Archive: Fall 2008
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
First-time director Aditya Chopra, part of a famous Indian filmmaking family, struck gold with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Brave Heart Will Take the Bride), which became the longest-running film in India’s history, swept the Indian Filmfare Awards, made superstars of its two young leads, spawned some hit songs and inspired many Bollywood imitations.
A romantic comedy about second-generation Indians who live in England but are still influenced by the traditional values of Punju culture, the film focuses on the family of Chaudhry Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri), a London-based immigrant with two daughters, Simran (Kajol) and Chutki (Pooja Ruparel). Chaudhry, who has raised his daughters to believe that their life in England is temporary and that someday they will return to their roots in India, has arranged for Simran to marry his best friend’s son, Kuljeet (Parmeet Sethi). Chaudhry’s plans go awry when Simran loses her heart to another immigrant, an impulsive young playboy named Raj Malhotra (Shahrukh Khan) who eventually follows Simran and her family to India in an effort to win her as his bride.
—Roger Fristoe, Turner Classic Movies
Directed by Aditya Chopra