Ahh Netflix, my old haunting grounds. I know that many of us (…meaning me) have spent a good deal of time perusing the Netflix website seeking out shows and movies to watch. It’s here that I encountered Bollywood and my love for gorgeous costumes, huge song-and-dance numbers, and unapologetically sweet romantic films emerged. If you’re looking for something new, here’s a list of romantic movies that I enjoyed on our kindred friend Netflix.
Six Romantic Bollywood Films On Netflix
(in alphabetical order)
#1 Band Baaja Baaraat
Shruti Kakkar is a goal-orientated young woman working on her dream of being a wedding planner. Bittoo Sharma will do anything to not return to his family’s farm to work and jumps at a chance to work with Shruti, despite her initial dislike of him. They slowly grow their business organizing small weddings and becoming strong friends. But when Shruti realizes she has feelings for Bittoo, their relationship and work becomes difficult as Bittoo doesn’t seem to feel the same way.
This is a feel-good, easygoing rom-com that’s cute and cheesy. The leads are adorable and the music is entertaining and fun.
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#2 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Simran Singh goes on a trip to Europe and meets Raj Malhotra, a flirty, playful young man. They bicker, tease and slowly fall in love on the long train journey through beautiful Switzerland. But Simran’s betrothed to another man and returns to India thinking that she’ll never be with Raj. But Raj shows up in India, intent on somehow winning Simran’s family over before he loses her forever.
While at times melodramatic, DDLJ is still another feel-good film as true love conquers despite impossible odds. A young Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are terrific here and sell epic, star-crossed romance effortlessly.
#3 Hum Saath-Saath Hain
A story of a family through their joy, laughter and moments of tears, specifically of the three sons who all fall in love – the eldest with an arranged marriage, the second finally gets the nerve to show the girl he likes his feelings for her, and the youngest teases and bickers with a spunky girl.
Hum Saath-Saath Hain is a much slower film with little drama until the very ending. What I enjoyed about the film was really the music and watching the three boys have their brief romantic moments with their respective love interests. This family is ridiculously perfect and I love that. Overall, the film is very sweet and innocent.
#4 Kabhi Khushi Kahbie Gham
A huge hit in India, Kabhi Khushi Kahbie Gham is the epic story of two brothers and a broken family finally reunited. The story follows the eldest adopted brother, Rahul, who marries a girl against his father’s wishes and is thrown out of the family. Ten years later, younger brother Rohan seeks out Rahul in an attempt to reconcile their family and falls in love as well.
K3G is one of my favorite Bollywood films! Boasting a great cast – Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, and more – we have an emotional, grand tale of love, rejection, forgiveness and ultimately family. K3G has some of my favorite songs, including Bole Chudiyan and Yeh Ladka Hai Allah. As usual for Bollywood, the costumes and cinematic look of the film are beautiful. This is my favorite SRK-Kajol film and my favorite of their romances. Though the story does stray on the melodramatic, it’s balanced out with many light-hearted and funnier scenes.
#5 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Kush has been given a simple assignment – find a girl for his older brother Luv to marry and settle down with. Kush eventually finds Dimple, a girl he’d known years ago in school. Dimple and Luv agree to the arranged marriage. But the more Kush and Dimple spend time together, the more they realize they’re in love. Can these two friends put their heads together to figure a way out of this crazy mess?
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is what a rom-com should be; silly and sweet, with the right amount of cute and cheesy. A lot of hilarity ensues as Kush and Dimple create an elaborate plan to get Luv to back out of the marriage without anyone finding out the truth. Lead Imran Khan is adorable here and easy to root for.
#6 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Suri and Taani marry in an arranged marriage. Suri’s older and aware that Taani has no feelings for him. After learning that Taani wants to enter a dance competition, Suri secretly learns to dance and gets a disguise so that he can help Taani win the dancing contest. Slowly, Taani’s heart opens up to this caring guy who wants her to succeed at her dreams – she just has no idea that he’s Suri.
Starring Shah Rukh Kahn (once again, hehe), this is one of those sweet and moving love stories that make the romantics-at-heart smile from ear-to-ear. Yes, you do have to stretch your disbelief a bit, but no more than watching Lois Lane and Superman. The film is sweet and at times understated and quiet, but overall the build-up is lovely and I was very happy with the climax and how everything came together. SRK, you did it again!
