When ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ defeated ‘Sholay’

The Shahrukh Khan-Kajol starrer surpassed the Amitabh Bachchan film to become the longest-running Bollywood film

When Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge released on October 20, 1995, no one expected it would go on to become the longest-running film in Bollywood history. True, it was backed by Yash Chopra, but it was an untried director (Aditya Chopra) with young unconventional-looking stars Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in a love story. But every negative perception fell by the wayside once the movie hit the screens. It received rave reviews from critics in India and abroad, and from the public. Tom Vick reviewed the film for Allmovie and said, “An immensely likeable movie, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge performs the rarely achieved feat of stretching a predictable plot over three hours and making every minute enjoyable.” It is reported to have earned over Rs 106 crore in India and Rs 15 crore overseas. Six years later, it overtook Sholay to become the longest-running film in Indian cinema. And it didn’t stop there. DDLJ continued to run for 15 years non-stop at a Mumbai theatre. In fact, it is believed to be among the top five highest grossing Hindi films of all time.