Celebrating 20 Years of Aditya Chopra’s Sweeping Romance ‘Mohabbatein’

Following the critical success of his directorial debut Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995, Aditya Chopra blessed Bollywood with a career-defining, heart-wrenching tale of love over fear with Mohabbatein. To commemorate its 20th anniversary, BritAsia TV take a look at some lesser-known facts about the film, while we celebrate two decades of sweeping romance.

At the time of its release, the film boasted an evermore stellar cast starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwaria Rai in lead roles, and was also the debut film of five other actors including Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Jugal Hansraj, Kim Sharma, Jimmy Shergill, Preeti Jhangiani.

For the first time in film, Bachchan and Khan co-starred for what would later serve as a silver-screen cementing phenomenon.

Helmed by Yash Chopra’s son, Aditya Chopra, Mohabbatein remains one of the most-cherished Hindi films since the millennium. The musical romantic drama evolved into an eternal classic for Indian cinema with its poignant and powerful lesson on love, leaf-strewn cinematography and a soundtrack that has proved evermore timeless — with songs like Aankhein Kuli, Humko Humise Chura Lo and Soni Soni.

The story centres on a negotiation between love and fear: A battle between two obstinate individuals (Khan and Bachchan) and their conflicting beliefs about the power of love.

Today, Yash Raj Films shared a selection of snippets to commemorate the film on Instagram: “A film which made us believe that love always wins over everything.”

Take a scroll back in time here.

Taking to Twitter, AB shared his sentiments on the film’s anniversary, tweeting “Parampara, Pratishtha, Anushasan .. Mohabbatein is special for many reasons .. 20 years of this beautiful love story, a roller coaster of emotions. Eternally grateful for all the love you continue to shower.”

He also shared his appreciation for the film’s soundtrack, tweeting: “The music of this film is a treasure .. The lyrics, the composition, each song is exceptionally made .. Happy to have been a part of this film.”

And to commemorate the film’s 20th anniversary, we take look at some lesser-known facts of the millennium-made film according to Indian Express:

  1. Karan Johar designed Amitabh Bachchan’s costumes for the film.
  2. Bachchan’s film career was revived after this film. He scarcely had any film offers in the late 90s and so he approached producer Yash Chopra for an opportunity. Yash Chopra then offered him the role of Gurukul Principal Narayan Shankar.
  3. The exterior of Gurukul was shot at Longleat House in Wiltshire, England.
  4. It is rumoured that Shah Rukh Khan said yes to the film even before he read the script. Prior to Mohabbatein, director Aditya Chopra and SRK had already worked in the successful Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
  5. Aishwarya Rai’s face was not revealed in the trailer of the film.
  6. Khan’s character in the film is called Raj Aryan. Raj was his character’s name in DDLJ and Aryan is his son’s name in real life.
  7. Five actors made their debut with this film. Jugal Hansraj made his debut as a lead actor in the 1994 film, Aa Gale Lag Jaa.
  8. Jugal Hansraj injured his foot during the filming of the song ‘Aankhein Khuli’. He had to wear a cast for the rest of the filming
  9. The film won four Filmfare awards during that year.

In the battle between Raj Aryan and Narayan Shankar — the battle between love and fear, love conquered. Watch this awe-inspiring scene that won the ‘Filmfare Award for Best Scene of The Year – 2000 – Mohabbatein’.