Bollywood movies have been often criticized for promoting toxic relationships in the name of love. While we have already explored the stories of women falling for the wrong men, there are instances where Bollywood has delved into the other side of the equation: when men found themselves entangled with the wrong women. Let’s take a closer look at some notable Bollywood films where men fell for the wrong women and experienced the turmoil of misguided love.
1. Rohit from “Kal Ho Naa Ho”
Saif Ali Khan’s character, Rohit, epitomized the “nice guy” archetype throughout the movie. Despite his unwavering patience and love for Naina, he ended up as a consolation prize. Naina’s lingering feelings for Aman overshadowed any chance for a genuine connection with Rohit, romanticizing the idea of rebound relationships and leaving him deserving of better.
2. Aditya from “Jab We Met”
Aditya’s journey in the film took an unexpected turn when Geet, played by Kareena Kapoor Khan, chose Anshuman over him. Despite Aditya’s sincere love and efforts, Geet only realized his worth much later. Aditya deserved more than being an afterthought, as Geet’s initial infatuation with Anshuman overshadowed his genuine affection.
3. Vanraj in “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”
Vanraj, portrayed by Ajay Devgn, found himself entangled in a complicated love triangle with Nandini, played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and her ex-boyfriend. Nandini’s manipulative behavior and emotional games, using Vanraj as a means to meet her ex-lover, showcased a lack of respect for Vanraj’s feelings. While the film ultimately brought them back together, it was a journey filled with heartache and emotional turmoil for Vanraj.
4. Manu in “Tanu Weds Manu”
From manipulation to harassment, Tanu indulges in all the problematic behavior in Tanu Weds Manu 2. In no time, you realize Tanuja Trivedi in Tanu Weds Manu Returns is no better than toxic Kabir Singh. Manu deserved a better life partner and there is no doubt about it!
5. Karan in “Lakshya”
Karan’s character faced a challenging situation as Romi, portrayed by Preity Zinta, initially failed to support him during his pursuit of personal growth. Despite eventually realizing his potential, Romi’s lack of faith in Karan’s abilities was disheartening. Karan deserved someone who believed in him even during his lowest moments and supported him unconditionally.
6. Robbie in “Manmarziyaan”
In this film, Robbie, essayed by Abhishek Bachchan, confronted the painful reality of infidelity. Despite Rumi’s betrayal, Robbie chose to give her another chance, ultimately undervaluing his self-worth. Robbie deserved a partner who respected him and was fully committed to the relationship from the beginning.
7. Aman in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”
Aman, played by Salman Khan, was madly in love with Anjali. On multiple occasions, Aman showcases his immense commitment to the relationship. But, unfortunately, Anjali wasn’t the right girl for him. We fail to understand how Anjali could choose Rahul over Aman. How can someone choose toxic, self-centered, sexist Rahul over progressive, loving caring Aman? In the end, we are happy that Aman broke up his wedding with Anjali, which he shouldn’t have agreed upon in the first place.
8. Subodh in “Dil Chahta Hai”
It was clear that Subodh sincerely cared about Pooja. Subodh was a thoughtful and progressive boyfriend who deserved better. He remembered important dates, took Pooja on romantic dates, and tolerated Sameer’s mocking of him. Subodh definitely deserved better!
9. Raju Awasthi in “Tanu Weds Manu”
Jimmy Shergill, known for his poignant on-screen portrayals, often finds himself in roles where his characters face heart-wrenching circumstances in matters of the heart. One such instance is his character Raju Awasthi in the Tanu Weds Manu franchise, where he experiences unjust treatment. Despite his earnest efforts to secure Tanuja’s (Kangana Ranaut) affection in the first installment, she chose Manu (Madhavan) instead. Even when Tanuja returned to Raju in the sequel, it was merely as a rebound, leaving him entangled in a web of unrequited love. Raju Awasthi definitely deserved better!