One of the finest love-stories ever made in Hindi, director Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has completed 20 years today. To mark this occasion, the makers released a documentary titled Making of DDLJ. The one-hour documentary features behind the scenes shots and interviews of the cast and crew. The film starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. It also featured featured Mandira Bedi, Anupam Kher, Amrish Puri and Farida Jalal in important roles.
With arms wide open, Shah Rukh Khan redefined romance as Raj in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but the superstar says he nearly refused the film as he found the role too “girlish”. Shah Rukh, who was mostly seen in dark action-thrillers like Darr, Baazigar, Anjaam prior to DDLJ, confesses that he was apprehensive about his role. The documentary also throws light on his thought process as an actor.
The Making Of DDLJ Part 1
He also shares how, just before starting the film, he was undergoing a low phase due to his sister’s illness. The documentary chronicles the movie’s inception, with pictures of Chopra’s earlier drafts of the script, its making, release and subsequent legacy.
The special feature is packed with interesting trivia right from Kajol’s reluctance to shoot the popular song Mere Khawbo Mein Jo Aaye in a towel to Shah Rukh’s insistence on adding an action scene in the climax.
The Making Of DDLJ Part 2
It also has an unseen video of actress Juhi Chawla making cameo in the film, which did not make it to the final cut.
DDLJ propelled Shah Rukh and Kajol to global stardom and made Raj and Simran household names. The movie also gave a platform to filmmaker Karan Johar, choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan, fashion designer Manish Malhotra, who all feature in the documentary, to start their individual career.
The Making Of DDLJ Part 3
The documentary features anecdotes from Johar, Uday Chopra, who both were assistant directors in DDLJ, late Yash Chopra’s wife Pamela, Kher among others.
The film, which completed 1,000 weeks on December 12 last year, is still running at a Mumbai theatre. (With inputs from agencies)