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DDLJ to complete 1,000 weeks in December; SRK says celebrations are being planned

Discussion in 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' started by darina4srk, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. darina4srk

    darina4srk SRKManiac

    Nov 03, 2014 at 08:21am IST

    Mumbai: Romantic drama 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (DDLJ), a phenomenon that perhaps defies explanation, will complete 1,000 weeks next month. Shah Rukh Khan, who played the loveable Raj in the film, says he is planning to celebrate the occasion in a big way.

    "Yes, it is completing 1,000 weeks and it's a great feeling," Shah Rukh told reporters when asked about his feeling. He was speaking on the sidelines of his birthday celebration.

    Released Oct 20, 1995, DDLJ was Aditya Chopra's directorial debut and it struck the right chord with the audience who lapped up Raj (SRK) and Simran's (Kajol) love saga that travelled two continents.

    Released Oct 20, 1995, DDLJ was Aditya Chopra's directorial debut and it struck the right chord with the audience.

    "Aditya Chopra was planning something. We will take 15 minutes of unedited footage of the film. We will also watch the film together. There is lot of affection attached to the film.

    "It's a special moment for sure. It's the second longest (running) film. I think the first was a Chinese film. Yes, we will have a celebration,"
    said the 49-year-old.

    The actor, who has played negative roles in the past, says he would love to do 'Dhoom 4' if approached.

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  2. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge completes 1,000 weeks on December 12. Recently, Shah Rukh Khan, who played the loveable Raj in the film and paved way for the boy next-door heroes in the decade that followed, had revealed his wish to celebrate the blockbuster in a grand manner.

    Mirror has learnt that SRK, along with his costar, Kajol, who played Simran, the obedient daughter to Amrish Puri, will be making an appearance on Kapil Sharma's show to mark the occasion.

    A source close to Comedy Nights With Kapil, said, "The duo plan to shoot on November 30 at Film City. They will talk about the film and share their memories."

    This is the perfect platform for the celebration, considering that DDLJ was the first film to have a thirty minute televison show chronicling its making which was telecast on the national broadcaster Doordarshan.

    Interestingly, film critic Anupama Chopra too wrote a book, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge: The Making of a Blockbuster, analysing the film's success.

    Mirror has also learnt that a celebration is being planned at Maratha Mandir, which has had non-stop screening of the Raj-Simran love story since its release on October 20, 1995, making it the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema.

    Buzz is, the Bible of Bollywood romance, which is still a crowd-puller in the 11.30 am matinee show, may be pulled out from Maratha Mandir once the 1000 weeks are over. However, theatre owner, Manoj Desai, insisted that they had not taken a call on this yet. "I haven't received any official intimation from the film's makers about whether they want to continue after the 1000 run is over. I don't know what the plans are. I have only been told not to screen any film in the 6 pm and 9 pm slots on December 12."

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    Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol's 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' gets 1 million hits on YouTube
    Friday, 28 November 2014 - 3:52pm IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk
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    Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's epic romance saga Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge which redefined romance for generations to come is completing 1000 weeks of its release in December. Celebrating the occasion, the team had released a new trailer of the timeless romantic film.

    Being the longest running film in Indian cinema, the SRK-Kajol starrer has yet again created immense euphoria with the trailer already hitting the 1 million mark on YouTube. DDLJ has been running in theatres ever since its release in 1995 and the team has made special plans for its 1000 week completion.

    The SRK-Kajol starrer has been one of the most memorable cult classics in Bollywood and now when it is completing 1000 weeks, YRF has also planned a slew of other activities as well.
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    Shah Rukh Khan's Bollywood hit makes Indian history with 1,000-week run
    Published on Dec 11, 2014 2:08 PM
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    An Indian cinemagoer walks away from the ticket booth after a screening of the popular Bollywood Hindi film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Brave-hearted Will Take The Bride) at the Maratha Mandir movie theatre in Mumbai on Dec 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
    MUMBAI (AFP) - It was October 1995 when the Maratha Mandir cinema first showed one of India's best-loved movies, a Bollywood romcom starring Shah Rukh Khan.

    One thousand weeks later, the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Brave-hearted Will Take The Bride) still plays on same the Mumbai silver screen every afternoon.

    "I keep coming back," said Ghulfam Ali, a plumber, who has watched the film here 20 times because it helps him to unwind.

    "The way the scenes are shot, the music and songs are very pleasing to the eyes and ears," he said, after buying his latest ticket.

    DDLJ, as the film is fondly known, celebrates its 1,000th week at the 1,100-seat Maratha Mandir on Friday, by far the longest theatrical run for an Indian movie.

    The tickets - at just 20 rupees (42 Singapore cents) each - still regularly sell out at weekends, while during the week a steady stream of fans arrive to enjoy three hours of escapism.

    The film tells the tale of two expatriate Indians living in Britain who meet and fall in love on a trip to mainland Europe.

    But the young woman Simran, played by Kajol, is to be married to a family friend in India, an arrangement set up by her strict father.

    After various twists and turns in cities including London and Paris and a few picturesque musical numbers, the lovers get together and convince their families of the union - an important factor in conservative Indian society.

    "I have fallen in love with the movie all over again after watching it here," said architect Mitali Vij as she sipped a soft drink during the interval.

