Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor© IMDb

How Raj From ‘DDLJ’ Shaped Ranbir Kapoor As A Romantic Hero

Ranbir Kapoor, who will be back on-screen as the quintessential romantic hero in the much-awaited Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar, says Raj from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) has inspired him to play charming lover boys in cinema, having seen the iconic film at least 20 times!

“Raj was everything! You know, he could do anything! I think Aditya Chopra gave us a character that was aspirational, he was naughty, he was charming, like it shook you up! I know I saw that film probably 20 times in the theatre!” revealed Kapoor, who won the country’s heart in cult romantic films like Bachna Ae Haseeno, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Rockstar and Tamasha, to name a few.

For the unversed, DDLJ is the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema as it still plays at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai. The Sanju star spoke his heart out on YRF and Hindi cinema’s influence on people’s lives in the Netflix docu-series The Romantics.

The docu-series is a tribute to the legacy of Yash Chopra, YRF and its cultural impact on India and Indians for the past 50 years. The national over-pouring of love for the ‘father of romance’ and YRF was evident as the series became the Number 1 trending title on Netflix within 48 hours of its drop, a rare feat for a documentary.

The Romantics, which was fittingly released on Valentine’s Day, has been directed by Oscar and Emmy-nominated film-maker Smriti Mundhra, who returns to Netflix after the phenomenal success of Indian Matchmaking and the Never Have I Ever franchise. This four-part docu-series also features 35 leading personalities from the film industry, who have closely worked with YRF through its 50 year glorious existence.

From Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan to Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji, among others, the mega-stars and icons of Hindi cinema came together to speak about the YRF fever.

Not only this, but Aditya Chopra, the reclusive head of Yash Raj Productions, was surprisingly persuaded to have his first ever on-camera interview for the docu-series. His knowledge of the iconic production house and the Hindi film industry is a major highlight of this documentary series.

Meanwhile Rabir Kapoor’s Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar opposite Shraddha Kapoor, which is going to be the last film he does in the romance genre, is directed by Luv Ranjan of Pyaar Ka Punchnama fame. Written by Ranjan and Rahul Mody, and produced by Luv Films and T-Series Films, the star-cast also includes Anubhav Singh Bassi and Dimple Kapadia.