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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ)
 
 
Directed by Adita Chopra, India 1995
179 mins. Hindi dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 

The longest-running film in Indian history, it has been showing continuously at the Maratha Mandir Theatre since its release in 1995.  Shot in India, London and Switzerland, the plot revolves around Raj and Simran, two young non-resident Indians, who fall in love during a vacation through Europe with their friends. Raj tries to win over Simran's family so the couple can marry, but Simran's father has long since promised her hand to his friend's son.  Awash with Bollywood song and dance routines (and some frankly hammy acting) it became the highest grossing Bollywood film in 1995 and one of the most successful films of all time in India. It also won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

NB: 3 hours! Interval with Indian food and beer.
 
What the Critics say:
 

"One of the world’s favorite films ... it plays as a masterful soap opera, with one of the best screen couples ever seen."  (Scott Jordan Harris - Roger Ebert.com)


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