Making Of: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (English: The Brave Hearted Will Take Away the Bride), also known as DDLJ, is a Hindi language film released on 20 October 1995. A romantic comedy, the film marked the directorial debut of Aditya Chopra, who also wrote the story. It was produced by his late father Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films, and stars Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. The film tells the story of a young couple who fall in love on a European vacation, and relates how the boy tries to win over the girl’s parents so that she can marry him rather than the boy that her father has chosen for her. It was filmed in India, London, and Switzerland.
Earning over 106 crore (US$19.29 million) in India and 15 crore (US$2.73 million) overseas, the film became the biggest Bollywood hit of the year, as well as one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever. During the 1996 awards season, the film won 10 Filmfare Awards, the most ever for a single film at that time, and also won the National Award for being the most popular film of the year.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was ranked by Indiatimes Movies among the “25 Must See Bollywood Films”. It was one of two Hindi films in the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” list along with Mother India. It was also placed twelfth on the British Film Institute’s list of the top Indian films of all time.
The film was declared an all-time blockbuster and it remains as the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. As of 2012, it is still playing at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai.