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Thursday, May 12, 2005

DDLJ - 10 years and still going strong

The other day, I came across a very interesting piece of news. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or simply DDLJ for most of the Indians, was completing 10 years of running in a single theatre in Mumbai. At first, I thought that I had misread the news - on further reading, I confirmed that it was indeed true.

If I am not mistaken, this movie was released during 2nd/3rd years of my stay at IIT, KGP and it was a rage, to say the least. Every friend I knew wanted to be like Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and every one wanted to have a girl friend like Simran (Kajol) ! - perhaps, the greatness of the director was that he mixed western values so well with the Indian societal values and conveyed the feeling that no matter what we do or where we go, Indians will always be Indians following traditional values. As Anupam Kher says, "Bhai Saab, Hum to Hindustan Seene Mein Lekar Chaltey Hain" - so, it had the perfect concoction to attract not only the Indian crowd but also the NRI community.

All said and done, there have been many movies that I have personally liked more than DDLJ but that doesn't matter I guess. DDLJ has proved that it still draws a full house even after 10 years of its release.

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