Thursday, 27 November 2014

Come, fall in love

"Aisa pehli baar hua hai satrah athrah saalon meinUndekha anjaana koi aane laga hai khayalon mein"

Some 1000 weeks ago, Indian cinema was divided into two eras. Pre-DDLJ and Post-DDLJ.

So basically, we are 1000 weeks into the post-DDLJ era and it is certainly something to be proud of. I have only three regrets in life and one of them is not being born early enough to be able to watch DDLJ in 1995. I can imagine myself going to a theater to watch DDLJ and coming out teary-eyed. It would have been a gem of a moment! If you’re one of the people who have been that much lucky and reading this blog, please let me know in the comments below.

In the 90’s, Bollywood had the air of those silly Karishma Kapoor Rom-Coms (Some of them were epic, though). And DDLJ came as a breath of fresh air. Everything about the Aditya Chopra directorial was so overwhelming, so new. It had never happened before; neither did it happen ever after. The movie gave us some of the most incredible scenes and dialogues that act as a thumbnail of Bollywood in the 90’s.

Not only did the movie scored aces at the box office, it was a turning point in the careers of almost the entire cast and crew. Aditya Chopra has established himself as one of the most successful directors and is leading YRF to the heights. Kajol has had a clear steady stardom ever since. Right from Mandira Bedi to Farida Jalal, they all cherish a career worth being grateful for. And of course, pre-DDLJ who would have thought that the long-haired lad from Fauji would make it this big in Bollywood? Like literally, he is the KING!

Now, I can go on and on rambling about DDLJ and you might just sleep.

So as my little tribute, I would like to share some of my favorite elements of my favorite movie:

Amrish Puri’s Grocery Store

The very famous scene where Raj peaks into the grocery store and runs with a bottle of beer was shot in Trafalgar Square, London. And this place is on my to-visit list since forever!

Raj’s Violin

All through the movie, Raj’s violin was a character in itself. Not only do we all fantasize it, but the very holding of the violin by SRK added on to its sex appeal.

The ‘Palat’ scene

"Agar ye tujhse pyar karti hai, to ye palat ke dekhegi. Palat. Palat. Palat."
And that glance was the moment-of-realization for Simran.

Karan Johar!

Very few people must have noticed the blink-and-miss appearance of Karan Johar in the movie. He plays the role of Raj’s buddy, Rocky. However, in the scene before the song Ruk Ja O Dil Diwane starts, he’s got dialogues too! xD This is how far back Aditya-Karan-SRK friendship goes.

The Sarson Ka Khet!

The mustard field in the movie has got a career of its own. When Simran runs through all those plants and embraces Raj, the Sarson ke khet just add to the whole moment.

The feeding of the pigeons by Amrish Puri
Bauji starts his day by feeding the pigeons. But then one fine day Raj tries to replicate. And then we got it. Aao. Aao. Aaao.


Remember the geeky looking little sister of Simran? She acts cupid in the love story and we all loved her in the movie! She is Pooja Ruparel , a cousin of Sonakshi Sinha. And Lajwanti , Simran’s mom, was played by the evergreen Farida Jalal. The cutest mother in Bollywood!

The Railway Station scene

This whole scene was the best. Starting from the Raj-Baldev fight that still causes Goosebumps, to Bauji’s holding back Simran; and then, finally, Simran’s running frantically to reach Raj’s hand. Isn't it magic?

Have you watched the new trailer of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge launched by Yash Raj Films? If not, you're missing something beautiful. So here is the video for you:

- celebrating 1000 weeks of DDLJ :)


  1. I must admit that somehow Indian movies are quite an attraction for me. However I managed to see only very few.. but my favorit is Kuch Kuch Ho Ta Hai.. I like the actors and actresses. and most of the song...

    1. KKHH is another famous SRK-Kajol movie. One of my favorites, too. But you must watch DDLJ. :)

  2. Ddlj is one of my favorite movie. It is evergreen hit. The pair Of Shahrukh and Kajol makes it amazing.

  3. Great! This made my day... :-) Srk!!
    But what's that new trailer thingy?

    1. Thanks Vani. On the 1000th week completion of DDLJ, YRF officially launched a new trailer of the movie.

  4. Oh... I wasn't aware of that. I thought there is going to be a remake!

  5. Thanks for refreshing all the sweet memories attached with this film.

    1. Thanks for reading my blog Hina, my pleasure.

  6. DDLJ was epic.. you have nicely compiled all of the best scenes..
    But u missed the famous dialogue from the last scene "Ja simran Ja, Je ley apni zindagi"

    1. Actually the last element I mentioned (The Railway Station Scene) was intended to include that dialogue and all the other various beautiful things of that particular scene. And thanks a lot for the appreciation :)