Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) redefined romance on the massive display, 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 out to be a basic. Whether or not it’s the performances, scenes and dialogues, evergreen songs or breathtaking areas — every part about DDLJ nonetheless stays widespread.
Because the movie clocks 25 years, we get speaking to a few 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 as we speak.
Parmeet Sethi aka Kuljeet Singh
I nearly didn’t get the movie as Armaan Kohli was shortlisted for the position. However I went to Adi and insisted that he give me an opportunity for a display check, and relaxation is historical past. It was my and Adi’s first movie, and we had been all so pumped up. Every little thing simply went superbly. We by no means realised we had been creating historical past. The explanation the movie did properly was as a result of it was a really contemporary manner of 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. Every little thing simply got here collectively in such a ravishing manner that it turned the right mixture of every part.
Pooja Ruparel aka Chutki
I used to be 13 once I performed Chutki. Karan Johar and Uday Chopra had been aiding and Shah Rukh (Khan), Kajol and Adi (Chopra) had been all pals and it was nice to see pals making this film. There was a younger vitality and vibe on the set. DDLJ being Adi’s old flame, there was freshness in perspective, his freshness of the whole idea and it was all very forward of his time again within the day. I don’t know if we absolutely realised that as a result of at that time you’re simply making a movie and hoping for one of the best. I didn’t assume for a second that it’d be my entry into the Guinness ebook of data.
Himani Shivpuri aka Kammo
The truth that it’s nonetheless operating in Maratha Mandir tells rather a lot. Individuals inform me nearly on a regular basis wherever I’m going that we are able to watch this movie repeatedly. It all the time appears so contemporary. You don’t really feel that it’s dated. Every little thing appears so related. I knew Shah Rukh from the Delhi theatre scene. I additionally knew Anupam (Kher) from NSD (Nationwide College 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 out to be a milestone, this stuff simply occur. Every little thing labored superbly — the casting, the story, the tune, every part 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 recommended by Kirron Kher was so apt; the songs nonetheless make individuals fall in love. Nowadays 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, capturing, songs, every part was handpicked. Adi had a lot maturity and conviction even at that younger age. The way in which 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 capturing in Hyderabad, when (late) Yash Chopra ji referred to as me for DDLJ. He was a giant producer-director and we’d be shocked seeing him do every part, from being the AD to identify boy on set. Pam bhabi (Pamela Chopra) would arrange these toys in Kajol’s room, deliver 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 aiding Adi, referred to as me and stated they’re on the lookout for an actor for a personality, which is form of a second heroine. I used to be a giant fan of Yash Chopra and at the moment, Shanti had accomplished six months so it felt very nice. Although I shot for 25 days, once I watched the movie I used to be barely there, so again then it felt dangerous. However, it feels good to do even a small half in a historic movie. Whereas capturing, meals would come from Yashji’s home, and everybody would sit collectively to eat. There was once a contented ambiance on the set, nobody had issues with anybody. In between pictures, we’d additionally play playing cards. Although 2020 has been fairly disastrous however it feels good that there are issues to be completely happy about. So, DDLJ finishing 25 years makes issues particular, a movie like this should be celebrated.
Anaita Shroff Adajani aka Sheena
The movie stays particular due to the individuals concerned in it. My expertise was surreal, as I had by no means been concerned within the movie business in any respect. There was no entourage whereas all of us travelled for shoot, it was like a giant household. I didn’t know I used to be working with so many greats. I stumbled upon my position within the movie. Adi and Karan had been casting the buddies, they usually needed somebody from faculty. They rejected the 35 individuals I confirmed them, and at last stated ‘You do it’. I stated I can’t act, they stated ‘Don’t fear, you’ll be advantageous!’. SRK confirmed me the way in which on set. All of us are nonetheless good pals, that’s the magic of filmmaking. To see the humility of anyone like Yash Chopra hanging round there to assist his son was magical. Pam was so busy feeding us and ensuring all of us had been snug, regardless that we had been so unimportant in comparison with huge celebs. I by no means had that sort of expertise ever once more.
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