Romance in Bollywood movies have taken a back seat.Have people forgotten what is to be in love? Well, it seems like if Bollywood definitely has. The mellifluous ethereal feeling of love has been replaced by comedy, thriller and topics on infidelity. The age old recipe of success-Boy meets Girl is no more in the scene. The last Bollywood love story was Hum Tum released three years ago in 2004. Between the years 2002 to 2004, there have been successful and experimental love stories in the form of Saathiya, Chalte Chalte, Hum Tum and Veerz Zara.
After 2004, Bollywood has not shown much of an interest in romance In fact, there is no suitable replacement to Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan who played the lover boy roles reasonably well in their times. Shahrukh donned the role of Don and is now presently riding high after leading his all girl hockey team to box-office success in Chak De. Salman Khan on the other hand is choosing ‘humor’ as his cup of tea; his movie Partner has become the biggest hit of 2007, so far. All the famous Khans and one Roshan are choosing roles that befit their personality. Plus, they do not exactly look like college kids.
The question now, is Bollywood too complex now for simple, clean, undiluted, unadulterated romance? Will romance in Bollywood come back again? Hopefully, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Sawariyaa will provide the answer.