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Director Imtiaz Ali is a rare Indian filmmaker who is able to capture the deep connection between travel and love. Whether it is falling in love in a Goa holiday in Socha Na Tha to the incredible journey across Bhatinda and Manali in Jab We Met, he has been able to show how travel can transform your soul and make you realize who you are. Watching his movies gives you a serious case of wanderlust, and Jab Harry Met Sejal starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma seems no different. But Imtiaz is not the only expert on finding love in his travels. Shah Rukh Khan’s filmography in nearly three decades includes many films that saw him find love and purpose in the course of his character’s journey. Here is a look at some of these films. ALSO READ: 5 Indian destinations SRK made us fall in love with
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
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Let’s start with the classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. The movie sees Shah Rukh’s character, Rahul, finding love in a trip across Europe. The classic tale saw him and Kajol’s character travel across Switzerland, get lost and find themselves in love. Rahul would go on another journey, this time to Punjab, to get his bride’s family to fall in love with him. The love story became the longest-running film in Indian history and cemented Shah Rukh Khan’s title of King of Romance.
Dil Se.. (1998)
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In his first and only pairing with director Mani Ratnam, Shah Rukh plays the role of Amarkant Varma, who encounters the beautiful Meghna (Manisha Koirala) on his journey from Delhi to Assam. In a journey that sees his character get consumed by his love, Shah Rukh also travels to Leh for the famed Sindhu Darshan Festival. One of the first films to showcase the beauty of the Northeast and the barren Ladakh region, Dil Se.. remains a cult classic known for its stunning visuals and music, among other things.
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
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Directed by Nikkhil Advani and produced by Karan Johar, Kal Ho Naa Ho sees Shah Rukh as Aman Mathur, an outsider who travels to New York City as a sort-of guardian angel to the lives he touches. In this time in the city, he brings love and happiness to the lives of his neighbors, resolving decades of hostilities and suppressed emotions. He falls in love too along the way, but it is eventually revealed that he came to the city to treat an untreatable terminal illness. In other words, a traveler inspires people to push past their problems, find happiness and live life to the fullest; words we can all live by.
Main Hoon Na (2004)
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The directorial debut of Farah Khan, Main Hoon Na stars Shah Rukh Khan as Indian army Major Ram Prasad Sharma, who travels to Darjeeling in an undercover mission to protect the daughter of a General from terrorist attacks. He also decides to reunite with his estranged step-brother and step-mother. In the middle of all this, he also attempts to stay undercover as a college student and falls in love with his chemistry teacher. It is a roller coaster ride, aided by the stunning background of Darjeeling. ALSO READ: 10 photos that prove Darjeeling is truly nature’s paradise
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While it was released in the same year as Main Hoon Na, Swades is more-or-less the polar opposite of the film. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, this one is a proper journey of self-discovery. Shah Rukh’s character, Mohan Bhargava, goes back to India to find his maid, Kaveri Amma (Kishori Ballal), who took care of him as an orphan. He travels from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh to a village, and his travels take him closer to his roots and the problems of the country. He falls in love with his childhood friend and reconnects with his people, eventually deciding to listen to the call of his land and stay back with his new-found family. A film that is impactful in its simplicity.
Chennai Express (2013)
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Directed by Rohit Shetty and with Deepika Padukone as his co-star, Chennai Express has Shah Rukh Khan play the role of Rahul Mithaiwala, who travels to Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu to disperse the ashes of his grandfather. He bumps into Deepika Padukone’s character, saves her from a forced marriage, falls in love with her and eventually battles her family of goons to take her hand in marriage. The film spoofs several classic moments from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but it remains a story of a man who goes on an unexpected journey and finds love along the way. NOW READ: Jab Harry Met Sejal starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma was shot at these spectacular locations
These are just a few of the films that combine Shah Rukh with travel to make movie magic, and Jab Harry Met Sejal is the latest one to revive the formula. The film sees Shah Rukh play Harry Nehra and Anushka Sharma as Sejal Zaveri, and revolves around their travels across Europe. Harry Nehra is a guide who is lost in life and Sejal Zaveri is a protected woman who finds freedom in her journey with Harry. With the gifted touch of Imtiaz Ali and the talent of Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan, we cannot wait to see the journey of Harry and Sejal. Jab Harry Met Sejal releases today in theatres nationwide.