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The Big-Hearted Will Take the Bride Away (1995)

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 20 October 1995 (India)
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When Raj meets Simran in Europe, it isn't love at first sight but when Simran moves to India for an arranged marriage, love makes its presence felt.

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Aditya Chopra

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Raj Malhotra
Kajol ... Simran Singh
Amrish Puri ... Chaudhry Baldev Singh
Farida Jalal ... Lajwanti 'Lajjo' Singh
Anupam Kher ... Dharamvir Malhotra
Parmeet Sethi ... Kuljeet
Mandira Bedi ... Preeti Singh
Satish Shah ... Ajit Singh
Himani Shivpuri ... Simran's Aunt
Pooja Ruparel Pooja Ruparel ... Rajeshwari / Chutki
Achala Sachdev ... Simran's Grandmother
Damyanti Puri Damyanti Puri
Lalit Tiwari Lalit Tiwari ... Simran's Uncle
Hemlata Deepak Hemlata Deepak ... Simran's friend
Mohit Kumar Mohit Kumar
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Yash Raj Films

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English | Punjabi

Release Date:

20 October 1995 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big-Hearted Will Take the Bride Away See more »

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Budget:

INR 40,000,000 (estimated)
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Yash Raj Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shah Rukh Khan's friends in the film, Karan Johar and Arjun Sablok, both later went on to become successful directors. See more »

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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 »

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Raj Malhotra: Do you love me?
Simran Singh: More than anyone else.
Raj Malhotra: Do you trust me?
Simran Singh: More than I trust myself.
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Composed by Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit
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Courtesy of Saregama HMV
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The beauty of mainstream Hindi cinema
7 July 2009 | by Peter YoungSee all my reviews

Aditya Chopra's Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is a superb example of the genius of Hindi commercial cinema. If you see it, you'll get that it's not very different as a love story. It is even ordinary. But it becomes special for many reasons. First and foremost, for its fresh, naive spirit. Secondly, the many paradoxes it contains: it is powerful yet subtle, larger-than-life yet simple, funny yet sad, magical yet realistic, and so on. Thirdly, it is one of the first films portraying Indians who live outside their country (in this case, London). It also shows the yearning of the first-generation NRIs who live far away from their homeland and for many reasons find it difficult to come back. Yet, the film remains mainly a poignant, melancholic romance.

Raj and Simran, the characters played by Shahrukh Khan and Kajol represent the last generation of youngsters who were innocent and naive. They were much more simple, respectful and full of life. Such people almost no longer exist nowadays. The film relates their love story in a rather mesmerising way. Every scene is important. There are many great moments in the film. Raj and Simran's entire acquaintance and interaction in the first half is charming. Their separation at the end of the first half, when both make each other understand of their true feelings without explicitly admitting it, is moving. The traditional wedding preparations in the second half are well-made; the values they show, Raj's attempts to conquer Simran's father, and the couple's deepening relationship are interesting. The only thing I regretted was the typical fight scene towards the end.

Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, who undoubtedly form a great film couple, are both excellent in their roles. They act from the heart, and ably bring their characters to life. Shahrukh Khan is incredible as Raj, a modern guy who understands the value of family and marriage, and yet he has the look of a careless fool who does not take anything seriously. Khan acts with great ease, wit and humour, and his inner fear of losing his beloved is always understood. Kajol as the dreamy and poetic yet intransigent and smart Simran is exceptional, and she looks very hot throughout. Amrish Puri and Farida Jalal as Simran's parents provide great support. Amrish Puri is particularly impressive as the strict but soft-hearted father, and Jalal is touching as the woman who has lived life according to terms and does not want the same to happen to her daughter. Anupam Kher is funny and entertaining as Raj's father.

The film's soundtrack is outstanding and is clearly one of the main reasons this film works so well and is unforgettable today. The music is very well identified with the film and its story. Just try to imagine you would be given to watch the movie with the songs edited out. You wouldn't want to, right? That's because every song is a gem and is as important as every other scene. Every song comes in the right place and is sung and pictured exceptionally well. The one closest to my heart is "Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko", for its beautiful melody and very melancholic feel, which is aided by its blend of fantasy and reality on-screen. It is performed to perfection by Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan. DDLJ is a film that should not be missed by anyone. It is one of the great gifts of Yash Chopra and his banner. It is a milestone of Indian cinema for its ability to inject fresh and magical energies into a banal love story, and for making it classically memorable.


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