What Bollywood films are you interested in watching? Or have already seen some of these or other Bollywood films before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!
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8 thoughts on “Six Romantic Bollywood Films On Netflix”
My favorite Bollywood movie (in my very limited experience of the genre) is “Bride and Prejudice.” It’s so fun, colorful and a really unique take on “Pride and Prejudice.” I also like “The Other End of the Line,” but that I am sure isn’t considered Bollywood since it’s not a musical. 🙂
Bride and Prejudice is a super cute movie. Aishwarya Rai makes a lovely Elizabeth Bennet. 😉
Oh my … Coming back from a cinema after watching Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (oh, well), I suddenly felt the urge to rewatch Pride and Prejudice 2005.
After that, as the closing credits were running, I wondered if I had been missing much for not being a fan of period/ costume drama/ movies.
I googled “Best romantic period drama movies” and bumped into your site, kyaaa! 😀
I feel like I have to … HAVE TO watch everything that’s in your 50 Best list ;p
AND then … you just have to mention this. I can’t even… xD
Now I just need to bookmark this site 🙂
Bollywood is my first cinema love (prior to that I only read Japanese manga and watch Japanese anime and some of local series&movies, ofc) but because of Bollywood cinema, I started to try getting to know the ‘world’ cinema and series 🙂
My first ever experience was Kahona Pyaar Hai and I used to be so much in love with Hrithik Roshan I never missed his launch (until Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in 2011). The Khans are to blame for my change of heart, though, kekekee 😀 Aamir’s body of work is always thoughtful, Salman’s always being Salman (ha!), Shah Rukh … definitely is THE classic romantic hero of Bollywood. Like every time he looks at the girl he loves, *melts, every girl must want to be looked at that way by a man.
Anyway, every movie you mention here is of my favorites, though Hum Sath Sath Hain and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi rank slightly higher than the others in my heart 🙂
I understand that you watch most of these on Netflix, I wonder if I can read another post when you watch some more in the future, pretty please… *batting eyelashes
Pardon me for such a random incoherent comment :p
Wish you a wonderful week ahead :* <3 <3 <3
Welcome!! Oh I can totally relate to needing more costumes dramas; once I watch one, I inevitably need to find more to watch. A lot more. 😀
I haven’t seen Kahona Pyaar Hai but I totally understand your love of Hrithik Roshan! Oh yes, the Khans!! *swoon* Aamir, Salmon, Saif Ali, SRK – I love all of them. Agreed! One cannot help melting every time SRK looks at his love interest. Seriously, it’s like all of his heart wells up in his eyes.
I’m so happy to meet someone who loves Hum Saath Saath Hain as well! I know it’s not your typical film compared to Hollywood films, as it has little conflict, but I find it so adorable. 😀
I’d love to write more articles on Bollywood films in the future. I’ve seen a lot more Bollywood films than these. I know it’s hard to find foreign films, though, so I decided to use Bollywood films on Netflix currently so people could know where they could watch the film. 😀
Thank you and have an awesome week as well!!
What a nice list Faith.. Having grown up on Bollywood movies am thrilled to see so many here relate to the love stories.. Yes, a lot of these movies have songs, dances, costumes, marriages and dreamy happy endings that make you believe anything is possible. I suggest Dil Toh Pagal Hai. It is also an amazingly sweet movie you might like. Its on Netflix. I am hoping you enjoy it enough to review.
Thank you Rhea! These stories do have such dreamy qualities that “make you believe anything”. Thanks for the suggestion! It sounds cute (plus as soon as I saw SRK’s face on the poster I was sold, hehe) ! I’ll definitely watch it.
Faith, you are the best. Great list!! (I actually haven’t seen Band Baaja Baarat…idk why since i love Ranveer and his confidence!) Have you seen Queen?! It’s AMAZING! One new film that I thought was sooooo good. It won best picture at the indian oscars lol!! And it’s on netflix.
Aww thanks! Band Baaja Baaraat is a cute one; definitely a fun watch. I haven’t seen Queen. I’ll have to give that one a watch!