Valentine’s Day is over; so, let’s get over the mush. Waise bhi, it’s a known fact that the course of true love never runs smooth -- not in real, not on reel.
In Bollywood, love has mostly faced opposition from the same ‘villains’ -- Maa, Babuji and Samaj. As Anti-Valentine’s Week begins today, let’s look at some of Hindi cinema’s iconic pyaar ke dushman, without whom these love tales wouldn’t have happened!
Like they say, the bigger the villain, the greater the love story.
Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
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It was in rebellion against his Papa (Rajeev Verma), that Prem (Salman Khan) went all out to bring his Suman (Bhagyashree) back from her humiliated Babuji (Alok Nath). Both fathers played ‘villains’ in this super-hit romance, albeit in different ways.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
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While Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran’s (Kajol) love story left youngsters swooning, her Bauji (Amrish Puri) kind of became the face of conservative Indian parents -- someone who could not accept his daughter having a love marriage. Come to think of it, DDLJ wouldn’t have been what it is, if Raj and Simran didn’t have to prove Bauji wrong.
When it comes to bad daddies, who can forget Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) whose hatred for love ended up killing his only daughter Megha (Aishwarya Rai)?
‘MOTHER’ OF ALL PROBLEMS
2 States (2014)
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Krish (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya’s (Alia Bhatt) love story would not have been so interesting if their mothers Kavita (Amrita Singh) and Radha (Revathy) had bonded the first time they met. The Punjabi-Tamilian face-off not only added humour in the film, but also intensified the lovers’ longing for each other.
The story of an aloof and rigid Vikram Singh Rathore (Fawad Khan) falling in love with the mischievous and free-spirited Mili (Sonam Kapoor) wouldn’t be half so enchanting without the vamp -- his disciplinarian mom Nirmala Devi ( Ratna Pathak Shah).
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Do you think Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Firdaus’s (Katrina Kaif) romance would have been so passionate had Begum Hazrat (Tabu) not forbidden their love?
SHAME ON YOU, SOCIETY!
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It was Indo-Pak enmity that kept Veer (Shah Rukh Khan) away from his Zaara (Preity Zinta) for over 22 years. Religion, politics… this couple had to overcome many gargantuan obstacles. They fought, they waited and they reunited. If not for their struggle, who would remember Veer and Zaara?
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Parma (Arjun Kapoor) and Zoya (Parineeti Chopra) would have happily lived together if their bloodthirsty families -- from different communities, of course -- had not entered the picture. The film, which also raised the issue of honour killing, ended with the lovers executing a suicide pact. Love triumphed, even in death.
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It’s religion that plays the biggest villain in Kundan (Dhanush) and Zoya’s (Sonam Kapoor) love affair. Again, it is religion that results in the death of her fiance Jasjeet (Abhay Deol). Kundan, more than being the creator of his destiny, is a victim of his circumstances.