As people around the world remain in lockdown mode amid the coronavirus pandemic, Indian-origin British artiste Jay Sean is still trying to look for the "silver lining out of all of this".
Jay dropped his latest music video ‘Nakhre’ in collaboration with Rishi Rich, on the same day Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) turned 25.
According to the video description, “Jay Sean and Rishi Rich, both pay tribute to the 90’s Bollywood era by sampling the iconic flute of ‘Tere Chehre Pe’ from the movie ‘Baazigar’. Presenting a vibrant and tropical sound with a hint of nostalgia; ‘Nakhre’ features the vocals of Kiranee.”
The video features stills from 'DDLJ' and 'Baazigar'. However, instead of Shah Rukh Khan, it has the animated version of Kajol and Jay Sean.
The actress also shared Jay’s video on Twitter and wrote, “Aptly timed this tribute! Thanks @jaysean and @MusicByRR. Enjoy people!”
Sean found fame with "Dance with you (Nachna tere naal)" in 2003 as part of the Rishi Rich Project that included Rishi and Juggy D. His second single "Eyes on you" was his first solo effort, and went on to become a big hit. He has found a reputation as a singer who comes out with club hits. He announced the end of Rishi Rich Project in 2007.
He followed the success route with "Stolen" and "Down". In 2009, he became the first South Asian male artist to top the Billboard singles chart for his song "Down".
On the silver jubilee occasion, Kajol said, "'DDLJ' is the kind of film where it's the characters that people fall in love with more than where it is based or anything like that. Everybody wants this love story of a rebel and a conservative to work. Everybody believes that in an ideal world, it would work.”
But the actor revealed she has seen the full movie only twice in her life.
"I have actually seen the complete film twice really, other than the bits and pieces on TV. I watched it 10 years ago and at the premiere, which was 25 years ago and my instant reaction was that I loved the film.
"I love the fact that I forgot I was watching myself on the screen. (It felt like I was) watching this girl Simran on the screen and that's the biggest compliment I can give to the movie," Kajol, 46, told PTI in an interview.
There are many stand-out moments and dialogues from the movie that have become almost like proverbs for film aficionados but for Kajol, the most iconic moment is the "Ja Simran ja" moment, a lined uttered by her character's strict father, played by the late Amrish Puri, wherein he finally gives his blessing to the couple in love.
"To me the most iconic moment would be the 'Ja Simran ja' moment really, not because of anything else but because I thought it was the most perfect turning point in the film."
"It's the part that makes it so relatable even today that a parent has to turn around at some point and make it about the child's happiness more than his or her happiness. And that's what everybody relates to even today," she said.
Working on the movie was like a holiday as it gathered together her family and friends, something that the actor looks back with a lot of fondness.
Kajol said she had never met a person like Simran in her life but the way the film was written, she could get an insight into the character.
"We had not interacted with a Simran kind of person, at least, I had not, but it gave me an insight into the confusion and the crisscross loyalties you face when you are born over there (London) and bred with India in your heart," she added.
In an earlier statement, the actor said she initially found Simran "a little boring", but gradually recognised the character.
"I realized there is a lot of Simran in almost everybody we know, there is always that wanting to do the right thing in someone. Lot of people don't do the right thing but we always want to do that.
"You want to get that approval; you want to get that feeling of you are approved of and that you are doing something right in the world. So, yes Simran was like that. I thought she was just cool, a little old-fashioned but cool."
Released on October 20, 1995, the Aditya Chopra directorial tells the love story of Raj (SRK) and Simran (Kajol) who live in the UK. The film kicked off the trend of NRI romances on the Bollywood screen, and also reorganised romance in Hindi cinema forever.
Apart from Shah Rukh and Kajol, late actor Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Anupam Kher and Parmeet Sethi also left an indelible mark with stellar performances.