Love them or hate them, Nicholas Sparks movies are everywhere. The thing about Nicholas Sparks books is that they all contain the same plot devices. There are daddy issues, someone dying (usually from cancer), war, star-crossed lovers, big secrets, and plenty of melodrama. Bollywood, the majority of movies made in India, love re-using plot devices, too. There are many Bollywood films that use these same Nicholas Sparks themes. While waiting for the next Nicholas Sparks movie, watch these Bollywood films.
In “A Walk to Remember,” the cool guy falls for the uncool girl. She dies, but teaches him a few life lessons along the way. “Pyaar Impossible” has a uncool boy falling in love with the hot woman. He lives, and teaches her some life lessons along the way. It is corny fun, the melodrama is kept to a minimum, and it has a happy ending. Why choose the Sparks story?
‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’
Nicholas Sparks likes to kill off his main characters, or someone close to the main characters. They usually die of cancer. Nicholas Sparks could have written the script to “Kal Ho Naa Ho.” It’s melodrama. It’s death dragged out for at least an hour of tears. It is funnier than any Nicholas Sparks movie and has chirpy dance numbers. Also, the plot is different. In Nicholas Sparks movies, the couple tend to stay together until one of them dies. In “Kal Ho Naa Ho,” well, watch it to find out.
Many Nicholas Sparks movies have to do with war, but the characters are fighting for “good” and there is no question about it. “Fanaa” mixes things up, questioning what is “good.” It focuses on the idea that people fight for what they believe is right, but someone else might believe in something else altogether. What if both are right? Nicholas Sparks also loves to create secrets between the characters, secrets that could tear them apart or bring them together. In “The Lucky One,” he keeps it a secret that he knows the woman, and in “Fanaa,” the main character does the same.
‘U Me Aur Hum’
“The Notebook” has an elderly man telling a woman with Alzheimer’s their love story, but of course, she doesn’t know it. “U Me Aur Hum” steals that idea, but changes it by making the woman young. She has early onset Alzheimers. This makes the story even sadder, because the couple do not have as long of a life together. The movie also shows her going through the stages of the disease. She forgets her husband and her child.
Nicholas Sparks also likes to have star-crossed lovers and forbidden love. The most obvious example is “The Notebook,” where poor boy falls in love with rich girl. In “Veer Zaara,” the forbidden love is between a woman from Pakistan and a man from India. Love brings them together, while family and social rules keep them apart. It keeps them apart for a long time, much longer than the characters in a Sparks film.
‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’
“Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” is a story about daddy issues. Nicholas Sparks also loves daddy issues in his stories. Usually the daddy issues involve parents who just don’t understand their young children and won’t let them make their own choices and mistakes. In “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham,” again, the plot is taken a whole new level. The father in the film disowns his son from marrying a woman below him on the social hierarchy. It takes years to bring them back together again, and a three hour long movie to tell the tale.