Wondering What To Watch? Bollywood Films Based On Modern Love

Before Gehraiyaan gets released on February 11 this year, check out these films on modern love and complex relationships

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Gehraiyaan starring Deepika Padukone, Ananya Panday and Siddhanth Chaturvedi recently came out with its trailer and the subject dealt with in the film spoke to many people. Modern love and complex relationships.

The film is based on the intricacies of modern relationships and it would be interesting to watch how the film tackles the complicated subject of infidelity. Here's a look at a series of films that have dealt with relationships of our times.

 Here are 10 Bollywood films on modern love:

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

A very watchable love story for all, YJHD has endearing characters who compliment each other so well on the basis of love, romance as well as friendship. This coming of age movie portrays the complex modern love story between Naina (played by Deepika Padukone) and Bunny (played by Ranbir Kapoor) which unfolds only after many obstacles.

Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na

They say opposites attract but this statement takes a long time for college best friends Jai (Imran Khan) and Aditi (Genelia D’Souza) to make sense of. With opposite characteristics of a very non-violent Rajput and highly impulsive woman, they slowly find their friendship blossoming into something more. Their love is complex because of the ups and downs they face constantly switching between love and friendship.


Jab We Met

Imtiaz Ali’s movie, Jab We Met leaves the audience with a feeling of euphoria, laughter and solace (other than a couple of really sexist dialogues). Pole opposites, Geet (Kareena Kapoor) and Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) find each other in different paths of their lives where Geet, an enthusiastic Punjabi woman helps a heartbroken businessman, Aditya. They become each other’s biggest moral support system leaving a void in our heart for a similar presence as well. Their love story never finds itself dissolving at the right time making it very complex for the characters to embrace love at the correct time.

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Wake Up Sid


Isn’t almost everyone in a state of frenzy and confusion after completing university? This is the case of protagonist Sid (Ranbir Kapoor) who finds himself slowly dissolving into an epitome of confusion. After wasting nights doing nothing productive, he comes across an older woman, Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), who is determined and soon acts as a “Wake Up Call” for Sid. He finds himself falling in love with an older woman which is quite unconventional and complex.

Shuddh Desi Romance

What happens when a couple takes the unconventional route and “lives-in” together? Their choice is frowned upon by the society but soon, they find themselves developing real feelings for each other. The love story between Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) and Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) show us their complex situations. This brings out the biggest question of it all: Does one really need a label of “married” to put forward their love for each other?

 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

This movie highlights the pain and the turmoil characters feel on each end of an unrequited love. It portrays Musician Ayan's (Ranbir Kapoor) quest for true love remains unfulfilled as Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) does not reciprocate his feelings, a feeling that we can all relate to. The movie makes the protagonist realise the power of unrequited love which can many a times be very complex.

Two States


It is a well-known fact that marriage in India isn’t marriage between two people but marriage between both the families of the lovers. Two states, as the name suggests, follows Krish (Arjun Kapoor), a Punjabi North Indian munda, who falls in love with a South Indian kuri, Ananya (Alia Bhatt). Inter-caste marriage, well a bitter reality we all know too well in India as the families have a difficult time in understanding and accepting each other's cultures. If this doesn't scream "complex", I'm not sure what does!


A love triangle is no new news when it comes to complexities of modern love right? Meet Gautam (Saif Ali Khan), Meera (Diana Penty) and Veronica (Deepika Padukone) who share a special bond as friends and as lovers but don’t they always say that three is a crowd? The movie follows Veronica, who loves Gautam but is left heartbroken after she finds out that he shares mutual feelings with Meera. This complex love triangle has us questioning our own sad fate. Haven’t we all been in Veronica’s shoes?

Tanu Weds Manu

It is often said that no guy will ever love a girl as much as a guy who she will never accept. This statement is carried out in the movie with R Madhavan's character Manu who only cares for Tanu's (Kangana Ranaut) happiness so much so that he even agrees to help her elope with her boyfriend, Raja. This complex one sided love is relatable but what surprises is to what lengths Manu goes to for his love for Tanu. He keeps looking out for her from the sidelines until she finally learns to acknowledge his efforts and realises her love for him.


Boy meets girl. Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) meets Tara (Deepika Padukone). She falls in love with him on a holiday after they promise not to reveal their names or personalities. Beautifully etching an entirely different persona for himself, Ranbir Kapoor’s character turns her dreams into reality by showering her with charisma and the temporary couple goes on an adventure like no other only to find out that he isn’t who she falls in love with and time truly changes the entirety of their complex love story.

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