Love makes Bollywood go round

AND NOW that the year's biggest releases Saawariya, Khoya Khoya Chand and Om Shanti Om are going to hit the silver screen soon there is this familiar cry of 'the most awaited movies of the year' doing the rounds.

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Published: Mon 29 Oct 2007, 10:54 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:48 PM

loveLove makes the world go round, just as much love stories of our filmdom create the 'Buzz'. Right from the classics like Mughal-e-Azam and Bobby to Ek Duje Ke liye, QSQT, Maine Pyaar Kiya, KKHH to Veer Zaara recently, why is it that love stories are the most awaited films in their era?

Says Trade analyst Taran Adarsh, "In this violence prone world, we yearn for an emotion like love. And that's why the public throngs the cinema counters to get a ticket for a lovely treat. Innocent mooney-eyed lovers who still believe in idyllic settings and oodles of romance, coupled with enticing heart-warming lyrics set to foot-tapping music is the hallmark of great love stories and audiences, ofcourse, are suckers for mush. So, no matter what happens love stories will always rule simply because we are all romantics at heart," says Adarsh. In totality, love stories are amazing, reiterates Trade analyst Vikas Mohan, "Audience love something different and new but there has always been a kind of curiosity for love stories. One always wondes how an onscreen couple's will be played out. And that's the reason why people go in large numbers to watch films of this genre," he adds.

Strange but true

lovLove stories are warmly received by people, is a strange but true thought expressed by filmmaker Kunal Kohli whose Hum-Tum and Fanaa were huge hits: It's really strange that in spite of the fact that love stories are much-awaited, they are not made that frequently. Citing the example of films that came in 2006 he says, Last year amidst films like Rang De Basanti which was based on rebellious youth, the Gandhigiri in Lage Raho Munnabhai and Krrish, only Fanaa was a love story. Since such films are not made that often, they get a huge response before their release.

For filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, whose Khoya Khoya Chand is also in news now, it is the absence of love in real life that makes people go to theatres to find love in reel life. Don't you think there is a dearth of love in real life? questions Sudhir and adds, It starts with all the ardent love but everything later boils down to friendship, maturity and practicality. People want to watch a bubblegum fantasy and Bollywood creates it for them.

Take your pick

And the beauty of it is, you can revisit them decades after they've been made for love as a universal emotion is everlasting. Hence, love stories have an everlasting appeal. No wonder Mishra still swears by Mughal-e-Azam. It's a story of woman, who demands her sexual rights. That is why she asks Akbar for spending one night with her love, he explains. And Kohli simply loves Kabhi-Kabhie.

There was deep unfulfilled love in this movie and that made the film so unique. For Mohan, Bobby and Ek Duje Ke Liye are the best love stories made so far as they had the fresh youthful air around them. Taran finds his favourite in the Shah Rukh-Kajol starrer Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, It has a different appeal and is extremely well made. Here's looking forward to some more mush then.

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