Shahrukh Khan Acted in ‘DDLJ’ as Salman Predicted Its Success in Bollywood

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Recently, Shahrukh Khan celebrated the thousandth week of the sensational romantic movie, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ), in a show called Comedy Nights With Kapil. This is the third time he has visited this show proving the friendship he shares with Kapil Sharma. The movie, DDLJ is one of the greatest romantic comedies of the Bollywood film fraternity in which Kajol acted as the female lead. Not to mention the fact, that up until this movie, King Khan of Bollywood mainly performed villainous roles.

The visit to Kapil Sharma’s comedy turned out to be an eye opener in terms of some interesting facts about the movie. Shahrukh categorically said that Salman Khan was the person who convinced him to go forward with the movie. He mentioned that initially he was skeptical about acting, but with the moral support of Salman, he went ahead and gave a scintillating performance in the movie. The 49-year-old actor continued saying that the confidence given by Salman Khan made him take up the role.

The blockbuster movie, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge broke all the records at the box office and took both the actors in the lead role to a different level as celebrities. A life changing movie for both Kajol and Shahrukh Khan, DDLJ earned over $17 million in India and $2.6 million worldwide in the year 1995. In total, grossing around $47 million, it is one of the five greatest movies of Bollywood, which fetched staggering revenues.

After Dev Anand’s movie, Guide, in the year 1966, DDLJ is the second one to have won four major Filmfare Awards namely, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Movie and Best Actress. The 49-year-old actor was answering a question of Kapil Sharma, when he showered good words about Salman’s support. Although there are long-standing rumors of enmity between Salman and Shahrukh, the disposition of the latter does not betray anything of that sort.

The 49-year-old actor pointed out the relevance of the movie during a discussion with Kajol and Yash Chopra’s wife, Pamela. He said, “I think it is very relevant even today.” He also mentioned, “I think people should watch the film as it has realities which were true for that era and are true for this era as well.” Basically, the movie revolves around a couple who are madly in love with each other but cannot unite because of an orthodox family background! Although this kind of a storyline is bit of a cliche, the propensity of the actors towards creativity made it a huge success.

The 40-year-old lead actress was already popular in Bollywood when DDLJ happened. Both Shahrukh Khan and Kajol accomplished many movies together but they became youth icons after DDLJ. Nevertheless, all of the good things now has been credited to Salman Khan, it seems. The 49-year-old actor claimed that Salman not only said the movie will be good, he also mentioned that it will earn much more revenue than Maine Pyar Kiya, a movie of Salman Khan himself, which grossed over $2.5 million. However, time will tell whether any of the future movies of Shahrukh Khan can gather that much admiration as DDLJ did.

Opinion By Sunando Basu

Sources:
Delhi Daily News
Deccan Herald
Guardian Liberty Voice
DNA India

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