    The film was a breakthrough for Khan, who became one of Bollywood's most bankable stars and known for playing cheeky romantic heroes.

    It was also an archetypal movie from the late producer Yash Chopra, known for his emotional films, whose use of the Swiss mountains as a backdrop in hits such as DDLJ made them a popular destination for wealthy Indian tourists.

    Maratha Mandir manager Pravin Rane said the theatre's Mumbai show had the "perfect package" - and not just in terms of the film's content.

    Its location opposite a bustling express train station, a bus depot and a public hospital ensures the cinema gets a regular supply of patrons, who appreciate the cheap tickets.

    "Where else in Mumbai will delayed passengers find three hours of air-conditioned relaxation, with clean washrooms and cheap snacks?" Rane asked.

    With its dark-wood interiors, worn-out seat cushions and flaking plaster, the nearly six-decade-old Maratha Mandir is a throwback to a bygone era in India's entertainment capital.

    Its record DDLJ run is a rare success story for a single-screen cinema, a type of establishment that has been struggling to compete with the increasingly popular multiplexes in the city.

    A celebration is planned this weekend at the big screen to mark the milestone, although Rane said the details were being kept under wraps by the production house.

    The movie's director Aditya Chopra has meanwhile released a book on the making of DDLJ as well as a new trailer, asking people to "Come fall in love all over again".

    Rane said there were no plans to end the 19-year run, despite recent rumours that it may come to a halt, and other theatre workers hoped it would continue to provide them with income.

    "In my heart there is a voice which says the shows will continue," said popcorn seller Umar Bhai.

    - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifesty...ek-run-20141211#sthash.WbIYrGGD.KvkrZRCO.dpuf
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  8. mumbiene

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    DDLJ completes 1,000th week at Maratha Mandir
    Omar Rashid

    DDLJ' has been running uninterrupted at this single-theatre cinema hall at its usual playing time slot of 11:30 am for the last 19 years.
    Nineteen long years after it was first screened, Hindi romantic-drama film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, or DDLJ as it popularly referred to, continues to win hearts.

    On Friday, the film completed its 1,000 week at the iconic Maratha Mandir cinema hall in South Mumbai. The film has been running uninterrupted at this single-theatre cinema hall at its usual playing time slot of 11:30 am for the last 19 years.

    Like the first show, the screening on Friday also went house-full as the faithful, mostly youngsters, flocked to the hall.

    The film, which went on to win a National and several Filmfare awards, was first screened at Maratha Mandir in October 1995, and is by far the longest running film in Indian cinema.

    Like many fans, Sejal Painter reached Maratha Mandir to catch the show on the landmark day. Ranging from the first show in 1995 to the 500 week screening, Sejal had been witness to every landmark achieved by the film at the Cinema.

    She flaunted all the DDLJ tickets she has accumulated over the years. However, she was in for surprise when she found out that her preferred balcony seat had been sold out. Sejal had to resort to purchasing the ticket on ‘black’ paying Rs. 150 for one entry, a small amount for her dedication for Shah Rukh Khan.

    Even today, the normal tickets cost Rs. 20, 17 and 15 at the hall, drastically lower than what the multiplexes charge.

    A film editor, Sejal has worked with the actor in his film Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani. “The film is great but we are here for Shah Rukh,” she set straight her loyalties.

    “A 1000 weeks of timeless romance,” read the film’s billboard at the Maratha Mandir, which has planned elaborate celebrations later in the evening. Shah Rukh Khan himself is expected to be at the venue.

    But there was little matching the efforts of Swadanand Desai, a student, who landed up at the cinema hall imitating the full-costume that the actor wore in the film. “I had planned this since four-five months,” said Swadanand, who stood proud in a chic black leather jacket, a neat pair of blue denims, blue-red chequered shirt, black boots and a black cap with a feather in it.

    Located just opposite the Mumbai Central railway station, offering it an advantageous location, Maratha Mandir is one of the few single screen theatres that have survived the onslaught of the multiplexes. It first caught the limelight when it ran ‘Mughal-e-Azam for eight years at a stretch. However, with DDLJ it caught international attention.
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    Another Record For DDLJ
    by Box Office India (December 20, 2014)

    ‘Old is gold’ is an adage the Hindi film industry swears by. No wonder filmwallahs keep revisiting old classics to remake and re-release. So when cult classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead, re-releases to celebrate the film’s 1000 weeks, the cash registers are bound to start ringing.

    There was hysteria at a single screen in Kolkata last week, when Navina Cinema in Tollygunge decided to run DDLJ for a week. The cinema has a capacity of 1,100 and it notched up impressive collections.

    Navin Choukhani, Director, Navina Cinema says, “SRK has a huge fan following in Kolkata and obviously when one of his biggest films re-released at our cinema, a lot of his fans who are teenagers came in to watch it since they were not even born in 1995! The film has made a killing of Rs 1.18 lakh in just seven shows. This is way more than the business of films like The Shaukeens, Happy Ending, Ungli and Action Jackson put together running the same week in my cinema hall!”

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  10. Mara

    Mara Well-Known Member

    Perhaps all the single screen theater owners in Mumbai who refused to show PK because of the high ticket prices should have shown DDLJ instead of continuing "Action Jackson".

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