Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge has become a huge part of all of us. It's defines everything that Bollywood is all about. Twenty two years ago, on this day, the film released. Here's something that you never knew about one of the most famous Bollywood film’s till date.
Tom Cruise was the original choice for Raj. Shah Rukh as in fact the second choice.
The title of the film is based on an old song Le Jayenge Le Jayenge from the 1974 film Chor Machaye Shor and was actually suggested by Kirron Kher. She was given credit for suggesting the title as well.
The film marked the debut of two directors. Of course the first one was Karan Johar. Arjun Sablok, who later directed Neal 'n' Nikki (2005) was seen as Raj's friend in the film.
The iconic leather jacket sported by Shah Rukh Khan in the film was bought for $400 by Uday Chopra from a Harley- Davidson store in California.
The scene where Raj and Simran are in the car travelling to Zurich, Aditya Chopra was actually lying down in the back seat of the car to monitor the scene.
The dance steps with the table cloth in ‘Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane’ was done in one take – Shah Rukh got it right the first time!
Shah Rukh Khan insisted on a little action/violence in the film, even though Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra weren’t fans of action sequences. SRK, it seems, used to say that DDLJ was a hit because of the inclusion of bloodshed in the film, however little!
Kajol’s iconic white skirt in Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye was cut on set. Manish Malhotra and his team cut it because Adi Chopra thought it was initially too long. It eventually became quite a bit shorter than they expected, but they went with it!
According to Pamela Chopra, Anupam Kher’s character was actually based on Yashji – she say he was that kind of parent to his boys, preferring to be their friend instead of their dad.
Shah Rukh Khan thought he was too old and not “typically” good-looking enough to pull it off. But he eventually accepted the role because of his “faith in Adi and Yashji” and because Yash Chopra told him he’d never be a big star if he didn’t do a romantic film.