Valentine’s Day has become a popular day to celebrate, express, enjoy amorous interludes, poetry, parties and everything that makes you feel mushy on the inside. Well, not that this is the only day to do so. Popular culture and recent times have added to the enthusiasm and charm of this day turning it into a celebration and even a sought-after holiday the world over.
So whether you’re single, with someone, committed, enjoying a courtship, married or just together – here are 5 romantic films that are sweet, spicy, saccharine, and everything in between to give you a new perspective on love and all its wonderful dimensions.
- The Lunchbox
An offbeat film that stole all hearts at coveted movie festivals around the world, The Lunchbox is an Indian art film about finding love in the most unexpected places and moments. Its perhaps the only film where the couple never really meet face to face or even straightforwardly confess their feelings!! All that they know of each other are the raw, honest, sentimental words they exchange through letters lovingly sent in a lunchbox. Set against the busy backdrop of Mumbai city’s cosmopolitan life & work culture, this film will make you laugh through your tears. Exceptionally well-crafted, watch out for the non-verbal cues of the actors, the intuitive camera-work and also the renowned dabbawallas who unknowingly played cupid. The end stays with you as it really makes you wonder about all things serendipity.
2. He’s Just Not That Into You
An anthology of love triangles & affairs of a close group of friends & colleagues, He’s Just Not That Into You is like a mirror into relationships. You’re sure to see yourself, a friend or family member in each of its characters as they go through a roller-coaster of emotions and experiences. At times happy, sad, funny or tragic – each frame captures a hue of love’s multi-dimensional canvas. Watch it till the credits roll out to perhaps realise – love is so much more than the limited definition we’re trying to give it. Maybe its about finding your self & purpose, about pursuing a passion, about letting go, giving second chances and also accepting unexpected surprises. The commentary of the side-kicks in-between adds to the realistic feel of the film and gives you fresh & humorous perspectives on family, friendship and more.
3. Snoopy & Charlie Brown – The Peanuts Movie
Charles Schulz’s treasury of comic strips comes alive in Snoopy & Charlie Brown – The Peanuts Movie. The globally loved characters come alive on celluloid – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock & gang, Sally, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Marcie & Pigpen. The plot revolves around Charlie Brown’s multiple attempts to win over the attention and make a good impression on the Little Red-haired Girl who’s new in school. The humourous quality of the comic is well-captured in the film and makes you nostalgic about childhood. Certain scenes make you laugh out loud even as you root for Charlie to accomplish … something! By the time it ends, you are left with the renewed hope and optimism that nice people do end up first and that Love is also in the sweetness of innocence & friendship.
4. Before Sunrise (and its sequel Before Sunset)
An off-beat story of two strangers who meet on a train whilst on a trip in Europe, Before Sunrise is both stimulating & sensual. The spontaneous chemistry between the leads and the naturalness of the locales is the highlight of the film. The conversations between the characters, the way their friendship & love blossoms, the world passing by, the exotic strangers they meet – all add up to the whimsical vibe of the story. Watch the Sequel ‘Before Sunset’ to see how the story evolves and how life mysteriously unfolds for the couple. The ending of the sequel is open-ended and is sure to keep you guessing — what happened next?
5. Valentine’s Day
An anthology of love stories between people from many different walks of life & ages, Valentine’s Day has cute, bold, cheeky, sad and funny love scenarios that keep you glued to your seat. Each character is unique, each love story has its own mood and every scene is so real that you can empathise with each person and event on screen. The movie is like an ode to valentine’s day – there’s drama, sweetness, heartache, excitement, passion and more. Love is – crossing continents so you can hold your beloved for just a few moments, about saving your bestie from making a mistake, forgiveness & faithfulness, accepting the other person just the way they are and also about following your heart no matter what life has in store…
Wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s day and a fun movie marathon!
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Deesha Kriplani is a Freelance Writer & Editor with creative interests in food & fashion. Connect with her on https://deeshakriplani.wordpress.com/