Bollywood has always relied upon human emotions to make successful films; some of them being love, fear, sadness, joy and the like. While movies on topics with these underlying emotions have done well at the box office, love or romance is probably the strongest of them all that has worked wonders for films in Bollywood time and again.
And when one talks of romance, filmmaker Yash Chopra immediately comes to mind, who was unarguably one of the best in the field. Romantic films turn ordinary heroes into kings of romance and the identity sticks with the actors for a very long time. Let’s take a look at the list of fifteen most romantic heroes that Hindi film industry has ever produced.
15. Salman Khan
After a string of flops, Salman’s career was uncertain, but with ‘Wanted’, he bounced back with films that appealed to the masses and came back roaring. One look at his filmography, which boasts of films like ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘Tere Naam’, ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, ‘Saajan’ and ‘Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’, gives us a hint that the bad boy of Bollywood was essentially a romantic actor, who went on to do movies that had different stories to narrate.
14. Saif Ali Khan
The tenth Nawab of Pataudi, who had the best of both worlds in the form of an actor mom and a cricketer father, chose the former as his career, following in his mother Sharmila Tagore’s footsteps and signed films with romantic themes during his initial phase in Bollywood, followed by experimental films. ‘Yeh Dillagi’, ‘Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein’, ‘Hum Tum’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’, ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Parineeta’ and a host of other movies give him a spot on the list of Bollywood’s romantic heroes!
13. Amol Palekar
Unlike the quintessential lover boy of Hindi films, Amol Palekar dared to be different and with movies that touched real middle-class issues, he became an actor, who portrayed love in times of problems effortlessly. His films like ‘Chitchor’, ‘Chhoti Si Baat’, ‘Baton Baton Mein’ and ‘Gol Maal’ only prove that the subtle performer was a class apart when it came to romance.
12. Shashi Kapoor
When one belongs to the biggest filmy family of Bollywood, it is but natural for him to choose the film industry for a career. Shashi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor’s younger brother entered the film industry when his eldest brother had a successful stint in acting and had turned to direction. With movies like ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ and ‘Sharmeelee’, Shashi Kapoor, set an image of a romantic actor and the audiences loved him in such roles too.
11. Emraan Hashmi
When one is known as the Serial Kisser of Bollywood, there is little doubt that the actor would be an action star! Emraan Hashmi, who started his career with ‘Footpath’, rose to stardom with ‘Murder’, followed by ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’, ‘Tum Mile’, ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ and ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’, which gave him the attention he deserved and also a name in the romantic actors’ list!
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