90s/Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge : If Bobby was the hope of lovers in the 70s and Qayamat se Qayamat Tak of the 80s, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge was the love story for the 90s. DDLJ is a refreshing gaze of the second NRI generation who rebel against authority but at the same time desire parental approval. The film launched two superstars/ Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol one super director/ Aditya Chopra) and a legacy. It is the only film in the world to run consecutively for 2 decades in one theatre – Maratha Mandir.
90s/Hyderabad Blues: The film ushered a new audience so far unaccustomed to watching films in theatre. What was remarkable was that it was in English and came before the era of multiplexes. Shot in 35mm the film starred amateur actors comprising mostly the director’s friends and family. What appealed to the audience was the naughty, witty, insightful script with delicious dialogues. Director Nagesh Kukunoor became an overnight phenomenon.
To be continued