Bollywood gears up for the release of Sonam Kapoor and Tamil actor Dhanush's romantic film Raanjhanaa this week. The movie, set in the backdrop of Varanasi, is the story of a Hindu Brahmin boy Kundan falling in love with a Muslim girl Zoya. Film's lead actress Sonam said: "The movie is about love but a more realistic one, with which people will be able to relate to." As we await the verdict on the Anand L Rai film, here's a look at some of the romantic films Bollywood has produced over the years.
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na: Genlia D'Souza (Aditi) and Imran Khan (Jai) are best friends who never realise that they are in love until the time they set out to find a perfect partner for each other.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008): Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan brought alive this epic love story between the Mughal king Akbar and Rajput princess Jodha with their stellar performances. It was the first movie to focus on the personal aspect of emperor Akbar's life.
Jab We Met (2007): It was a chirpy love story between a zealous Geet (Kareena Kapoor) and a sombre Aditya (Shahid Kapoor). And it is till date remembered as Kareena's best performance ever.
Namastey London (2007): Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif shared a sweet onscreen chemistry in the film that was about the age old philosophy of 'love means to give and not to take'.
Fanna (2006): Love story with a twist. Aamir Khan (Rhehan Malik) is a terrorist who falls for Kajol (Zooni Ali Beg), a blind girl with vibrant dreams.
Hum Tum (2004): The film is Kunal Kohli's refreshing take on a love story between Rhea (Rani Mukerji) and Karan (Saif Ali Khan) who meet time and again only to fall in love.
Veera Zaara (2004): SRK and Preity Zinta's Yash Chopra directed Veera Zaara comes with the motto 'love knows no boundaries'.
Taal (1999): A musical love story by Subhash Ghai, Taal is all about the clash of egoistic lovers Aishwarya Rai (Mansi) and Akshay Khanna (Manav).
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999): Set against a traditional Gujarati backdrop, this Sanjay Leela Bhansali film redefined the concepts of love, where Aishwarya Rai (Nandini) reaches out to her lover (Salman Khan) with the help of her husband (Ajay Devgn) only to realise that she adores her husband.
Dil To Pagal Hai (1997): Yash Chopra's Dil To Pagal Hai was a love triangle between SRK (Rahul), Karisma Kapoor (Nisha) and Madhuri Dixit (Pooja).
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995): Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's evergreen love story Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge directed by Aditya Chopra is etched in our minds. We can still fall in love with Raj and Simran.
Lamhe (1991): Considered ahead of its time, Lamhe's love story was about a young Pooja (Sridevi) falling in love with a much elder Viren (Anil Kapoor), who was actually in love with her mother Pallavi (Sridevi).
Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989): Salman Khan (Prem) and Bhagyashree's (Suman) friendship-turned-love story was unique in its own way. Everyone fell in love with Prem and Suman's innocent love story directed by Sooraj Barjatya.
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1998): Bollywood's perfectionist Aamir Khan along with debutante Juhi Chawla charmed us in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, a desi version of Romeo and Juliet. It is remembered for its youthful exuberance.
Bobby (1973): Raj Kapoor's Bobby, which is also India's first teenage love story, was loved by one and all. Young Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor's sweet love story is still on everyone's mind. And Dimple's polka-dotted knotted blouse and mini skirt in the film captured the fantasies of millions of fans.
Pakheeza (1972): The film was a tale of a courtesan (Meena Kumari) falling in love with Raaj Kumar, who desires to marry her. But fate has something else in store. Its song Chalo Dildar Chalo captured romance in an eternal way.
Aaradhna (1969): Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna's romantic saga was based on the 1946 Hollywood film To Each His own.
Mughal-e-Azam (1960): Dubbed as Bollywood's eternal love story Mughal-e-Azam was about the love of Prince Salim played by Tragedy King Dilip Kumar and the very beautiful Madhubala. And who can forget Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, which is considered as the anthem for lovers across generations.
Barsaat (1949): The Raj Kapoor and Nargis starrer film was all about wait and fulfillment of love.