Introducing Film-In Locations
I have been planning this segment for a while and finally, it’s set to see the light of the day.
As most of you are aware, both Parichay and myself happen to be cinephiles and I also blog about the movies. As mentioned in our story, even the name Awara Diaries came from the Raj Kapoor film Awara which later also became a tattoo on Ranbir Kapoor’s wrist for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Now this means there has to be some filmy connect on our blog. Here it is!
I remember my childhood days, when I had only 3 sources of information: books, people around me and the television.
As a little kid, I didn’t have too many interesting books, people around me were mostly my grandparents, my aunt and her bunch of friends, some school teachers (who were not so friendly) and then there was TV. Like every other 90s kids, I’ve spent a considerable amount of my childhood watching television. After all, it was then that we had the cable TV and 24 hours access to entertainment.
I loved TV only for the fact that it opened up a world I would’ve never found otherwise. Of course, now we have the internet at our fingertip and all of this sounds primitive. But this was real.
For most of us, the first exposure of any new location has been through the movies, at least as kids when there wasn’t any sign of the internet. The more our movies and filmmakers travelled, our exposure to locations widened. As an ode to which, we will now be introducing a new segment on our blog: FILM-IN LOCATIONS.
In every post, we will elaborate on the filming locations of a film that has exposed us to newer locations and whether or not the destination has been showcased to the best of its nature. Through this series, we will also try to decode the original location of filming which is often different from the one mentioned in the story. So, if a film/show gives you wanderlust, you can feed on it, plan a similar itinerary and take off!
DDLJ Filming Locations
To start this series, my first film would be the classic romance, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. For many of you, this would be an obvious choice knowing my love for Shah Rukh Khan. But let me burst the bubble and tell you, this is actually my first pick because this was the first film for my generation which introduced us to wanderlust, travelling with friends (in a cool manner), trip adventures, missing the train, Eurail and some fancy destinations.
Late Mr. Yash Chopra, who is the producer of DDLJ is renowned Indian filmmaker with a variant list of films, and some of the best love stories in recent times. DDLJ was the debut directorial film of Aditya Chopra (Director- Producer & son of Late Mr. Yash Chopra). Yash Chopra introduced Indians to the Swiss vacation dream, as many of his lead actors danced away in the snowcapped Swiss Alps. DDLJ consciously glorified it.
DDLJ is the story of two Indians- Raj and Simran, living in London with their families. After completing their education, both take off with their friends for a month long Eurail trip with their friends. They meet for the first time on the train (beginning of their trip). Over a series of differences, dramatic incidences like missing the train, forgetting their passports, having to share a room, Raj and Simran get to know each other and silently fall in love and realise it only after they’ve parted ways. Simran has already been promised in marriage to the son of her father’s childhood friend. Simran is forced to head back to India for her wedding, Raj follows her to win over her family and take back his bride. Lots of drama, action, romance and cutesy moments unravel in the due course.
And now, it’s time to check out some of the most prominent filming destinations from the film. The film has been majorly shot in parts of Switzerland, India and London.
Like Raj keeps saying, “Senorita, Bade Bade Deshon Mein Aisi Chhoti Chhoti Baatein Hoti Rehti Hai”
Here’s a run-down on the DDLJ filming locations through some popular scenes: