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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 20 October 1995 (India)
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When Raj (Shahrukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol) first met on an inter-rail holiday in Europe, it wasn't exactly Love at first sight but when Simran is taken back to India for an arranged ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Simran Singh
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Chaudhry Baldev Singh
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Lajwanti 'Lajjo' Singh
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Dharamvir Malhotra
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Kuljeet
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Preeti Singh
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Ajit Singh
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Simran's Aunt
Pooja Ruparel ...
Rajeshwari / Chutki
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Simran's Grandmother
Damyanti Puri
Lalit Tiwari ...
Simran's Uncle
Hemlata Deepak ...
Simran's friend
Mohit Kumar
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When Raj (Shahrukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol) first met on an inter-rail holiday in Europe, it wasn't exactly Love at first sight but when Simran is taken back to India for an arranged marriage, things change. Encouraged by his father Dharamvir (Anupam Kher), Raj decides to fly down from London to not just win his Bride but her whole family and the blessings of her father Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri). Written by Official Source

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Come... Fall In Love... All Over Again


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20 October 1995 (India)  »

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The Big-Hearted Will Win the Bride  »

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INR 40,000,000 (estimated)

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£107,330 (UK) (24 March 2000)
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As of May 2005, the film played for over 500 weeks at the Maratha Mandir theater in Mumbai, India, making it the longest-running initial release in the history of Indian cinema. This is a few weeks more than Sholay. See more »

Goofs

Before the song "Tujhe dekha to yeh jana..", Simran is standing in a field of green grass. A shot later she starts running from a field of yellow flowers. See more »

Quotes

Simran Singh: I'm sorry. I said a bit too much in anger.
Raj Malhotra: It's all right, Señorita. In big countries, such small things keep happening.
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The movie had a special credit for suggesting the movie's name and the credit was for Kirron Kher. See more »

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Ghar Aaja Pardesi - III
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit
Performed by Pamela Chopra and Manpreet Kaur
Courtesy of Saregama HMV
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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: A Commentary
27 December 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was the top Bollywood film of the 90s and after seeing it I really can't think of one that was better. There are some that are just as good but I can't recall seeing one that's better. The story's pretty routine: boy meets girl in Europe, they fall in love, girl is engaged to some other idiot, and the rest writes itself... Sound familiar? Well it wasn't back in '95 (or even if it was it wasn't done as well) and Aditya Chopra's treatment of the story was a big reason for it's success. In every other movie the couple first wants to kill each other before falling in love. But in this movie it's slightly different and more plausible. Shahrukh doesn't want to kill Kahol - I mean Kajol - and she doesn't really hate him either, she just (like the rest of us) is annoyed by the guy. Their situations aren't that far-fetched and their Europe storyline is played out quite realistically (of course the piano scene is an exception). This was the beginning of the "Shahrukh plays Shahrukh era" and, for what it's worth, he hasn't made a better movie or given a better performance since. Sure there are places where he overacts but there are just as many places where he's able to hit all his cues. His comic timing was never better and there was still some sincerity in his eyes, a reminder of the fact that he was still an actor, which has since been replaced by the cockiness of a megastar. This is the movie that shot him to superstardom and put him alongside Aamir and Salman. Kajol is just as good (if not better), and I think after their next movie they'll win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The supporting cast is fine although no one really stands out. There are many moments in the film, most notably in the script, where you might feel a sense of deja vu. But keep in mind that this was the original, it's everything else that's a rehash. Bollywood headed straight for the sewer after this movie with almost all films, many of them starring Shahrukh, copying the same formula. Even at its 3 hour length the movie never drags till after the two-hour mark. I also want to comment on the film's Art Direction because it warrants a mention. Whether it's in Europe, England, or India, the movie has a very natural look to it. Unlike today's big films like Dil To Pagal Hai, or K3G, this movie looks good without trying to look good and I think that's a quality that's been lost on today's films. Too much attention is spent on the look at the expense of the story (if there is one!). The soundtrack of course is a classic, truly one of the all-time bests, with almost every song being a hit. The film won an unprecedented number of awards while breaking many records. There was a feeling that Aditya would follow in his father Yash's footsteps but regrettably the pressure got to him. He followed this up with the dreadful Mohabbatein which was slammed by audiences and critics alike. But so what. His first film was good, and with the current state of Bollywood movies - Devdas anyone? - you really can't get better than this.


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