There’s a single screen theatre in Mumbai that has been playing Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s love story ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ everyday, without fail, for the past 19 years. And no, it isn’t running losses!
Such is the magic of this 19-year-old movie, that the Maratha Mandir in Mumbai finds its audience even today. People flock in hundreds to watch this love story unfold on screen, which, undoubtedly, makes it the anthem for people in love, not only across India but across the whole world.
Seldom do you come across such a love story, where a boy crosses the ‘saat samundar’ for a girl he is in love with and wins over the family, friends and audiences alike.
Released on October 19, 1995, this epic of a story hit 19 years yesterday. And today, since morning, the hashtag #19EvergreenYearsOfDDLJ has been trending on Twitter. People have been taking to the microblogging site to hail and praise the ‘love bible’ as they call it. Some of the tweets include:
— SaRthaK :) (@sarthakSRKian) October 20, 2014
— Kezban YÜCE (@KzbnYc) October 20, 2014
#19EvergreenYearsOfDDLJ going from generation to generation and it will forever :)
— Nilay (@iam_Nilay) October 20, 2014
— HNY Charlie (@IamAliKing) October 20, 2014
And there are some puns aimed at the movie too, though in a very light vein.
— Gautam (@gautamverma23) October 20, 2014
The movie, which changed the definitions of love and romance for the cinegoers catapulted Shah Rukh Khan into superstardom, who till then was struggling to make a mark even though some of his movies including ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’ and ‘Darr’ had worked well. It’s often quoted that Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise was the first choice for the role of ‘Raj’ but he turned down the offer. The storyline was then tweaked a bit to fit SRK in the role.
The movie has also been one of the biggest hits of Kajol’s career.
It was also one of the major hits of YashRaj in the last decade of the 1900s and was instrumental in making the banner one of the most formidable forces in the history of Indian cinema. The girl-meets-boy story with a very predictable end was presented beautifully by debutant director Aditya Chopra and the movie worked wonders for everyone associated with it. The sugar filled snack for a love-forseeking heart, this story has made the characters – Raj, Simran and bauji – iconic.
Hailed as one of the modern day classics in the Indian Film Industry, the movie continues to enthrall the audiences, even after 1000 weeks, with its storyline, characterisation, screenplay and most importantly, the chemistry between the lead pair.
And the most important element… We came across this tweet, that explains it all. Long live DDLJ!
— Wanderlust ☆ (@iampragatii) October 20, 2014