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What if Simran married Kuljeet instead of Raj in DDLJ? Parmeet Sethi answers

Written by Sana Farzeen
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Up to date: October 20, 2020 2:29:20 pm

Parmeet Sethi made his Bollywood debut with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. (Picture: The Press Reporter Archive)

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) is the love story of Raj and Simran (SRK and Kajol), who meet throughout a visit in Europe. Whereas initially, the flirtatious Raj irks Simran, she quickly falls in love with him. Nonetheless, the twist within the story is that Simran’s father (Amrish Puri) had already promised his greatest buddy to get their children married once they develop up. Though they’re primarily based in London, the desi man, wanting to stay to his phrases, flies off to his ‘desh’ after attending to know of his daughter’s love for Raj.

The movie strikes base to Punjab, the place we’re launched to the boisterous Kuljeet (Parmeet Sethi), who Simran has to marry. Whereas the household preps up for the marriage, our hero Raj comes again to take his Dulhania. And everyone knows what adopted.

As DDLJ celebrates its 25th anniversary right this moment, it’s possible that a few of you’d have puzzled, what would have occurred if Simran didn’t go together with Raj? What if she missed catching that practice, or her father didn’t permit her to ‘jee le apni zindagi’, or what if Raj didn’t find yourself at her doorstep within the first place? Whereas we have now our personal set of assumptions, we determined to throw this query to the person himself — Kuljeet aka Parmeet Sethi, who was left on the altar by Simran.

After a hearty snicker, Sethi replied, “I feel then the movie would go on for 50 years and never 25.” The actor added, “Truly, Kuljeet did no fallacious. He was going to get married, and Raj got here in and picked his lady. He didn’t even learn about their affair. So it’s solely justified that if that they had been married, it could have nonetheless labored. Nonetheless, then it could be a distinct story, a distinct movie. So let’s simply say that perhaps in one other universe, Kuljeet and Simran lived fortunately ever after.”

While you play a pivotal position in such a memorable movie, it turns into part of your id. Sethi shared that most individuals nonetheless bear in mind him as Kuljeet. Apparently, based on the actor, most followers in Punjab and north India take into account him the ‘actual hero’ of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and never Raj.

“It’s so humorous, and I don’t know the place to look when folks say that Kuljeet was a better option. I feel the way in which it was written, and performed out, particularly the Punjabiyat caught the creativeness of the youth. It was by no means seen earlier than. I feel Kuljeet was the Kabir Singh of that point with all his macho components (laughs). It was such a enjoyable character, and being so boisterous, folks linked with him immediately. I feel some issues are supposed to occur and I’m glad it occurred this fashion,” added Parmeet Sethi.

In right this moment’s time when movies hardly final for a few weeks in cinema, DDLJ has been watched by followers for 25 years. For Sethi, this feat is “method past anybody’s creativeness”. He referred to as it a magical and delightful expertise and mentioned that perhaps everybody’s stars have been aligned that this movie might create historical past. It was additionally a life-changing movie for him because it confirmed him in a brand new gentle, and given it was his largest hit, his trajectory additionally moved in direction of cinema from tv.

“SRK and Kajol have been alleged to turn into stars after DDLJ, Adi needed to turn into Aditya Chopra, and so many different careers obtained launched with this movie. Whereas it’s but to sink in, all we are able to do is be grateful that it occurred to us,” Parmeet mentioned with a smile.

Taking place reminiscence lane, Parmeet Sethi mentioned that whereas there are various moments value remembering, there’s one incident that at all times brings a smile on his face. Elaborating on the identical, he shared that it was the time they have been taking pictures for the climax of the movie in Panvel. It was a two-day schedule, and after the primary night, all of them stayed at a lodge, and given they have been having enjoyable, nobody wished to return to their room. Sethi, Archana Puran Singh, Shah Rukh, Kajol, Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar had a gala time enjoying Pictionary.

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“It was an impromptu social gathering, and the sport turned funnier with every spherical. Shah Rukh was fully in his aspect, and took off on Adi so many instances. We had such an exquisite time miming all these phrases. It was sheer bonhomie and one thing very particular. Whereas we have been all awake until late, the following morning, we have been all on the shoot, totally charged up. That was the great thing about the staff,” the actor concluded with a broad smile.

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