It was probably in the early 80’s or the late 70’s that a film appeared in Bollywood; ‘Ek Phool Do Maali’. As the name suggests, this film explores the relationship between three people; of course two get a happy ending with one pining for lost love. Unrequited love is one of the most-explored themes in books and movies. And it is difficult to imagine a Valentine’s Day without some throwback to some of the long-lost love, first crushes, and those-who-cannot-be-named-but-longed-for past lovers. Let’s have a look at those movies which explored various facets of triangle love stories.
Dil to Pagal Hain, a 1997 musical romantic drama directed by Yash Chopra is one of the first few Bollywood movies which showed two women falling for one guy. Of course, when the King of Romance is in the film, you cannot expect nothing less than extraordinary magic on screen. From friendship to camaraderie, from love to jealousy, this film had all the essential ingredients with Madhuri and Karishma at the helm. It was the dance moves of the two heroines which became the talk of the town after the release.
Cameron Diaz had not acquired the sexy avatar till then, she was very much the sweet girl next door. But she stole the man from Julia Roberts at ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’. This was probably one movie where we missed Julia Roberts having a happy ending at the end. But nevertheless she was brilliant in her bitchy self and she left no tables unturned to steal her best friend from his fiancée. Even it would have been nice if Rupert Everett was not a gay.
How can one forget Bridget Jones’ Diary when one is talking about love triangles? The goofy Bridget has the propensity to fall for all the wrong guys in life. No wonder, the dashing Hugh Grant was no different, although Bridget had envisioned a happy ending with Hugh. Come Mark Darcy and all her notion of love goes topsy turvy. And Bridget realizes that falling in love is easy, but falling in love with your dream man is not.
Let’s come back to Bollywood. It is not easy to forget Kuch Kuch Hota Hain and the talented Kajol and Rani Mukerji and somehow Shahrukh Khan gets lost in the middle of these two women. Of course it is not easy to handle two women with the same poise and élan and Shahrukh does a pretty good job, but if truth be told Kuch Kuch Hota Hain is all about Kajol. She is a vision in her tomboyish avatar and she is as graceful as ever in the saree. Only an exceptionally talented actress can juggle these two demeanors effortlessly.
We have our own remake of While you were Sleeping, but the original is far better. A mistaken identity and a woman becomes entangled in a love triangle with a brother in a coma and his younger brother whom she genuinely falls in love with. While you were Sleeping is one of those movies which help you to relax. Both Bill Pullman and Sandra Bullock have done justice to their respective roles.
So, if you are pining for your long-lost love this Valentine’s Day, maybe you can grab a popcorn and enjoy one of these movies.