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Last Updated 19.02.2018 | 9:26 PM IST
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Directors pick their most favourite romantic films



Ram Madhvani:Bajirao Mastani…For the rasa and Indianness that Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his actors have captured. There is a feeling of viraha, longing, in this film that is uniquely Indian.”

Raja Krishna Menon: Notting Hill because it deals with the fantasy element in romance, Silver Lining Playbook because it shows romance to be all-encompassing, Vijay Anand’s Guide because of the conflict between love and self-interest.”

Sudhir Mishra: “K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam, Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca.”

Umesh Shukla: “Raj Kapoor’s Prem Rog, Bimal Roy’s Sujata, Ulu Grosbard’s Falling In Love, Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges Of Madison County. These film expressed passion as religion.”

Vibhu Puri: “Mark Romanek’s very romantic Never Let Me Go.”

Rensil d’Silva: “Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera. It transported me to a simpler world. It was based on my favourite short story The Last Leaf by O’Henry.”

Rahul Rawail: “Raj Kapoor’s Bobby, the innocence is unparalleled”

Neeraj Ghaywan: “Vijay Anand’s Guide. It shows us that the highest form of love is that which liberates you beyond love.”

Sahil Sangha: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Jab We Met. Both films gave us absolutely wonderful characters who shared a crackling chemistry and made the simplest moments magical to watch.”

Amole Gupte: “Mehboob Khan’s Anmol Ghadi. It takes us into a paradise of innocence.”

Ken Ghosh: “James Cameron’s Titanic…perfect casting, excellent use of technology to heighten emotions, Anurag Basu’s Barfi…awesome writing pitch-perfect acting by Ranbir and Priyanka

Luv Ranjan: “Sidney Pollack’s The Way We Were. It is unapologetic about why they come together, move away, again come back together. Deals with real relationship issues, Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford were perfect together.”

Shujaat Saudagar: “Guru Dutt’s Kagaz Ke Phool…it explores love beyond the prescribed boundaries.”

Sanjay Gupta: When A Man Loves A Woman. Because the woman is flawed in the way that men usually are, and the man struggles to hold on to her against all odds….Vijay Anand’s Guide because it broke every stereotype of a love story in Hindi cinema.”

Sabir Khan: “Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise. It’s extremely relatable and intelligent. It’s romantic and not cheesy.”

Ajay Behl: “Vijay Anand’s Guide for Dev Anand’s self-destructive love and redemption, Waheeda Rehman’s mesmerizing beauty. Vijay Anand’s masterful direction and Sachin Dev Burman’s songs to die for. George Cukor’s Gone With The Wind, for the explosive chemistry of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara.”

Srijit Mukherjee: Notting Hill, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Sparsh, Saptapadi

Ali Abbas Zafar: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, because it is timeless.”

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