There was a time, back in the 90s, and early 2000s, when 90% of the Bollywood movies would be romances. Be it ‘Saajan’, ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, or ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, the biggest of the hits were always from the romance genre, either a romantic comedy or a romance drama. Over the years, the sensibilities of the Indian audiences have changed tremendously and the look and content of Bollywood movies have transformed as well to cater to their tastes. While we do have romantic dramas and romantic comedies even now, the numbers have gone considerably down. However, one good thing that has happened is that the few pleasant romantic comedies that we still get to see in Bollywood, they are in a way more realistic, and honest in their portrayal of the love stories. What I mean is that there is less mush, and more reality! Here is the list of top Hindi romantic comedies of the 21st century that you will love!
15. Hasee Toh Phasee (2014)
I had absolutely no expectations when I watched ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ for the first time, but the film managed to surprise me pleasantly. It is one of the few movies in the 2010s that can be actually termed as a pure romantic comedy. Parineeti Chopra and Siddharth Malhotra have an easy chemistry in the film, that transforms from friendship to love beautifully. The romance here is not the ‘I will bring down the stars’ kind of romance, but more in the comfort that the two share. Also, ‘Zehnaseeb’ was the ideal song to articulate their feelings! Parineeti as the quirky, genius scientist is witty, charming and a shift from the typical projection of Bollywood heroines. This is also one of Siddharth Malhotra’s better performances and he complements Parineeti perfectly. A well-written romantic comedy, Hasee Toh Phasee will definitely win your hearts!
14. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013)
‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ has been a favourite with the masses from the time it was released. And why not? It has great looking people (Deepika and Ranbir looked every bit the ideal Bollywood pair), scenic locations, chartbuster songs (each song in the album was a huge hit, with the biggest ones being ‘Badtameez Dil’ and ‘Balam Pichkari’) and all the ingredients of a run-of-the-mill Bollywood blockbuster. Also, with Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor coming together for the first time after their break up, the audiences were very much eager to see the film. Although, YJHD is more about friendship than romance, Deepika’s Naina and Ranbir’s Bunny have some genuinely endearing as well as fun moments. I still somehow feel that the film could have been better as far as the content goes, (blame it on my high hopes after watching Ayan Mukherji’s first film, ‘Wake Up Sid’) but nevertheless it was a pretty decent watch!