Rough Cut/ That funny thing called love

Mumbai | Updated: February 6, 2014 11:08 am

The best thing about rom-coms, besides their humourous take on love may be the equal scope for performance they provide to actors and actresses

Come February and can thoughts of all things romantic be far behind?
While several political parties across India may not have warmed up to the idea of a certain Valentine’s Day and the general season of mush and sop, Bollywood sure has earmarked the month for romantic movies that come in all shapes and sizes. For starters, this weekend there is Hasee To Phasee starring newbies Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra followed soon by Shaadi Ke Side Effects top-lining Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan.
While the former is about an unexpected romance that springs up between a quirky, rebellious Meeta (Parineeti) and happy-go-lucky Nikhil (Sidharth), the latter, is a fun take on the post-marital ennui that sets in, especially with the arrival of a baby on the scene.
Ever since the promos of these two films were outed, there has been a huge curiosity surrounding the film. For all those like yours truly, who love love stories, it is wonderful that the rom-com space within Hindi films is getting rather crowded. Sure the intense romantic dramas and sagas like Aashiqui 2, have long held sway over the junta but fortunately of late, love stories in Hindi films have got themselves a sense of humour.
To watch a funny, light-hearted take on love and romance certainly beats the copious tear inducing weepies of yore, any day. Last year’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Shuddh Desi Romance —runaway romantic hits, have strengthened their cause manifold. What rom-coms have also done is given rise to the light-hearted romantic heroes along the lines of Hugh Grant who, in earlier films were convenient side-kicks. The Kapoors, especially Shammi and Shashi, changed that to a certain extent but it was Saif Ali Khan who was, to the manner born. In Khan, we found our light-hearted, metrosexual, often in a muddle over his countless love interests and of course, the notion of love. Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Tum, Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail are just a few of them. Luckily, his tribe has increased and younger actors like Imran Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh have joined the fray too.
The happy twist in the tale is that with changing scripts, rom-coms are providing ample room for actresses too. Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and now Vidya Balan have dabbled in it rather successfully with room for plenty more. After all, love would not be quite the same without equality!

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