Iconic Bollywood Couples: A Love Story on the Silver Screen

These couples have endured the test of time and still have the power to captivate crowds as well as millions of fans' hearts and attention. We have chosen a handful of Bollywood's most famous on-screen couples throughout the years, from the black-and-white period to the present. Bollywood really is a labor of love. 

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Iconic Bollywood Couples: A Love Story on the Silver Screen

Romance is arguably one of Bollywood's favorite (if not THE favorite) genres and has never gone out of vogue, with millions of viewers rushing to theaters to watch films in which directors and performers bring their distinct views on racing about the trees while singing songs to the table. Some on-screen couples have won accolades for their on-screen chemistry throughout the years from all around the country and even the world. Because of their power, audiences demand that directors use their jodi often in their movies. The secret to these couples' attraction is that they can take the most basic of tales and turn them into classic love sagas because they are meant for one another.

1. Raj Kapoor and Nargis Dutt

They have been frequently referred to as Bollywood's "Golden Couple." Their inherent ease with one another and unmatched on-screen chemistry made them the ideal on-screen pair.  In 1948's Aag, they began their paths to success together, and they collaborated at their individual career apex years. Many people praised and lauded their collaboration as well as their flicks. The illustrious actor and actress co-starred in 16 films during an eight-year period, including some of the era's biggest successes.

They produced a number of outstanding movies, such as Awara (1951), Barsaat (1949), Shree 420 (1955), Andaz (1949), and Chori Chori (1956). Their on-screen connection is said to have led to a real-life relationship. This relationship is said to have caused a lot of turmoil and mayhem in their personal lives because Raj Kapoor was already married at the time.

2. Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala

The tragedy king and the legendary dancer co-starred in seven films that were both critically and financially successful in Bollywood. Devdas (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Madhumati (1958), and Gunga Jumna (1961) are a few of their most well-liked films together. Particularly Gunga Jumna is much praised since it is thought to be the pinnacle of their relationship as shown via its stunning cinematography and well-known lyrics.

The two were connected in real life as well, and there were rumors that they were involved in a relationship at the height of their respective careers. Due to their widespread perception as being extremely attractive and having the best ability to pull off love moments, this couple attracted millions of people to the movies. One may conclude that their union represented the ideal union of the North and South.

3. Dharmendra and Hema Malini

Together, Dharmendra and Hema Malini appeared in more than 40 films, with 1975's Sholay standing out as one of the most notable.  The 'Dream Girl' of Bollywood, Hema Malini, was already well-known, and Dharmendra was viewed as a man-child. To put it mildly, their on-screen chemistry in Sholay was scorching hot. Both actors were well-liked for their on-screen portrayals of Veeru and Basanti in this film, which garnered several awards for their performances. During the making of their 1970 film Tum Haseen Main Jawaan, they allegedly fell in love. 

Despite the fact that Dharmendra was already married at the time of their relationship's commencement, it led to a lot of strife and drama. In 1979, they eventually tied the knot. As they overcame their difficulties, this on-screen couple's chemistry also translated to real life. One of Bollywood's biggest love epics to this day is their love tale.

4. Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol

The most adored films of the 1990s and 2000s had this successful team as its leading actors. Many of their films—including Aditya Chopra's Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, the longest-running film in Bollywood history, Karan Johar's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Karan Johar's Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham—made Shah Rukh and Kajol household names. They initially worked together on the 1993 movie Baazigar, which was an instant hit. They entered our hearts and have remained there ever since two years later when they played the iconic Raj and Simran characters in DDLJ. 

With its 10 Filmfare awards and continued matinee showings at Mumbai's Maratha Mandir, this movie went on to become one of the most honored Bollywood productions in history, turning Mumbai into a popular tourist destination. The British Film Institute included it among the best Indian movies of all time in addition to the aforementioned honors. Additionally, well-liked films, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham won 8 and 5 Filmfare Awards, respectively. During the award season, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai received practically every honor possible, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Art Direction, and Best Screenplay. It also won every significant Filmfare award for acting.

After collaborating in Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham, the two actors didn't take on leading parts in another feature film until Karan Johar's My Name is Khan in 2010, which went on to win three Filmfare Awards (for best Director, best actor, and best actress, respectively; Karan Johar, SRK, and Kajol). They last shared a screen in Rohit Shetty's "Dilwale" (2015), which was eagerly awaited because it marked the actors' return after a five-year break. Millions of viewers yearned for a relationship similar to what they saw onscreen thanks to their love stories. Off-screen, the two are well-known to be close friends who frequently compliment each other on their abilities and personalities.

5. Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla

Aamir Khan, the infamous perfectionist, and Juhi Chawla, the ever-so-chirpy, have generated several successes together, including Tum Mere Ho, Ishq, and Andaz Apna Apna. This on-screen duo is perhaps best known today for the famous 1988 film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. The film was an instant hit upon release, making both actors famous almost immediately. Additionally, this movie received nominations for best actor and best actress for Khan and Chawla, respectively, and won 8 Filmfare Awards, including Best Film.  Despite the film's devastating conclusion, the two remained lodged in the hearts of millions of people for many years. Even now, there is a reputation for a strong friendship between Khan and Chawla.

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