Many times, we criticize Bollywood for promoting toxic characters as romantic icons. However, amidst those questionable portrayals, Bollywood has undeniably introduced us to some truly charming, progressive, and supportive male characters who have left us so impressed that we wouldn’t mind dating them in real life. These characters have redefined what it means to be a partner, showcasing qualities that we admire and respect. Here are 6 such characters who have won our hearts and set new standards for Bollywood romance.
Bollywood is known for giving us toxic, misogynistic, regressive, sexist male characters. But Captain Karan Shergill, played by Hrithik Roshan in Lakshya, is a class apart. After being rejected by his girlfriend, heartbroken Karan doesn’t turn into a misogynist like Kabir Singh. Instead, he finds his path and grows into a mature man. His transformation from a man-child to a responsible and supportive person shows that we can all change if we want to. Karan’s commitment to personal growth and values like perseverance and determination make us feel that he would become a great partner who will support others’ ambitions and growth.
Prem from Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
Salman Khan’s Prem stands as a symbol of familial values and respect. He showcases unwavering love and devotion while being sensitive to his partner’s needs, making him a perfect blend of traditional values and modern sensibilities.
Kabir from Dil Dhadakne Do
Ranveer Singh’s Kabir in Dil Dhadakne Do breaks free from societal norms and parental expectations to pursue his passion. His resilience and determination to follow his heart are qualities that one would love in a partner. But what makes him even more special is how he fights against the regressive thought process in his family, whether it’s about his parents favoring him over his sister for business or his parents pushing his sister into a toxic marriage. He doesn’t shy away from taking a stand against his regressive parents, making him our perfect choice to date.
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