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
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.
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.
film swept away with most of the Filmfare Awards for that year: Best
Movie, Best Director (Aditya Chopra
), Best Actor (Shah Rukh Khan
Devgn), Best Supporting Actress (Farida Jalal
), Best Comedian
), 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
- 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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