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What happened to DDLJ's stars?

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He has had books written about him by film scholars abroad. He has been awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award the Padmabhushan from the Govt. of India and several important awards at festivals all over the world. He is an emperor of dreams, who makes his dreams come true with his son inspiring him all the way. He is, whether he likes it or not, the number one filmmaker today and history has already recorded it and posterity will always remember him like that.

Aditya is the most low-profile humble and yet most powerful man in the industry. His father is the emperor but he is the commander without whose final orders nothing or no one moves. Aditya has created his place of power with his hard work, his sheer confidence, his will power, his command over the medium and the ability to get the best out of every man and woman working under the Yash Raj banner. Love him or hate him, he goes right ahead with what he has on his mind. Whether it is the selection of director, the stars and the technicians to work with them, it is his word that matters.

Everyone can have their say but his say is always the final say. The Yash Raj Studio is standing in Andheri in all its glory is his lasting contribution to Indian cinema. He has directed only one film after DDLJ, a film called Mohabbatein. He has taken time off to make Yash Raj Films a force to reckon with. His task will continue but he is already working on the script of his third film which the entire industry is eagerly looking forward to.

Shahrukh Khan:

Shah Rukh Khan was on the rise when DDLJ was started. He was Aditya's first choice as the hero and he would have no one else. Shah Rukh and Aditya made a very good team during the entire making of the film. They called themselves 'soulmates'. Shah Rukh showed first signs of growing into a superstar with DDLJ when people saw the film hundred of times only for him and there was no stopping him after that. Look at where Shah Rukh is today.

He is in his forties and his achievements have given him the status to find a place at Madame Tussauds, moulded in wax, a distinction earned by only three Indians before him, Mahatma Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan and his daughter in law Aishwarya Bachchan. He has a book written about him already and he has so much still to do and so many ambitions to fulfill. The young khan who can do whatever he can today is one of the greatest success stories during this time when success stories are in short supply.

Kajol:

It was all love, fun and games during the making of the DDLJ for Kajol. She found an ideal director, an ideal hero, an ideal subject and an ideal team to work with and it was only natural for her to come up with her best. She proved to be an all rounder, absolutely natural, brilliant, pleasing to the eye, not very beautiful but dazzlingly beautiful in her own way. She was the ideal girl for the role and she did full justice to it and the reward was something no one expected. She was flooded with offers but she was not tempted. She was next brilliant only in a film called Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.


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