Kajol: “Films are magic, and magic cannot be recreated”

Kajol has stated that remakes of films such as ‘Dilwale Dunlhaniya Le Jayenge’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ should be avoided because the audience will be disappointed because magic cannot be recreated.

Both films are among the best-known in Kajol’s filmography, as well as among the most significant in which she appears alongside Shah Rukh Khan.

“My personal opinion is that films like ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ should not be remade. I have the same feelings about K3G (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham). Magic, I believe, can only be created once. If you try to recreate it, it will just fizzle out and not have the same feel,” Kajol stated in an interview.

“You’ll always be disappointed, no matter how well it’s portrayed and done,” she added. Magic has an aura about it. Films can give you that feeling. “When you watch them for the first time, you feel something, and nothing can replace that feeling,” she asserted.

This is not the first time Kajol has spoken out against the remakes of her films, ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.’ When asked about a remake of ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ in a 2014 interview, Kajol said, “I think you can never remake a phenomenon.” She, on the other hand, was open to the idea of a sequel. When asked if a sequel to DDLJ by director Aditya Chopra was in the works, Kajol responded, “Why don’t you ask him… Seriously, that’s a great idea!”

Earlier this month, Yash Raj Films re-released the 1995 romantic classic ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ)’ in theaters exclusively for Valentine’s Day. For a time, major theater chains in 37 cities across the country screened the film. Meanwhile, the film has been shown daily at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir since 1995.

Kajol was most recently seen in Revathy’s ‘Salaam Venky,’ which was released in December of last year, and she has a few more interesting projects in the works. The Indian adaptation of the American courtroom drama series ‘The Good Wife’ is one of them. The original starred Julianna Margulies and aired for seven seasons before ending in 2016.