Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Hindi: दिलवाले दुल्हनिया ले जाएँगे; English: The Lover Will Take the Bride), also known as DDLJ, is an Indian film. It premiered on October 19 1995 and was released nationwide on October 20 1995. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was directed by Aditya Chopra, and stars Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, and Amrish Puri.
Earning over Rs 580 million in India and Rs 175 million overseas, the film became the biggest Bollywood hit of the year, as well as one of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time. The movie remains the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema. In March 2009, the film set a record by completing 700 weeks of continuous play in Mumbai theatres.
The film includes fisticuffs, comic interludes, and a stern father insisting on an arranged marriage. However, there are also fresh, new elements. Filmed in London, it was one of the first Bollywood films to feature Indians living outside India.
The film was included in the Cinema India showcase, "The Changing Face of Indian Cinema", which toured the United States in July and August 2004. Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the 25 Must See Bollywood Films. It was also listed among the only two Hindi films in the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list.
Raj Malhotra and Simran Singh (Shahrukh Khan and Kajol respectively) are young second generation British Indians brought up and living in London. Raj is the only child of wealthy Dharamvir Malhotra (Anupam Kher), who spoils his son excessively. Simran is the elder daughter of convenience store owner Chaudhry Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri), who is a very conservative and typical Indian man whose only dream is to one day go back to his native country. He is proud that he has managed to bring up his two daughters in a very traditional way. Simran constantly dreams of her Prince Charming, a stranger who comes into her life and sweeps her off her feet, and writes poetry to him.
However, a letter comes from Ajit, Baldev's best friend in India saying that his son, Kuljeet (Parmeet Sethi), and Baldev's daughter, Simran, should marry each other. Because of her "Prince Charming," Simran is a bit concerned. She hasn't even seen Kuljeet before. But she agrees to marry him out of respect for her father. However, before the wedding, she begs her father to allow her to go on a trip to Europe with her friends; her last chance to see the world before her marriage to a complete stranger. Even though he is generally very strict, Baldev relents and allows her to go, on the condition that she promises never to betray his trust.
During the trip, Simran bumps into Raj, who is also on a trip to Europe with some friends. After some initial misadventures, Raj falls in love with Simran. Only at their moment of parting does Simran realizes that she too has fallen in love with Raj.
Simran goes home and tells her mother (Farida Jalal) that she has fallen in love with someone else and cannot go through with her wedding to Kuljeet. Baldev overhears their conversation, however, and is furious that Simran broke her promise that she would never betray his trust. He is adamant that she will marry Kuljeet as planned, and they will leave for India as soon as possible.
Even though Simran does not want to marry Kuljeet (who she has been betrothed to since birth), her family returns to Punjab. As it turns out, Kuljeet is a man who is full of himself and takes pride in being a shikari (hunter). Simran's mother tries to spare her daughter's feelings, but cannot stand up to her domineering husband.
Raj, however, does not give up so easily. He follows Simran to Punjab, meets her privately, and assures her that he will save her from the arranged marriage and get her to marry him with the consent of her father. As such, he refuses to elope with Simran because he wants everyone to be happy with and accept their marriage.
Raj befriends Kuljeet and pretends to be a friend of the family. He helps with the wedding preparations and soon gains everyone's friendship and love. At the same time, Kuljeet's sister, Preeti (Mandira Bedi), falls in love with Raj, and things get more complicated when Raj's father suddenly appears in India. By now, even Simran's father Baldev has been won over by Raj.
However, everything comes crashing down when Baldev sees a photograph of Raj and Simran together when they were on their trip across Europe. He exposes Raj's true identity in front of everybody and angrily tells him to leave immediately, as Simran will marry Kuljeet regardless of what anybody thinks. As Raj leaves, Kuljeet and his friends follow him and nearly beat him senseless with sticks for his deception. However, when Raj's father tries to intervene and Kuljeet and his friends beat him as well, Raj flies into a rage and single-handedly beats Kuljeet and his friends with a stick of his own. Baldev then stops Raj and tells him and his father to go on their way; Raj and his father accordingly board a train out of town. However, as the train begins to pull out of the station, Baldev comes to his senses and realizes that no one loves his daughter as much as Raj does. He tells Simran to join Raj on the train, which she enthusiastically does.
|Shahrukh Khan||Raj Malhotra|
|Amrish Puri||Chaudhary Bhalev Singh|
|Farida Jalal||Lajwanti Singh|
|Anupam Kher||Dharamvir Malhotra|
|Satish Shah||Ajit Singh|
|Achala Sachdev||Simran's grandmother|
|Himani Shivpuri||Kammo Singh|
|Pooja Ruparel||Rajeshwari Singh / Chutki|
|Anaita Shroff Adajania||Sheena|
|Parmeet Sethi||Kuljeet Singh|
|Mandira Bedi||Preeti Singh|
|Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge|
|Soundtrack by Jatin Lalit|
|Genre||Hindi Film Soundtrack|
|Jatin Lalit chronology|
|1||Ghar Aaja Pardesi||Manpreet, Pamela Chopra||7:29|
|2||Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye||Lata Mangeshkar||4:17|
|3||Rukh Jaa O Dil Deewane||Udit Narayan||5:14|
|4||Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main||Asha Bhonsle, Abhijeet Bhattacharya||5:51|
|5||Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko To Pyar Sajna||Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan||5:47|
|6||Tujhe Dekha To Hai Jaana Sanam||Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu||5:02|
|7||Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna||Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan||4:50|
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|- style="text-align: center;"
|width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
हम आपके हैं कौन |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Filmfare Award for Best Film
1995 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
राजा हिन्दुस्तानी |- |}