or Tabu, or AR Rahman music, or Aishwarya Rai dancing, you should watch this movie.
Mr. and Mrs. 55
Guru Dutt up in here! Okay, it’s a bit regressive, but in a charming screwball comedy way. A rich girl has to get married to get her inheritance, her aunt hires an impoverished cartoonist to be her fake husband, and then guess what happens?
Such a beautiful poetic kind of romance. Two people who search for each other because they are meant to be together, but at the same time are afraid to meet.
Shefali Shah! Neeraj Kabi! That’s enough to sell me on it.
The Music Teacher
I don’t know why I am watching this, but you all said it was good, so I will.
Sid M. in a tragic angsty romance with lots of shirtless scenes! Join me in the cheesiness!
Supposed to be actually clever and fun, a film company rents an average house as a set, the young son of the household and the pretty actress star of the film start up a something-something. But can it last?
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal/ Ek Dan Pandaram
Suriya and Jyothika (real life couple that everyone loves in real life) play a married couple. But can Suriya forget his first love Bhoomika Chawla?
Such an interesting film! A love triangle between very young married couple Rishi-Neetu, and cool older woman Raakhee that Rishi meets through work. There’s a lot of character building and backstory and you end up sympathetic with everyone involved. Oh, and there’s bonus Shashi.
Jab Jab Phool Kile
Let’s get some Shashi up in here! His first hit film, the movie that inspired Raja Hindustani, Shashi plays a humble boatman who falls in love with rich tourist Nanda. But can he make her happy?
I don’t know, everyone says I need to watch it. And Suniel has a lot of chest hair, which is always fun.
The classic! The best! Real life love triangle writ large onscreen, best consideration of romance versus married love ever, and Jaya’s hair is hypnotically beautiful.
A romantic classic of the 90s that I have never seen and which stars no one famous!
Aa Gale Lag Jaa
Love triangle between Sharmila, Shashi, and Shatrughan Sinha. The plot seems….unlikely. More coincidences and hidden truths revealed and so on than is strictly speaking “realistic”. But who among us is in this for realism? Also, bonus adorable crippled child.
Okay, which of these do you really really like and totally definitely want me to review? Which of these do you think I should cut? What is missing that you want to vote for?