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Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge

I have so much free time on my hands right now that I don’t know what to do with it.

Besides applying for jobs and working on improving myself and my resume at the same time, I decided I should take things slowly and just try and relax. Besides the fact that I finished reading “The Body” by Stephen King and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins I actually managed to watch and a Bollywood movie: Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge.

I had to watch it in two parts because the movie lasted 3 hours without the intro.

It’s an old movie from 1995 and it stars Shah Rukh Khan as Raj Malhotra and Kajol as Simran Singh. The story is pretty simple, Raj and Simran have been brought up in Britain but Raj parents are more open minded where Simran’s are more conservative.

Raj fails to graduate from university but his father is very happy about it because no one in their family has ever taken school serious. Raj takes his chance and asks for some free time (and money so he can take a trip around Europe) to enjoy his youth before he starts work at his father’s company.

Simran graduates from university but she can’t enjoy her success because she is set to marry in India. Simran plays the good girl card and asks her father for one month of freedom before she goes to India. Surprisingly her father allows her one month to take a trip around Europe with her friends, but tells her she must not shame the family name which basically translates into “Be careful with who you hang with“.

So Raj and Simran are thrown together by fate and end up on the same trip. Of course, they don’t get along because of their different personalities. Because of Raj, they miss the train to Zurich and are separated from their friends, much to Simran despair.

Around this time they start to known each other better and in the end fall in love. But, Simran’s father finds out about her betrayal and he sells their house in England and moves the family to India, where Simran is set to marry.

Raj follows the Singh’s (Simran family) all the way to India in order to win her father over. But he has only one month to do so before Simran wedding.

In the end, after a few events and of course a fight only seen in Bollywood movies, Simran and Raj are allowed to get married.

It doesn’t sound much does it when it’s all described like that, but you don’t watch Bollywood movies just for the story. Well, I don’t. I watch Bollywood movies because they break away from Hollywood standards. I love the songs, the actors and the visuals. Yes, the visuals. Only Bollywood movies take you from a dark grey street to a beautiful mountain top or a field full of flowers.

If I would have to rate this movie I would give it a 7 out of 10. My only complaint with it was the lack of humor and the fact that it lasted 3 hours.