Top 5 Bollywood Romances {Must Watch}

1.) Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

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Director: Yash Chopra
Rating: 7.9/10
Genre: Romantic/ Drama                
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol
Release Date: 20 Oct 1995
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is known for its romance, which released in 1995 has a lot of memorable moments in the film which are very romantic like from the train sequence to the locations, the fights & romantic Bollywood songs. It’s a story of two ordinary looking people who make you a part of their extraordinary love story.

 

 


2.) Veer-Zaara

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Director: Yash Chopra
Rating: 7.9/10
Genre: Romance
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan and Preeti Zinta
Release date: 12 November 2004 
The story of Veer Zara revolves around two individuals who fall in love in two days but they are forced to spend 22 years apart from each other just because of their different nationalities. This movie has sensual chemistry between the lovers, lots of romance and emotions.

 


3.) Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Romance/ Drama
Starring: Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan
Released: 18 June 1999
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a love triangle which tells us it’s full of romance. There are three characters in the movie one girl and two guys. With one she falls in love who is also a student of her father and with the other guy her parents have arranged to get her married, who had fallen in love with her during her cousin’s wedding.

4.) Aashiqui 2

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Directed by: Mohit Suri
Rating: 7/10
Genre: Romance/ Musical
Starring: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor
Released: 26 April 2013
Aashiqui 2 is a musical love story with Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Arohi Shirke (Shraddha Kapoor) as the lead characters. Aashiqui 2 takes you through a musical journey of two lovers who go through love and hate, twists and turbulence, success and failure in their lives.

 


5.) Ram-Leela

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Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Rating: 6.3/10
Genre: Romance
Starring: Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone
Released: 15 November 2013

 

Ram Leela is a movie based on Romeo Juliet, both the characters get separated from each other because of the conflict of their families. The movie has many romantic scenes they even try to elope but fail to do that. The end tells us how deeply they were in love with each other.

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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Directors: Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick
 Rating: ★★★★★★ – 6.4/10
Release date: 22 October 1999

 

“The Blair Witch Project,” an extraordinarily effective horror film. It has no fancy special effects or digital monsters as it was recorded with a Handycam camera, but its characters get lost in the woods, hear noises in the night and find disturbing stick figures hanging from trees. One of them discovers slime on his backpack. Because their imaginations have been inflamed by talk of witches, hermits and child murderers in the forest, because their food is running out and their smokes are gone, they (and we) are a lot more scared than if they were merely being chased by some guy in a ski mask. The audience witnesses several paranormal activities which I personally found extremely disturbing because of its realism.

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Many people believed for years that all the events that happened in the film were real because of the marketing strategy of the director.  The Blair Witch Project, was the first film to successfully harness the power of the internet, capitalizing on the fact that no one was quite sure where to turn to for trustworthy information. There were many fake interviews, photographs and diary entries to which misguided the audience into believing that the film/ documentary was real.

Priyanka Chopra breaks Bollywood Sterotypes

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When talking about Bollywood, female characters are mostly stereotyped as dumb, mindless creatures with only sexual pleasure to offer. The most common example of such stereotype is the Love interest. The ‘heroine’ or the main actress is almost always portrayed as the love interest of male protagonist and don’t have a lot to do in the movie except please the hero with her beauty and romance plus some also say that this portrayal is entirely sexist. Another characteristic of this stereotype is virginity. the heroine’s virginity is considered as a huge deal and is required to respecting a woman.

Another characteristic of this stereotype is virginity. The heroine’s virginity is considered as a huge deal and is required to respecting a woman. The unchaste and bold women, who are appeared to be sexually dynamic, are usually characterized as negative characters, a degradation to women’s sexuality. however, this is being changed now as modern women now don’t want to be seen vulnerable who need a male protagonist to save them for problems.

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One of my favourite Bollywood actress, who portrayed characters that changed how Bollywood heroines are seen by the audience. The former Miss World Priyanka Chopra could have been just another regular Bollywood actress, if not for her distinctive career choices. She has impressed the audience with her bold acting skills and blown our minds by portraying several surprising roles in movies Aitraaz, Mary Kom, 7 Khoon Maaf, Barfi and etc. Also, her latest foray into American TV screen as Alex Parrish in ABC’s new TV show Quantico took everyone by surprise. Quantico didn’t only impress Indian audience but has attracted global audiences as well. As “Alex Parrish” Priyanka has broken the stereotypical image of Bollywood women with sensuous, bold scenes.

In one of the interviews, Priyanka said

“I was very sure I did not want to be the stereotype of what Indian people are seen as, which is Bollywood, and henna,” the Quantico star and Baywatch villain told Complex. “That’s all great! It’s what we are, and I love it. I love saris, I love music, I love henna, I love dancing, but that’s not all we are.”

