A weak love story, a weak story, but the director’s stubbornness turned the film into a blockbuster of the century, the producers tired of counting notes.

Mumbai. When ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ) released on 20 October 1995, no one could have dreamed that the film was going to become the blockbuster of the century. When people came to watch the film on the first show, they were heartbroken to see Prem on screen.

As the clock ticked and the first show ended, the appreciation of the film automatically drew people to the theatres. People were so enthralled by Shahrukh Khan and Kajol’s romance that the theaters remained crowded for weeks. The film not only became a blockbuster at the box office but also gifted Shahrukh Khan eternal stardom.

Made on a budget of 4 crores, the film rained notes.

Made at a cost of just 4 crore rupees, the film has created history by earning 53 crore rupees. But initially the makers were hesitant to make this film. The film was made on the insistence of director Aditya Chopra and later the film turned out to be a miraculous magic. When the makers heard the story before the film was made, they found it light and the romance too absurd. But Aditya Chopra remained firm on his decision. When the director narrated the story to cinematographer Manmohan Singh and art director Sharmasita Roy for the shooting of the film in 1994, they did not agree at all.

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The film not only became a blockbuster at the box office but also gifted Shahrukh Khan eternal stardom. (Photo courtesy-Instagram)

The makers did not like the story of the film

After hearing the narration of the film, both the actors said that a boy cannot come to India for his love for 2 days. It was also argued that the film’s love story should have less gravity. But Aditya Chopra remained firm on his stubbornness and made this film according to his vision. Film reviewer Anpama Chopra, recalling the stories of the making of DDLJ, wrote, ‘When Aditya Chopra narrated the story of this film, people considered it weak.

Aditya Chopra made history by standing firm on his stubbornness

Aditya Chopra also got a bit worried after hearing the feedback from the people. However, before starting the film, Aditya asked himself 2 questions, the first of which was – do you like the film, do you want to make it? The answer to both these questions was yes. After this Aditya Chopra made this film. This film made Shah Rukh Khan a superstar.

The pair of Shah Rukh and Kajol also became people’s favourites. In the year 1995, 2 films of Shah Rukh Khan were included in the list of highest grossers of the year. Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan’s film Karan-Arjun came second with a collection of 22 crores. While DDLJ Rs. 53 crores and was at number one. The worldwide earnings of the film crossed 109 crores.

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