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MUSI 1500
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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Movie Report Pravhdeep Dhillon (207872609) MUSI 1500 The Music of Bollywood Professor: Sundar Vishwanathan February 15, 2012 Pravhdeep Dhillon (207872609) Movie: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Year: 1995 Director: Aditya Chopra Producer: Yash Chopra Music Director: Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit Lyricist: Anand Bakshi Lead Roles: Shahrukh Khan (Raj Malhotra), Kajol (Simran Singh), Amrish Puri (Chaudry Baldev Singh), Anupam Kher (Dharanvir Malhotra), Farida Jalal (Lajwant “Lajo” Singh), Satish Shah (Ajit Singh), Parmeet Sethi (Kuljeet Singh) and Achala Sachdev (Simran’s grandmother) Playback Singers: Abhijeet, Asha Bhosle, Pamela Chopra, Manpreet Kaur, Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu and Ajay Trivedi Plot: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is a film which is based on the characters Raj and Simran, played by Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. Raj is the only song of a rich Indian man played by Anupam Kher and Simran is the eldest daughter of Chaudry Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri). Both Raj and Simran’s family are living in United Kingdom. Simran goes on a month trop to a tour of Europe. On her trip there, Simran meets Raj. After they both have some misunderstandings and adventures together, they fall in love with one another. Upon completion of their Europe trip, Simran goes home and discusses her romance with her family. But Simran’s father wants nothing to do with a love marriage and is insistent that she gets married to his best friends son Kuljeet Singh, who is very full of himself and thinks that he is a shikari (hunter), because she has been given a vow since childhood that both Kuljeet and Simran would get married to each other. Simran’s mother wants to spare her daughter from this but is unfortunate of not being able to convince Chaudry Baldev Singh. Although, Simran has not given consent to this marriage, her family goes to Punjab and begins the preparations for the wedding. Raj does not give up and follows Simran to Punjab, meets her privately and gives her the assurance that he will save her from this arranged marriage. However, he refuses to elope with Simran because he wants everyone to be happy with their marriage, especially her father. Raj Pravhdeep Dhillon (207872609) becomes friends with the soon-to-be groom Kuljeet Singh and pretends to be a friend of his family. He helps, gives assistance with all the wedding preparations and gains everyone’s love and friendship. At the same time, Kuljeet’s sister falls in love with Raj and everything gets very complicated when Raj’s father suddenly appears and gives consent to this marriage (Raj and Kuljeet’s sister). Everyone has been won-over by Raj but soon everything falls apart when Raj’s true identity is revealed when Chaudry Baldev Singh sees a photograph of Raj and Simran. When Raj is about to depart, Kuljeet arrives at the station with some friends and beat Raj for playing games with everyone. |When Raj is about to leave, Simran’s father realizes he was wrong and allows Simran to go with Raj. Themes: 1. Love is the most important theme presented throughout this film. The love between Raj and Simran; they undergo many problems within their relationship. However, the two still overcome their issues and do not let anything interfere with their love. 2. The struggle between traditional family values and the modern value of identity and character. Although, Raj and Simran want to be together despite Chaudry Baldev Singh’s plans for Simran to marry Kuljeet Singh. Rather than eloping, Raj tries his best to win-over Simran’s father. From this situation, it is clearly depicted that family values are a lot more essential than romanticism. It is shown that one individual’s wants and needs must be put back and a family’s moral values put forward and valued at all costs. 3. Indian diaspora is displayed throughout this film. It portrays foreign locations as important parts of the story. The characters in the film are in diaspora themselves and display the easy ability to move between India and the West. Although, the film clearly portrays the usual family, courtship and marriage. It clearly and thoroughly explains that Indian family values are portable, not depending on the person’s country of residence. Pravhdeep Dhillon (207872609) 4. The theme of purity is also evident in this film. The purity of a woman is related to the purity of a nation. For example, after Raj and Simran spend the night together and Simran is worried that something had occurred. Raj assures Simran by telling her that he is a Hindustani and understands what a Hindustani girls honour is worth. And explains to her nothing occurred that night. This once again brings forward the generation of Indian diaspora and their great need in sustaining and valuing their system. Archetypes/Stereotypes: 1. Shahrukh Khan’s character in this film, Raj, is displayed as the archetype of the modern romantic Bollywood hero – Westernized, muscular but Indian at heart. Background and Sound Effects: 1. When an emotional section of the movie begins, there is often soft and delicate instrumental being played in the background. 2. When the credits are being presented in the beginning of the movie, the song “Ghar Aaja Pardesi” is used to open into the film, displaying the colourful colours in india and scenes in London. 3. When Simran goes to India with her family, she keeps hearing the theme song “Tujhe Dekha to Ye Jaana Sanam” instrumental. She consistenly hears it anytime, anywhere. It portrays the long- lasting love they have for one another. Songs: Song # 1 “Tujhe Dekha To Ye Jaana Sanam” – Singer: Kumar Sanu and Lata Mangeshkar Intro. (Musical Prelude) Interlude Mukhda Antara Interlude Mukhda Antara Outro Mukhda Pravhdeep Dhillon (207872609) The picturization of this song in the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is when Simran hears the sound of the music once again and follows the sound to the farm field, where she sees the cow wearing the bell she got from the Europe trip, and Raj begins to sing and Simran becomes very happy to see her love. In the song “Tujhe Dekha To Ye Jaana Sanam” several different locations are portrayed throughout the song and return to both Raj and Simran’s initial location. The Punjabi mustard field is contrasted with scenes in Europe, mainly the mountains and lakes of Switzerland, allowing the contrast of rural landscapes portray the continuity of the emotional desire between Raj and Simran. Furthermore, allowing audience to see the contrast between a happier time in Europe and sweet reunion in the present time in India. The main purpose to this song is that their love is replayed at this point in the film, however, this song opens up to the rest of the film story ahead. The several locations in the song captures the desires, anxieties and possible conflicts as Raj negotiates his place between India and United Kingdom. Through the picturization, the viewer/audience gets a feeling of happiness about how Raj and Simran’s love for one another is growing, and Raj follows Simran to India in order to make her his bride. The expressing of their love through words and body language such as hugging, brings a lot of happiness in t
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