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  • Even though this movie came out in 1998, the 1st time I saw it, was a few years back. This was because, at that time, it had received so much criticism that anybody who thinking of watching this movie, thought otherwise. But, while I was surfing the IMDb site, I had noticed that this particular movie had a high rating (considering the fact that it was considered a flop back then). So, I decided to see for myself how this movie was like, and boy, was I stunned..

    Why was Dil Se a 'flop' in India? A gem amongst the commercially-hyped bollywood "hits"..

    SRK's acting (as Amar) in this film was superb; at once we see a mix of his endearing boyish vulnerability, tenderness, and wild explosive impulsiveness that characterize the intelligence of this great actor. The transformation that his character went through was amazing to watch- from carefree arrogant pup, to an obsessed lover, to a desperate man, and finally to a dead man walking. It was a welcomed relief to all his other "bubble-gum" characters like "Rahul" in KKHH, K3G (I am not saying that he didn't act well in those movies. Its just that he remained the same, & at same time was boring compared to "Amar")...

    Manisha Koirala's acting (as Meghna) was flawless. One minute she felt guilty about using "Amar" (by using the AIR {All India Radio} tag in order to get close to the President), while the next minute she didn't bat an eyelid when he was arrested. Her breakdown scenes seem extremely forced into the script, and the only reason why these scenes proved effective is because Manisha is an amazing actress. The sequence where she tries to cry but the tears won't come out is mind-blowing, and no other actress could have portrayed this scene so well. (Even though "Meghna" was portrayed as someone who was damaged emotionally with no recovery, the last scene when "Amar" asked her to say 'I love you', she just looked deeply into him and with the least possible motion, nodded lovingly – her eyes shinning with love for such a brief moment... Simply amazing)...

    Santosh Sivan's cinematography was stunning. He flexes the visual muscle as the movie veers from the world's coldest lake to the inside of a monastery, and he's helped considerably by the eternal, undeniable beauty of this leading lady (sans makeup). As "Meghna" washes her face casually, we can see why "Amar" has fallen hard for her. For those of us who will probably never visit Ladakh, Sivan's images will forever remain in our minds....

    Farah Khan definitely deserved the Filmfare Award for best choreography for Dil Se. Who can forget the dance in SATRANGI RE (incredibly erotic piece of footage - the two of them squirming in that red fabric.... Hollywood could learn some lessons here in how to be amorously sexy without being cheap or porno) or SRK's contagious energy on top of that train in CHAIYYA CHAIYYA or him tenderly protecting Manisha in the DIL SE RE?....

    Music by AR Rahman is the soul of the film .The songs doesn't feel or look out of place at all. Dil Se is hauntingly done both musically and visually as well. This is all because of Mani Ratnam's direction. He told the story in the most human way possible- it is essentially a love story told against the backdrop of terrorism (also showed us the birth of the terrorist -- simplified to a great extent but neatly executed). Ratnam uses 'passion' as his keyword, exploring it on various (occasionally obvious) levels...

    Overall, I think this movie will always be a classic and is way ahead of it's time. I am sure if this movie was released after 2002, it would have been a huge hit….
  • tarynblake18 January 2005
    This was the first actual Bollywood film I've ever seen. I knew nothing about it going in, other than that it was considered a classic and featured "that Indian guy" (Khan) who shows up in every other film. Needless to say, after I became accustomed to the singing and dancing, I was able to dig in to the film a bit. It got slow at times but I was intensely interested in figuring out what the heck was going on. In the final moments of the film, my friend and I just sat frozen. I've never seen a movie that had singing, dancing, and ended with a bang. Needless to say, I'm hooked on Bollywood and determined to make everyone I know watch this film.
  • This is one of the greatest and most crafted works of the incredible Mani Ratnam. I was stunned by every moment of it and the very first scene was enough for me to get completely hooked. Mr Ratnam's ability to make a grandiose love story and yet keep it starkly realistic is just unbelievable. It makes the viewer believe that true, intense love does not exist only in fairy tales, but in real-life too, with simple and ordinary people. Dil Se is a rare gem of its times - authentic, hard-hitting, gripping, and deeply involving. Some people have deemed it a bit slow and tedious, but according to me the film moves at a steady pace and is totally focused, engaging and captivating.

