Almost nine out of 10 Bollywood movies have love as the central theme. While top notch actors and actresses in the Indian film industry always give a good show to the audience, some on-screen pairs have succeeded quite well in regaling viewers. The chemistry among some ‘on-screen pairs’ was so great that every movie they did together turned out to be a blockbuster. Their performances were highly appreciated by all those who watch Bollywood movies. Here are the top 10 on-screen couples in Bollywood movies who almost certainly did their best to make love come alive on the screen.
1. Bipasha Basu and John Abraham
Once the hottest pairs in the Bollywood, Bipasha Basu and John Abraham were a treat to watch whenever they came together on-screen. The pairing was most admired for its performance in Jism and the real-life affair that followed. The media went crazy just to get a glimpse of the two together in the following years after the success of Jism. Their popularity can be gauged from the fact that many were heartbroken at their split.
2. Waheeda Rehman and Guru Dutt
This Bollywood pair depicted intense love, confused emotions and contemporary social issues on the big screen lucidly. Although Waheeda Rehman and Guru Dutt got very few chances to work together, their on-screen performances are remembered to this day. They gave timeless classics including Saheb Bibi Aur Ghulam, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool and Chaudavi Ka Chand to the Hindi film industry.
3. Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna
People first got to see the magical performance of this Bollywood pair in the year 1969 when Aradhana hit the theaters. Rajesh Khanna’s pairing with Sharmila Tagore that year is believed to be one of the biggest factors in his becoming India’s first and only superstar. The Sharmila-Rajesh on-screen pair gave some highly successful movies such as Avishkar, Daag, Safar and Chhoti Bahu.
4. Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan
Even when Amitabh Bachchan was going to marry Jaya Bahaduri, there were rumors that he was having an affair with Rekha. Thankfully, those were just rumors. An Amitabh starrer with Rekha in it was almost a guaranteed box office hit. Together this Bollywood pair gave us unforgettable films like Muqqaddar ka Sikandar, Alaap and Suhaag, superhits in 1970s. Whatever be the real-life stories surrounding them, they are undoubtedly one of the best on screen couples Bollywood has ever seen.
5. Vyajayanthimala and Dilip Kumar
Both Dilip Kumar and Vyajayanthimala ruled the big screen for several years at a stretch. They had a long and successful career spanning over 20 years! Vyajayanthimala and Dilip worked together in just seven movies in about two decades but each time they came together, they succeeded in weaving powerful stories rich in drama, emotions, tragedy and eternal love. This Bollywood pairing began with Devdas in the year 1955 and ended with Sunghursh in the year 1968.
6. Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan
A hunky Bollywood actor, Salman Khan found his best on-screen match when he worked with Madhuri Dixit. This pair was first seen together in the 1991 film Saajan. The movie was a blockbuster as Salman and Madhuri depicted love and emotions effortlessly on big screen. Millions of Bollywood fans will forever remember their performance in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun – a movie that won hearts, earned awards and made money.
7. Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan
Juhi Chawla was Miss India 1984 and she didn’t have to wait for long to make her mark in Bollywood. Her pairing with Aamir Khan in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak took the nation by storm and created a breed of lovers. Similar was the case with Ishq. Till this date, it is the favorite Bollywood pair for those who were either in their teens or just past it in the late 1980s and early 90s.
8. Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan got an opportunity to work with Jaya Bhaduri when not many popular actresses were interested in working with him. His meeting with Jaya changed everything in his career, and his life. The strong image of angry young man was born after he worked with Jaya in Bansi Birju and Zanjeer in early 1970s. The on-screen pairing of Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh Bachchan gave some timeless classics such as Mili, Sholay, Abhiman and Chupke-Chukpke. One cannot deny the fact that Jaya Bachchan had a huge role in making Amitabh the Big B.
9. Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan
The most charming on-screen couple, Kajol & Shahrukh Khan restored the legacy of Bollywood in middle of the 1990s. For over a decade, people had begun to lose interest in Bollywood love stories. Their on-screen performances began with Baazigar in the year 1993. Every film they starred in together was a hit. But they are immortalized as a dream on-screen couple after Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in 1995. The recent movie in which the on-screen couple got back after nine years was My Name is Khan, another superhit.
10. Nargis and Raj Kapoor
This on-screen pair will be remembered for as long as the Hindi film industry lives. Within a short span of about eight years, Nargis and Raj Kapoor did 16 movies together. From 1948 to 1956, this on-screen pair ruled the big screen. Many people believe that on-screen and off-screen chemistry between Nargis and Raj Kapoor made them the best couple ever. No one can forget Shree 420, Awaara and Barsaat.