By Manushree Chaumal Last Updated:
"Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam..." is still one of the most cherished love anthems for most Indian couples (well at least for the 90s kids, we can safely say so)! Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) is not just a movie; it is an experience of love. It makes you want to fall in love and be loved [Check out other stories that will make you want to fall in love: 4 Super Romantic Movies That Will Make You Want To Fall In Love]. Twenty years after, the story still has a charm that is incomparable. This movie makes you believe in the idea of love and convinces you that fighting for your love is definitely worth it!
One of the biggest blockbusters of the Indian cinema, DDLJ as we lovingly call it, has time and again made us laugh, cry, and fall in love. Most importantly, it has given us some cherished moments that would make anyone fall in love with- the biggest celebration of life, Shaadi. DDLJ is about love, relationships, family, weddings and yes, Bollywood, and that in itself gives us an excuse to keep gushing over it again and again.
What's more? The blockbuster has also completed a run of 20 years on October 20, 2015 (thanks to Mumbai's Maratha Mandir Cinema) and still counting! So, come with us as we tell you why we still love DDLJ.
There are hardly any 'I love you' moments in the movie, yet, you know it is love when Raj says Palat. You know it is love when Raj refuses to attend Simran's wedding. It is love when Raj sees the cow bell hanging in front of Simran's locked home. It is definitely love when you see Raj praying in the church for the happiness of the girl whom he has just met.
And, what works for us? Well, the simplicity and innocence of it all. Love is not just about "I love you", and DDLJ showed that. It is all about those small and simple gestures that would show your love without words!
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DDLJ gave us Raj, who became every Indian girl’s dream man. Girls wanted a guy like him, someone who is cool, modern, witty, yet perfectly "Hindustani" in his heart (remember that hotel room scene in Europe). What’s more? He even kept the Karva Chauth fast for Simran. Now, can it get any more perfect?
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Yes, Raj is not just every girl’s prince charming! He is the dream jamai or damad (son-in-law) of her entire family as well! Parents too want a son-in-law like Raj, who would love their daughters and respect her family too. He is a son-in-law who would simply become a bride's family’s favourite instantly!
Raj refuses to run away with Simran, even when her mother asks him to do so. The morality and family values instilled in Raj are too strong to go for this weak gesture. Raj would get married to Simran only after Bauji’s (Simran’s father's) approval. He makes all efforts to impress the girl’s family, who ultimately love him back. Impress the dad, guys! Yes, it works even today!
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DDLJ is also about celebrations. Celebration of love is just one part. The rest of the movie is scattered with traditional desi-style celebrations. From the sagai and mehendi to the karva chauth, the film beautifully shows it all.
Well now, we were all so spoiled that we cannot imagine any Indian (especially Punjabi) wedding to be complete without Mehendi laga ke rakhna…doli saja ke rakhna.
There is no complexity in Raj and Simran's love. They meet as strangers, fight, become friends, and finally part ways as more than just friends. The separation makes them realise their love for each other. That is when Raj goes off to get his bride. He even wins over her strict disciplinarian father; and we get a happy ending.
Well, call us cliché, but isn't that a story everyone would still love to relate with? A sweet innocent love story, complete with family’s love and blessings, and ends with a "happily ever after!"
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We love how Anupam Kher sends Raj off, to go and have his share of fun after college. We also love him when he sends Raj to fight for his Dulhania. Cut to Simran's bauji, Amrish Puri, a strict disciplinarian but equally loving father. He knew that no other guy could love her as Raj does, and once he realises that, he does not hesitate to send her with him! Now, who does not want dads like them?
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The chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol was simple yet sizzling. No other actors could have carried out these roles so convincingly. These two off-screen friends played Raj and Simran so well that people actually started seeing them as couple.
All the 90s' kids wanted SRK-Kajol to get married, didn't you? We thank Aditya Chopra for not approaching Tom Cruise for Raj's role, as he initially wanted to!
We love the songs in the movie, and that is what explains why people still perform on Mehendi laga ke rakhna at weddings or play Tujhe dekha toh yeh jana sanam on their guitars to propose to their loved ones. Or, still have Ho gaya hai tujhko toh pyar sajna hidden in their playlists.
All you Bollywood movie song fans, do not try to deny! The one thing for which this movie is definitely etched out in our minds, is its music!
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"Main ek hindustani ladka hu, aur jaanta hu ek hindustani ladki ki izzat kya hoti hai."
"Jaa Simran jaa… is ladke se zyaada pyaar tujhey aur koi nahi kar sakta. Jaa apne Raj ke paas jaa."
Do we need to say more?
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is about celebrating love, relationships, friendship, and most importantly, the union of two souls! Well, we need not explain any more on why we still love DDLJ after 20 years. But now, it is your turn. Why don't you also share your love for DDLJ with us by leaving your comments below? So, go fall in love!
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