DDLJ completes 18 years, still running at Maratha Mandir

Aditya Chopra’s eternal romantic film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has completed 18 long years since its initial release way back in October 1995. The film, which released 2 weeks before its lead star Shahrukh Khan’s 30th birthday, is still running to packed houses at Mumbai’s famous Maratha Mandir.

DDLJ 900 WeeksShahrukh Khan visited the Maratha Mandir after the release of Chennai Express

To celebrate the occasion we bring you 5 unknown facts of India’s most loved romantic film.

  • Aditya Chopra first offered the role of Raj to Saif Ali Khan, who rejected it. Shahrukh Khan was then signed to play the lead role opposite Kajol. The rest, as they say, is history.
  • The first shot of DDLJ was shot at the Trafalgar Square in London. It has Amrish Puri feeding doves, a habit which he follows before he opens his shop every day.
  • Karan Johar made his acting debut in DDLJ where he played the character of Rocky.
  • Shahrukh’s friends in the film, Karan Johar and Arjun Sablok, both went on to become directors. Johar directed Khan in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, another landmark film in the history of Indian Cinema. Sablok directed Hrithik Roshan in Na Tum Jaano Na Hum.
  • The title of the film was suggested by Anupam Kher’s wife Kiron Kher.


  • Not a die-hard fan of his but Shahrukh Khan is Undoubtedly the Best. We have all grown up seeing him rule Bollywood. Thats a Big Achievement indeed. Just wish his choice of films were like Aamir.

  • @Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was ranked by Indiatimes Movies among the “25 Must See Bollywood Films”. It was one of two Hindi films in the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” list along with Mother India. It was also placed on the British Film Institute’s list of the top Indian films of all time. The film was declared an all-time blockbuster and it remains as the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. As of 2013, it is still playing at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai, completing 900 weeks on 11 January 2013. today is finishing 18 years heading to win Guinness world record for longest running movie in history .defying even strike of cineworkers

    this film is unique unstoppable
    and above all has the best melody i ve ever heard that mandoline solo is very haunting

  • I asked the local people they said they go to sleep in the theater. Tickets r very cheap
    Buy the cheapest ticket and sleep in AC for 3 hours

  • Please haters don,t make any excuses just chill they will now say that ddlj still didn,t surpass hahk how can it surpass it by one single screen and every new realease movie and hahk and maine pyare kya didn,t become atbb due to salman mpk was his first movie and before hahk he have given 6 flops in a row even ddlj is not due to srk even raja hindustani not due to aamir and kaho na pyare hai due to hrithik and today is also 7 anivursery in which 1superstar crash 2 i mean don vs janeman

  • A feat that no other film has achieved or will achieve in this whole world.
    Proud to be a SRK Fan.


  • Srk is the greatest living person in the world. He should be given Noble prize, Oscar, Bharat Ratna, Grand Slam, Olympics gold medal, Booker Prize, Field’s medal, Grand Prix, every award in every field.

  • Only One of Its Own KIND. Legendary Classic. Epic

    80% people said their all time favourite Movie is DDLJ

    Amazing Acievement.

    Congrats Sir KING KHAN, Kajol & YRF

  • all hail the biggest legend of Indian Cinema
    The Biggest Superstar ever. A Global Icon. An Idol of billions worldwide.
    right from a lanky boy who came to Mumbai to conquering the world with his charm & talent.
    He lives in our hearts forever.
    The Baadshah “King Khan” Shah Rukh Khan.

  • -lyricst anand bakshi provided 42 lyrics of the song mere khabo me jawanhai to aditya chopra before he accepted the 43 one
    srk really throw kajol after the song rukja o dil deewane without being known to kajol
    and u can check her real reaction on the video and that was guided by aditya

    -DDLJ was the second Bollywood production and the first Yash Raj Film to be mixed in Dolby sound. It released in India with Dolby SR and a very limited release with Dolby Digital 5.1 which was brand new in India at the time.
    -The film did very well on the awards season of its release. It won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, and swept the Filmfare Awards with 10 wins, a record number at the time.
    The British Film Institute (BFI) commissioned a book about Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. It was the first Hindi film chosen for a series of studies on international films, called “BFI Modern Classics”.
    -The soundtrack became the best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year.[57] It was listed by Planet Bollywood their list of 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks,[58] and in 2005 was judged the top Hindi soundtrack of all time by on-line voters on the BBC Asian Network.[59] The wedding song “Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna” from the film became an all-time hit, and is played in weddings across the South Asian diaspora until now

  • Saif Ali Khan rejected DDLJ so that means even Saif has contributed in making Srk along with many other stars who were offered some Srk hit movies first which they rejected.Really Srk is a self made superstar who became superstar by rejected movies of other superstars.lol

  • One more unknown fact:
    Aditya Chopra was keen to rope in Tom Cruise for the male lead because he wanted a perfect English-Indian equation.
    However Yash Chopra wanted an Indian to star in the film.
    True Story!

  • indeed an historical movie! mother of all romantic movies..itz not only running in ‘Maratha Mandir’, but also in the peoples heart!

  • its just pointless to play a movie again and again, why is yashraj trying to hard to make srk look good ?? that maratha mandir is yashraj’s close, obviously it will play ddlj, whats the big deal, even in 3050, maratha mandir if it exists will be showing this damn film only , and again people would be talking about it, gosh thats stupid. now srk fans will dislike my comment, grow up morons, you are not fans , because fans are those who are honest and point out the positives and negatives both, but you all just like whatever srk gives to you by closing your eyes.

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