    The film's concept: a young, hard-working radio broadcaster falls in love with a mysterious, strangely apathetic woman who is actually a terrorist may have been tackled before by filmmakers around the world, but none has done it the way Mr Ratnam did. He directs this feature with heart and soul and intensifies it with complete mastery, so much that you cannot leave the screen even for one moment (even if you are one of those who prefer skipping the songs). The script is grounded in tension and mystery, and it thankfully avoids sentimentality. And then we also have some genuinely real yet exceptional dialogues, which bring forth a poetic quality that eases the serious proceedings.

    Every artist involved in this film gives one of their best. A.R Rahman, for one, creates one of the most crafted and beautiful movie soundtracks of his career, giving so much life and essence to the film. The songs flow incredibly well with the film, they never feel unnecessary, they fit the situations, and ultimately enhance the narrative and contribute to the film's mystery and intense atmosphere. "Dil Se Re", "Jiya Jale", "Chaiyya Chaiyya" and "Satrangi Re" - each track is a gem and showcases the greatness of Rahman and Ratnam, who visualises them exceedingly well on-screen. This of course could have been done without Santosh Sivan's brilliant cinematography.

    The performances are top notch. This is one of Shahrukh Khan's most accomplished and realistic performances. He is intense, witty, vulnerable, believable and convincing as Amar. He portrays a suffering man who would go to any strengths for a woman he hardly knows, and though his character's unconditional love may seem peculiar, he manages to keep it real and balanced. He conveys his feelings, whether it's sorrow, love, pain or anger, in his own inimitable style, using his troubling intensity and nervous mannerisms. One can really feel for the pain in his eyes, which is evident every time he meets this woman who keeps rejecting him. A superb act.

    Manisha Koirala, one of the most talented dramatic actresses India has seen, is flawless as Meghna. She smiles barely once in the entire film but her expressive eyes and silence speak volumes and always do the job. It's a natural and ambiguous portrayal of a woman who has lost belief in life and love, or at least of someone who compels herself to think so. She brilliantly displays the little nuances which let us sense her constant fights with herself and her struggle to not submit to her feelings every time she faces the bright side of the world, forcefully and firmly fossilising herself for the sake of a mission which must be completed.

    Preity Zinta, the star herself in her debut film, does something very few actors have been capable of doing: she makes a great impact despite having a very small role. It's a great achievement for any actor to excel and make a lasting impression with a role of such minimal importance and screen time. She is natural, vibrant and very likable, commanding the audience's attention with her strong screen presence and lively persona. She's always been known for her ability to add happiness and positivity to films which are overly serious and dark, and this one is no exception. Her full of life, frank and direct Preeti is one of the most unforgettable characters in recent years.

    Dil Se is a socially relevant movie but it is a love story at heart and there it scores the most. It may not appeal to all kinds of audiences (in fact, it was a box office failure in India, though a success overseas), more because of its brutally honest depiction of terror and national battle, yet it remains thoroughly fascinating. The film is atmospheric, dark and deep. The only aspects that abstract the viewer from these features may be the energetic music and Preity Zinta's light character. In anyway, it is a picture of great artistic excellence, and I would recommend anyone to see it. The ending is also most unpredictable, only making it more beautiful and memorable.
  • reini-24 August 2001
    The problem with Hindi cinema is its very strong formalistic framework where it has to fit in. It must pass the censors, must be made for a billion of mostly analphabets and must contain a great number of song and dance scenes. Mani Ratnam is one (and only?) director who constantly extents this genre to embrace the producers, the popular audience and the critical and political aware intellectuals with his strong political claims ("Roja", "Bombay"). This one now beats it all and everybody (in India) talked about it. Such an end was not seen before in Hindi cinema, and all fits perfectly well (despite to what some other critics said). And it works even if you know the end before (which most do).

