Aditya Chopra‘s romantic musical, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ, 1995), distributed by Yash Raj Films, has the distinction of being the longest running film in the hisstory of Indian Cinema. It chronicles the romance of a love struck pair who with their power of obedience and perseverance earn the blessings and approval of their respective biological originators and lead the proverbial ‘happily ever after’ life!
#1Amidst the breezy musical and innovative freshness we are introduced to the first generation female population who are limited to being mere orderlies to the male authoritarian figures, mirroring the prevalent societal norms.
#2The second generation-foreign bred-well educated females never displayed eagerness to capitalise on the opportunity and scope at hand. Over the years I have never managed to figure out why Simran (Kajol) possessed such a laid back attitude? She
- spends her wasting contemplating about her marriage to someone she has never met.
- emotionally blackmailing her father to give his consent for Eurorail trip.
- doesn’t display remote interested in pursuing a career—creative (she can pen poems) or otherwise.
#3Academically brilliant Chutki, suffers the collateral damage when her parents get engrossed in santising the life of Simran and seem to undergo temporary amnesia regarding their second daughter and her studies. Even Chutki, for some mysterious reason, is completely disinterested in figuring out what further course of action could she avail to move on with her education and future (given her parents have acted in the most immature manner)!
[ In the train scene we don’t see anything lying on the train floor once Simran packs her stuff, yet in the very next shot Raj picks up a brassiere from the floor? Click here to watch it ! Have you come across any such bloopers?]
Please feel free to lash out or appreciate.
- Shahrukh, Kajol and DDLJ (ramadeviraghavan.wordpress.com)