The statue of the iconic duo Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol from the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) which completed 25 years, will be featured in the Leicester Square’s ‘Scenes in the Square’, Heart of London Business Alliance announced on Monday.
The statue is set to be unveiled in Spring 2021 when organisers hope that Khan and Kajol, who played Raj and Simran in the movie, will be able to travel to unveil the statue in a special celebratory event.
“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, and 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 the cultural bridges that cinema can help build, and we’re in no doubt it will attract fans from all around the world,” said Mark Williams, Director of Destination Marketing at Heart of London Business Alliance.
This will be the first-ever long-term Bollywood statue erected in the United Kingdom. The announcement, thus, marks the 25th anniversary of Indian cinema’s most loved film, DDLJ, and also coincides with the big 50th year celebrations of Yash Raj Films.
Helmed by debutant Aditya Chopra, DDLJ shattered all box office records and is one of the biggest all-time blockbusters in the history of Indian cinema. It also went on to become the longest-running Hindi film of all time. DDLJ is also the winner of a record-breaking 10 Filmfare Awards.