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Dilwale can’t repeat the magic of DDLJ: Shah Rukh Khan

It has been 20 years since the iconic Bollywood romantic entertainer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) was released and the film continues to be screened at a Mumbai theatre. Shah Rukh Khan, is currently working on Dilwale. The Rohit Shetty film brings back the DDLJ pair of SRK and Kajol but the king Khan doesn’t believe the new movie can create the DDLJ magic.

bollywood Updated: Oct 26, 2015 08:45 IST
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol on the sets of Dilwale.
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol on the sets of Dilwale. (Twitter/ShahRukhKhan)

It has been 20 years since the iconic Bollywood romantic entertainer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) was released and the film continues to be screened at a Mumbai theatre. Currently working on Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale, Shah Rukh Khan claims that the magic of DDLJ.can’t be recreated.

Asked if Dilwale, that brings together the hit pair of SRK-Kajol, has the potential to repeat the magic of 20-year long run of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, SRK says, I don’t think (so), as time has changed. When we started the film (DDLJ) in 1990S, there was this concept of golden jubilee, silver jubilee and platinum jubilee. Now the function has changed and that era is over. I think audience is more accessible now and also the number of theatres are more. Unfortunately, nowadays we talk about two weeks only.

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Dilwale. (Photo: Shah Rukh Khan/Twitter)

Citing examples of Aamir Khan starrer PK, Salman Khan starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prabhas starrer Baahubali, he adds: “There were 150 theatres in the past and now the number has increased to over 40,000. As many as 11 to 12 crore people watch big films like PK, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Baahubali. Also, it’s nothing to do with numbers, but accessibility.”

Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol reunite for Rohit Shetty's Dilwale. (Photo: Twitter)

“There are better films that were made and will be made than DDLJ. Yes, realistically and practically speaking, maybe there won’t be any films that will run for 20 years now because of strong digital world, but it’s not that there will be no films better than DDLJ. I am sure there will be 100 films better because all of us (actors and filmmakers) would try to give better than the best with every film,” the ‘King of Romance’ says. The Dilwale team has been shooting the last leg of the film in Hyderabad for a month.

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Directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, Dilwale will see the magical pair of Shah Rukh and Kajol coming together again on the silver screen and treating their fans with their onscreen chemistry, which has in the past come alive in films like Baazigar, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and My Name Is Khan.

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Screened for the media persons was a 20-minute video footage, featuring a song sequence shot in Iceland, recreating the magic of SRK and Kajol; an action sequence of SRK; a few comical scenes involving Johnny Lever, Sushir Mishra and Varun Sharma; and even scenes and songs featuring Varun and Kriti Sanon.

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