In commemoration of DDLJ completing 25 glorious years, Heart of London Business Alliance has announced that a bronze statue of the lead pair will be unveiled in London’s Leicester Square.
The Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge statue of legendary actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol will be one of the many cinematic moments which has been immortalised as a bronze statue in that area.
It will reportedly be the latest addition to the ‘Scenes in the Square’ movie trail that includes installations of Harry Potter, Laurel and Hardy, Gene Kelly from ‘Singin’ in the ‘Rain’’ and ‘Wonder Woman’.
Mark Williams, Director of Destination Marketing at Heart of London Business Alliance said they are excited to bring to the trail the first film that features Leicester Square as a location.
In a statement, he says:
“It’s fantastic to be adding such titans of international cinema to our trail as Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.
This statue is a fitting tribute to the global popularity of Bollywood and the cultural bridges that cinema can help build, and we’re in no doubt it will attract fans from all around the world.”
Avtar Panesar, Vice President of special projects at Yash Raj Films said it is an honour to be the first film of Indian origin to be represented in ‘Scenes in the Square’:
“We are honoured that these Bollywood superstars have been recognized alongside the Hollywood elite, from Gene Kelly to Laurel & Hardy, and this is a great way to express the international appeal of cinema.”
The location couldn’t be more fitting, as Leicester Square featured in DDLJ in a scene when Raj and Simran first cross paths, albeit unbeknown to one another.
The scene features two of the square’s cinemas prominently, with Raj seen in front of the Vue cinema, and Simran walking past the Odeon Leicester Square.
The new statue will be positioned along the eastern terrace, outside the Odeon cinema, honouring this scene.
Odeon cinemas, including the Leicester Square one, will be screening the film from 30th October to celebrate the anniversary.
Other London locations featured in the film include Horseguards Avenue, Hyde Park, Tower Bridge and King’s Cross Station.
In addition to marking 25 years of DDLJ the announcement also coincides with the 50th year celebrations of Yash Raj Films.
The evergreen blockbuster, directed by Aditya Chopra, the BFI’s list of top Indian films of all time and it is the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema.
The Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge statue will be unveiled in Leicester Square, as part of ‘Scenes in the Square’, in 2021. For the latest information, visit https://www.leicestersquare.london/scenes-in-the-square/.
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