A bruised and beaten up young NRI stands at the door of a train, which is beginning to chug out of the station. All this while, his lady love pleads to her father to let her go; to let her join the love of her life, on a journey of a lifetime. What follows later is one of the classic endings in history of Hindi cinema. Her father lets her go, she runs to her hero, who waiting to pull her aboard. The two hands meet, she gets into the train, the whole nation cheers out loud, and history is made. This was the end of Hindi cinema’s most popular and most loved film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and also, the beginning of a whole new generation of lovers, innumerable adaptations in films, records being broken, and a belief in the mind of every young Indian girl that true love does exists. DDLJ is a legacy today. So much that the film’s dialogues have been quoted by the likes of Varun Dhawan to the President of The United States, Barack Obama.
With Hindi cinema now 100-years-old, the last twenty out of them belong to this classic masterpiece. There is nothing about love, that this film did not tell us, and there is nothing about this film that hasn’t been written already. So after playing for 1009 uninterrupted weeks at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir, the curtain finally falls on this magnum opus. So, on this occasion we would like to thank everyone who was a part of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, especially Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Aditya Chopra for introducing us to this masterpiece and redefining the meaning of romance . As much as we would like to not believe in the age old saying , but all good things do come to an end, and so has the film’s Box office run. However, DDLJ shall continue to run on our televisions, laptops, mobile phones and in our hearts forever. In the end, there is no wistful feeling as such, because as we all know, ‘Bade bade deshon mein, aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain’.
by Vikas Nopany