The 1995 cult classic movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has a special place in Bollywood fans’ hearts. Apart from a Steller cast, this movie also shows some amazing locations. Let’s revisit them and relive those moments once again.
You all are familiar with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, the movie that changed the face of romance forever. Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s starter this Bollywood movie has the perfect mix of love, comedy, and drama. The highest-grossing movie of 1994 still runs in a few cinemas in Mumbai. Filmfare winner cinematic experience also shows so many beautiful locations in the movie. However, The intriguing places later became the best honeymoon spot for many Indians. Today we will discuss them one by one and cherish those moments again.
Trafalgar Square, London
The film’s famous opening scene was shot in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. Actor Amrish Puri, playing a first-generation Indian immigrant Baldev Singh, feeds pigeons a popular local pastime at the time, and reminisces about the sunny mustard fields of Punjab. One of London’s most vibrant public spaces, Trafalgar Square is one of the city’s most important tourist sites. Moreover, To avoid the throngs of tourists normally lounging at the square, the scene was shot early in the morning amidst a drizzle.
The location for Simran’s home and her father’s convenience store. This suburban neighborhood is home to a large Indian community in London. The ambiance is as Indian as it can get, with Indian restaurants, pubs, shops, and even a cinema hall called Himalaya Palace showing Bollywood films.
St. Mauritius Church, Saanen, Switzerland
A significant part of the romance between Rahul and Simran unfolds in the picturesque villages dotting the Gstaad-Saanenland region in Switzerland. The narrow steeple of the St. Mauritius Church in Saanen features in the famous scene where Rahul and Simran pray together. The church was originally built in the 13th century and expanded in the 15th century. The interior of the church was shot at the St. Grat Church church in the village of Montbovon.
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Interestingly, the trychel, a cow bell worn by cattle while grazing in Switzerland, plays a significant role in the film. It is a parting souvenir from Raj to Simran after their European tour. Later, Simran leaves it behind at her London house before departing for India, as a message for Raj.
Zweisimmen, Switzerland in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Remember the scene where Raj and Simran miss their train? Yes, this is that tiny train station of Zweisimmen near Gstaad. The scene where Simran runs to catch the train was originally shot in a parking lot near the station. In reality, Zweisimmen is the starting point of a major rail line that travels to Montrux along Lake Geneva.
Part of the song “Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main” was shot in the main promenade of Gstaad, a tiny-yet-charming village in western Switzerland. A drunk Simran enters the chocolate shop Early Beck (situated on the Promenade) and runs outside. Leaving Raj to pay the bill. Towards the end of the song, Raj and Simran return to a hotel in a horse carriage along the Gstaad Promenade. An entirely car-free street lined with boutiques, international stores, and local shops Moreover, A popular winter sports destination, and celebrity getaway. Gstaad is surrounded by typically Alpine wooden chalets and is home to numerous gourmet restaurants.
At 3454m, Jungfraujoch is the highest train station and point in Europe, famous for its icy glaciers and breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. However, In the film, it’s also the setting for the song “Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main”. When a drunk Simran dances in the snow with wild abandon. Today, Jungfraujoch is so popular with Indian tourists that you can find snapshots of Hindi film stars and Indian food easily.
Lake Lungeren, Switzerland In Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
This small and scenic emerald green lake in central Switzerland briefly features in the romantic ballad “Tujhe Dekha To”. Moreover, where Raj and Simran are shown fishing on the banks and catching a shoe.