I was a school boy when the milestone movie DDLJ released in the year Oct 1995. Born in a family where theatre release did not mean a word and only TV could feed hunger for movies. But TV was 20 years behind the then present era of 1995 when it came to telecasting movies. So DDLJ was more than impossible against the phony lines I M POSSIBLE. I was one of the earliest SRK fans right from his Circus days. So all I could manage was Rs 35/- audio cassette to be played on my BPL stereo.
Then came a time when slam books became a trend in our school. Being a student of Central School aka KV we used to change schools as frequent as our fathers got posted. So we used to circulate our slam books within the classroom as a memoir. The slam book had questions like nick name, favorite actor, favorite movies, songs, idea of a perfect date and such cheesy questions. Some questions were bouncers and everybody used to write the same line “Yet To Come”.
The funniest part of writing slam book was that some questions had common answers by the whole class. Like favorite actor Shah Rukh Khan, favorite song Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jana Sanam, Ho gaya hai tujhko to pyar Sajna. And the most awaited question, “Your favourite Movie” and i wish the book had an already printed text for this question as DDLJ, Titanic and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Being a copycat moron I used to cut paste the line without even watching any of the movies except Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
How could I accept the fact that I had missed the most popular movie of my school days? How could I admit I knew this movie only through audio songs and a lot of imagination? Once a friend of mine asked me a tough question, “Which is your favourite scene in DDLJ?” Knowing the genre of the movie as Romantic I played my safest card and said, “When Raj proposes Simran!” Writing this post I have smiles and embarrassment for such a stupid answer. Raj never proposed Simran in the movie, a fact I know today when I had watched this movie more than 50 times.
When I look back those days, I feel I am more real now. The superficiality has given a way. But in your early teens such questions are a real challenge to your existence. I know many of my friends who know me through years will have a laughter blaster after reading this. But it is the time to admit the truth before it fades away with the volatility of time and memory.
On the occasion of Dilwale Dulhaniya Lejayenge celebrating more than 1000 weeks at Maratha Mandir.
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