On October 20, 1995, Mumbai's Maratha Mandir cinema hall began screening the then-new film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayange. 1000 weeks later, it still is. DDLJ, as it is fondly known, is the longest-running Bollywood film ever - having outstripped Sholay long ago - and its lead actors, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, were on TV show Comedy Nights With Kapil on December 1 to celebrate the 1000 week milestone.
SRK and Kajol, who played lovebirds Raj and Simran in the film, seemed as smitten by each other as they were 19 years ago.
Kajol, a dream in white Shantanu and Nikhil, was the clear object of SRK's and show host Kapil Sharma's affections. Both men went down on their knees to her.
They also struck SRK's signature pose - almost.
Kajol and SRK were accompanied on Comedy Nights by their DDLJ co-stars - actors Anupam Kher who played Raj's father, Farida Jalal who played Simran's mother, Mandira Bedi who played the sister of Simran's fiance in Punjab and Pooja Ruparel who played Simran's sister.
@KapilSharmaK9 you make me smile & laugh & give me happiness. U r one of the greatest stand up comics of our times. Thank you— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 2, 2014
In a particularly tender moment, Anupam Kher and Farida Jalal shared a hug. The two played samdhins in the film.
Anupam Kher also tweeted:
DDLJ, directed by Aditya Chopra, redefined Bollywood romances and has been endlessly referenced in popular culture by successive generations of cine-goers ever since it became a blockbuster hit. The love story, spanning continents, is best remembered for its hummable songs, the picturesque locations in Europe that helped the Raj-Simran romance along, the mustard fields of Punjab where the lovers are reunited, Amrish Puri's brief rendition of Ae Meri Zohrajabeen, and the final scene: as a train bears Raj away from Simran, her disapproving father relents and, letting go of her hand, says "Jaa Simran, jee le apni zindagi." Needless to say, she does - in the finest filmy fashion, racing towards the train as it chugs out and being helped on by the waiting Raj.