Cinema lovers have voted Dilwale
Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) as their most favourite feature
film from the past 100 years of Indian cinema in a poll
conducted by Sanona, the UK's largest online Pay Per View
(PPV) Indian movie streaming service.
The hit romantic comedy, which starred superstars Shah
Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles, won 47 per cent of the
votes in the online poll conducted across social networking
sites like Facebook and Twitter, email and via the movie
portal itself to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the
Indian film industry.
Written and directed by Aditya Chopra, son of the
legendary Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra, Dilwale Dulhania
Le Jayenge beat a selection of ten all-time greats which
included classics such as Raj Kapoor's Awaara (1951),
Mehboob Khan's Mother India (1957) and Ramesh Sippy's
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was among the first Indian
films to be produced with the large and rich South Asian
diaspora in the West as its target audience.
The film introduced the Non-Resident Indian into modern
Hindi cinema, making overseas desis and scenic foreign
locations the heart and soul of storytelling.
The trans-continental romance filmed in the UK,
Switzerland and India was declared an all-time blockbuster and
remains the longest-running film in the history of Indian
cinema, completing 900 weeks at the Maratha Mandir theatre in
The film tells the story of a young couple (Raj and
Simran) who fall in love on a European vacation, and relates
how the boy tries to win over the girl's parents so that she
can marry him rather than the groom that her father has chosen
When it released on July 25, 1995, Dilwale Dulhania Le
Jayenge received rave
reviews from critics worldwide and became the second highest
grossing film of Bollywood in 1990s after Salman Khan's Hum
Aapke Hai Koun.
It was also the second film to surpass the 100 crore mark
worldwide. In 1996, Dilwale Dulhania Le
Jayenge won 10 Filmfare Awards including four
major awards in the Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor and
Best Actress categories.
It also won National Film Awards for Best Popular Film
Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Sanona's CMO, Shazia Nizam, is not surprised that an
evergreen musical such as Dilwale Dulhania Le
Jayenge won the poll by a wide
"With Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's continuing popularity and
Bollywood's expanding fan base in the UK, Europe and further
afield, it comes as no surprise that Dilwale Dulhania Le
Jayenge would be voted the public's most favourite film," she