Top 5 romantic films from the 90s that are not DDLJ and KKHH

Grab the popcorn!

What remains when you take away obvious romantic films such as Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Kuch Kuch Hota hai from the running for the Top 5 romantic films? A lot less of Shah Rukh Khan, and other films that are waiting in the wings. Forget the Instagram-aesthetic of recent films and watch these romantic ones from the ’90s. Nostalgia-explosion guaranteed on this Valentine’s Day!

Dil (1990)

Find us a better Foes-turned-Lovers plot and we’ll eat our hat!  This film belongs to Madhuri Dixit and Aamir Khan in their soft days, setting the screens on fire. And not to forget, it has a killer music album.

Lamhe (1991)

Now a cult favourite, Lamhe from the Yash Chopra stables was way ahead of its time. A love story with a wildly different slant, this one is for die-hard fans of the iconic pairing of Anil Kapoor and Sridevi.

Dil to Pagal Hai (1997)

All the terrific dancing and SRK aside, Madhuri and Karisma Kapoor ate and left no crumbs. A refreshing plot, modern visuals and a youthful vibe – Yash Chopra continued to catch the pulse of his evolving audience.

Taal (1999)

This film has so many outstanding elements that we don’t know where to begin. The over-the-top Vikrant (Anil Kapoor), the sensational Mansi (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) or the brooding Manav (Akshaye Khanna). Or the brilliance of Subhash Ghai, who co-wrote, directed, edited and produced the film. Where do we begin!

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

A celebratory story that turns sombre as the films progress, this one’s not your run of the mill romantic saga. The character arcs of Salman Khan, Aishwarya and Ajay Devgn, the moving story-telling by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and stellar music by Ismail Darbar ensure that film snags a spot on this list.


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