Film Classics on love and longing, especially for Valentine’s Day
Marriage Story (2019): They love each other – truly, deeply, madly. But sometimes love is not just enough to keep a couple from falling apart.
Sairat (2016): Upper caste girl. ‘Low’ caste boy. They fall in love. Confront hurdles. Marry. Raise a kid. Get Slaughtered. Some love stories are also hate stories.
The Lunchbox (2013): Shakespeare said, music is the food of love. In director Ritesh Batra’s flick, food is the music of unrealized love. And it has the classic aftertaste of lingering regret.
Brokeback Mountain (2005): In times when same-sex love was frowned upon, two cowboys discover each other in the lonely mountains. This singular Western posited love as torment and became a conversation changer.
In The Mood For Love (2000): Their spouses love each other. Their own love is melancholy’s bittersweet cousin in this poetry of a movie set in 1960s Hong Kong.
Titanic (1997): Love triumphs in a subterranean battle on sea between haves and have-nots. If only they had an extra boat!
Before Sunrise (1995): What’s love but getting off the train with an attractive stranger and walking the streets of Vienna all night in conversation that feels like an intelligent foreplay of words?
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995): The love story millions watched a zillion times imagining it’s their own. Even though few of them were NRIs.
Blue (1993): The moodiest of director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colours trilogy. Grief and loss never felt so close to longing, and longing never closer to loneliness.
QSQT (1988): The doomed desi Romeo and Juliet tale that sent the gentry flocking back to the theatres in times of video piracy and propelled Aamir Khan-Juhi Chawla towards the stars.
Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981): Her father burns the love letter. She mixes the ashes in her coffee and drinks it. It’s passion. It’s protest. It’s North vs South. They die in the end. It’s destination.
Summer of 42 (1971): Young Boy. Older woman. The blub said it all: In everyone’s life there’s a summer of 42. Or at least a fantasy about it.
Love Story (1970): Annoyingly rich boy. Arresting not-so-rich girl. Nothing but cancer can stop them from growing old together in this Eric Segal classic that left no handkerchief dry.
Charulata (1964): He is her husband’s charming cousin. But you can neither stop that vertiginous feeling nor plan its eventual trajectory though heartbreak lurks around the corner.
Devdas (1955): The story of a generation who found love but not fulfillment. Not everyone took refuge in alcohol, dancing girl and found redemption in death like the film’s emasculated hero. But in their heads, they were all Devdas.
Casablanca (1942): Sometimes love is letting it go – especially if it is for the greater good. That’s what Humphrey Bogart did while his heart shattered like glass and the box-office jingled. But the truth must be told: no cause can be greater than Ingrid Bergman.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.