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A young man and woman - both of Indian descent but born and raised in Britain - fall in love during a trip to Switzerland. However, the girl's traditional father takes her back to India to fulfill a betrothal promise.

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Cast

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Raj Malhotra
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Simran Singh
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Chaudhry Baldev Singh
Farida Jalal ...
Lajwanti 'Lajjo' Singh
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Dharamvir Malhotra
Satish Shah ...
Ajit Singh
Achala Sachdev ...
Simran's Grandmother
Himani Shivpuri ...
Simran's Aunt
Pooja Ruparel ...
Rajeshwari / Chutki
Damyanti Puri
Lalit Tiwari ...
Simran's Uncle
Hemlata Deepak ...
Simran's friend
Mohit Kumar
Mansoor Merchant
Govind Khatri
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Storyline

Raj is a rich, carefree, happy-go-lucky second generation NRI. Simran is the daughter of Chaudhary Baldev Singh, who in spite of being an NRI is very strict about adherence to Indian values. The two meet on a month long Eurotrip, and what began as pranks and fun and games, ends in love. But by the time they realize it, it is already too late, as Simran has left for India to be married to her childhood fiancé. Raj leaves for India with a mission at his hands, to claim his lady love under the noses of her whole family. Thus begins a saga. Written by Nitin Pahwa

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love | india | wedding | trip | nri | See more »

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

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

20 October 1995 (India)  »

Also Known As:

The Big-Hearted Will Win the Bride  »

Box Office

Budget:

INR 40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£107,330 (UK) (24 March 2000)

Gross:

£107,330 (UK) (24 March 2000)
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Trivia

A film with the same title " Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" was released in 1980. See more »

Goofs

During the climax, the railway station where Raj and Kuljit have a fight is shown to be 'Apta' (as seen on the signboard). Apta is a small station near Mumbai and is more than 1700 km away from Punjab where the plot is based. 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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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) See more »

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Mere Khwaabon Mein Jo Aaye
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
Courtesy of Saregama HMV
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Like every movie of its kind, and yet like nothing I've ever seen
7 June 2003 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Dilwale made me glad to be a Westerner, just so I could experience the sheer rush in the glorious way this film simply throws its Indian sensibility in your face. It is one of the most completely, openly joyful films I have ever seen. In many ways a totally Western film, it is yet completely un-Western, and absolutely invigorating.

I found the (rather oddly looped in places) mix of Hindi and English dialog to be a lot of fun to follow (as incomplete as the subtitles sometimes seemed). The Indian/Western pop structure of the songs was entertaining and infectious. The choreography is simply amazing, and some of the most sheerly athletic I've seen. The Indian roots of the dance routines were at first almost unnerving--at once familiar yet bizarre, almost surreal (to my Western eyes). It was sheer fun making the cultural adjustment.

The plot is predictable, almost pedestrian--certainly not what you'd call "never done before," and yet I found myself completely absorbed in the story, and rooting for the main characters. This is in large part due to Shahrukh Khan's and Kajol's performances as Raj and Simran. He is totally endearing, and she is totally hot!, and their on screen chemistry is as cute & perky and smoldering & steamy as Fred and Ginger at their peak. It was, simply put, fun to watch them having so much fun.

Director Aditya Chopra was, I understand, only 24 when he made Dilwale, and the film was so successful its Indian first run lasted a world-record 11 years (and may still be going on, as far as I know). A heckuva testimony to Bollywood indeed. This movie has instantly become one of my favorite musicals, and I look forward to finding more films from Chopra, Khan, and Kajol. What a treat!


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