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Love teenage romances? Bollywood has had loads of it and launched careers of several actors. Check out the best Bollywood teenage romance films of all time

By Neha Jha

Jul 29, 2017  Updated On : Jun 28, 2018

Teenage romance and high school stories have always formed a major part of Bollywood movies. Time and again, we have had movies which depicted such themes on screen. And the audience loves it, irrespective of how realistically it portrays the confusing years from teenage to adulthood.

While many believe that the 90s were the time when there was a surge in films dealing with adolescence and its many facets, Bollywood has always had movies which focused on teenage years and how they either make or break a person’s character and, in many ways, decide their future. And, not to forget, many of these films were the launch pad for soon-to-be great actors.

We take a look at a few such movies which portrayed childhood and teenage phase poignantly.

Bobby (1973)

The movie set the standard for upcoming rom-com and has since attained a cult status. Several movies to this date have been imitating the formula of “the rich guy falls for poor girl, but class bias divides them” story. Bobby, though controversial for depicting the female characters in a sensuous form, was a trendsetter. The film launched Dimple Kapadia and was the debut movie of Rishi Kapoor as an adult actor (he had earlier been the child actor in Raj Kapoor’s ‘Mera Naam Joker’). The Raj Kapoor film was an experiment at the time depicting boldness, lovers going at their love in spite of opposition and portraying heavy class bias. Apart from the lead pair, Bobby also gave Bollywood its favorite baddie - Prem Chopra!!

Rockford (1999)

This coming-of-age film was highly appreciated when it released. It depicts the life of a young schoolboy who goes to an all-male boarding school and adjusts there in the face of all troubles. The movie was shot in Doon School and portrayed the complexities of growing up amidst societal pressures. Teenage emotions found their perfect outlet and subtlety in this film. KK’s song Yaaron is still a friendship anthem. It’s been a long time since we have seen a mushy-mushy love story and inspirational teachers. What’s more? The director of the film Nagesh Kukunoor is also part of the film’s cast. He plays PT instructor Johnny Matthew who imparts life lessons to his students but gets wrongfully accused of child molestation.

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)

Directed and co-written by Mansoor Khan, the film has an ensemble cast and managed to stir up deep feelings of friendship and competitiveness along with team spirit which sports bring. The film is a remake of the 1979 Hollywood flick Breaking Away and stars Aamir Khan, Deepak Tijori, Ayesha Jhulka and Pooja Bedi. Based on the marathon cycle race in the inter-college sport`s championship between an elite college and a regular one, it was the highlight of Aamir Khan’s career and a different kind of film altogether. The 90s were a time when college romance stories ruled Bollywood. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar focused on the other side of college life - ambition, class divide, challenges, betrayal, and friendship. You don’t get movies of the sort anymore.

MP3: Mera Pehla Pehla Pyar (2007)

The name itself says what it’s all about. Watching this film can take you back to those days when you fell in love the first time and felt the rush in your entire body!!! Love seems so pure then!! This feel-good movie was all about teenage romance and heartbreaks. The innocent phase of first love and the courage one has to pursue it in the initial days worked well in the movie’s favor. It was the debut movie of Ruslaan Mumtaz and starred Hazel Crowney as his co-star and love interest. It revolved around the life of two rich kids and the vast net of love in which they get entangled with several love angles. You will love the romantic ending in Paris, if you are a fan of teenage romance, that is.

Mohabbatein (2000)

We all remember the hoopla surrounding this film when we got to see Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan share the screen space for the first time. The film was a multi-starrer with Uday Chopra, Jimmy Shergill and Jugal Hansraj paired opposite Shamita Shetty, Kim Sharma, and Preeti Jhangiani. Oh, and how can we forget, the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai who came as a spiritual time and again to Shah Rukh’s character Raj Aryan!! Yeah, she was a friendly ghost!! While many people consider the film to be inspired by Robin Williams starrer Dead Poets Society since SRK preached more love than music as a music teacher, the makers refused to acknowledge that. It also marked the second innings of actor Amitabh Bachchan. The role of the strict principal Narayan Shankar was the first time he moved on to mature roles shedding his “hero” image.

Tere Sang (2009)

Starring Ruslaan Mumtaz and newbie Sheena Shahabadi, the film explored the issue of teenage pregnancy. It also starred Rajat Kapoor and Neena Gupta as the super busy, rich parents of the girl Maahi. The film’s idea came to Satish Kaushik when he saw cases of teenage pregnancy and the scare they caused among teenagers and their parents alike owing to the social stigma. In the film, Mahi and Kabir are close friends who get physically intimate on an impulse during a camping trip. Her pregnancy causes a scare but Kabir refuses to abandon her and they decide to go ahead with the baby. However, a case is filed against Kabir. The film is said to be inspired by the Hong Kong film 2 Young. And like the original, Tere Sang is also light-hearted with undertones of seriousness. The society’s attitude towards sexual independence and young love also found an apt portrayal in the film.

Student of the Year (2012)

Famous more for launching three actors - Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, and Sidharth Malhotra, the film is a flashback exploring the dynamics between three students. The trophy for “Student of the Year” will go to the one who is an all-rounder in everything. Each of these students has their own complexities and deal with problems in their life. The film became one of the highest grossing films of the year and resulted in successful careers for all 3 actors.

No matter how much we criticise them, young love and teenage romance are our favorite genres. What do you love out of the above?

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