Old is gold when it comes to Bollywood romances, according to a recent survey.
A project titled Love Aaj Kal: Romantic Couples of Bollywood, by the Indian Institute of Human Brands, surveyed 3,802 respondents about their favourite on-screen couples in Hindi cinema. The pairing of Raj Kapoor and Nargis received the most votes, followed by Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol and Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha.
The survey was conducted online. The respondents were asked to choose their favourite couple from each decade, starting from the 1950s. Respondents who were not familiar with the films of a certain decade did not vote for that time period. The largest number of respondents were from the 46-55 age group.
The top couple of the ’50s was Raj Kapoor and Nargis, who were voted number one by 46% of the respondents. Another 18% rated them as number two and 24% as rank three, taking their aggregate score to 86%. The duo have worked together on 16 films, including Barsaat (1949), Awara (1951) and Shree 420 (1955).
The runners-up were Madhubala and Dilip Kumar, who received an aggregate vote (across ranks one to three) of 95%. However, only 18% of the respondents rated them at the top, putting them in second place overall because rank one scores were valued higher than ranks two and three. In third place were Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman, with an aggregate score of 77%.