Love was always an essential part of Hindi films and when we talk about love, how can we forget the magical on-screen pairs of Indian cinema. There are few on-screen couple who never fade from our memory even after they cease to exist on screen. Let’s talk about Bollywood’s most romantic on-screen couples, who shared splendid chemistry onscreen and went on to become a hit pair. Here are the Bollywood’s Top 10 Most romantic on-screen couples of all time who almost certainly did their best to make love come alive on the celluloid screen.
Raj Kapoor and Nargis were one of the earliest couples who shared a splendid chemistry onscreen. They brought openness to their screen romance in the black and white era. But the chemistry wasn’t just restricted onscreen. Off screen too they shared a soul-stirring affair despite Raj Kapoor being a married man. After `Awaara’ (1951) Nargis worked almost exclusively with Raj Kapoor even turning down her mentor Mehboob’s `Aan’ (1952). The passion that they had for one another came live onscreen as they romanced each other in films like `Aag’, `Barsaat’, `Andaaz’, `Awaara’ and `Shree 420′.
When you think of the golden era of Hindi cinema Guru Dutt and his films like `Kaagaz Ke Phool’ and `Pyaasa’ instantly come to your mind. And the woman who gave Guru Dutt company in these films was Waheeda Rehman. Guru Dutt was married to singer Geeta Dutt but his philandering ways didn’t stop him from having a strong affair with Waheeda Rehman. Geeta even separated from her husband.
The original Devdas – Chandramukhi pair of Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala were quite a hit on the screen of the 60s. They shared a pure professional relationship only. Vyjayantimala (despite having a South Indian origin) spoke chaste Hindi and even Bhojpuri when she was paired opposite Dilip Kumar in films of that era.
The first superstar of filmdom was known for his romantic roles. And he showed the best chemistry with Bengali beauty Sharmila Tagore. The duo went ahead to do a string of musical hits together. Their sensual chemistry was palpable in number Roop Tera Mastana from Aradhana. In Amar Prem, a disillusioned Rajesh Khanna sought solace in the prostitute played by Sharmila. Yash Chopra’s Daag had a love triangle but Sharmila won over Rakhee in winning Khanna. Avishkaar despite being an offbeat film had Sharmila trying her best from saving her marriage gone wrong.
He was the Punjab-da-puttar. She was the queen of South. The two co-starred in over 40 films which is a record of sorts. Love was brewing all through. Hema Malini was much sought after even in real life. Both Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar had proposed marriage to her. But Dharmendra won her hand in the end. They fell in love on the sets of Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay. But like previous love stories that went kaput in Bollywood, even Dharmendra was a married man and his first wife Prakash Kaur refused to divorce him. But Dharmendra and Hema were too head-over-heels in love with each other and nothing could come their way. In a very filmi way, they got converted to Islam on August 21, 1979 since Islam permitted a second marriage. Dharmendra was renamed as Dilawar Khan while Hema Malini was called Aisha Bi in their new acquired religion and they got married.
The angry young man worked with almost every actress of his generation from Sharmila Tagore to Smita Patil but made the best couple with the diva Rekha. After working in a spate of films, rumour-mills went rife that they were seeing each other. Yash Chopra’s film Silsila was almost a real life representation for the Big B where he had an affair with Rekha and was married to Jaya Bhaduri. Even the song Rang Barse turned out to be quite controversial. Amitabh Bachchan’s life went into personal crisis post `Silsila’ and he had to face a lot of turmoil with respect to this liaison. The couple never worked together after Silsila. Interestingly, however they both were associated with a common film Sooryavansham. While Amitabh played the male lead, Rekha did the Hindi dubbing for the South Indian actress who was paired opposite Amitabh.
While Neetu Singh was paired opposite both Shashi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor, she formed the best pair with Rishi Kapoor with whom she went on to work in almost a dozen films. The actors were on the wish list of most producers in a package deal. After a much publicized engagement in 1979 that was the talk of town, the duo soon tied the nuptial knot. Neetu Singh was just 21 then and at the peak of her career with also a Filmfare nomination. But as it was customary for actresses married to the Kapoor family to retire after marriage, Neetu too quit films and settled into a life of marital bliss.
In late 80s and the early 90s the Bollywood screen was set ablaze with the sizzling hot chemistry of Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri looked most comfortable in intimate scenes with Anil Kapoor. There was a constant competition between Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi on who makes a better pair with Anil Kapoor and Madhuri clearly won it.
Aamir Khan debuted in Holi. Juhi Chawla started with Sultanat. But even today movie lovers believe that the duo debuted in the film `Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. Such was the impact of this romantic film. The film went on to become a huge success. And thereafter the duo continued to work in several films that didn’t do justice to their caliber but their chemistry was always lauded. During `Ishq’ problems seemed to crop up between Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla and they didn’t work after that. But off late the duo seems to have buried the hatchet when Aamir attended the funeral of Juhi’s father and was there for the actress in her testing times.
Their chemistry doesn’t seek any explanation to the audiences. If it’s Shah Rukh Khan working with Kajol, the film has to be a hit. At least their track record says so. Right from `Baazigar’ to `Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ and even the special appearances in films like `Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and `Om Shanti Om’, every time they team together it results in blockbuster hits.