Following Simran and Raj

Posted: July 30, 2014 in Switzerland

Being a Shah Rukh Khan admirer it would have been impossible for me not to visit at least one shooting location! I’ve seen Lake Leman, where parts of Darr and various other scenes and songs have been filmed, the clock tower (Zeitglockenturm) in Bern with its giant clock faces and the astrolabe which you might recognise from Yes Boss, the bridge which is shown during Don’s arrival in Zurich, and certainly some other places I’m not aware of.

But I made sure to visit some of the most memorable locations from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

The "Palat" bridge

The “Palat” bridge (new railing)

Béatrice and I went on a train journey through Zweisimmen, where Simran missed her train, we had lunch at Saanen, where Raj had his Palat moment on the bridge, I sat on the same spot at the train station where he told Simran that he’d never fallen in love before. And the airfield where Raj was running alongside the plane is located right between the river and the rail track.

Saanen, rail station, where Simran & Raj drank coffee & talked about love

Saanen, rail station, where Simran & Raj drank coffee & talked about love

The most important place to find was of course THE church, which was a little difficult, considering that the external shots in the movie show a different church. But we found it! It’s situated in Montbovon, a snug little town near Montreux.

Outside St. Grat church, Montbovon

Outside St. Grat church, Montbovon

I’m very thankful that Béatrice speaks French, since we met the verger and asked her about the movie. She smiled and told us that she still remembers a cute girl in a beautiful sari (from Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam) and a very handsome young man wearing jeans and a white shirt.
Yes, this was definitely the place! 🙂

St. Grat, the church where Raj prayed for Simrans happiness

St. Grat, the church where Raj prayed for Simran’s happiness

Another impression from St. Grat, as seen in DDLJ

Another impression from St. Grat, as seen in DDLJ

For me it was a very special feeling to stand in this church, where some gorgeous scenes for such a lovely movie had been shot, to see in front of me what Shah Rukh Khan had seen, and to touch what he had touched nearly twenty years ago.

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