Retro Review - Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

BollyCurry brings to you a Retro Review of a movie that continues to remain a classic - Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

Monday, July 15, 2013 | 10:00:00 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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BollyCurry brings to you a Retro Review of a movie that continues to remain a classic and is referred back to, time and again, in almost every discussion of a typical romantic comedy Bollywood film. A film that starred one of the finest on-screen pairs Hindi cinema has ever seen, Shah Rukh Khan & Kajol Devgn, and produced by the late "King of Romance", Yash Raj Chopra; it is none other that Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, released in 1995, and commonly known as DDLJ, is a complete package of romance, comedy, and music that keeps you glued to the screen, no matter how many times you've seen the film before. It was produced by late Yash Chopra and was his son, Aditya Chopra's directorial debut. 

The plot revolves around Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol Devgn), both NRIs and situated in London. The two have had completely opposite upbringings; Raj is a free bird, doing as he pleases, while Simran hails from a conservative family where even dreaming of her "Prince Charming" is not allowed. As fate would have it, their paths cross when the two go on the same Europe tour with their respective friends. Throughout the trip, Raj and Simran fight, argue, and eventually befriend one another, only to realize by the end of their journey that they are in love. When Simran's father finds out about this, he decides to move back home, to India, forever. Upon finding out that Simran has left for India, Raj decides to go after her, promising his dad that he will only marry her. From here continues Raj and Simran's love story, with some high-voltage drama, fun, laughter, and of course some heart break and tears. 

The film swept away with most of the Filmfare Awards for that year: Best Movie, Best Director (Aditya Chopra), Best Actor (Shah Rukh Khan), Best Actress (Kajol Devgn), Best Supporting Actress (Farida Jalal), Best Comedian (Anupam Kher), Best Lyricist (Anand Bakshi, for "Tujh Dekha To"), Best Screenplay, Best Dialogue, and Best Male Playback Singer (Udit Narayan, for "Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna"). DDLJ, also won 3 awards at the Star Screen Awards for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor, going out to Shah Rukh Khan.

Did you know?
  • During the 1996 Filmfare Awards, DDLJ received a total of 10 awards, which is the most that any single film has ever received. 
  • DDLJ continues to be played at the Maratha Mandir Theater in Mumbai, India since its initial release and has completed a total of 900 weeks, as of January 2013.
  • DDLJ was ranked among the "25 Must Watch Bollywood Films" in the India Times Movies, along with being listed in the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
  • DDLJ was the first Hindi film blockbuster to feature NRIs as the leads.

Writer: Fariha L.
Editors: Khushi P. & Hershi J.
Graphics: Saraa K.

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Posted on: 21 July 2013 at 4:53am
classic !!! SRK and Kajor best onscreen couple... Raj and Simran <3

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Posted on: 18 July 2013 at 12:11pm
Best film ever.. Love Shah ruk n kajol

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Posted on: 18 July 2013 at 11:33am
DDLJ-my most favourite film! Can watch this film over and over again.

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Posted on: 17 July 2013 at 1:31pm
love you srk...:-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)

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Posted on: 17 July 2013 at 12:11am
Amazingly written Fari!! I knew this was you LOL

Dil Wale has always been one of my all time favorites and still is Heart Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and the entire cast acted amazingly making a movie that we all could easily fall in love with.

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Posted on: 16 July 2013 at 10:33pm
one of my fav movie...DDLJ rocks
love u SRK & Kajol

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Posted on: 16 July 2013 at 5:11pm
sigh!!! DDLJ continues to be my most favorite till today

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Posted on: 16 July 2013 at 3:54pm
one of my favourite movies ever!!!

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Posted on: 16 July 2013 at 3:54pm
luuvvv uuu srk...ddlj rockzzz...waitin 4 chennai express...!!!

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Posted on: 16 July 2013 at 3:06pm
One of the best SRK and KD movies I have watched, my brothers favorit movie when he was a of my favorit movies

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