5 best Bollywood adaptations of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Let’s take a look at the best Bollywood adaptations of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Shakespeare has always been a great inspiration for Bollywood and his ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has been adapted many times by the Bollywood filmmakers. Two people of different cultural backgrounds fall in love with each other and get married, which lead them to a very tragic end; ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has everything what Indian people would love to witness in a film. Several Bollywood filmmakers have interpreted this tragedy in their own way and depicted that on the big screen. Some of those films became huge successful at the box office and gained cult status for their interesting interpretation and unconventional storytelling.

  1. Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981): Directed by K. Balachander, ‘Ek Duuje Ke Liye’ was an unofficial adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The chemistry between the two lead characters, Vasu and Sapna, is extremely well developed and their tragic ending, when both of them jump to their deaths, will break your heart. The brilliant performances by the lead actors, the iconic songs and the beautiful frames made this movie loved by all.
  2. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988): A charming yet heartbreaking movie which depicts the unconditional and pure nature of true love. Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the film has its own twists and turns, and it became a huge hit at the box office. It has some amazing songs and “Papa Kehte Hai” became one of the most superhit songs at that time. Both Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla made their acting debut with this film and impressed everyone with their innocence and charming chemistry.
  3. Saudagar (1991): Filmmaker Subhash Ghai is known for exploring human emotions in a much matured way and ‘Saudagar’ is not an exception. Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet, the film has a stellar cast including Dilip Kumar and Raj Kumar in the lead roles. The interesting story, brilliant performances from all the cast members and the soul melting songs made everyone love this movie.
  4. Ishaqzaade (2012): Although based on ‘Romeo and Juliet’, director Habib Faisal presented the story in a complete new way which was loved by both the audience and the critics. The film is intense and both Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, as the “desi” Romeo and Juliet respectively, impressed everyone with their on screen charm.
  5. Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013): ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story set in the backdrop of rivalry between two gangster communities, this Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial venture is an intense romantical journey of Ram and Leela, brilliantly played by Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone respectively. The film is loved for its lavish sets, brilliant music and aesthetically beautiful frames.

So, which one of these adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ are you yet to see?

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