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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Chak De! India inspires a Fastpitch softball team

Dear Messrs. Amin and Sahni, 

I have never been moved enough by a film in my life to write a “fan letter”. This indeed is one, but you should also consider it a note of gratitude. 

Your film, Chak De! India, was recommended by our school’s girls’ field hockey coach to me and it resonated deeply with me.

I coach fastpitch softball (a girl’s sport similar to baseball) and our program’s hierarchy of priorities, organization, team, player, are beautifully realized and reinforced by your exquisite film. 

Further, like the protagonist in your film, I am an accidental coach of girls and we had a difficult journey (over four years!) when I took over the program and it ended happily. (Please see photo.) 

My only regret is that I did not discover your film until a few days ago. Be assured that its viewing will be an annual ritual in our program here; we as a group have already seen the bit when then girls announce who they are. We will watch the entire film during a team building session following our return from spring training in Florida.

Thank you so much for making a film that is so meaningful to me and that will have lasting import upon the girls with which I work for years to come.

If you ever happen to be in the Detroit, MI area, please do not hesitate to contact me so I might have the chance to thank you personally.

Ted Alpert 

Ted Alpert 
Department of History 
Varsity Softball University Liggett School 
1045 Cook Road 
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509
Shaping Lives That Shape Lives 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Top 10 Films Inspired From Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is celebrating completion of 1000 weeks of its successful run. 

Makers of DDLJ have also released a new trailer of the film which made us revisit the ever-green romance of Shah Rukh Khan as Raj and Kajol as Simran. 

Indian cinema is famous all over the world for its unique content and absolute entertainment value. Like every film industry in the world, Bollywood has its set of legendary films that became landmarks in the industry's history. One such stalwart is Yash Raj Films' Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ). 

Shah Rukh Khan's DDLJ has inspired generations of filmmakers ever since it has hit the theatres. Although, the movie was released in 1995, the movie still entertains the viewers like it did around 20 years back. 

Every dialogue, every scene, every emotion depicted in the movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge still reside in our minds and anything resembling to DDLJ, quickly takes us back to the charm of the film.
Now on the completion of 1000 weeks of Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, here is a list of top 10 films/scenes inspired from DDLJ.

1.       Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
This is an official remake of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Directed by Shashank Khaitan, this film was produced by Karan Johar. Everything about this film is almost exactly like the original DDLJ; especially in the climax scene where Alia Bhat proposes to Varun Dhawan in absolute Raj style – it’s just that the genders are switched.

2.       Jab We Met
Director Imtiaz Ali went on record saying he was deeply inspired by Aditya Chopra’s direction in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Kareena Kapoor plays this film’s female lead, Geet, who is carefree and very ‘filmy’. In fact, the opening sequence of Jab We Met where Geet chases a running train shows the DDLJ influence most prominently.

3.       Bachna Ae Haseeno
This film is a bigger picture drawn with three little love stories. The first story involves Minnisha Lamba as Mahi, a dreamy girl who believes in true love and is sure she will meet her "Raj". She meets Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) while on a trip to Europe and falls in love with him, just like Simran fell in love with Raj while on a Euro trip.

4.       Chennai Express
The opening scene shows the female lead character played by Deepika Padukone as Meenalochni Azhagusundaram, trying to run away from home. She is seen chasing a running train and Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) is a passenger on the same train who helps her board it while the iconic tune is ‘Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jaana Sanam’ plays in the background.

5.       2 States
When Tamilian Brahmin Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt) falls in love with Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor), their parents are completely against the idea of their relationship. The film documents the couple’s struggles to convince teach others’ families. Krish goes the extra mile to live with Ananya’s family and mingles with them just to gain their trust, much like Raj did in DDLJ.

6.       Break Ke Baad
In this film, the lead characters Abhay and Aaliya, played by Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone respectively, have been friends since childhood. A mushy scene in the film shows the two realizing their love for each other for the first time while they’re watching DDLJ together.

7.       Heropanti
The second half of this film sees Tiger Shroff as Bablu evolve from his hoodlum-ish behaviour to a mature Indian man who realizes the value of familial consent and decides against eloping with Kriti Sanon as Dimpy. The young couple fights it out with Dimpy’s family and her father gives them his consent at the last minute. The whole idea appears to be inspired by Raj and Simran’s struggle with getting Simran’s father’s approval for their union in DDLJ.

8.       Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
This film features a studious young girl who falls in love with a flamboyant and boyish guy while they’re on a road trip to North India. The resemblance between this tale and that of Simran and Raj from DDLJ is quite strong.

9.       I Hate Luv Storys
By far the clearest reference to DDLJ after Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is Imran Khan-Sonam Kapoor starrer I Hate Luv Storys. The lead characters are named Raj and Simran; they’re both very vivid and Simran clearly speaks about how movies, especially DDLJ, inspire her.

2.       Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
This film has a completely unusual storyline, but involves a rather complicated love story between Boman Irani and Farah Khan as Farhad and Shirin respectively. Although the film itself has little resemblance to the story line of DDLJ, one of its posters is a clear remake of one of the iconic DDLJ posters.

  Blog Courtesy - Filmibeat.com