Opera & Film: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

India | 1995 | 190 min. | Aditya Chopra

April 16, 2024

Opera & Film

When Raj meets Simran in Europe, it isn't love at first sight but when Simran moves to India for an arranged marriage, love makes its presence felt.

Presented in partnership with Seattle Opera. This screening is co-presented with Rita Meher from Tasveer and will be preceded by a short contextual lecture and followed by an audience discussion and Q&A. A quick preview from the facilitator:

DDLJ is a film that would take on any opera buffa by Rossini in a competition for smiling so much it hurts. This 1995 musical romance is the perfect blend of intoxicating musical numbers, a feuding couple who are obviously going to fall for each other, and an amalgam of social and generational conflicts. DDLJ is easily one of the most successful masala films (because they contain a ‘little bit of everything’) in a tradition of unmistakably Indian musical films that goes back to the beginning of cinematic sound. 

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this screening.

COME FALL IN LOVE, ALL OVER AGAIN.. Raj is a rich, carefree, happy-go-lucky second generation NRI. Simran is the daughter of Chaudhary Baldev Singh, who in spite of being an NRI is very strict about adherence to Indian values. Simran has left for India to be married to her childhood fiancé. Raj leaves for India with a mission at his hands, to claim his lady love under the noses of her whole family. Thus begins a saga.

  • Director: Aditya Chopra
  • Principal Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol
  • Country: India
  • Year: 1995
  • Running Time: 190 min.
  • Producer: Yash Chopra
  • Screenplay: Aditya Chopra
  • Cinematographers: Manmohan Singh
  • Editors: Keshav Naidu
  • Music: Jatin–Lalit
  • Language: Hindi