London: Raj and Simran, characters of the ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (DDLJ) movie played by Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol respectively, were today voted as the public's favourite on-screen romantic couple in a UK poll.
The characters in the 1995 film, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, were voted as the “Greatest Film Couple” in an online poll run by the British Film Institute (BFI).
The result comes on the day of the worldwide release of ‘Dilwale', the latest in a number of films to reunite Khan and Kajol on the silver screen again.
"DDLJ may not be very familiar to some UK audiences, but there is no denying that the film is quite simply a worldwide phenomenon. It turned its stars into Bollywood megastars, and holds the world record for the longest continuous plays in a cinema, having being screened daily in the Maratha Mandir Cinema in Mumbai every day since its release over 20 years ago," BFI said in a statement.
“As part of the BFI's LOVE season, the BFI Southbank worked with Yash Raj Films to celebrate the film with a special 20th anniversary screening, complete with Bollywood dancers and a nationwide competition to find the UK's ‘real Raj and Simran',” it added.
The others to make the top five film couples include Jesse and Celine from ‘Before Trilogy', Scarlett and Rhett from ‘Gone With the Wind', Rick and Ilsa from ‘Casablanca' and Clarence and Alabama from ‘True Romance'. A linked poll for television couples saw Amazon Prime's ‘Outlander' taking the top spot for the characters of Claire and Jamie.