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DDLJ stars: Where are they now?

Aditya Chopra directorial Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge completes 25 years today. Here's a look at what it's cast is up to these days.

Written by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi |
Updated: October 20, 2020 6:33:52 pm
ddlj 25 yearsDilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge hit screens on October 20, 1995. (Photos: Express archives)

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which completes 25 years today, was a game-changer when it released in 1995. Apart from bringing a new wave of cinema that highlighted NRI sensitivities on the Indian screen, DDLJ also gave us one of Bollywood’s most loved jodis – Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.

DDLJ, directed by Aditya Chopra, also boasted of an incredible star cast with names like Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher and Farida Jalal. Here’s a look at what the actors of the cult film are up to these days.

Shah Rukh Khan (Raj Malhotra)

shah rukh khan srk ddlj Shah Rukh Khan played Raj Malhotra in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Express archives)

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge made Shah Rukh Khan one of the most successful stars of Bollywood. The actor went on to star in several blockbusters post-DDLJ. Shah Rukh is yet to sign his next film after 2018 dud Zero.

Kajol (Simran Singh)

kajol ddlj Kajol played Simran Singh in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Express archives and Radhika Mehra/Instagram)

DDLJ established Kajol as an A-list actor. She went on to deliver hits like Gupt, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dushman, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Fanaa, My Name Is Khan among others. In her second innings, Kajol has not hesitated to experiment and is a constant fixture in films bankrolled by husband Ajay Devgn.

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Amrish Puri (Chaudhary Baldev Singh)

amrish puri ddlj Amrish Puri played Chaudhary Baldev Singh in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Express archives)

Bollywood icon Amrish Puri played Kajol’s father in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Post DDLJ, he was a part of films like Jeet, Ghatak, Koyla, Chachi 420, Virasat, Baadshah, Gadar, Nayak, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Aitraaz. He passed away in 2005, and his last film Kisna released a week after his demise.

Farida Jalal (Lajwanti Singh aka Lajjo)

farida jalal ddlj Farida Jalal played Lajwanti Singh in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrabs)

Post-DDLJ, seasoned actor Farida Jalal appeared in movies like Judaai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Pukar, Kya Kehna and Zubeidaa among others. Jalal was last seen in Jawaani Jaaneman (2020). She is currently more active on television having featured in shows like Shararat, Balika Vadhu and Ammaji Ki Galli. She made her digital debut with YRF’s Love Shots.

Anupam Kher (Dharamvir Malhotra)

anupam kher ddlj Anupam Kher played Dharamvir Malhotra in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Anupam Kher/Instagram)

After DDLJ, Anupam Kher starred in movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Kya Kehna, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Rang De Basanti, Jaan-E-Mann, Special 26, Hotel Mumbai and The Accidental Prime Minister among others. He has also been part of international projects like Bend It Like Beckham, Lust, Caution and Silver Linings Playbook, apart from the British TV show The Boy With The Topknot and American TV show New Amsterdam.

Himani Shivpuri (Kammo Kaur)

himani shivpuri ddlj Himani Shivpuri played Kammo Kaur in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Himani Shivpuri/Instagram)

Himani Shivpuri has remained closely associated with banners like Yash Raj Films, Rajshri Productions and Dharma Productions. She played pivotal roles in hits like Khamoshi, Hero No. 1, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum Saath-Saath Hain, and Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon. She remains active in Bollywood, television and theatre.

Satish Shah (Ajit Singh)

satish shah ddlj photos Satish Shah played Ajit Singh in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Express archives)

From Judwaa to Hero No. 1, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Main Hoon Na and Ra.One, Satish Shah has done dozens of movies post-DDLJ. He was also seen as Indravadan Sarabhai in TV show Sarabhai vs Sarabhai and was a part of Comedy Circus. He continues to remain active.

Pooja Ruparel (Rajeshwari Singh aka Chutki)

ddlj pooja Ruparel Pooja Ruparel played Rajeshwari Singh in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Pooja Ruparel/Instagram)

Pooja Ruparel, who played Kajol’s younger sister in DDLJ, has remained selective about her work. Her projects after DDLJ are the film X: Past Is Present and TV show Zabaan Sambhalke. Today, Pooja is more active in theatre. She has also tried her hands at stand-up comedy and singing.

Parmeet Sethi (Kuljeet)

parmeet sethi ddlj Parmeet Sethi played Kuljeet in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Parmeet Sethi/Instagram)

Parmeet Sethi’s films after DDLJ include Dhadkan, Lakshya, Dil Dhadakne Do and Laila Majnu. He turned director in 2010 with Badmaash Company. Sethi has also done several TV shows in the early 2000s. His recent web shows are Special OPS and Hundred.

Mandira Bedi (Preeti)

mandira bedi ddlj photos Mandira Bedi played Preeti in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Mandira Bedi/Instagram)

Mandira took it slow post-DDLJ, featuring in a handful of films like Dus Kahaniyaan, Vodka Diaries, The Tashkent Files and Saaho. On TV, she went on to do Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, CID and 24, apart from several reality shows. A fitness freak, Mandira was last seen in the web series Smoke.

Achala Sachdev (Grandmother)

achala sachdev ddlj Achala Sachdev passed away in 2012. (Photos: Screengrab and Express archives)

After DDLJ, Achala Sachdev played a matriarch in films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum and Kal Ho Naa Ho. She died in 2012.

Anaita Shroff Adajania (Sheena)

Anaita Shroff Adajania ddlj photos Anaita Shroff Adajania played Sheena in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Anaita Shroff Adajania/Instagram)

Anaita went on to become one of the leading stylists and costume designers of Bollywood. She has designed looks for films like Dhoom franchise, Being Cyrus, Love Aaj Kal, Ra.One, Cocktail, Race 2, Bang Bang and Dear Zindagi. She is married to filmmaker Homi Adajania.

Karan Johar (Rocky)

karan johar actor ddlj Karan Johar played Rocky in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Karan Johar/Instagram)

Karan Johar played SRK’s friend in DDLJ. Besides taking over the reins of film production house Dharma Productions, he has also helmed movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, My Name Is Khan, Student of the Year and Bombay Talkies. Karan also turned host with celebrity talk show Koffee With Karan. The filmmaker was also seen as a judge on reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, India’s Got Talent and India’s Next Superstars.

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Arjun Sablok (Robbie)

Arjun Sablok director actor ddlj Arjun Sablok played Robbie in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Photos: Screengrab and Arjun Sablok/Facebook)

Arjun Sablok went on to become a director with films Na Tum Jaano Na Hum and Neal ‘n’ Nikki to his credit. He also starred in Pyaar Impossible, Tashan and Dhoom.

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