dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has completed 1000 weeks of its release on 12th December. The phenomenal movie which has been alive in the hearts of billions of romantics has marked a milestone in the history of Indian Cinema. There could not possibly be a single Indian living on the face of the earth who hasn’t longed for the handsome and romantic lover as Raj or the gorgeous eyed and most beautiful Simran. The strings of the guitars, the ever green (more appropriately ) Sarson ka Khet, the band-baja music and the Indian family drama with the best of actors has kept the film running so as to announce it as the longest running film in the history Indian Cinema.
Released on 20th October 1995, DDLJ was a story that redefined love for generations to come and Left behind unforgettable memories of the breathtaking locations across Switzerland.
Bern, the capital of Switzerland is one the most beautiful cities in the world. It is well known for its cultural fit and good quality of life. The city has been declared as a world heritage site by the UNESCO as it has been successful in retaining its historical features for years. The city reminds us of the scene from the movie in which Raj prays in a church for the fulfillment of Simran’s wishes. The church in the scene is the Saanen church which is one the oldest buildings in the area. Bern features in many other scenes of the movie one of them being when Raj apologizes to Simran with a rose and Raj plays a prank with her and the song such as Mere Khwabon Mein.
Scene: Church where Raj prays for Simran
Gstaad is a village in the southwest of Switzerland and is particularly famous for the skiing in the Alps. Apart from the adventure activities in the area, it is a popular destination among the high society due to esplanade bounded by various well-known brands such as Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren Marc Jacobs etc. and has been visited and resided by many famous personalities, some recent ones being Anne Hathaway, Elton John, Margaret Thatcher etc. The village has been beautifully captured in the song Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main.
Scene: Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main Song Sequence
A small lake in Obwalden, Switzerland, Lake Lungerersee is a beautiful lake in the Swiss Valley. You could recall this lake from the song Tujhe dekha toh in the movie when Raj and Simran hook a shoe while fishing in the lake. The lake offers excellent view of the Swiss Alps. One could spend hours in this beautiful location. It also offers various activities such as hiking tours, biking tours, walks and opportunity to camp and village lodge.
Scene: Tujhe Dekha to ye Jana Sanam Song Sequence
Obersimmental – Saanen
Small cottages, grassy hills and snow capped mountains have been a perfect support to location settings for the movie. Saanen had been an important location during the movie shoot as many scenes were covered in and near the area. The song Tujhe Dekha toh was perfectly set up at various parts of this location. Apart from the fact of this place being a location with picturesque scenery, the architecture of the cottages here is also appreciable and pleasing to the eye.
Scene: Tujhe Dekha to ye Jana Sanam Song Sequence
Lying on the floor of a large valley, Zweisimmen is a village known to be a popular tourist attraction. A large section of the area has been hosting skiing activities and various skiing competitions. It also offers various other activities such as bike tours, rail journeys and excursions. The Zweisimmen Railway Station found a place in the movie when Simran missed her train to Zurich due to deliberate delay by Raj.
Scene: Simran misses her train at this station
Other Locations shot in the Movie
King’s Cross Railway Station, London
A major railway station in London, it played its part in the movie. Between the hustle and bustle of the city crowd, the station stands as an architectural awe and splendor and holds a historical importance. You could reminisce about the scene of the song Na Jaane Mere Dil Ko Kya Hogaya when they stand to bid goodbye and realize that they are in love.
Scene: Raj & Simran bid goodbye with ‘Na Jane mere’ song in the background
Trafalgar Square, London
An open, busy and a vibrant landmark in the city of London, Trafalgar Square has been one spot we remember from the scene in the movie in which Baldev Singh feeding the pigeons remembers his good time in Punjab. The square is the heart of the city where marches and rallies take place. Being an important tourist destination, the square is a bustling spot where various events are hosted and many festivals are celebrated such as . The square highlights coeval public art including the stone lions and the fourth Plinth.
Scene: Amrish Puri feeding the pigeons
The mustard fields of Punjab!! Every memory of the movie leads to one final destination, that is, the land of Punjab. The yellow mustard flowers, the guitar solo and Raj and Simran singing and dancing in those magical and romantic fields have been the hallmark of the movie. Punjab provided with the true essence of Indianness to the movie. If it wasn’t for Punjab, the movie wouldn’t have been a legend today. There was not and will not be any better destination than Punjab to shoot the song Tujhe Dekha Toh. A state majorly occupied with farming, Punjab provides with a distinct blend of rural as well as urban culture and is also an important state in historical terms.
Scene: Tujhe Dekha to ye Jana Sanam at the Mustard fields
Apta Railway Station, Nr. Panvel
Who would have imagined that a small station in the outskirts of Mumbai near Panvel would feature in so many movies but it all started with the famous ‘Train Sequence’ of DDLJ which gets emulated by people quite often. This simple station featured in the climax of the movie & the rest is history. I am pretty sure the epic dialogue ‘Ja Simran Ja, Jee le Apni Zindagi’ must have started to ring in your head by now
Scene: Ja Simran ja, Zee le apni zindagi
Other movies shot at this location
- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai– Kajol boards a train to go back home while Shahrukh keeps trying to stop her but ends up just getting her red ‘dupatta’.
- Guru– Abhishek Bachchan boards a train for Bombay from his village along with Aishwaria Rai.
- Khakee– Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan engage in a fight sequence while the train crosses a village station
- Mohabbatein– Jimmy Shergill notices Preeti Jhangiani waiting at the station dressed as a bride.
The Movie showed what love is about & asked to ‘Come fall in love’ & it showed Indians that there is a world outside that needs to be explored. So this is what we have to say “Ja Simran (& Raj too) Ja, Jee Le Apni Zindagi”
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