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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters in the movie show courage, perseverance, humility, and forgiveness. These key messages are important to the story. A young generation acknowledge and respect traditions, while also working to help change minds about them.
Positive Role Models
Raj is a wealthy young man who flunks college and travels Europe before starting his job. He is a cocky smooth talker on the surface, but is revealed to be thoughtful, hard working, quick-witted, respectful, and emotionally open. Simran is an 18-year-old woman who has grown up in London. She balances her father's traditional Indian way of life with London culture with the help of her mother. She meets Raj while traveling Europe but is arranged to marry a family friend. She is smart and self-assured. Chaudhry Singh is Simran's father. He is an Indian man living in London but abides only by Indian tradition. When he discovers Simran's secret he becomes furious, which leads to violence against Raj. Lajjo, Simran's mother, vows to let her daughter live a free and happy life that she was not able to have. Dharmavir, Raj's father, is proud of his son and wants the best for him. He readily tells him he loves him.
The movie tells the story of multiple cultures -- traditional Punjab families and those who moved to the United Kingdom and experienced British culture. The culture clash is reflected in the actions of the generation who grew up in the U.K. to Indian parents.
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Violence & Scariness
In one bloody fight scene, a character is beaten by people with guns and sticks. They fight back with kicks and punches, causing more injury. A shotgun is pointed at someone's head. An older character hits a younger character's face repeatedly in anger. A horse is tripped and falls. A pigeon is shot by a hunter.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance is at the heart of this film. A character dances and sings in a towel, with choreographed arm movements to keep any sensitive body parts covered. A character pranks another into thinking they slept together while they were drunk. Character kisses another's neck and they perform a sensual dance. Some flirting.
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Occasional use of "oh God" and "bloody hell." One use of the word "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Visible products include Kellogg's Frosties cereal, Kit-Kat, Tang, Pringles, and Courvoisier.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character gets drunk on brandy, acts silly and loses their inhibitions in a scene played for comedy. Characters drink champagne to celebrate. Characters occasionally drink beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is a classic Hindi-language -- with English subtitles -- Bollywood musical romantic comedy. The title translates as The Big-Hearted Will Take the Bride and it tells the story of 18-year-old British Indian Simran (Kajol) who has an arranged marriage lined up but falls in love with the cocky but charming Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) while traveling Europe. Characters show many positive traits, including perseverance, courage, and forgiveness. It features two generations of two Indian families and explores culture clashes when traditional values meet ideas from other countries. The movie is a charming comedy with strong romantic elements. There is also plenty of drama, which near the climax erupts into a bloody brawl. Language is mild, with one use of the word "s--t." Some characters drink alcohol and in a comedic scene, Simran gets drunk on brandy and loses her inhibitions, acting silly. Raj jokes the next morning that they slept together and she is mortified, though he quickly apologizes. The couple flirt but aren't overtly sexual. The film has a runtime of just over three hours. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This epic love story has glowing romance, pin-sharp comedy, and a whole lot of twists and turns. This tale of two young lovers who can't be together is delivered with equal amounts of charm and thrills, earning Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge's place as a classic. Cocky young Raj is ridiculous and brash, but completely likable, thanks to Khan's innate wholesomeness that lies beneath the youthful antics. While Simran is portrayed by the luminous Kajol who is just as crafty and clever. Soon the pair fall in love and become a perfect movie couple to root for. Standing in the way of their happiness is Simran's father, Chaudhry. With eyes that could out-stare the sun, Amrish Puri portrays the loving but menacing father as a perfect screen villain.
The movie's serious exploration of immigrant life isn't to be understated. Adrift in the U.K., Chaudhry yearns for India and puts his whole identity into upholding its traditions. While Simran's mother, Lajjo (Farida Jalal), vows to give her the happiness she wasn't allowed under rules that gave all the power to men. Like Raj and Simran's relationship, the movie starts as a slow burn. But when it gets up to heat, the warm glow radiates throughout the whole movie and provides an epic to bask in.
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