It would be impossible to think of an exceedingly idealistic yet acutely cynical soul like Vijay, the poet of Pyaasa, surviving in the contemporary, consumerist, globalised India. Similarly, a flamboyant yet matter-of-fact and conciliatory Raj of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge could not have captured the imagination of a socialist, post Independence India. Each stage in the life of a nation gives rise to its own stories, fashions unique narratives and invents distinctive heroes and heroines who embody the values and principles of the times. We pick some who were born and bloomed in the Bollywood of liberalised India.
Raj and Simran in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge (1995)
SRK and Kajol, as Raj and Simran, redefined love for brand new India. It was no longer about confronting class and caste differences but about persistent reconciliations. Raj and Simran’s conformist attitude reflected the spirit of a country in the throes of economic reforms: grounded, steady, practical than dreamy and idealistic.