The statue of the long-lasting duo Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol from the movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) will probably be featured within the Leicester Sq.’s ‘Scenes within the Sq.’, Coronary heart of London Enterprise Alliance introduced on Monday. The statue is ready to be unveiled in Spring 2021 when organisers hope that Khan and Kajol, who performed Raj and Simran within the film, will have the ability to journey to unveil the statue in a particular celebratory occasion.
“It’s implausible to be including such titans of worldwide cinema to our path as Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is likely one of the most profitable and vital Bollywood movies of all time, and it’s thrilling to have the ability to deliver to the path the primary movie that truly options Leicester Sq. as a location.
This statue is a becoming tribute to the worldwide reputation of Bollywood and the cultural bridges that cinema will help construct, and we’re in little question it’s going to entice followers from all around the globe,” stated Mark Williams, Director of Vacation spot Advertising and marketing at Coronary heart of London Enterprise Alliance. This would be the first ever long-term Bollywood statue erected in the UK.
The announcement, thus, marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Indian cinema’s most liked movie, DDLJ, and likewise coincides with the large fiftieth yr celebrations of Yash Raj Movies. Avtar Panesar, vice-president of Particular Initiatives at Yash Raj Movies, stated: “When Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was launched 25 years in the past, it modified the face of the trade and captured the hearts of everybody who noticed it.
We’re thrilled to have the ability to announce this statue, and to be the primary movie of Indian origin to be represented in ‘Scenes within the Sq.’. We’re honoured that these Bollywood superstars have been recognised alongside the Hollywood elite, from Gene Kelly to Laurel & Hardy, and it is a nice approach to categorical the worldwide attraction of cinema.”
The statue will be a part of 9 different movie icons from the previous 100 years, eight of which have been unveiled in late February and not too long ago granted long run residency by Westminster Council to stay in Leicester Sq. till at the least July 2023. The love story of Raj and Simran started on a prepare from King’s Cross Station and traveled throughout Europe and India.
The placement couldn’t be extra becoming, as Leicester Sq. featured in DDLJ in a scene when Raj and Simran first cross paths, albeit unbeknown to 1 one other. Helmed by debutant Aditya Chopra, DDLJ shattered all field workplace data and is likely one of the greatest all-time blockbusters within the historical past of Indian cinema. It additionally went on to develop into the longest-running Hindi movie of all time. DDLJ can be the winner of a record-breaking 10 Filmfare Awards.