Hurray, the weekend is here! And it is blazing outside. There is no respite from the Indian heat, I tell you. But you can enjoy your weekend by staying away from all the sweltering madness and the merciless sun. This time, you can snuggle up in bed and enjoy some of the notable romantic comedies of recent times. Happy viewing!
- The Ugly Truth (2009)
If there is one film that takes the cake for being awfully funny and ridiculously romantic at the same time, it has to be this film. This Gerard Butler-Katherine Heigl-starrer flick is not your average battle-of-sexes story, but much more. Butler plays a television anchor who helps his producer-boss Heigl land herself the man of her dreams. He takes her through the nuances of a man’s mind (much perversion for her taste) while she despises his ‘sexist’ company for a long time. Heigl later realises the truth is ugly when she finds herself falling for him. Watch this film for its feisty dialogues, barefaced honesty and quirky humour. Also, Butler has never looked more desirable.
- The Proposal (2009)
You know you are in the soup when you have to fake a relationship with your boss because you want a promotion and your boss – who is in a legal trouble – threatens to fire you. Sandra Bullock plays the executive editor-in-chief of a US-based publishing company, where Ryan Reynolds works as her assistant. When she faces deportation, Bullock convinces her bosses that she is engaged to be married to Reynolds, much to his shock. The latter now has to play along, faking it – not only for the legal honchos – but also for his family in Alaska. Watch this one for its quintessential humour.
- Friends with Benefits (2011)
Two emotionally-damaged strangers befriend each other in New York city, and decide to break all clichés by being (just) friends, with benefits. But like all good things, this one gets complicated too, when the two start falling for this each other in this disastrous cocktail of sex and friendship. Watch this film for Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake’s sizzling and effortless camaraderie.
- Man Up (2015)
Man mistakes woman for his blind date and the latter plays along. This Simon Pegg-Lake Bell film takes you on a happy ride, while simultaneously cajoling you to believe in coincidences. The lonely protagonists stumble upon love when they least expect it. The film’s momentum is a constant high. Watch it for its sheer celebration of madness and magic.
- Cheeni Kum (2007)
This R Balki-directed film has been Bachchan senior’s finest, till date. And Tabu has never looked more attractive. The unlikeliest of love stories, with just a tinge of sarcasm, passion and jealousy, this one is crafted to perfection. A man in his 60s falls in love with a much younger woman in this heart-warming tale. He, however, has to face the daunting task of convincing the woman’s father – who is younger than him – to give his daughter’s hand in marriage.
- Jab We Met (2007)
If you are watching an Imtiaz Ali film, rest assured it will drown you in a whirlpool of your own emotions. A morose man meets a vivacious woman in a train and the journey changes his life forever. This is a classic romantic comedy with a lot of drama and an escapade of a lifetime. There is not one dull moment in the film. Watch this one for the lead pair – Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s crackling chemistry.
- Playing It Cool (2015)
Chris Evans is not your stereotypical superhero, but also a charmer. In this movie, he plays the role of a writer who wants to pen an action story, but is forced to write on love instead. The problem is, he is a non-believer who knows nothing about it. He meets a woman who is engaged to another man, and finds himself increasingly falling for her. He struggles with a story from another’s perspective and concurrently changes his own. Watch this film if you want to hurt your gut, laughing. And because Chris Evans is stunning.