Reasons to watch DDLJ… again and again!

What can be said about this legendary film from the YRF Studios, which hasn’t already been spoken about umpteen times? The film that came from a production house of repute. The house that taught its audience to love, to lose, to love and let go… and so much more. A film that defined the career path for actors Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. One that also marked the directorial debut of Aditya Chopra, as well as, a story that touched so many hearts that it has been instrumental in inspiring many films since. But it’s true how they say… Bade-bade shehron mein aisi chhoti-chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai… 

Here are some of the lesser-known facts about the film, something that all Bollywood and DDLJ lovers would want to cherish. Read on:

  • Aditya Chopra initially wanted to cast Tom Cruise for the role of Raj Malhotra
  • Kirron Kher came up with the title Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. It went on to become the first film in the history of Bollywood with a credit of ‘title suggested by’
  • The film’s working title was The Braveheart will take the Bride
  • Filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya is known to watch Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) almost every week, especially before he starts a new film
  • Aditya Chopra always thought of making his directorial debut with his year 2000 film, Mohabbatein, a story about three sets of lovers and a music teacher. However, DDLJ happened first
  • Shahrukh Khan’s famous leather jacket had been purchased by Uday Chopra from a Harley-Davidson store in Bakersfield, California, for $400
  • SRK initially refused the film because he regarded romantic movies as ‘pansy stuff’. It took Aditya Chopra four meetings to convince the actor to do the film
  • If SRK hadn’t agreed to do the film, he was going to approach Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan
  • Armaan Kohli was first approached to play the role of Simran’s fiancé, Kuljeet. Eventually, the role went to Parmeet Sethi because he came wearing boots, jeans and a waistcoat for the screen test 
  • The first song to be recorded was Mere Khwaboon Mein Jo Aaye. Aditya Chopra rejected 24 verses written by Anand Bakshi before finally giving his nod of approval
  • Manish Malhotra came up with the idea of having Kajol to dress in a green outfit for Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna. Aditya Chopra wasn’t in the favor of this since Punjabi brides traditionally wear red, maroon or pink outfits
  • The famous Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam song sequence amidst the yellow sarson (mustard) flowers was shot in Gurgaon, National Capital Region
  • Following a difference of opinion with Aditya Chopra, choreographer Saroj Khan left the shooting in a huff. SRK then recommended Farah Khan, who choreographed Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane   
  • In 2001, the film broke the continuous exhibition record held by Sholay at first, at Minerva Theatre (1975-1980)
  • Director Karan Johar and Uday Chopra (Aditya Chopra’s younger brother) assisted Aditya on the sets 
  • Besides assisting Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar also acted in the movie. He played Pochy, one of Raj’s (SRK) friends
  • Aditya Chopra named SRK ‘Raj’ after Showman Raj Kapoor
  • Shahrukh’s full name in the movie is Rajnath, after Rishi Kapoor’s name in Bobby (1973)
  • In the scene where Anupam Kher tells SRK about the (non) accomplishments of his forefathers when it came to academics, he actually said the names of his real, and not-so-academically successful uncles
  • Post-release, the film was mired in two major controversies. Honey Irani and Javed Siddiqui claimed that they hadn’t been given credit for screenplay and dialogues respectively
  • Aditya Chopra’s screenplay specifies that Simran (Kajol) is a vegetarian, while Raj is willing to eat even a beef burger
  • This is also the first film to have had a 30-minute television show on its making. The Making of DDLJ was telecast on Doordarshan
  • It is an estimation that one in three households in India owns the DDLJ soundtrack
  • Aditya Chopra used to practice his camera angles with Karan Johar posing as Kajol and Uday Chopra as Farida Jalal
  • Mandira Bedi made her film debut with DDLJ

If you’ve enjoyed reading these fun facts, let us know! Hope your memory was pleasantly refreshed. Catch the film over a weekend with friends and/or family to let nostalgia seep in. If you reside in Mumbai, then visiting Maratha Mandir is a must! 

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  1. Tejan Shrivastava

    June 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Most over rated bollywood film ever – DDLJ

  2. Rose

    June 26, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    This only seems overrated because a number of new movies have adopted the theme. This till date is one of the best movies made. It’s very original. It manages to capture Indians in west and their motherland in the most genuine fashion


    June 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I Still Use to watch this Film Whenever it came on SETMAX or SONY

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