Iconic Bollywood film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol that just clocked 25 years, has now returned to the theatre screen of Maratha Mandir today after the Maharashtra government allowed cinemas to start operations from November 5 with 50 percent capacity.
‘DDLJ’ is the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema which ran for over 20 years in Maratha Mandir theatre of Mumbai. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, theatres in Maharashtra, including the Maratha Mandir were shut for almost eight long months.
“The day the cinema halls open in Mumbai, ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ will be back in the matinee show. It was always the first show of the day and that tradition will continue; we had to discontinue it only because of the COVID19 pandemic. When the film was released 25 years ago, I remember Maratha Mandir ran to packed houses for each show for months. That was the magic of a beautiful story, a fresh on-screen pair, great music, superb performances and fabulous locales. It had such an aspirational value for the audience. People loved it, some even remembered dialogues by heart in just a few weeks of the film’s release,” shared Manoj Desai, the executive director of Maratha Mandir and G-7 single screens with Bombay Times exclusively.