A still from the movie The Notebook Image: Facebook
Guys, it's Valentine's Day. Not a holiday. So chances are that you are at work, slogging through the day, intermittently going through your friends' Facebook posts on mushy love.
Some of you have plans tonight, and others have already decided to shout 'pyaar ek dhoka hai' to unassuming couples you spot. But if you do not fall into either one of these groups, like us, then this one is for you. Read on...
Let the clock strike 6 (or 7 or 8 or whatever hour of the evening it might be), punch out of work, and tune into your trusted video streaming websites and watch either one of these films. Let the world go to hell, just make sure you have a comfy seat on your way back home (or if you're a Mumbaikar like us, find a cosy corner inside the train compartment and play on).
We have a list of movies inspired by real-life stories that will make you believe in true love. Naah, it's not always a dhoka. Sometimes, it is a bit like that pulpy, smushy, squishy feeling...
PS: Popcorn is a must.
#1 The Vow
Based on the story of newlyweds Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, played by Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, this film is about falling in love, all over again. Following a tragic accident, Krickitt suffers from amnesia that wipes out the past 18 months of her life — exactly the time period she met and fell in love with her husband. Her memory didn’t recover, but Kim didn’t give up — he stayed with Krickitt until she fell in love with him again.
#2 Out of Africa
The movie is based on the autobiographical book by Danish writer Karen Blixen. Having moved to Africa to start her business, she meets Denys Finch Hatton, a hunter and a traveller. Despite the great difference in their interests and tastes, Karen and Denys have a whirlwind romance. If not for the love story, watch it for Meryl Streep as Karen and its 7 Academy Awards.
#3 Eat, Pray, Love
This film adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Elizabeth Gilbert tells us that ordeals can well be the opportunity to change one’s life for the better. One day, when Elizabeth (played by Julia Roberts) realises she is unhappy, she embarks on a fascinating journey. She finds not only her happiness but also the love of the charming Felipe (José IRL) played by Javier Bardem. A feel-good film for a February night.
#4 Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress, falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. Hidden behind gunshots and bloodshed, this beautiful but sad story is all about how far one would go for love, no matter the repercussions.
#5 The Notebook
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences only to re-unite and fight the world for their love. The romance is beautifully depicted by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. In interviews, Sparks said he was inspired to write the novel by the grandparents of his wife, who had been married for more than 60 years when he met them.
#6 50 First Dates
Imagine a life where you're unable to create new memories and have to relive every day in a span of 24 hours just to restart the next morning. Well, the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore film may be a romantic comedy, but Michelle Philpots's from Spalding in Lincolnshire has been the same for the past 23 years. Still don't believe in love?
Richard and Mildred Loving’s love story made history when their fight to recognise their interracial marriage made it all the way to the Supreme Court in 1967. Their powerful story changed American law and ended racial discrimination. With lead actor Ruth Negga nominated for Best Actor Female at the Academy Awards, Loving is a must-watch. (Psst. You can catch the Indian premier on Sony Le PLEX HD on February 18, at 1pm and 9pm in case you are spoilt for choice tonight).