    It's my current favorite. Technically superb, very sophisticated content, big fun and emotions. An american version would have been a typical political thriller about an unlucky love to a female terrorist, but Mani Ratnam gives us 300%. Not just the Indian Spielberg or Tsui Hark, this is more. Go for it.
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    When I first saw Dil Se I had no idea who Mani Ratnam was, but I have since sought out and seen many of his films. Dil Se remains his best film in my opinion.

    A chance encounter at a remote train station between a brash radio executive, Amar Verma, and a mysterious woman Meghna(?) leads to Amar's dogged pursuit of Meghna. He is in love, she is enigmatic, elusive and unattainable despite his following her and pressing his suit. She keeps walking away. Amar seems to give up and goes back home to get engaged to pretty and perky Preety. But then Meghna walks back into his life and asks for help. Amar takes a while to realize that all is not as it should be and the movie rapidly turns from a romance into a thriller in the second half. There is a terrorism sub-plot, there is intense emotion, and the fact that there is one woman too many in our hero's life.. The movie negotiates all this and moves us rapidly towards a stunning finale.

    The film is visually stunning - the train top song Chaiyyan Chaiyyan, the Ladakh locales including a snow covered lake and ruins among the dunes, the masterful use of light in the most intense emotional moments, the mundane streets of Delhi, children running up and down the stairs in an old house - the moments of visual beauty are too many to list. A R Rahman's music is astoundingly good. There is no mediocre number - Sukhwinder's stunning Chaiyyan Chaiyan, Sonu's gritty Satrangi re, Udit's haunting Ae Ajnabi, AR Rahman's soulful Dil Se re, and Lata's sensual Jiya Jale - every song is situationally perfect masterfully sung and worth going on the A-list on your iPod.

    Mani is a master craftsman - the tale of Dil Se is not easily absorbed at one go. The first impact is one of mystery and confusion. But the second time around one knows that this was the intention all along - Meghna carries deep dark secrets that will not allow her to accept her attraction for Amar, yet Amar can sense the mutual attraction and keeps pursuing her. Dil Se is set in some unknown North Eastern state in India. These regions were historically never a part of India and were added to political India by the British. Their populace is culturally and ethnically different. Post-independence these states have been in a state of unrest and more and more isolated. The influx of refugees from Bangladesh into this region has strained resources and made the political situation even more volatile. These states are less affluent and there is much separatist (terrorist?) activity going on in almost every state, despite programs from the central government that provide resources and raw materials at a reduced cost and also decree that only permanent residents and natives can buy land in these states (to keep ethnic identities intact).

    This political situation has parallels in the story - Amar is happy go lucky, affluent, confident in his family relationships, in his identity, in his ability to achieve his goals - whether they be wooing a reluctant woman or meeting with the separatists/terrorists. This is very much like mainstream India. Meghna on the other hand is unhappy, relatively poor (notice the often close to tattered clothing), has feelings of dissociation and estrangement, a need to fight back.

    Their meeting is by chance - just as by happenstance the NE states became part of political India. They are as different as can be - he is brash and hyper, she is introspective and quiet.

    She is attracted to Amar yet also strangely repulsed by him. This is very much like the uneasy political alliance between the NE states and mainstream India. There is the danger of getting engulfed by other neighbors so an alliance is necessary, yet there is perceived disenfranchisement as there is not enough representation in the political process.

    Amar is shown to be a bit coercive in the beginning and overly helpful in the end and this represents the two extremes of how the central government handles the situation in the NE. There are many facilities provided (cheaper resources), protection given in terms of property rights. Yet the hand is heavy when it comes to political decision making.

