Hmm. We gained Pardes and some more regional options, but lost Andaz Apna Apna. So, a mixed bag. (Accessbollywood.net does the real work of keeping this list updated, you should definitely absolutely subscribe to them for your day to day updates.)
I just thought this would be an interesting experiment, to take a brief look at 28 different films in terms of the romance plots. and then try to come to some conclusions. I did the first 7 already, now let’s look at another 7.
So, the plot of Dilwale can either be seen as a triumphant homage to multiple past films of Shahrukh and Kajol’s careers. Or, it can be seen as part of an industry that is constantly recycling plots and abhors originality. I would argue it is a combination of the two, certainly the essential plot is a result of laziness, but it is still worth while to compare the way it interacts with past performances and films in order to discover how things have changed and how the stay the same.