Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which opened to huge popular acclaim in
1995, has since become the longest-running film in the history of Indian Cinema.
Directed by first-time film-maker Aditya Chopra, DDLJ was one of the earliest
contemporary Hindi films to focus on Indian residents abroad. The film is a
heady cocktail of European locations, flashy cars, gorgeous mansions and the
hearty, rustic traditions of Punjab. It has spawned numerous imitations and
epitomizes popular Indian cinema today.
But, as Anupama Chopra points out, it's a surprising film in that it upholds
old-fashioned values of premarital chastity and family authority. Whereas the
lovers of a previous generation might have attempted to flee from their
interfering families, DDLJ's lovers need the approval of their elders.
The film thus affirms the idea that westernization need not affect on
essentially Indian identity.
Having conducted in-depth interviews with the film-makers, Chopra gives us
the definitive account of a Bollywood phenomenon.
About the Author:
Anupama Chopra is a special correspondent with India Today. She is the
author of Sholay: The Making of a Classic (2000), which was the
prestigious National Award for the year's best book on Indian cinema.
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