    Meghna's past parallels some of the heavy handedness at the hands of the center while Aamr's attitude of trying to figure out why there is unrest indicates that there is a basic desire at the center to help.

    The "love" story is rather unusual and highlights these forces of attraction and tension. Only in the very end is Mani completely enigmatic. In the end are we now witnessing the love story alone or is it a prophecy for the future? Mani stays completely on the fence the entire time and looks at the situation (and indeed at the love story) as Amar the journalist would. He is merely reporting the facts and not passing any judgments.

    The film is superbly acted. Shahrukh effortlessly conveys the brash young man in search of a story, the obsessed lover, the reluctant fiancé, the angry man, the patriot. This is one of his finest roles to date. Manisha does an excellent job as Meghna - she is luminous, diffident, attracted and yet repulsed, driven - and all this with almost no words spoken. Shahrukh conveys so much with body language - watch him in the desert after Meghna leaves in the night - he is despair personified. And Manisha uses her eyes - a look says it all when Amar asks her on the roof top if she loves him. Preity is great as the perky girl - excellent in the sensuous number Jiya Jale. I hope Mani Ratnam is aware of the huge impact this film had and continues to have. Watch Dil Se, you will not be disappointed.
  • This is a haunting film. Everyone raves about the music and cinematography (which of course are excellent), but I wanted to write about the often maligned plot. After seeing Dil Se for the second time, it was easier to see how the seemingly irrational actions of the characters were a result of their life circumstances. I understood much better why Amar was compelled to pursue Meghna; if you've ever been in love with the wrong person, you'll understand too. Meghna is like many other damaged people I've known: capricious, confused, sometimes cruel to others, but in the end her own worst enemy. Both know that their paths are not supposed to join (and pay lip service to that fact), but find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. This is evident by Amar's reaction to seeing Meghna at his engagement, and again in Meghna's attempts to convince herself to feel nothing but fiery patriotism. It is this relentless attraction that forces the shattering scene at the end of the movie--there is no other way for them to be together. This is a very thought-provoking movie, but it does require you to think--not the sort of thing to watch mindlessly while munching on popcorn. It will move you to your core, if you let it.
  • "Dil Se" is poetry. Although it is a Mani Ratnam film, the hand of Santosh Sivan is all over it, especially in the music videos. Sivan's artistry and Ratnam's genius, when combined with the sizeable dramatic talent of Shahrukh Khan and an amazing soundtrack by A. R. Rehman, is almost perfect. Even Manisha Koirala is good! Preity Zinta also stands out in a smaller role as SRK's reluctant fiancee. This is not your typical Bollywood film, and this showed at the box office, but that's not a bad thing. This film shows more artistry, more integrity, and more "dil" (heart) than most recent offerings from both the east and the west. "Dil Se" is a really great film.
  • "Dil Se" is easily the most cerebral film churned out by commercial Indian cinema in the last decade. It is not presented as a separatist polemic, nor should it be considered as such (as a lot of myopic viewers have done). Nor is it a film about terrorism. It is essentially a love story told against the backdrop of terrorism. Mani Ratnam is at his best, producing what can only be called surreal realism. Many of you may have forgotten, but once upon a time Shah Rukh Khan was a good actor, and this is easily one of his best performances. Preity Zinta is the only glimmer of relief in this heavy handed tale of darkness and despair. This was also her first film. Rahman's songs are his career best, each of the six tracks more replendent than the last. Above all, however, Dil Se belongs to the luminously gifted Manisha Koirala, who delivers a crushing and skinless portrayal of a reluctant avenger. In a role of almost no dialogue, she speaks volumes through her reticent glances and a body language that is burdened by sorrow. It is a sin that such dramatically gifted actresses like Manisha, Tabu, Juhi, Nandita Das, etc. are relegated to competing for potboiler non-roles that crown glamorous dance queens like Aishwariya, Amisha, Madhuri and ilk the top of the heap. India has great actors- the film industry just doesn't know how to utilize them.
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    Who would have thought, that love, singing and terrorism can credibly be combined? But the characters of Manisha Koirala and Shah Rukh Khan are so convincingly and urgently represented, that one can comprehend his deep, unconditional love the same way one can comprehend her fear of him getting closer to her. Because after all the atrocities she has experienced and her role in the suicide command and terrorism, she still in her quiet, reserved ways clings to life, as she develops relationships with other people again and again, for the reason of friendliness and humanity and not for her inhuman cause of terrorism. In the same extent he wants to save her, she develops a fear of this rescue. No matter how she rejects him, his love grows and he does not want to give up, even if it could cost his own life.

