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Who said Indians love run-of-the-mill Scripts with happy Ending?

Sep 12, 2018

Who said Indians love run-of-the-mill Scripts with happy Ending?
Who said Indians love run-of-the-mill Scripts with happy Ending?

It is no secret that we Indians enjoy love stories more than any other kind of stories. Most of our movies are based on the various aspects of love and how the lead pair makes it through tough times to emerge victoriously. We are all too familiar with the warm, fuzzy feeling that engulfs our hearts when we watch a film with a happy ending. All the protagonist's struggles pay off and the lead pair overcomes all obstacles to finally prance into a dreamy future for their very own happily ever after.

However, at the other end of the spectrum are tragic love stories that make a mark on the hearts of the audience like nothing else.

 Even when the ending of love stories is shown to be tragic, it makes us root for the lead pair and makes us take the whole rollercoaster journey of emotions along with them. 

Many such tragic love stories have played out on Bollywood screens. Let us take a look at some of the most popular ones.


This is a classic love story that can never get too old for the audience. Starring Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Prithviraj Kapoor, the film is about the love story that transpires between a Mughal prince and a dancer in the royal court. Between the beautiful music, the compelling chemistry between the two lovers and the tragedy at the end, the movie makes you invest all your emotions into it.


This is one of the most popular tragedy love stories in the country. Based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel by the same name, this movie is about childhood sweethearts who end up in tragic circumstances because of their undying love for each other along with an intertwined story of the one-sided love of a courtesan. 

This movie was taken in 1955 with Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala and Suchitra Sen and then again re-made in 2002 with Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles.


This movie starring Raaj Kumar and Priya Rajvansh is based on a Punjabi legend known by the same name. Heer and Ranjha are known for their exemplary love for each other the unfortunate tragedy that they encounter in the end. This poetic love story is a classic for sure. The movie is renowned for playing out all the scenes in the form of verses. The hero and heroine of this love story are often referred to in lyrics of love songs for the pure love between them.

Laila Majnu

The evergreen story of Laila Majnu is often remembered by us in the form of skits, songs, art, etc. The classic tale of lovers being torn apart by opposing families made it relatable to many couples across the country. The story was adapted to Bollywood screens in 1976 with Rishi Kapoor and Ranjeeta in lead roles.

Ek Duje Ke Liye

This film was made in 1981 by K.Balachander and is about the love story between a Tamilian and a North Indian. Starring Kamal Hassan and Rati Agnihotri, the film was a huge success for its raw appeal to youngsters.

The star-crossed lovers end up committing suicide and meeting a tragic end as a result of the opposition from their respective families. The film won a lot of critical acclaims and fetched a national award too.

Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

This movie again explores the familiar plot of lovers from two opposing clans trying to get together on the strength of their passion and love for each other. This movie released in 2013 and has Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone at the lead. This tragic story captured the hearts of the audience with its honest depiction of rebellious love.