Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: Love always catches the Train

Engine Riders: Shah Rukh Khan (Raj Malhotra), Kajol (Simran Singh)

Ticket Collectors: Amrish Puri (Baldev Singh Chaudhary, Simran’s father), Farida Jalal (Lajwanti “Lajjo” Singh, Simran’s mother), Satish Shah (Ajit Singh), Anupam Kher (Raj’s father), Parmeet Sethi (Kuljeet Singh)

Yaatri: Achala Sachdev (Simran’s grandmother), Himani Shivpuri (Kammo Kaur, Simran’s aunt), Pooja Ruparel (Rajeshwari “Chutki” Singh), Mandira Bedi (Preeti Singh), Anaita Shroff Adajania (Sheena, Simran’s friend), Karan Johar, Arjun Sablok (Raj’s friends)

Coach Attendants: Jatin Lalit (Music), Adiya Chopra (Director), Cinematography (Manmohan Singh)

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20th October 1995, the date when the Yashraj banner released one of the most glorious, incredibly loved and touching romantic stories Bollywood has seen. Dilwaale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge was earlier set to have been written off by many directors and one of the very first films to adopt such a lengthy title in those days. The love story spans across the city of London, the massive continent of Europe and the beautiful state of Punjab. Directed by the able Aditya Chopra and produced by the Yash Raj production house, this film earned recognition not only in India, but all across the globe.

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The story is about a spoilt rich Indian brat in London falling in love with equally calm, composed and respectful Indian girl Simran. Beginning its amazing journey in London, the film expresses on the fine details and emotions every passenger in this journey conveys. Right from Mr. Amrish Puri to Anupam Kher, Aditya Chopra ensures that his classic was supported by some deep feelings of patriotism, family love and nostalgia.

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The journey progresses to a new phase when Raj and his friends bump surprisingly bump into Simran and her colleagues on a Euro trip. After spending time together all of a sudden, the two Engine Riders fail to catch the train and are left stranded on a train station. As time passes by and the routes change, the two get familiar and close to each other hinting towards the making of an entertaining romantic drama.

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Well written and directed scenes, catchy dialogues, songs that are still in the groove and brilliant cinematography ensure that despite being 3 hours long, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is both interesting and comic. The title track “Tujhe Dekha toh ye Jana Sanam” followed by “Doli Saja ke Rakhna” were the front runners of the music album. Moreover, the use of trains and rails in the entire journey, make the film even more enjoyable for cinema lovers.

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From Europe to Punjab, the journey gets only better and better. Once Mr. Chopra brings us to Punjab, we see a whole different level of love and flow of emotions between Raaj and Simran. From the rooftop meetings to impressing Simran’s family in all ways possible, Raaj does it all to win his love back.

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Despite, its credits, the cook seems to add some extra spice and drama to his dish, which does spoil the fun a bit. Overacting in some scenes and some unwanted drama are some of the negligible flaws this romantic classic has. To sum up, DDLJ, as it goes, is ranked amongst our highest ratings of a First A.C. coupe journey.

My Rating: First AC coupe ride (4.75/5)

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