    This story is so fascinatingly told, that one has hardly time to breathe. In addition to that the film language is so enormous and the use of light in some scenes is so space and timeless beautiful, that it is hard to find a comparison to DIL SE. One of those scenes is set at a campfire somewhere in a desert. In the unique Mani Ratnam style there is bright light in the background, intimate whisperings between Meghna and Amar about the three dearest things in the world, close up shots on their faces. The closer Meghna and Amar are getting, the fewer light beams radiates between the two heads and less the observer can see of this intimate moment, the farther away they are from each other, the more one can see of what they are doing, but less is happening. Light means life. Although in Indian Cinema rarely real kisses can be watched, this almost kiss belongs to the Top Ten of best film kisses ever. One could almost feel and taste the tension in this scene.

    Whoever particularly watches Bollywood Cinema because of the music and the dance scenes will also enjoy this movie. The scene on top of the train became film history and meanwhile it is already quoted in advertisement. In this regard the film is also unusual, the music smoothly adjusts itself into the story and continues to carry it on a bit. As the characters wonder what could have happened if they would have met in another life under different circumstances. The music is made so beautifully.

    I think that Western or European spectators could find an easy introduction to Indian Cinema with DIL SE , the story telling reminds of the European Cinema Style in a way. It gives enough room to read between the lines and in the faces of the brilliant actors. Words are not needed to explain their actions it is simply there to see it and experience it.

    Dil SE is absolutely no film which one can easily forget. As far as I'm concern the question that still employs me after having seen it a few times is whether there could have been another end for the two characters or whether the end shown in this film remains the only possible ending to their story. Well, the end of this movie is really the only thing which does not please me. I don't think there has to be a happy ending after all but still the end shown is missing the strength and love of the rest of the story, it just ends it, period.
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    I have to say, honestly, that this movie was one of the best movies with Shah Rukh Khan. It is a bit arty and that is what makes it so special comparing to the usual commercial stuff that he does.

    Both Shah Rukh and Manisha act outstanding. No words to describe it. Preity Zinta is bubbly, but that just makes Manisha more real and believable.

    The soundtrack is without a doubt one of the best things about this movie. The song Chaiyya Chaiyya is really famous, and the choreographer Farah Khan, won some international prizes for it. Shah Rukh dances on a train with Malaika Arora. Something extra: in the movie Kaal, couple of years later, Shah Rukh and Malaika do another song together: Kaal Dhamaal, which rocks like Chaiyya Chaiyya.

    There is one point, which I wished would have been different. That's the only reason that I give this movie a 9 of 10. The ending could have been different. But maybe this is what makes the movie special. I just don't like to see SRK dying in any movie...
  • flysrb8327 September 2006
    This movie is close to my heart. It stands out as one of a kind to me in the world of Bollywood cinema, which is usually frivolous and contrived. Every part of this movie was well-made, the music was used brilliantly and it was just emotionally very touching. The chemistry between Shahrukh and Manisha was subtle but definitely there. Manisha's acting in this difficult role was done superbly. It is surprising that many people disliked this movie because of the ending, as I think it was beautifully portrayed. My favorite movie of all time- I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a hopeless romantic like myself and would do anything for love.
  • The main highlight of the movie was no doubt the sound of the movie, if you watch this movie in digital dolby, you wont find a better sounding Hindi movie ever.

