The 5 reasons why I wanted to be Simran from DDLJ

To celebrate 25 years of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, I look at the five reasons why I wanted to be Simran from the film. Whether it was her fashion or her relationship with her parents, we all wanted to be her and have grown up becoming her in many ways.

I still remember when Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge released. It was 1995 and I was 8 years old, not old enough to know the ways of the world and completely naive to romance and the fact it existed. Going to the cinema was a novelty then so going to see DDLJ was a real treat. From the moment Kajol burst on the screen in her white towel singing ‘Mere Khwabon Mein’, I was hypnotised and I could not take my eyes off the screen.

That was it. I was a little girl possessed. I sang all the songs, knew all the dance moves and memorised and recited the dialogues on command. I had to know it all as quickly as possible. I went through five different video tapes (remember those!) because I would watch the film every single weekend with a bowl of popcorn. I would dance around my bedroom, playing the songs and dreaming that I was dancing with Raj too.

I can’t believe it has been 25 years (wow I feel old!) since the film came out and I am still in love with it today. I still watch the film and feel the same glow, the same love and the same infatuation that I did all those years before.

So here are my 5 reason why I wanted to be Simran from DDLJ:

  1. Simran was never the ‘popular’ girl

The one thing I loved about Simran from the start was that she was not the popular girl at school. The 90s were filled with films about girls who were cool and had the latest fashion at their fingertips. Simran was a lot like me in the 90s. Not the coolest, wore glasses and didn’t have the best taste in clothes. Instead she was smart, intelligent and refused to be flirty to get ahead in life.

2. We loved to dream

As an 8 year old, my world was small and protected, a lot like Simran in that way. I didn’t know about boys and love. My understanding of love stories was from Mills and Boon books so I completely understood when Simran would write poems dreaming about her prince coming to save her. Let’s face it, we all believed this was going to happen to us.

3. She respected her parents

I cannot reiterate this enough. Simran respected her parents. She wanted her parents approval, not out of duty, but the fact she loved them. When her friend Sheena was pushing her to say yes to a trip to Europe, Simran asked her dad and even ran it past her mum first. She wanted her dad to approve of her going, rather than running away with her friends or having a tantrum.

4. Her love for travel

I have made no secret of my love for travel. I remember when I watched Simran discover Europe with her friends, I so badly wanted to do the same. To see the world and experience it for myself. I was fascinated by the freedom and I still haven’t made it to Switzerland. It is definitely on my bucket list.

5. She wasn’t afraid to love

I was obsessed with Raj Malhotra aka Shah Rukh Khan. Whether it was his carefree attitude or his ‘all heart’ spirit, I fell in love with Raj just as hard as Simran did. Whether it was when he teased her with his ‘Bade bade deshon mein’ line or the way he persuaded her mum that eloping was not the answer, he stole my heart. I couldn’t believe that men like this existed and I thought Simran was so lucky to have found him.

Simran was a family orientated woman till the end, she was even prepared to give up her love if her dad didn’t approve and I respected that. She loved him but she loved her family too.

I hope you related to some of these reasons why I wanted to be like Simran from DDLJ. Let me know in the comments below if she was your favourite character and tell me why you loved her.

Happy 25 years of DDLJ!

Sanoobar x

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