When Shah Rukh Khan spoke Haryanvi and pacified irate villagers during ‘Tujhe Dekha Toh’ shoot

Gurugram (old name: Gurgaon) is an important metropolis today, located near Delhi. The satellite city has emerged on its own and houses head officers of significant companies and at the same time, also emerged as a prime destination for upscale residential apartments. It’s like a thriving city that never sleeps. Hence, it’s absolutely shocking to know that the mustard field shown in the song ‘Tujhe Dekha Toh’ in the classic film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was actually shot at the very place where this city is set today. Of course, it was shot way back in January 1995 when high-rises and glitzy malls had not become an identity of this place and it was just a tiny, sleepy village. This was revealed by Aditya Chopra in the book ‘Aditya Chopra Relives…Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, written by Nasreen Munni Kabir

In the song, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are the only two people who can be seen in the entire field, besides the bull of course. But shooting the song was not an easy task. Aditya Chopra says the entire bit towards the end of the song when SRK and Kajol are sitting close to each other posed a challenge to the entire team. There were thousands of people witnessing the shoot and as a result, there was a constant chatter and racket during the shoot. Aditya Chopra said that all the commotion got to him and that he has always found shooting outdoors difficult. He then revealed that his father, the late Yash Chopra, was the opposite. He loved outdoor shooting and never got affected by the noise and crowds.

Some more unknown aspect of the song came out in the first part of the making video of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Shah Rukh Khan revealed that some of the villagers were upset since the unit was trampling upon their crops and at times, they entered the wrong field as well. The unit reasoned that they have the permission to shoot from the panchayat. But sadly, that wasn’t enough to cool them down. SRK, who is from Delhi, is able to speak Haryanvi. Hence, he took the initiative and tried to calm down the upset local residents. By the time the discussions could come to an end, the shot was quickly set up and filming happened soon after.

Shah Rukh Khan then could be seen fooling around on the sets. Uday Chopra is seen asking him if he’s the farmer and he replies in the affirmative in Haryanvi. He the calls Aditya Chopra a ‘cow’ and says that Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is about the “bourgeois separation from the proletariat”! He even takes a dig at Yash Chopra by asking him when he’ll learn to make films! Yash Chopra then calls Shah Rukh a ‘complex personality’! The relaxed atmosphere on the sets despite all the madness is seen to be believed.

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