    The characters are very real, with the background of the sets very real, nothing filmy about it. The movie has a distinct aura, since the love story is running in background, with the viewer glued to unfolding mystery about the heroine(manisha koirala). She exude vulnerability, revengeful, and the docile of the commoner. She fits the role to the T. So can be said about shahrukh khan(best movie ever, after Kabhi Haa Kabhi naa). Shahrukh walks effortlessly through the role, being very real in the depiction. So are all other characters in the movie.

    Choreography cannot be even better. All songs have certain magic, new, innovative, very impressive and music mind boggling.

    Highly recommended by me, see and listen in digital dolby sound system, this is the best sounding movie ever.
  • This film was not a hit in India. This is not surprising as it was not a typical Bollywood film. This is not to say that it is a bad film. It has a good story, good performances, mind blowing music and very good ending. Unlike most Hindi films, "Dil Se..." is not loaded with dialogues. Most of the "talking" is done through expressions. Leaving the audience to think for themselves. Perhaps this is why Indian audiences did not embrace this film and Indians living abroad did. ManiRathnam proves with this film that like Shekur Kapoor he would not be out of place in Hollywood making big budget films that captivate the audience. A must see!
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    Dil Se.. is an amazing movie, being quite original and portraying the power of love in the purist form. The Sufi (spiritual and divine) essence of love in both the music and the movie as a whole makes it a brilliant piece. It is beautiful how innocence and love are projected in a background of misery and suffering. The song lyrics are amazing especially those of the song "Dil Se". It defines the delicacy and fragility of human nature and the passion and yearning with which the human heart calls out for .. love. Personally, I think that Shahrukh Khan has never acted better in any other movie than this one because of the demands of his role that seems like a minor character when compared to the complicated and fearless heroine. It is good to see that the hero is an ordinary man falling in love and being thrown in the face of patriotic duty rather than the typical macho heroes of Indian movies. His realistic character shows in the fight scenes where he gets beat up by the enemy repeatedly and consequently, grows to put up a fight driven by love. The heroine has more of a character than that of a Bond-girl or damsel type seductress typical of Indian movie heroines. The choreography of the songs is very touching as it combines different aspects of love i.e. innocence and spiritual fulfillment with sexual longing.
  • lswote18 March 2001
    As a farm boy from the heartland, it is hard to believe I could fall in love with a Hindi movie about love and terrorism, but I found myself unable to resist the magnetism of this movie. This movie has dance sequences reminiscent of Michael Jackson at his peak, breathtaking scenery and a love story to rival anything seen in Hollywood. Deriving the bulk of my knowledge of Indian history from the movie "Gandhi" I was surprised to learn of the unhappiness and dissent in India portrayed in this movie. This movie is complex in its scope but simple in its soul. It is about love.

    See this movie for a lot of reasons, but the love story is reason enough.
  • This movie is unbelievably awesome as it is the most realistic and full of suspence and fun to watch. The acting of both Sharukh and Manisha is awesome.

