Top Indian movies that break the stigma around live-in relationships
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Top Indian movies that break the stigma around live-in relationships
Malavika Menon
Aug 23, 2021

Shhh! Live-in relationships need to be a clandestine affair. Staying with a partner before getting hitched is still considered taboo and unconventional in Indian society, no matter how ‘modern’ we consider our country to be. However, Indian cinema has shed light on the matter and has helped in breaking the stigma surrounding the hushed-up topic that is living together without commitments and obligations. Below are a few movies that talk about live-in relationships.

Salaam Namaste
6.6OTTplay Rating
The movie is about a live-in relationship between Preity Zinda and Saif Ali Khan. Both do not want to be in a relationship initially but decide to give living together a shot, to see if it's worth it and they eventually end up having a baby. The movie tries to portray that a relationship does not necessarily mean marriage and that one needs to get married to stay committed.
6.4OTTplay Rating
Saif Ali Khan-Deepika Padukone-Diana Penty starrer romantic drama Cocktail focuses on a live-in relationship with zero strings attached, whatsoever. Gautam (Saif) and Veronica (Deepika) move in together only for casual relationships and sexual intimacy and nothing more. It also tries to address a social issue showcasing the general perception of how a woman should ‘ideally’ be and behave.
Shuddh Desi Romance
6.3OTTplay Rating
Shuddh Desi Romance is a movie that shows how people can have fun and live a healthy life together without necessarily getting married. Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) and Gayatri (Parineeti) fall in love with each other but are petrified of marriage. They start living together until one day they decide to get married because of society's judgments of their unconventional approach. However, Gayatri breaks the wedding because she doesn't want to be married and later they decide against the wedding and continue living together.
Aashiqui 2
7.5OTTplay Rating
The blockbuster romantic drama revolves around Rahul (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Aarohi (Shraddha Kapoor) who accidentally meet and then become an important part of each other’s lives. They move in together and help each other grow and discover each other. The usual social construct around live-in relationships is also portrayed through Aarohi’s parents objecting to her decision of moving in with Rahul. However, Rahul becomes a victim of alcoholism and depression and decides to end his life, leaving Aarohi heartbroken but she grows to ‘not miss him much’ and reminiscing about the happy times together.
OK Kanmani
7.8OTTplay Rating
Dulquer Salman-Nitya Menen starrer movie revolves around two youngsters who meet each other at a wedding but do not believe in matrimony. They fall in love with each other and decide to live together. The flick has cute and adorable moments of the couple, and also realistically sheds light into how living together can be difficult. But in the end, love wins. They then decide to get married and have a happy life nonetheless.
Luka Chuppi
6.4OTTplay Rating
Guddu, a role played by Kartik Aaryan, and Rashmi essayed by Kriti Sanon fall in love with each other and decide to try a live-in relationship in a small town in Uttar Pradesh. However, things take a topsy-turvy turn once their families assume that they have eloped and are married. Overall, the romantic comedy is a heartwarming movie with a lot of hilarious moments with good music and fun, and drama of dysfunctional families.

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