25 Years of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ): What Makes the Film So Special Even Today

There are films of all kinds that we are exposed to, very few of them go on to become commercially successful and maintain their iconic status despite the passage of time. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or DDLJ as it is more popularly known as, is one of the rare films to have that distinction. There has been enough and more that has been written about the film, with people praising the film for various aspects, while even attracting some criticism for its cheesiness, overtly sentimental nature and emphasis on a more old school romantic style and family values. So, let me not try and analyze the film per se, as that would simply not make sense, nor will it add any new insight into the film otherwise. So, what does this write-up intend to do? Simple, it is about why the film deserves all the love and appreciation that has been coming its way, and how I have evolved with the film over the course of these 25 years.Continue reading “25 Years of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ): What Makes the Film So Special Even Today”

DDLJ: Cutting across 3 decades. My Personal Ode & Journey with the Film

20th October 1995 was the first time DDLJ released in cinemas. I was 7 when I first watched the film at G7 Cinemas, Bandra with my parents. Little did I know that I would end up getting lost in the magical world that I was experiencing on screen. Tears rolled down my cheeks when I saw Amrish Puri slap SRK right before the climax sequence and I held my mother’s arms as each slap echoed in the pin drop silence inside the cinema packed with thousand people. I felt ecstatic when Kajol ran towards the stretched arm of SRK extending from the door of a running train in the end. I was mesmerized by the story that I narrated the entire film to my friends in school. When the songs came on the television, I would stop everything and listen attentively. Couple of months later, we revisited the theatre to watch DDLJ again. It was the same scenario as the first – a packed house with the same emotions. As a kid, I knew this film would stay with me forever. Continue reading “DDLJ: Cutting across 3 decades. My Personal Ode & Journey with the Film”

Befikre: A Quick Review

befikreThe opening credits of Befikre have different couples kissing in various parts of Paris. That is when you realize that this movie is unconventional. For starters, it is shot in Paris and the story line could have been inspired by a French or a Hollywood rom-com as the couple keep getting in and out of their relationships. This year seems to be a year for contemporary multi-partner romances in Bollywood -after ADHM and Dear Zindagi and now Befikre.Continue reading “Befikre: A Quick Review”

Befikre Movie Review: Behadh, Behuda aur Besharam!

Aditya Chopra could be described as one of Bollywood’s most enigmatic personalities. One has read about him being painfully shy, to the point of being almost reclusive. Therefore, one gets the feeling that he makes up for it, by making the protagonists in his movies, absolutely larger than life. Enough newsprint has been devoted to his debut, tears were shed by teenagers when Mohabbatein came out, and yawns were stifled while watching Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.Continue reading “Befikre Movie Review: Behadh, Behuda aur Besharam!”

Happy Birthday Shah Rukh,Thank You for Being a Great Friend

This is not an open letter, Shah Rukh. I do not know what to call it – or wait, I can perhaps label it as a thank you note. One tiny bit of the many millions that you must be receiving every day.

Before I begin to thank you, let me admit that I can’t thank you enough. Did that sound like a hyperbole? This is what happens to me when I try and thank you, or when I try and explain it to myself and to others that why I need to thank you. But, today on your birthday, I think it is imperative that you know how you have touched, influenced and molded not just my life but also the lives of your millions of fans. I also write on their behalf.Continue reading “Happy Birthday Shah Rukh,Thank You for Being a Great Friend”

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Movie Review : Hats off, DDLJ !

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania-PosterIn 1995, Aditya Chopra directed his debut film, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge under his father’s banner, Yash Raj Films. The film changed the game of Indian cinema in more ways than one and is considered the most landmark film of its generation. So much so that it ran for 18 years at a single screen in Mumbai and people still went for it. In all the years following its release, many films have aped it or parts of it in various ways at various times. Fair enough. Karan Johar started his career by assisting Aditya in DDLJ and today he has produced Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya with Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, helmed by a new director, Shashank Khaitan. In its true sense, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is the closest tribute/rip-off/parody of DDLJ and it amicably accepts it, referencing the original at every step, to the extent that in a poignant moment of the film, the heroine’s dad says, “Jaa, Jee Le Apni Zindagi.”Continue reading “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Movie Review : Hats off, DDLJ !”

Top 10 Romantic Characters: Male

In Hindi films, we have epitomised romance and romantic heroes. I wonder if any other film industry in the world has made so many love stories or romantic dramas as we have. There are production houses that have taken pride in churning out one love saga after the next. And indeed, actors have become heartthrobs among the opposite sex only through love stories. In a part of the twin post, we look at the top 10 male romantic character portrayals in Hindi cinema.Continue reading “Top 10 Romantic Characters: Male”

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Movie Review: Usual and Unusual

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani PosterProduced by Hiroo Yash Johar & Karan Johar, Co-produced by Apoorva Mehta and scripted & directed by Ayan Mukerji, Dharma Productions’ Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a love story set first in Manali and later in Udaipur. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone,Kali Koechlin, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Farooq Sheikh, YJHD is both usual and unusual.Continue reading “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Movie Review: Usual and Unusual”

Cinematic Moments That Never Left Me

There are moments in cinema that never leave you. For weeks, months.. Years.

It is impossible for me to write down all the scenes that I saw and never left. If there are 100 scenes that never left me, I will be probably able to write down just 9 here. I have restricted myself to Hindi films. A combined list would be impossible to compile without touching 100 pages! So here I attempt writing about some that still make me sit through 1000 films in the hope that somewhere, I might find another one scene that keeps reiterating my faith in the power of cinema.Continue reading “Cinematic Moments That Never Left Me”