Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) redefined romance on the large display screen, and continues to makes audiences fall in love every time one watches this cult movie. Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol because the lead pair, this iconic Aditya Chopra directorial broke a number of data and went on to turn into a basic. Whether or not it’s the performances, scenes and dialogues, evergreen songs or breathtaking places — every thing about DDLJ nonetheless stays in style.
Because the movie clocks 25 years, we get speaking to a number of the key supporting actors from the movie — Farida Jalal, Parmeet Sethi, Mandira Bedi, Pooja Ruparel, Himani Shivpuri and Anaita Shroff Adajania — who go down reminiscence lane to recall anecdotes and inform us what makes the movie particular even in the present day.
Parmeet Sethi aka Kuljeet Singh
I virtually didn’t get the movie as Armaan Kohli was shortlisted for the function. However I went to Adi and insisted that he give me an opportunity for a display screen take a look at, and relaxation is historical past. It was my and Adi’s first movie, and we have been all so pumped up. All the pieces simply went fantastically. We by no means realised we have been creating historical past. The rationale the movie did properly was as a result of it was a really contemporary means of taking a look at romance. It was stunning and easy and it had coronary heart as a result of it had the Indianness in it to that love story. All the pieces simply got here collectively in such a gorgeous means that it turned the right mixture of every thing.
Pooja Ruparel aka Chutki
I used to be 13 after I performed Chutki. Karan Johar and Uday Chopra have been helping and Shah Rukh (Khan), Kajol and Adi (Chopra) have been all mates and it was nice to see mates making this film. There was a younger power and vibe on the set. DDLJ being Adi’s past love, there was freshness in viewpoint, his freshness of your entire idea and it was all very forward of his time again within the day. I don’t know if we totally realised that as a result of at that time you’re simply making a movie and hoping for the perfect. I didn’t suppose for a second that it’d be my entry into the Guinness e-book of data.
Himani Shivpuri aka Kammo
The truth that it’s nonetheless working in Maratha Mandir tells rather a lot. Folks inform me virtually on a regular basis wherever I am going that we will watch this movie time and again. It all the time appears so contemporary. You don’t really feel that it’s dated. All the pieces appears so related. I knew Shah Rukh from the Delhi theatre scene. I additionally knew Anupam (Kher) from NSD (Nationwide Faculty of Drama) and my character Kammo and his character had a cute romantic angle. All of us used to eat collectively. We loved doing it. None of us thought that it was going to turn into a milestone, this stuff simply occur. All the pieces labored fantastically — the casting, the story, the music, every thing simply fell into place. It simply created magic.
Farida Jalal aka Lajjo
It’s a cult movie. Itne saalon mein bhi logon ka pyaar kam nahi hua. The title instructed by Kirron Kher was so apt; the songs nonetheless make folks fall in love. Lately movie enterprise are for Friday, Saturday and Sunday however again then, we celebrated movie finishing silver, golden and diamond jubilee, and DDLJ was screened in Maratha Mandir for over 20 years. From casting, taking pictures, songs, every thing was handpicked. Adi had a lot maturity and conviction even at that younger age. The best way he narrated the movie, that’s precisely how we noticed it onscreen. This doesn’t occur typically. Adi khud bana kar dikha de aur ek baer ek aisi movie. I used to be taking pictures in Hyderabad, when (late) Yash Chopra ji known as me for DDLJ. He was an enormous producer-director and we’d be shocked seeing him do every thing, from being the AD to identify boy on set. Pam bhabi (Pamela Chopra) would arrange these toys in Kajol’s room, convey issues from her personal kitchen for use in movie. Yeh movie dil se banai gayi thi toh profitable hona hello tha. I’ve immense respect for them.
Mandira Bedi aka Preeti
DDLJ had all types of components of a basic, it had the combination of household values, it had the right boy meets lady story. All people needed their love story to be like this. I keep in mind Karan Johar, who was helping Adi, known as me and mentioned they’re in search of an actor for a personality, which is kind of a second heroine. I used to be an enormous fan of Yash Chopra and at the moment, Shanti had accomplished six months so it felt very nice. Although I shot for 25 days, after I watched the movie I used to be barely there, so again then it felt unhealthy. However, it feels good to do even a small half in a historic movie. Whereas taking pictures, meals would come from Yashji’s home, and everybody would sit collectively to eat. There was once a cheerful environment on the set, nobody had issues with anybody. In between photographs, we’d additionally play playing cards. Although 2020 has been fairly disastrous nevertheless it feels good that there are issues to be glad about. So, DDLJ finishing 25 years makes issues particular, a movie like this have to be celebrated.
Anaita Shroff Adajani aka Sheena
The movie stays particular due to the folks concerned in it. My expertise was surreal, as I had by no means been concerned within the movie trade in any respect. There was no entourage whereas all of us travelled for shoot, it was like an enormous household. I didn’t know I used to be working with so many greats. I stumbled upon my function within the movie. Adi and Karan have been casting the buddies, they usually needed somebody from faculty. They rejected the 35 folks I confirmed them, and eventually mentioned ‘You do it’. I mentioned I can’t act, they mentioned ‘Don’t fear, you’ll be superb!’. SRK confirmed me the best way on set. All of us are nonetheless good mates, that’s the magic of filmmaking. To see the humility of any person like Yash Chopra hanging round there to help his son was magical. Pam was so busy feeding us and ensuring all of us have been snug, although we have been so unimportant in comparison with large celebs. I by no means had that type of expertise ever once more.