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In pictures: Why Kajol still loves 'DDLJ'


Published on October 20, 2020 at 12.08

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'Everyone identifies with Simran'

As iconic film 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' completed 25 years today, Kajol opened up on what made it one of the most loved romantic films in the history of Indian cinema. "I think DDLJ is timeless because everybody identifies somewhere down the line with Simran and with Raj. I think they just like these characters a lot. They have liked them for years and years now and it's one of those things that you always like and probably will always like," the actor said.
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Simran ‘old fashioned but cool’

The character played by the actor, Simran, was traditional yet modern in her outlook and was hugely relatable to people. “I thought Simran was a little boring, to be honest, but I recognised her. I realised there is a lot of Simran in almost everybody we know, there is always that wanting to do the right thing in someone. A lot of people don’t do the right thing but we always want to do that. You want to get that approval. So, yes Simran was like that. I thought she was just cool, a little old-fashioned but cool.”
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Aditya Chopra’s ‘conviction’

Talking about her director, Aditya Chopra, Kajol said, “I think what sets Adi apart is probably his conviction. He is very, very convinced of what he is making and does not take on a project if he is not absolutely convinced about it. That really is what sets him apart. He is not willing to let go of that basic core conviction that he has in his characters and he knows them best.”
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Raj and Simran - an iconic duo

Kajol spoke about the impact of the film she made with Shah Rukh Khan. “We just thought we were going to make a really cool film together and hopefully, it will be a hit film and we were all crossing our fingers that the music will do well, etc., but I do not think anyone of us ever realized the kind of impact the film would have on people when they saw it.”
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Back to ‘Simran’

To mark 25 years of ‘DDLJ’ Kajol changed her Twitter handle to her screen character’s name ‘Simran’. She posted alongside clips of the film, “Raj & Simran! 2 people, 1 film, 25 years and the love doesn't stop coming in! I am truly grateful to all the people who made it what it is today.. a phenomenon and a part of their own history. The fans! Big shoutout to all of you.”
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