In 2021, Shahrukh Khan and Kajol will get a bronze statue unveiled at London’s Leicester Square. Their iconic film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge completes its 25 years, because of which, this is being done.
When it will be revealed in spring next year, that is going to be an iconic moment. It will be for the first time, that a Bollywood film gets a statue in the UK.
What will the statue depict? Well, a scene which was shot, featuring the leading actors, in the busy city, is what the statue is going to depict. In London’s movie trail, ‘Scenes In The Square’, DDLJ will join other iconic films such as Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, Laurel and Hardy, and Singin’ In The Rain.
Mark Williams who is the destination marketing director at, Heart of London Business Alliance, talked to Mid-Day about this. He described DDLJ as one of the most successful Bollywood films ever. He said that the statue is a deserved recognition, for the film.
The longest-running film in theatres, DDLJ, had crossed 1200 uninterrupted weeks at Mumbai’s iconic, Maratha Mandir Theatre.
Shahrukh Khan and Kajol had become household names after the film’s release. Both had already been stars before the film, but after the film’s release, their stardom catapulted. The film won 10 Filmfare Awards, setting a record for the most number of awards won by a film, at that time.
Aditya Chopra had directed the film, while the late Yash Chopra was the film’s producer. It also starred Amrish Puri and Anupam Kher, among others.
Shahrukh Khan and Kajol’s iconic pairing also appeared in other films like Baazigar, My Name Is Khan, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham.