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Day 34- D for Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

Picture Courtesy: Original DDLJ poster
If you happen to know someone who has never been to India, ask them to tell one word that would probably mean something about India.  My guess is that, the one word could be Taj Mahal or Bollywood or elephants (yes, I did a short survey and asked a few students to write it down :)).  These are not the only ones that they will come up with, but these are the most common terms that people relate to when it comes to India. Of these, Bollywood plays a very significant role in shaping our culture, as much as our culture is reflected through Bollywood. It was named combing the 'B' from Bombay and 'ollywood' from Hollywood (fun fact to note that the first 'wood' in India was Tollywood, for Bengal cinemas, after being inspired by Hollywood and of course, taking the first part from Tollygunge). Even though, different states in India produce movies and only 25% of the movies in India come from Bollywood, it is that one thing that gets mentioned around the world.

The title today is about one of the iconic movies in Bollywood. It is almost 20 years (just short by a few months) since this was released. King Khan has given us some great movies, especially with his best on-screen pair, Kajol. I remember watching this movie, much later, when it was aired on some television channel. I am pretty senti when it comes to watching romantic and dramatic scenes (Of course, only if it is done well). I remember falling for those sentimental scenes as much as I laughed about it. I remember crying the first time I saw, also falling madly in love with everything, especially, the scenic European road trip and the lush farmlands of Punjab. It is a very 'typical' Indian movie (for 90's period), directed by Aditya Chopra and produced by Yashraj Films. The epochal train scene where Kajol runs to catch the train with Khan lending his arm out to hold her has been used in many other movies - either for a parody or for actual fun! It is interesting, how it still runs in a couple (or is it just one?) cinema theatre in India. I would think, that now, these sentiments are funny to watch, for a movie buff. However, I'm sure this movie is an enigma for every budding filmmaker and it must be in the references of every film student. The posters and bright yellow flowers (mustard field) are still magical. There was something about that music, that made it unforgettable. Great screen presence, magical chemistry of the lead actors, good and neat comedy, cute romance and everything, just made it a perfect movie (even though, it was/is very long).

Well, as they say, "Bade bade deshom mein, aisi choti choti baatein hoti rahti hain (बड़े बड़े देशों में ऐसी छोटी छोटी बातें होती रहती हैं!).
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