Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s iconic film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) will be completing 25 years. London’s Leicester Square is prepping to unveil a bronze statue of the leading actors. Heart of London Business Alliance today revealed that the latest statue to join Leicester Square’s ‘Scenes in the Square’ movie statue trail will be Bollywood’s King Khan and Kajol to celebrate 25 years completion of the movie.
The statue built alongside that of Harry Potter, Batman, and other pop culture figures. This will be the first-ever long-term Bollywood statue erected in the UK. In India, DDJJ has been one of the longest-running films with daily shows at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir.
Mark Williams, Director of Destination Marketing at Heart of London Business Alliance, said, “It’s fantastic to be adding such titans of international cinema to our trail as Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is one of the most successful and important Bollywood films of all time. It’s exciting to be able to bring to the trail the first film that actually features Leicester Square as a location. This statue is a fitting tribute to the global popularity of Bollywood. And also the cultural bridges that cinema can help build, and we’re in no doubt it will attract fans from all around the world.”
Written and directed by debutant Aditya Chopra, the romantic drama shattered all box office records. It is one of the biggest all-time blockbusters in the history of Hindi cinema. As Raj and Simran, SRK and Kajol went on to make history as one of the most-loved jodis in Bollywood. The statue in Leicester Square set to unveiled in Spring 2021. If you’re wondering why London’s Leicester Square, the location actually couldn’t be more fitting.
It was here that Raj and Simran first crossed paths in the film, albeit unbeknown to one another. Fittingly, 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 bronze statue of the actors situated along the eastern terrace, outside the Odeon cinema, honouring this scene.