 

Priyanka Chopra Goes Nude For Sexy ‘Quantico’ Role? Bollywood Heroine Talks Nudity In Hot Hollywood Scenes

http://time.com/4300122/priyanka-chopra-time-100-video/

https://cwlsc.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/unrealistic-and-stereotyped-portrayal-of-women-in-indian-cinema-sagun-singh-ba-llb-2012/

 

British Independent Films Vs Hollywood Blockbusters

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When comparing the British Independent Films with Hollywood Blockbuster the revenue of the Hollywood Blockbuster is a lot higher than British Independent Films, however, in terms of conveying meaning and getting the message across, it’s quite the opposite. These are small budget films with less known actors. Also, Independent Films have a lot of critics success and are shown at the specialty cinema or at a film festival. Films like ‘The Selfish Giant’ and ‘Kes’ has layers of meaning which can either makes the audience think and ask questions or can be enjoyed as a piece of entertainment. Furthermore, these films connect the audience to reality, plus challenge, provoke, inform and educate whereas the Hollywood Blockbusters are an escape from reality which makes the audience laugh, cry and fall in love with them and focus more on entertainment values. These are consumed by the mass audience and has a lot of commercial success. Also, the biggest motive of these films it to make money and this is possible because of the wide range of releases.

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An Independent film that was appreciated by both critics and commercial audiences was “Shaun of the dead” (2004), directed by Edgar Wright and written by Simon Pegg. It was the first independent Rom-Com Horror film, plus it received Box Office success, which was quite shocking yet amazing this was the rise of independent films. The total budget of the fiIm was $4 million and total revenue was $30 million which a huge success for a British Independent film. A similar film to this is Dawn of the dead, it was a remake of the original one but this time an even bigger success with the huge box-office of $102.4 million. Although both films have same concept ‘Zombies’ they totally different from one another.


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Personally, I love Shaun of the Dead because of the amazing film techniques used by Edgar Wright. There are many jumpy and exciting transitions which make the audience guess what will happen next. With the use quick cuts, slow pans and hand camera tricks in order to both fools and entertain the audience. Wright has created a film with a genre of its own which made the film very interesting and entertaining.

https://www.ft.com/content/bc58eede-b770-11e4-8807-00144feab7de

https://www.slideshare.net/Katrinabrookes/independent-versus-mainstream-film

http://www.raindance.org/what-mainstream-cinema-can-learn-from-independent-film/

Alferd Hitchcok- Master of Suspense

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“I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.” –Alfred Hitchcock

Alred Hitchcock was one of the most famous film directors of the 20th century. He directed more than 50 films from the 1920s into the 1970s.  He was also known as ‘Master of Suspense as he created psychological suspense in his films, which produced a distinct viewer experience. Hitchcock used several different cinematic techniques such as mise-en-scene, camera shots, sound, editing and etc.

The Hitchcock film that crept me out the most was ‘Pyscho’ (1960).The film begins as a simple thriller, and it passes through a psycho-horror, with the mystery and the secrets revealed only at the very end of the film. His use of camera from beginning to the end of the is amazing, he moves the camera around the room looking for something suspicious in a room.  This allows the audience feel like they are involved in uncovering the story and that I think makes the film more enjoyable. Hitchcock used several different camera angles to convey meaning such close-ups of certain objects that explain the plot rather than using dialogues. The 45-second shower murder in Psycho is possibly the most famous scene in cinema history. There’s not a lot going in this scene but at the same time there so much going and Hitchcock emphasize this with his camera, and the use montage to hide the violence.  You never see the knife hitting Janet Leigh.  The impression of violence is done with quick editing, and the killing takes place inside the viewer’s head rather than the screen.”Information” is essential to Hitchcock suspense; showing the audience what the characters don’t see. For example, we know about the crazy mother before the detective (Martin Balsam) does, making the scene of Balsam enters the house one of the most suspenseful scenes, which build tension and excitement for the audience. For me, Psycho seems real in a way as I feel like something that could happen to me if I checked into a wrong motel. I personally really enjoy Hitchcock’s film, and like how he conveys meaning through cinematic techniques.

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For me, Psycho seems real in a way as I feel like something that could happen to me if I checked into a wrong motel. I personally really enjoy Hitchcock’s film, and like how he conveys intensifying theme and meaning through cinematic techniques in his films. Also, I think it’s amazing how he lets the audience participate in solving the mystery. Another thing that entices me to Hitchcock films is he shows the audience everything through cameras eyes/ point of view.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2014/oct/31/psycho-the-film-that-frightened-me-most

http://www.biography.com/people/alfred-hitchcock-9340006