Taking this journey of love forward, let us foray into the realm of parallel cinema of the industry. This kind of cinema was considered off beat, artistic, and what can be termed as “hatke”. No matter how different these films were from the mainstream arena, the love bug got them too and how!
Let us look at the pairs of these films and their kind of love. Some of the actors featured in the following post are not necessarily parallel, some are hardcore mainstream, but they have dabbled into the artistic court and shined.
1. Tumko dekha toh ye khayal aaya – Saath Saath (1982)
Deepti Naval-Farooque Shaikh. This pair is a combo pack of liveliness and sombreness together. They have given many hits together and the songs featured on them too are very much liked by the audience.
This Jagjit Singh-Chitra Singh duet is composed by Kuldeep Singh and written by Javed Akhtar.
2. Bekaraan – 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
Irfan Khan-Priyanka Chopra. History was created when the eyes of this intense actor met those of this dusky beauty. Both these amazingly talented actors came together for this black comedy film by Vishal Bharadwaj and gave a stunning performance. Their pairing was liked by many and the song too became a hit.
Written by Gulzar and Javed Sheikh, this number is sung and composed by Vishal Bharadwaj himself.
3. Kya tumne hai keh diya – Saaz (1998)
Shabana Azmi-Zakir Hussain. Yes, unusually unusual pairing this one is! They did just this one film together; Hussain didn’t even act in any other movies, I guess. But they looked so good together that a mention was must. Although people would love to see Shabana Azmi with maybe Naseeruddin Shah, but hey, this is how “parallel” we are getting.
The song is composed by Zakir Hussain and the lyrics are by Javed Akhtar, it is sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy.
4. Janam janam ka saath hai – Bheegi Palkein (1982)
Raj Babbar-Smita Patil. This pair created some huge waves during their time, not just onscreen but off the screen too. Their love and romance transcended all the limits and they came together. The audience loved to watch them together and the Jodi gave many hits.
The song is sung by Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar.
5. Mera kuchh saman – Ijaazat (1987)
Naseeruddin Shah-Anuradha Patel. This couple did very few films together, but this film and the song are one of their very best. They looked good together. The pairing was fresh and the newness was liked by one and all.
This super number by Gulzar is composed by R.D. Burman and is sung by Asha Bhosle. Watta combination!
6. Dheemi dheemi – 1947 Earth (1998)
Nandita Das-Rahul Khanna. This doe-eyed, dusky beauty paired with this young lad and gave us a new kind of pairing. The seasoned Nandita Das and the newcomer Rahul Khanna looked good and acted even better together in this period film.
The song is composed by A.R. Rahman and the lyrics are by Javed Akhtar.
7. Dheere dheere – Shaurya (2012)
Rahul Bose-Minisha Lamba. This Bengali actor teamed up with this Punjabi beauty in Shaurya and we had yet another unusual pairing. Bose, a hardcore parallel cinema actor, and Lamba who had done only mainstream movies came together for this film.
The music is given by Adnan Sami and sung by Sunidhi Chauhan.
8. Na jaane kyun – Chhoti Si Baat (1975)
Amol Palekar-Vidya Sinha. This pair can be termed as the “Jodi next door”. Both looked so simple and realistic that we can relate to them instantly. This pair was loved by the audience and they gave us many hit songs together.
This romantic song is composed by Salil Chowdhury and is sung by Lata Mangeshkar, while the lyrics are by Yogesh.
9. Aisa ho toh kaisa hoga – Ratnadeep (1979)
Hema Malini-Girish Karnad. Who would have thought to cast these two together! The answer is Basu Chatterjee. They make a typical Indian pairing. Together they are easy on the eyes and both have loads of talent.
The music is given by R.D. Burman and the lyrics are by Gulzar.
10. Bandhan khula panchhi uda – Yugpurush (1998)
Nana Patekar-Manisha Koirala. These two actors have acted in quite a few films together, sometimes opposite each other and sometimes even playing father-daughter. Manisha Koirala, although not a hardcore parallel cinema actor, managed to keep up with the eccentrically talented Patekar almost every time they came together onscreen.
The music of this song is given by Rajesh Roshan and the lyrics are penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.