Revisiting DDLJ’s 25 year old love affair with Switzerland

‘Tujhe dekha toh yeh jaana sanam’ the iconic song from Yash Raj Films’s iconic movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge could just as easily have been inspired by the beautiful vistas and panoramas of Switzerland as Raj and Simran’s unforgettable love story!

DDLJ as the movie is popularly known, put Switzerland on every traveler’s bucket list and continues to inspire Indians to visit the much loved locations.

25 years back, Raj and Simran, love-story in the Swiss alps, not only took over our screens but our hearts and minds! 

Here’s a recap of some of the most memorable scenes shot in Switzerland

The Panoramic Train

Even though this film starts in London, the epicentre is fixed upon the Swiss train journey which sparks the romance between Raj and Simran. Honestly though the Swiss Panoramic trains would make anyone want to fall in love! 

Gstaad

Gstaad- a tiny yet charming village in western Switzerland. The Gstaad Promenade is an entirely car-free street lined with boutiques, international stores and local shops. A popular winter sports destination and celebrity getaway, Gstaad has been a background for many bollywood films! Part of the song “Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main” was shot in the main promenade when a drunk Simran enters the chocolate shop Early Beck and runs outside, leaving Raj to pay the bill.

There is a Bollywood tour organized by Gstaad Tourism which takes you the iconic shoot locations of DDLJ including the below:

Zweisimmen Station, Gstaad

The station and the platform where Simran and Raj missed their train and Simran buys the now iconic Swiss cow bell! The social media giant on Twitter launched a cowbell emoji, as a surprise for the fans on completion of 25 years!  

Saanen Bridge, Gstaad

The ‘Palat’ bridge in  Saanen, where Raj tells Simran that he is in love with her, that  iconic scene is burned into every fan’s memory

St. Mauritius Church, Saanen, Switzerland

The narrow steeple of the St. Mauritius Church in Saanen features the famous scene where Raj and Simran pray together. The church was originally built in the 13th century and expanded in the 15th century. The interior of the church was shot at the neo-Gothic interiors of St. Grat Church in the village of Montbovon.

Jungfraujoch

At 3454 m, Jungfraujoch is the highest train station and point in Europe, famous for its icy glaciers and breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. In the film, it’s also partly the setting for the song “Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main”, when Simran dances in the snow, in the famous red dress! Today, Jungraujoch is so popular with Indian tourists that you can find snapshots of Hindi film stars and Indian food easily.

TITLIS

‘Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge’ was shot all over Switzerland including Titlis. You can still find  Indians posing with the cut-outs of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol at Mount Titlis – the authorities there decided to place the cut-outs on top of Mt.Titlis to celebrate the success of the movie.

Posthumously, Yash Chopra was named honorary ambassador of Interlaken, and a statue of him holding his camera was unveiled there in 2016. Many Indians go there to pay homage to the “King of Romance”. A guided tour called The King of Romance is hosted in Interlaken, where the guests can visit original locations of blockbusters made by the man himself e.g. “Darr”, “DDLJ” and “Chandni”. 

Just like Raj & Simran you too can fall #InLoveWithSwitzerland, and plan your next trip there in the meanwhile there’s always DDLJ!  

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