This is the first post under the Flashback SRK series by Filmy Flashback.
DDLJ is a favourite among many Bollywood fans, as is evident by the fact that it’s still playing in Maratha Mandir in Mumbai. It is one of those rare movies that seem to get more beautiful with time; it is a classic, it is timeless.
The movie revolves around the love story of Raj and Simran, who meet on a trip around Europe and sparks fly instantly, although not in a good way. Simran despises the flirtatious easy going attitude of Raj, and he in turn enjoys teasing her in front of her friends. Their kittenish tiffs and adorable fights eventually lead to them realizing that they’ve fallen for each other by the end of the trip. This union however, cannot be successful as Simran is going to be married off to a guy she’s never met in Punjab, courtesy her angry and scary eyed father.
She is forced to go back to India to get married to a man she does not love or even know, and Raj vows to follow her all the way.
The second half of the movie is based in a village in Punjab and revolves around Raj’s efforts to win over Simran’s family. We are introduced to several characters who win our hearts and are frankly extremely endearing. Mandira, the sweet girl who falls for Raj, Chutki, the adorable little sister of Simran, and Simran’s bachelorette Bua are some of these heart warming characters.
After many days of relentless pursuit and tiresome efforts, Raj is found out as Simran’s lover from Europe, and is shunned and beaten up. Nevertheless, he doesn’t lose hope and continues to wait for her, standing at the entrance of the train as it moves away from the platform, leaving the frantic love of his life behind. Simran urges her dad to let her go to the man she loves, and in the end, love trumps all. Bauji releases his hold on her hand in the classic moment of parental love and understanding, even if it has come dramatically late. The two lovers are united and the happily ever after is heavily implied.
Complete with great cinematography for its time, enjoyable musical sequences and choreographies, action, family drama, romance and comedy, there’s not much that can go wrong in this movie. Shahrukh Khan and Kajol do a commendable job in acting out the two most loved characters of Bollywood and their romance continues to be idealized as the perfect romance on and off screen.
I’d highly recommend watching and re-watching this movie, for the simple joys that Bollywood offers when looked at with a tolerant eye and a happy heart.
My rating 4.5/5