IMDb Rating – 8.9/10
As a peace gesture, Pakistan decides to review cases of Indian prisoners in Pakistani jail. Saamiya Siddhique takes up a case of a person who is popular;y known as “Kaidi number 786.” She decides to know his story and the movie unfolds. A former Indian pilot, Veer Pratap Singh, falls in love with a Pakistani girl named Zaara. She visits India to honour the dying wish of her grandmother of scattering her ashes in the Sutlej river. In India, Zaara meets Veer. He takes her to his village where they meet Veer’s parents. Veer realises that he loves Zaara but the feeling maybe is not reciprocated. Upon discovering that Zaara has been pledged wife to someone else, Veer leaves her. But when Zaara feels the same, Veer visits her in Pakistan. Zaara’s fiance traps Veer in a case of being an Indian Spy and that’s how Veer suffers an exile of 22 long years before his case is opened. Saamiya wants to have Zaara witness the identity of Veer which Veer denies her off. Sacrifice, he says, if he sacrificed 22 years for Zaara’s honour, he can do a few more willingly. But the movie doesn’t end here. Sacrifice maybe something of an old age concept for the millennial children. But Veer-Zaara, re-define it.
IMDb Rating – 7.5/10
Ethan Mascarenhas was born in Goa. Fascinated by magic since childhood, he grows up to become a magician, mesmerizing people through magic tricks and dancing. Dubbed as world’s greatest magician, Ethan soon faces a storm when he gets paralyzed due to a stunt gone wrong. Bed-ridden but not broken in spirit, Ethan continues to spread magic all around, thanks to the care of Sofia, his nurse. Ethan writes books and does a radio show to reach out to his audience and keep them amazed. Soon, reality hits, as his body starts to shut down slowly and he decides to take a stern and shocking decision and pleads for euthanasia (death by will). Meanwhile, Sophia and Ethan have fallen in love. The court keeps on declining his pledge of euthanasia and Sophia takes a grim step. She chooses to sacrifice what little she has for her love.
IMDb Rating – 7.6/10
Set in 1990, this movie is a sad love story. Devdas returns home after 10 years since he left to complete his law studies. Paro and Devdas’s childhood friendship transforms into love. But his parents humiliate Paro’s mother when she expresses her wish to marry Devdas and Paro. Devdas finds refuge in a brothel where a courtesan, Chandramukhi falls madly in love with him but Devdas has become a drunkard. Paro is married to some other Lord who had been a former widower. While Paro and Chandramukhi are both in love with Devdas, Devdas loves Paro so devotedly that he makes his life something we wish he hadn’t.
Kal Ho Naa Ho
IMDb Rating – 8/10
Naina, a pessimistic and depressed student, lives in New York with her widowed mother. The death of her father causes emotional and financial problems in her family. When a cheerful and optimistic man, Aman Mathur, moves in next door, she falls in love with him. However, Naina’s childhood friend, Rohit is also in love with her and seeks Aman’s help to express his feelings. The lives of the three characters changes when Aman reveals a shocking secret and lets Naina go.
IMDb Rating – 8.1/10
Barfi is a heart-warming tale of a young man ‘Barfi’, who is deaf and mute since birth. Barfi is smitten by Shruti, a beautiful lady who has recently arrived at Darjeeling. He tries to court her in his simple and childlike ways, but to no avail. He flees from Darjeeling with Jhilmil, his autistic childhood friend. They end up looking after one another in their comic and subtle ways. The innocent and resilient friendship transforms a cheerful and caring relationship of two souls made for each other. The tale is narrated by Shruti, who is also in love with Barfi, and this tale makes her believe that love exists.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
IMDb Rating – 7.5/10
Nandini is a free-spirited girl who falls for the Sameer, a young man who moves into her place to study music under her father. Sameer falls for Nandini, but she is already arranged to be married to Vanraj. When Nandini’s father learns about their affair, he asks Sameer to return to Italy as his gurudakshina (a payment to a teacher). Distraught, Sameer agrees. Nandini and Vanraj are married. Yet she continues to have intentions of reuniting with her lost love. Vanraj discovers that his wife is in love with this another man and decides to take his wife to Italy in search of her love to unite them. Ignoring the fact that he might be ridiculed for such a thing, he is willing to sacrifice his everything, including his own love, to have her reunite with her lover.
