Housefull, Barfi!, Tanu Weds Manu: Best Bollywood Rom-Coms of the Decade
From Barfi! to Housefull and many others, here is our list of this decades best Bollywood rom-coms that you should watch before 2020 kick starts
When it comes to talking about films and cinema, Bollywood is one of the biggest industries in the world. For years, viewers have been treated with a number of feature films of different genres. Whether it be romance, action, or comedy, Bollywood has done it all. Even cross-genre films have managed to wow crowds and give them their daily dose of laughter. And as the year draws to a close and we hit the big 2020 soon, here is a look back at some of the best romantic-comedies, also known as rom-coms, of the decade. So if you haven’t watched them, make sure you binge before the clock strikes midnight on the last day of the year.
Released in 2012, Barfi! starred Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz in lead roles. Set in the 70s, it revolved the story of Murphy ‘Barfi’ Johnson and how he falls in love with a girl, Shruti – played by Ileana. But since he is mute, the girl doesn’t marry him and Barfi eventually meets Jhilmil – an autistic girl – and how the two spend their lives together. Full of Charlie Chaplin type humour and a lot of adorable moments of caring and innocent jealousy, Barfi! is a must-watch for all ages.
2. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
This Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone-starrer was probably one the best films of the decade. Essaying Bunny and Naina respectively, Bunny teaches a class-topper Naina to live life to the fullest as she has often felt as an outsider. The two, along with their friends Avi and Aditi – played by Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin, go on a trip together reuniting many years after school. It is during this time that Naina falls in love with Bunny but is unable to tell him. A story of love, friendship and self-realisation, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a masterpiece.
Full of crazy confusions and bad luck, and a whole lot of unfortunate incidents, Housefull is one the biggest rom-coms of the decade. And in a matter of 10 years, has already established itself into a franchise with 4 films. Trying to get married to the love of his life, Krishna – essayed by Akshay Kumar – goes through a series of misfortunes that you will make you roll on the floor laughing.
4. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
Starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt as Humpty and Kavya, respectively, the film tells the story of how the two characters fell in love. While Kavya is engaged to an NRI and is keen on finding the perfect bridal dress, she meets Humpty and realizes the true meaning of love. Full of comic timing and a whole lot of romance, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is a nice way to end the year.
5. Tanu Weds Manu
Tanu Weds Manu was one of the most successful films of Bollywood. With Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan in lead roles, the film revolves around the story of Tanu and Manu and how an unwanted meeting for an arranged marriage made sparks fly between the two. While Manu is madly in love with Tanu, she isn’t too keen or interested in him. What follows suit is why you should watch this film.
Sonam Kapoor takes on the role of a physiotherapist, Mili as she’s assigned to a patient of a Royal family. Upon arriving at the place, fun-loving Mili meets Prince Vikram Singh Rathore played by Fawad Khan - also marking the actor’s first project in Bollywood. Khoobsurat antics make Vikram laugh and the two eventually fall in love, even though Khoobsurat isn’t the perfect fit for the family. So make sure you watch this to find out if and how they end up together.
7. Chennai Express
Starring superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone as Rahul and Meenamma, respectively, the film follows the characters as the latter tries to escape from goons that her father has sent. Meenamma is trying to run away from a forced marriage that her father – a don of Tamil Nadu – has planned for her. In a bid to escape and also get his grandfather’s ashes to flow in a Holy river, Rahul falls in love with Meenamma. But how do they convince her father? Watch Chennai Express to find out!
8. Ki & Ka
Opposing the gender roles set by society, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor essay Kia and Kabir, respectively. Kia is working woman who wants to be successful while Kabir likes to stay home and cook. This dynamic fits perfectly with the two who eventually fall in love and get married. However, like any marriage, Kia and Kabir also have ups and down, specifically pertaining to their duties. Watch how they manage these roles and make or break their marriage in Ki & Ka.
9. Dum Laga Ke Haisha
This 2015 film starred Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar in titular roles. Breaking the stereotype of fat-shaming and not having a “good-looking” wife, Dum Laga Ke Haisha revolves around the story of Prem – a high-school drop-out - and Sandhya, a class topper who wants to be a teacher. Prem show that he is not interested in his wife, Sandhya and is even embarrassed to walk with her in public, because she is overweight. Sandhya, on the other hand, has had enough of Prem’s disrespect towards women and decides to leave. What follows is Prem trying to make it up to her somehow and trying to get some education. Make sure you tune into Dum Laga Ke Haisha before the end of the year.
10. Main Tera Hero
Starring Varun Dhawan, Nargis Fakhri and Ileana D’Cruz, Main Tera Hero revolves around Seenu – played by Varun – and how he falls in love with Sunaina – essayed by Ileana. However, she tells him that she cannot marry him because she is being forced into a marrying a corrupt policeman. Seenu obviously tries to call that wedding off so he can marry Sunaina, but that’s where the love triangle falls into place as Ayesha (Nargis) comes into the picture and starts having feelings for Seenu. To see how this love triangle and this risky mess unfolds, watch Main Tera Hero soon.