Pyar vs. Ishq vs. Mohabbat

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Difference between Pyar, Ishq and Mohabbat

Bollywood has made a name for itself world over. Its has given birth to many terms out of which pyaar, ishq and mohabbat are quite popular terms. They are used interchangeably in movies to highlight the concept of love.

Pyaar is a light weight term meaning love. On the other hand, ishq refers to eternal love. It refers to a deeper love than pyar. Mohabbat also implies divine love.

Movie Words

Many movies in Bollywood have been made with the name Pyaar in their title. Examples of such movies are Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Pyaar Kiya to Darna kya, Pyaar Impossible and Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet. But the words Ishq and Mohabbat have not faced such a wide usage. Ishq has only been used in two movies so far, Pyaar, Ishq aur Mohabbat and Ishq. Mohabbat has also faced low usage and has been mentioned in three movies, Mohabbat, Hum to Mohabbat Karega and Mohabbatein.

Pyar has also been given a place in many Indian songs like the title songs of the movies mentioned above.


Most of the Bollywood movies have storylines depicting how pyar (love) happens. But the same is not true for ishq and mohabbat. Pyar is today the de-facto word for love in the Mumbai film industry.


Pyar is a word of Hindi origin. Ishq and Mohabbat are both Urdu words.


Today, if you want to watch a movie, you will find movies featuring the word pyar in their themes in abundance.

  • No use in stories-

    But Indian movies are now diverting from making movies consisting of these terms. They are making action-packed thrillers or science fiction movies that only feature love as a side theme.
  • Replacement

    -Today, Bollywood is making movies which don’t concentrate exclusively theme of love. But, the term pyar has made an entry in the Indian daily soaps with names like Ye Pyar naa hoga Kam. Even movies don’t mention pyar in their subtitles any more. It has been replaced with the word love as in Love Story 2050, Love Ke Liye Kuchch Bhi Karega, Love, Sex Aur Dhokha and Hero: Love Story of a Spy.
  • Internationalization

    -People now eagerly await the release of Indian movies all over the world. So you can expect movies shot in a fashion more similar to international movies. They have subjects that cater to the needs of the international audience and the metropolitan populace. This has led to new more global flavored way movies are made. Today’s Bollywood movies are no longer exclusively epic love stories except once in a year like Veer: An Epic Love Story and Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story.


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