IMDb Rating – 8.1/10
Four people who reside in a small town, Varanasi, face the challenges that come with the moral standards of a conservative society. Devi, a college student, has to pay the price for indulging in a sexual encounter before marriage. On the other hand, Deepak, a low caste boy, faces casteism when he falls in love with a high caste girl. Shaalu. One day, their lives converge as they suffer through society’s stigma of inter-caste marriage and premarital sex. The movie isn’t intently telling about the sacrifice of love, but we can only think how different their lives would have been if Deepak and Shaalu had somehow managed to be together.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
IMDb Rating – 5.8/10
Ayan Sanger, a famous singer, recollects his journey through love and heartbreak during an interview. By chance, when he meets Alizeh Khan, they become good friends. Upon discovering that their partners are cheating on them, they both break-up and spend a week in Paris together. Ayan falls in love with Alizeh, but she just wants to be friends. Heartbroken on hearing that she’s marrying her ex-boyfriend, he arrives as a guest on her wedding and expresses his love. But she turns him down. He leaves the venue, hurt. He goes on to make music and form a relationship with a poet, Saba who does not believe in love but something about Ayan makes her want to change that.
IMDb Rating – 6.2/10
A lonely girl Veronica, under the garb of a party-loving cool photographer in London, finds a sobbing Indian girl, Meera, a victim of a hoax marriage. After knowing her story, Veronica lets Meera live in her apartment. With the passage of time, they develop a deep bond of friends-cum-sisters. But the bond weakens with the arrival of Gautam in their life; it became worse with Gautam’s mom who set up the “marriage dream” in both girls’ mind. It becomes a terrible state of a dilemma for the trio with the complicated love triangle. And one of the two girls, have to sacrifice their love.
IMDb Rating – 7.6/10
In the colors of Benaras, pundit’s son Kundan falls in love with a girl Zoya. While in school he stalks her and even after being slapped, he continues to like her. The love story takes a turn even before it begins when Zoya is made to leave Benares for her better future by her father. She lands to the JNU where she finds her love: a guy engrossed in the political world. But the small town boy, Kundan, is still in love willing to do anything for her, unaware that she is merely using him to get her true love. It takes no time for “love” to become madness. At first, the movie seems like a cliche love story, but as the layers unfurl, the story becomes unfathomably beautiful.
IMDb Rating – 6.8/10
Omar moves to New York for his studies and befriends two Americans, Sam, and Maya. Omar, Sam, and Maya are having the time of their life in America. However, the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York completely change the lives of these three friends. Agent Roshan, an undercover FBI agent, enters their lives and reveals secrets about Omar’s two old friends. The movie maybe entirely set on the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks but Omar’s flashbacks, definitely show us his sacrifice that he is so modest about.
Jab Tak Hain Jaan
IMDb Rating – 6.8/10
Samar is smitten by Meera in London. He has met with a fatal accident and Meera prays that if he returns alive, she will never meet him. Samar lives, and heartbroken, he returns to India after she leaves him and dedicates himself to the army. He meets Akira on one of his expeditions. Akira falls in love with him but later decides to unite him with Meera. Once Meera sacrificed her love for Samar’s life and then Akira sacrifices her love for Samar. The movie is so beautiful that romance like this these days is hard to find.
IMDb Rating – 7.3/10
A landlord of Manikpur and his daughter Pakhi welcome an archaeologist, Varun, and his assistant, into their mansion after he tells them about his interest in studying the land, and charms them both. Literature and art bring Varun and Pakhi together in love. But he holds a secret regarding what he actually does for a living. Their love is shredded into pieces. Pakhi loses her father and health. But Varun lets her half a few stolen moments before she decides to end her life. The story is inspired by The Last Leaf by O Henry.
IMDb Rating – 7.2/10
‘Fanaa’ is a Hindi blockbuster that stole hearts and gave a different definition to love. Innocent Zoomi, a blind Kashmiri girl travels with her friends for the first time to New Delhi to perform at the Republic Day ceremony. Rehan, the tour guide constantly flirts with Zoomi and sees the beauty she truly is. But life has other plans and the two lovers have to brave circumstances and face the test of love.
IMDb Rating – 7.7/10
Janardan, a college student who dreams of becoming as great a rockstar like Jim Morrison and becomes popular as JJ/Jordan. Janardan’s pursuit of pain to level up to his idols leads him to an unlikely friendship with Heer. After her wedding, Heer moves to Prague and soon Jordan becomes a budding star. What starts off as a light-hearted tale with a wisp of romance soon turns dark and brooding as Heer and Jordan engage in a forbidden affair. The overwhelming fame he garners make him bitter & frustrated and in conflict with the law.