    I see a lot of movies mostly eng, some hindi, (i'm a movie freak) but i havent seen a hindi movie this good in my life before. If you like reslistic movies about terrorism and crazy true love, you would love this movie.
  • This is a great film, even though the screenplay is dull Santosh sivan's camera work is excellent. Rahman's music is superb especially the "Chaiyya Chaiyya"song. FarahKhan's choreography is good in the Chaiyya chaiyya song (dancing in a moving train).Sharukh's acting is classic in all parts of the movie. The best one in this movie is cinematography by SantoshSivan.I think this film will show his calibre as the best cinematographer in india to date.
  • I am not a fan of commercial Hindi cinema. Having said that, I have to say that really liked Dil Se. Mani Rathnam tries to deviate from the norm and try to attempt a story that at once captivates and disturbs. Understated nuanced acting, not valued by most Indian actors, is the norm in this movie. The images are haunting, the sensibilities are delicate and the scenery breathtaking. If you plan to see only one Hindi film that you plan to see, this should be it. Having said that, Rathnam fails in his attempt to placate the average moviegoer of India by stuffing the movie with 5 (beautifully choreographed and well-recorded) songs that jarres the narrative. Also at least at one occasion (immediately after Amarkanth Varma witnesses Meghna's outbreak right before the storm) the editing is crude and sticks like an afterthought. Manisha Koirala could well be the successor to Shabana Azmi if she chooses her roles well. Shahrukh khan is refreshing in this departure from his regular song and dance routine.
  • andrew-osullivan24 August 2003
    A serious mainstream director in Indian cinema? Look south again for a top calibre director with something worthwhile to say and the technical nous to realize a vision. Mani Ratnam's a craftsman and an artist.
  • I guess the summary says it all.. has to be one of the best hindi movies ever made... too bad it didn't do well at the box office. why? because that time shahrukh khan was going thru a phase of the choclate hero. ppl just didnt except him. BY FAR SRK's best work YET. brilliant film! a must see..for both Hindi & English speaking audiences.
  • Truly, I have no words to describe the effort taken by ManiRathnam to make a WORLD CLASS product such as Dil Se. It is amazing!! The story has Shahrukh falling in love with Manisha, unknown of the fact that she is a terrorist. He follows her only to be rejected.

    Also, it is revealed that she is THE human bomb who is gonna kill the President during the Republic Day Ceremony. The plot revolves around them until, Preity Zinta makes a surprise entry as his chosen bride. The story then becomes a love triangle with lots of twists and turns and glues us till the end.

    Mani, hats off to you!!
  • Wooden20 February 2005
    10/10
    Great!
    "Dil Se" is an excellent film with a powerful ending and one of A R Rahman's best scores. "Sat Rangi" song visuals are especially creative. "Ajnabi" is another wonderful slow and haunting piece. This film focuses on the obsessions of two individuals. Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala both pursue their objectives with strong conviction and that is what makes this film interesting to watch. Another great thing is that the characters do understand each others' reasons for their actions yet neither one wants to give in. The cast did a great job, (my personal favorite is the small role of Shuklaji.) If you like this film consider "Yuva", "Nayak", also by Mani Ratnam.
  • Scene 1- (Year 1998) I was 11, when i took my brother with me forcefully to watch my favorite actor's(Srk's) movie. The movie had already bombed at the Indian box office. But i heard somewhere that this movie has made it to the Top 10 list of UK Box office. So i insisted, but later regretted. After the movie was over,i was like-- where is the real SRK that we all love??why is he overreacting in the movie??what is this girl doing in the movie??. Though i loved Preity Zinta like all of us did. But i thought i would never watch such movie again in my life.

    Cut 2--(Year 2009) I have been a regular visitor of IMDb, there are 100's of movies which i loved and i have watched it over n over again, but never bothered to register on this site to comment on them. But today, I broke my years long promise of not to watch this movie and i saw it again, and i was taken aback. I specially took some time out to register on this website and to post something about this movie. I did this just because of the following reasons, which actually justify why i have given 10 stars rating to this movie: - -- It is one of the most intelligent movies that Bollywood has ever produced. Expect few songs, the entire movie runs at a very fast speed.

    -- Santosh Sivan did a wonderful job in not only capturing the beauty of Ladakh, but also in involving us as much as he could.

    -- A.R. Rehman's best work till date. Though some songs were unnecessarily added in the movie, but still I didn't mind that because they are simple outstanding. Not just his songs but also his background music is something to write about, which is simply superb.

    -- High production values.

    -- Proper doses of humour and romantic elements, has made this Romantic thriller, very pleasant to watch.

