One look at the trailer of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya and the inevitable influence of the cult film Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayengey is hard to miss. Filmmaker-Producer Karan Johar at the trailer launch couldn’t help mentioning the impact of the cult film on this upcoming venture from his banner. He said, “I have a lot of memories of ‘DDLJ’. I started my career from there. It is and will be the largest part of my career. The film with its epic love story and innocence had set the barometer which no other till date could match. When I met Shashank (Khaitan) he told me he has grown up on that film. Most of these young kids have grown up on that fodder. Love for many people in this generation is Dilwale. SRK’s charisma and Kajol’s innocence and fragility from the movie is memorable.”

Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in a still from movie 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania'
Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in a still from movie ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’

Karan Johar while addressing the media in Mumbai today emphasized how Kajol-SRK starrer is the pillar of all love stories. Johar continued saying,”After this (DDLJ), a lot of love stories were made but nobody could touch that bar. It is the pillar of love stories.”

Karan while explaining the essence and soul of Humpty Sharma said, ” It is an ode to ‘DDLJ’ not a copy. One will see glimpses of ‘DDLJ’ but the love story is different from ‘DDLJ’. We have made this film with honesty, integrity and with an intention to entertain people. We are not claiming any originality or an out of the world twist in the film. It is a honestly made film that attempts to earnestly entertain you. From frame one to last scene, the endearing quality is its sincerity is trying to just simply entertain you. The reason why we have put that frame of DDLJ is because it is a filmmaker’s heartfelt desire to use an ounce DDLJ in the first film he makes.”

When Alia Bhatt was asked about how different this film is from the recently successful 2 States that also crossed over to the 100 crore club, the actress said, ” We are very honest that Humpty Sharma is a filmy love story. No matter how cliched it sounds or how unromantic you are in your life, you always want your love to be a story. It is our tribute to every filmy love story out there. Come unabashedly, love the filminess and the entertainment of the romance.”

Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania‘ stars Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan along with popular Television Actor Siddharth Shukla who is making his Bollywood debut in this Shashank Khaitan directorial. Produced under Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions’ banner, the film is all set to release on 11th July.

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