It is a proud feeling for our Bollywood film industry as a whole since DDLJ literally changed the image of our Indian films on a global level and our chest swells with pride as Shah Rukh Kajol’s statue reveal to happen at London’s Leicester Square.
Aditya Chopra’s directorial debut and now a cult bollywood classic film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge also known as DDLJ will be completing its 25 super successful years in Bollywood and for commemorating this occasion, Shah Rukh Kajol’s statue reveal to happen at London’s Leicester Square and it is creating a new first ever world record of being the Bollywood movie statue that is going to be created in UK’s Leicester Square’s ‘Scenes In The Square’ as the film clocks 25 memorable years in Bollywood.
This is indeed a very exciting news for all the global fans of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge across the globe as the eternal #RajSimran of Bollywood industry, Shah Rukh Kajol’s statue reveal to happen at London’s Leicester Square which will be the first ever Bollywood movie statue to join their ‘Scene In The Square’ movie trails which has the King of Romance Shah Rukh Khan along with Kajol from DDLJ and this is going to be one of the first ever long term film movie statue that is going to be erected in the UK to celebrate 25 amazing years of Indian cinema’s most loved and globally adored film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge which also clashes with golden 50 years of YRF Films.
The location of the film couldn’t be more apt then London’s Leicester square since it is at this place in the movie that Raj and Simran’s paths cross for the first time ever who are still unknown to each other.
Also, it is perfect place and right moment now to create this statue at the Leicester Square as even in the film it features two of the most prominent square’s cinema’s with Raj in front of the Vue Cinema and Simran walking across from the Odeon Leicester Square.
This new statue will be made along the eastern facing terrace right outside the Odeon Cinema by paying a homage to this scene to officially mark 25 years of DDLJ.
The other world famous tourist spots and locations of London that were featured in DDLJ include Horseguards Avenue, Hyde Park, Tower Bridge and King’s Cross Station.
The statue will be joining nine other film statuette icons from past 100 years out which at least 8 of them were unveiled by them in Late February 2020 and also were given the long term residency by the Westminster council to remain in the Leicester Square till July 2023.
Whereby in September 2020, the original statue of Harry Potter also joined the list of original line ups in Leicester Square.
Even now the visitors and tourists can still see Laurel & Hardy, Bugs Bunny, Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Mr. Bean, Paddington and iconic DC Super Heroes Batman and Wonder Woman.
On this special occasion, Avtar Panesar, Vice President of Special Projects at Yash Raj Films, said, “When Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was released 25 years ago, it changed the face of the industry and captured the hearts of everyone who saw it. We’re thrilled to be able to announce this statue, and to be the first film of Indian origin to be represented in ‘Scenes in the Square’. We are honoured that these Bollywood superstars have been recognized alongside the Hollywood elite, from Gene Kelly to Laurel & Hardy, and this is a great way to express the international appeal of cinema”.
This romantic love saga which had been written and directed by debutant Aditya Chopra, completely just broke and shattered all the indian and global box office records till date along with being one of the biggest all time blockbuster movies in the history of Hindi cinema where later DDLJ, also went on to become the longest running Hindi film of all times which is relevant even today.
DDLJ is the only Indian movie, which has created a new history by winning the record-breaking 10 Indian Filmfare Awards and it was with this film that the global face of Bollywood got changed completely.
This iconic film statue is going to be unveiled in Spring 2021 where the organizers are eagerly hoping that the film’s stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol would be able to attend this event and reveal it in their special celebratory event.