Bollywood has quite the reputation of being able to churn out larger than life movies with characters to match. And, love has been portrayed quite beautifully and magnanimously in Bollywood. We are a nation of romantics after all. Some of the lead pairs that have created magic on-screen have managed to stay in our minds long after the movie got over. This is a list of all those great on-screen couples that we could only wish existed in real life.
#1. Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol
Image Courtesy: Dilwale Dhulhania Le Jayenge
Dilwale Dhulhania Le Jayenge is the longest running film in all of Bollywood history. And, most of the credit for it having achieved this feat rests on the shoulders of its lead pair. Every young guy and girl wanted a love just like Raj and Simran’s. The film was so impactful in its time that people still remember scenes and dialogues from the movie by heart. Shah Rukh and Kajol’s pairing proved successful in a few other movies also like Karan Arjun and Baazigar.
#2. Raj Kapoor and Nargis
Image Courtesy: Shree 420
Their affair off-screen was fodder for film magazines of that time. However, they will best be remembered for their iconic rain song Pyaar hua ikraar hua for the movie Shree 420 that immortalised their image as a successful romantic pair of their era. They also went on to create magic on-screen as a couple in movies like Jaan Pehchaan, Aag, Barsaat and Awaara. All of them were huge hits owing to the chemistry of the lead pair.
#3. Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor
Image Courtesy: Jab We Met
They were an awesome couple in real life which translated well on to screens with the milestone movie, Jab We Met. The movie is considered a modern day romantic classic that established its director Imtiaz Ali as a force to reckon with. Shahid and Kareena broke off soon after this movie, but the songs and dialogues of the movie still live on. None of their other movies as lead pair can compete with the enormity that was Jab We Met.
An interesting trivia about the movie is that the title was chosen after conducting an opinion poll and asking the general public to select it from a total of three options!
#4. Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan
Image Courtesy: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun..! (inset)
They starred in a couple of successful films which established them as a dependable and likeable pair. In fact, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…! remains one of the highest grossing films in Bollywood. The movie rose to prominence on the basis of the hit songs, and the great chemistry seen between its lead pair. Saajan was another film of theirs that worked wonders at the box office.
#5. Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt
Image Courtesy: Filmfare (left), The Indian Express (right)
This couple was quite a hit in the 90s because of their real life couple status. They gave a string of hits as a lead pair. In fact, Saajan was one of their first and greatest hits. Although the film featured Salman Khan as well, in the end Sanju baba walks away with Madhuri Dixit. However, it was not this film but Khalnayak that was their biggest blockbuster. That film catapulted the two of them to even greater heights of stardom.
#6. Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha
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This was the ultimate screen couple of its time. In fact, because they are much loved as a couple, people still have a desire to see them together on-screen. They worked their magic in many hit films of their time like Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Namak Haram, Suhaag etc. But, Silsila was without a doubt their best film. It worked because the story of the film was based on their actual love affair. It also starred Amitabh’s wife Jaya Bachchan! What a casting coup! Yash Chopra must have burnt the midnight oil countless times to achieve this feat. Amitabh and Rekha have such a place in people’s imagination that even now when they cross paths on any award show or any other place for that matter, it makes headlines in the newspapers!
#7. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
Image Courtesy: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
This couple is a much newer couple that managed to make their own space in the public imagination. They were much loved for their performance in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. But they found their niche as a couple in Bachna Ae Haseeno. This movie has two other leading ladies, but the focus was always on Deepika and Ranbir. The two have worked together even after their break up, and will be coming in other new movies in the near future as well. Three cheers for their fans.
#8. Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra
Image Courtesy: Aitraaz (left), Waqt: The Race Against Time (right)
They created magic together on-screen in quite a few films. Their chemistry was so good that many believed in their rumoured affair. The affair part may be true, but the chemistry between them is also quite undeniable. They scorched the screens whenever they had a scene together. Remember, Aitraaz anyone? It portrayed Priyanka as a woman who lusts after the much married Akshay Kumar (talk about art imitating life). They also gave other hits like Waqt and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi.
#9. Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla
Image Courtesy: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (left), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (right)
Together, this pair has acted in a total of seven romantic movies as a lead pair. Although they could not stand each other in their personal life, they did act as a reel couple beautifully. They are a throwback to the couples of the golden age of the Hindi film industry– very sweet and full of innocence. Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke, Qayaamat Se Qayaamat Tak and Ishq are some of their biggest hits. They always played characters with a lot of heart who stood their ground. It connected with the youth of that time who had to prove their worth to their parents.
#10. Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif
Image Courtesy: Namastey London
This odd pair defied all the naysayers by giving a string of hits as a lead pair. Almost all of their movies together were huge hits. Namaste London was the film that established them as a lead pair to watch out for. It was a family drama with some comic relief. Katrina proved her mettle in the industry through this film. Some of their other films were also huge hits like Humko Deewaana Kar Gaye and Singh Is Kingg.
The above mentioned on-screen couples will always ignite a different kind of passion. They command the total attention span of the audience, and the eyes of the viewers do not miss even a second of the action or in this case romance!