Pooja Ruparel: I had thought that people would only remember Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. But, I am amazed that they love Chutki so much | Hindi Movie News

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (‘DDLJ’, 1995), one of the most successful films in the history of Indian cinema, is also among Bollywood’s iconic romances. As ‘DDLJ’ completes 25 years today, Pooja Ruparel, who played Chutki (Kajol’s sister), reminisces about the movie. The actress says, “It’s hard to match the love this film has received. Today, I just want to be grateful and remind myself that something really wonderful happened 25 years ago. Back then, we didn’t expect that it would be running 25 years later. In many ways, ‘DDLJ’ was ahead of its time. It showed women travelling alone and a teenager (her character) spouting sermons to the family. I am proud to be associated with something that was made with so much love, hard work, passion and magic, and am touched to be a part of Indian cinema’s history. In fact, I had thought that people would only remember Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan. But, I am amazed that they love Chutki so much; I can’t thank people enough for giving Chutki a place in their heart, mind and memories.”

Pooja says that she could relate to Chutki in many ways. “Her wit, humour and way of looking at things… I was like that in real life as well. In fact, no character has been as close to me as Chutki. Her really bad people skills and terrible sense of timing when it came to giving advice made her more human – it’s a typical trait of teenagers. At home, my family used to call me ‘dadi maa’ when I was a kid, and I was the only child till I turned six. I would talk like adults, because I hung out with them. Chutki, too, had all these traits. She was an extension of me in many ways,” she shares.

Ask her how it feels to be remembered as Chutki to date, and she replies, “Most fans were amazing, but at times, it would get annoying. People calling me Chutki beta and mistaking it for my real name… when I would walk on the beach, people would yell, ‘Chutki pan masala’, as the commercial of a pan masala with the same name was launched around that time. Some people would even pull my cheeks. But now, when I look back, I feel humbled by the sheer magnitude of people who have watched the film. Even now, I meet children who know about the film. When I point out that they weren’t born when it was released, they tell me that they have watched it courtesy their parents. So, it’s like a legacy that has been passed on from generation to generation. The film is a bridge between generations”

Pooja last met the cast of the movie around five years ago. “I met everyone on the set of Kapil Sharma’s show during ‘DDLJ’’s 20th anniversary celebration. It was wonderful, but Amrishji’s (Amrish Puri) presence was really missed,” she signs off.

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