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What is the nature of love? And I’m talking about carnal love. Does love only blossom at first sight? Or is it something that can evolve between people thrown in each other’s company of a length of time?  And if the latter is also the case as happens in people tied together in arranged matrimony, what then of the first spark, the thrill of awareness that poems speak of?

Does love evolve out of necessity? Very often one finds people who are totally unsuited to each and would otherwise not fall in love with each other, fall in love out of forced cohabitation. An heiress falls in love with a filthy lout after a time together on the run.  Can one really learn to love someone? Or is that just compromise?

Is love friendship or vice versa? Is it sexual chemistry? Is it one or the other? Is it both? Is it all about timing? Is it obsessive, consuming, destructive ? Is it selfless, uplifting, motivating?

These are not rhetorical questions. Your answers to these questions will determine the kind of stories you’ll write.  And you will write about love, no question about that. After all it is one of the most powerful emotions, after fear. Or perhaps love is just a manifestation of our fears and insecurities. Whatever the reason, each and every one of us has a deep need to be loved. And this becomes of paramount importance in cinema which is escapist and fantastic in nature.

So if you haven’t already thought about these questions, perhaps you should do so.  And read/watch other works on the subject.

Doctors by Eric Segal addresses the theme of friendship blossoming into love. For all about sexual chemistry watch Bridges of Madison County (the picture is better than the book), Casablanca and a host of others. When Harry Met Sally and is all about the importance of timing in love. How love can be obsessive and destructive has been handled beautifully in Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham and The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough.  Mani Ratnam’s films (Roja, Guru) deal with the subject of love in arranged marriages beautifully.

Also watch the romantic comedies (romcoms) / screwball comedies of 1950s/60s Hollywood – Roman Holiday, It Happened One Night, All About Eve,  Adam’s Rib, My Girl Friday; and some of the later ones like French Kiss, One Fine Day etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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