Top 5 Bollywood romantic period love sagas that introduced us to old era romance!!

By Madhusmita Lenka

Feb 1, 2018

After the entire hullabaloos around Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s Padmaavat, the film finally hit screens on 25th January. Padmaavat isn’t the first-period romantic drama made by Bollywood and in the past, we have seen various films that have the romance set in different eras and while some aimed at showing historical accuracy, some just used an era to show romance in the old era. If you look through the archives, you would find that it is the heart-breaking love sagas that you remember more fondly. These movies make you ugly cry. The films, that leave you with a lump in the throat when they end. If you’re wondering which period love sagas would help you fan the flames of love then make sure you have a cozy blanket, a box of tissues, and an even bigger box of chocolates nearby.  Here`s the list of top 5 period drama tear jerker.


This movie says the immortal tale of love between Prince Salim (famously known as Emperor Jahangir) and Anarkali. Akbar`s son Salim(Dilip Kumar) gets promptly love-smitten a beautiful courtesan, Anarkali (Madhubala).  Akbar employs all his power to break apart the lovers. True love seems to conquer all! Pure love changes the entire history when Anarkali renounces her life to save Salim.


Devdas Mukherjee (Shah Rukh Khan) and Parvati (Paro, Aishwarya Rai) are childhood sweethearts.They couldn`t get married as Paro could not match the status of Devdas. Heart-broken Paro was forced to marry a wealthy, much older Zamindar Bhuvan (Vijayendra Ghatge), and a shattered Devdas get into alcoholism. Strange was the fate of Dev! Insanely loved by two women! who could never be his. One, whom he could never love and the other, whom he could never stop loving!

Jodha Akbar

Jodhaa Akbar is an intimate love story occurred in Mughal era. It’s about the romance that gradually blossoms between Emperor Akbar and his wife Jodhaa, the Rajput princess with whom he enters into a marriage of alliance. 

Bajirao Mastani

Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao battles Mughals but falls head over heels in love with half-Muslim princess Mastani during the battle. Till now Bajirao Mastani story must be fresh in your heart. Bajirao Mastani is the story of forbidden love between legendary Peshwa Bajirao Ballal and Mastani, the warrior-princess who falls in love after he comes for her kingdom’s rescue.


Lootera is a love saga of yore. It was adapted from O` Henry`s short story, The Last Leaf. It begins in Manikpur, West Bengal, in 1953. In a village, a young archaeologist (Ranveer Singh) falls in love with a landlord`s daughter (Sonakshi Sinha). Their union seems doomed. But destiny brings them together a year later. 

 "Once upon a time."

That`s where the magic begins!

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