    -- Extra Ordinary Direction by Mani Ratnam.( I don't know how much Shekhar Kapoor, Ram Gopal Verma and Bobby Bedi were involved in writing and execution of the movie)The story is powerful and its execution is out of the world.The subject has been treated very cleverly by Mani Ratnam.

    -- Lastly and most importantly, Supreme Performances by its lead actors. After few minutes into the movie, I never felt that this is SRK and Manisha Koirala, who are acting there in Sub Zero temperature. This is SRK's best work till date. No one in bollywood could have played this part with such an obsession like SRK did. Not for a second, i thought this is SRK. I was so involved in his character and that was possible only and only because of SRK. Manisha Koirala has done complete justice to her role of meghana. Just watch her emote in every sequence of this movie. Its really sad to see that she is not getting good roles now a days. What a waste of such a brilliant actress. Both the actors deserved an award, but there used to be a rule in bollywood(and still is??)that if the movie is a success, the even the worst actors can get best actor's award.

    Just because indians were not ready for such an intelligent movie, this movie was a disaster at the Indian Box Office. But, this is a Masterpiece which grows over you with every scene of it.
  • Mani Ratnam's Dil Se is a classic example of casting gone wrong for a very good storyline. Well, at least, for the male lead. Such was the persona of Shah Rukh Khan as a romantic hero that it was improbable that the burning issue of North-East insurgence would salvage this wonderfully-crafted film from the fate it suffered.

    On the whole, the film impresses, with its breath-taking visuals of Ladakh and the North-East, the mesmerizing music, and a fiery performance from Manisha Koirala. Granted that Priety Zinta was more of an ugly duckling than the elegant woman she is now, hers was a delightful debut. But the biggest disappointment is Shah Rukh. Tied to a role light years apart from the moon-gazing, mandolin-strumming Casanova that he was so accustomed to, he fails to bring the required wee-bit restraint to an investigating reporter. Perhaps, movies with hard-hitting realism were not his forte then.

    Despite that, there are plenty of sequences worth remembering: the disturbing throwbacks into Meghna's (Manisha) past; the awkward interaction between Amar (Shah Rukh) and Preeti (Zinta) and that song on top of a train. I read somewhere that the songs were brilliant to listen to, but were inserted at the most inappropriate of moments in the film. I don't disagree. However, considering the length and the pace of the storyline, I wouldn't blame the editor and the director either. In any case, the songs are fabulous on their own and take the listener on a rich and vibrant journey of foot-tapping modernity and old world classicism. There is also a mournful melody rendered by the then-rejuvenated Sukhwinder Singh that somehow escaped a listing on the soundtrack. Maybe, you need to watch the movie to savor that.

    It is definitely worth watching and more realistic than the fare dished out by Karan Johar and his ilk, but it is more an adventure of human motivations than a treatise on terrorism that the filmmakers would like us to believe. Pity, it suffered badly at the box-office.
  • It's one of those films which you'd love to watch over and again (though perhaps not the song sequences!) They hardly contribute to the film. Though independently, the songsand the cheroghraphy is wonderful.almost all the songs r superb hits! they are one of the best of A R Rehman. Mani Ratnam's films always have a good storyline. Same is with this one.Shah Rukh Khan as Aman Verma has done a good role specially at the beginning and one can see Manisha Koirala in one of her (few) good roles. The film begins well, stalls in the middle and then again picks up well near the end. I loved Priety Zinta's character. She looks absolutely cute and sexy at the same time. Some of her dialogues with Shah Rukh khan are quite hilarious and add that tiny bit of humor in the otherwise serious romantic/drama. The film essays the problems faced by the people of North-East India and depicts the subsequent terrorism prevailing in those areas. The film has beautiful cinematography. The scenes from Ladakh / Leh are breathtakingly-beautiful, while those of NE-India aren't so bad . Even the scenes shot in Delhi depict quite tranquil pictures. this film is a must watch for tjose of you who like serious films having a great acting n memorable story!

    Watch this film. it truly touches ur heart! film.
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