Anaita Shroff Adajania on #25yearsofDDLJ: I did it for a paid holiday to Europe with my bestie

Bollywood is celebrating 25 years of the iconic film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, which starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as the lead. Anaita Shroff Adajania, who essayed the role of Kajol’s friend Sheena, also penned a fond note about her debut movie. “I was in college when Adi and Karan asked me to help them cast my college friends to play Raj and Simran’s friends in the film. This was my introduction to the film industry- a world I knew nothing about at the time. In the process they convinced me into playing Sheena. I did it for a laugh and a paid holiday to Europe with my bestie, which was a really big deal for a broke student.”

I was in college when Adi and Karan asked me to help them cast my college friends to play Raj and Simrin’s friends in the film. This was my introduction to the film industry- a world I knew nothing about at the time.

In the process they convinced me into playing Sheena. I did it for a laugh and a paid holiday to Europe with my bestie, which was a really big deal for a broke student.

I remember reaching Saanen, a small town in Switzerland , fresh off the bus ( ok plane) and seeing Shahrukh in his black suit on a little bridge …and for me I felt that he was there only for me! I’m sure whoever saw him on that bridge felt the same way – that’s why he’s Shahrukh. Kajol was just Kajol – real, instinctive, full of love (and still gives the tightest hugs ever). You have to remember that these were times when they were no entourages, no managers and mobiles, no social media…film making was much simpler, but extremely passionate. Once we were there, we were cut off from the rest of the world for over a month. We would all live together, eat together, sing together, dance together… we become a real family, under the warm gaze of a legend like Yash uncle (Yash Chopra).

Adi knew DDLJ from his core, and strove for nothing less than perfection. We all hung out and helped each other in ways only close knit friends and families do.

Never having any acting ambitions( thankfully), I’m so glad that I was part of this brilliant film and that I can still call everyone that I worked with a friend.

I’m so happy to have been a tiny part of this massive legacy. #DDLJ25

#25yearsofDDLJ @yrf #adityachopra

Sharing her memories of shooting in Switzerland, Anaita added, “I remember reaching Saanen, a small town in Switzerland , fresh off the bus ( ok plane) and seeing Shahrukh in his black suit on a little bridge …and for me I felt that he was there only for me! I’m sure whoever saw him on that bridge felt the same way – that’s why he’s Shahrukh. Kajol was just Kajol – real, instinctive, full of love (and still gives the tightest hugs ever). You have to remember that these were times when they were no entourages, no managers and mobiles, no social media…film making was much simpler, but extremely passionate. Once we were there, we were cut off from the rest of the world for over a month. We would all live together, eat together, sing together, dance together… we become a real family, under the warm gaze of a legend like Yash uncle (Yash Chopra).”

Anaita concluded her post by thanking the team of ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. “Adi knew DDLJ from his core, and strove for nothing less than perfection. We all hung out and helped each other in ways only close knit friends and families do. Never having any acting ambitions ( thankfully), I’m so glad that I was part of this brilliant film and that I can still call everyone that I worked with a friend. I’m so happy to have been a tiny part of this massive legacy,” concluded Anaita.