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25 years of DDLJ: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajols bronze statue to be unveiled at Londons Leicester Square

Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from the film ' Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'

Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in a still from the film ‘ Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’

To mark 25 years of cult-hit romantic comedy Bollywood film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) on October 20, a bronze statue of actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol will be unveiled at London’s Leicester Square. The film, which released in 1995 and was directed by Aditya Chopra, was produced by Yash Chopra. 

As per reports, the bronze statue of the duo, who played lead roles in the film, will be unveiled in Spring 2021. It will be the first-ever Bollywood film statue to be placed on display in the United Kingdom.

Apart from the bronze statue of Raj (played by SRK) and Simran (played by Kajol), there will be installations representing other equally iconic characters like Harry Potter, Laurel and Hardy, Bugs Bunny, Mary Poppins, Mr Bean, Paddington, Wonder Woman, Batman and Gene Kelly in Singin? in the Rain.

Mid-Day quoted Mark Williams, Director of Destination Marketing at Heart of London Business Alliance saying, It’s fantastic to be adding such titans of international cinema as Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol to our trail. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is one of the most successful and important Bollywood films of all time, and it’s exciting to be able to bring to the trail the first film that actually features Leicester Square as a location. This statue is a fitting tribute to the global popularity of Bollywood and the cultural bridges that cinema can help build, and we’re in no doubt it will attract fans from all around the world.

DDLJ is one of the longest running Indian films in theatres. In 2018, the film crossed 1,200 weeks of an uninterrupted run at the iconic Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai.

The organisers are expecting to unveil the statue in presence of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.

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Nagpur girl Sanna Suri bags role in Rajnikanth, Aishwarya Rai starrer film ‘Jailer’

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Actor Sanna Suri bagged a role in megastar Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Tamil film ‘Jailer.’ The movie, backed by Sun Pictures, went on floors in August this year. The film that marks Sanna’s debut would hit the theatres next year.

Sanna, who hails from Nagpur, will be seen essaying the role of a police officer named ‘Preeti’ and Rajnikanth’s daughter in the film. While Nelson Dilipkumar co-wrote the script for the action-drama film, filmmaker Anirudh has provided the music for the same.

Sanna Suri in the past has won Miss Maharashtra 2007 and Femina Style Diva beauty pageant titles and has also appeared in Ashok Chakra – Tribute to Real Heroes – a documentary on 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai. Besides, Sanna will also be seen in a biopic of Jaswant Singh Khalra titled ‘Shaheed.’ 

Also read: When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years

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When Lata Mangeshkar got offended by Dilip Kumar and didn’t speak to him for 13 years

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Akshara Rohankar | Mumbai

Late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. She would also tie rakhi to the latter.

Nightingale of India, late Lata Mangeshkar and legendary actor late Dilip Kumar were known to share a special bond. So much so that the Queen of Melody would also tie rakhi to the latter. She was among the close ones who visited the late actor during his last days. But do you know the reason why their relation had gone sour, as a result of which they did not speak for 13 long years?

The story dates back to the time when Lata Mangeshkar was to sing ‘Laagin Naahi Chhute’ for the film Musafir, in 1957. At that time, Kumar told music composer Anil Biswas, “The Urdu of Marathis (Maharashtrians) is like dal and rice.” This offended the veteran singer, after which she decided to hone her Urdu speaking skills.

After 13 years when they met in 1970, the veteran singer remarked, “You know, Yusuf saab, I’d always heard you loathed me for being one up on you while recording the Laagi Naahin Chhute Rama duet with you in Musafir. But I only sang the way I can’t help singing any number.”

To this, Kumar gleefully asserted, “It’s precisely because you can’t help singing the way you do that my family and I adore you! How possibly could I loathe a voice so heavenly!”

On February 6, 2022, due to COVID-induced prolonged illness, the illustrious singer passed away in Mumbai.

 

Also read: After cops intensify security at Nagpur’s RSS amid reported PFI threats, Centre bans PFI

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‘The energy in Nagpur is infectious,’ says Kartik Aaryan

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Akshara Rohankar | Nagpur

Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan was highly elated on his very first visit to Nagpur. In a tête-à-tête with Nation Next few years back, he expressed that he felt like he already belonged to the city and wishes to come back again and again. Watch the video below:

https://youtube.com/shorts/dMDxOMceXhY?feature=share

Also watch: Singer Nikhil Paul George narrates his experience of growing up in a musical household

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