Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 57 mins

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Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) is the daughter of Pandit Darbar (Vikram Gokhale), renowned proponent of Indian classical music. Nandini has been brought up with more freedom and education than her siblings, as she is the most beloved of Pandit Darbar. Into this carefree life enters Sameer (Salman Khan), a boy of Indo-Italian parentage who wants to learn Indian classical music from Pandit Darbar. Sameer stays with the Darbar family, and Nandini is asked to vacate her room to give the guest the nicest room in the mansion. Nandini takes a dislike to Sameer, and the two keep playing pranks on each other, but soon realise they are in love. Their love blossoms in the Darbar household around weddings, festivals and family get-togethers. One day the pair are caught rehearsing their wedding vows and dreaming of their future together by Pandit Darbar, who becomes furious with them. He has already planned Nandini's wedding. Sameer is kicked out of the house and asked never to contact Nandini again. Sameer does not leave India immediately. He stays in town and writes letters to Nandini asking her to join him, but his letters do not reach her in time. Nandini's parents have arranged to get her married to Vanraj (Ajay Devgn) — who had fallen in love with Nandini during her cousin's wedding. On the wedding night, Vanraj realises that Nandini is not herself and tries to ask her why she is not responding to his love. He asks her for the truth, promising he will help her no matter what. Nandini stays quiet but is later caught reading Sameer's letters. Vanraj is very angry at first as all he had asked was the truth from her. When he realises that his wife is in love with another man, he shows the ultimate love by taking Nandini to Italy and help her search for Sameer, to the initial dislike—but eventual approval—of his own parents. Nandini and Vanraj arrive in Italy and start searching for Sameer but always come up against dead ends. During their search, they face many problems and dilemmas and slowly Nandini gets to see what Vanraj really is like. She sees Vanraj selflessly devoting himself to caring for her during her stay in hospital after an incident. Eventually they get news about Sameer through his mother (played by Helen), and Vanraj arranges for Nandini to meet Sameer on the night of his debut concert. His job done, Vanraj says goodbye to Nandini and walks away. Nandini and Sameer meet, but the matured Nandini's feelings for him have changed. She reflects on the unwavering love and devotion that Vanraj showed her throughout their whole relationship, and realises that Vanraj was her true soul mate. She leaves Sameer and apologises to him, runs to Vanraj and embraces him- it is implied that they live happily ever after.

Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Salman Khan

Crew: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Director), Anil Mehta (Director of Photography), Anjan Biswas (Music Director), Ismail Darbar (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 18 Jun 1999 (India)

Tagline: In this world... where desire rules the heart, you will discover... love is the flame that lights up the soul

Hindi Name: हम दिल दे चुके सनम

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Did you know? The film is a loose adaptation of the Bengali novel Na Hanyate by Maitreyi Devi. Read More
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as Vanraj
as Sameer Rafilini
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as Panditji
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as Shilpa
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as Nilesh
as Vitthal Kaka
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as Bhairav
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as Paresh
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as Radha
as Vikramjeet
as Kamna Pui
as Anupama
as Amrita
as Pundit Darbar
as Tarun
as Dadi


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Film Type:
Spoken Languages:
English, Hungarian
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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Music Label: T-Series

Music Director: Ismail Darbar
Lyricist: Mehboob Kotwal

Music Director: Ismail Darbar, Anjan Biswas
Lyricist: Mehboob Kotwal
Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan
In this world... where desire rules the heart, you will discover... love is the flame that lights up the soul
Straight from the heart....
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Nautanki Saala (Hindi)
Referenced in: Chashme Baddoor (Hindi)
Errors in Geography
All of the scenes supposedly set in Italy are in Hungary - the signs are all in Hungarian, and the locals all speak Hungarian.

Factual Mistake
Universal health care is offered in Italy to all citizens and visitors: a hospital there would not have refused to treat Nadini over lack of funds after she had been shot.

When Nandini cuts her wrist, falls sideways and the blood trickles into the water you can see the device attached to the back of her arm that carries the fake blood.
The film is a loose adaptation of the Bengali novel Na Hanyate by Maitreyi Devi.

Many scenic locations in the movie were filmed in Budapest, Hungary, but director Sanjay Leela Bhansali felt that names like Budapestand Hungary would not connect with the masses, so the Hungarian scenes were shown as Italian in the film.

In Aishwarya Rai's first scene, she is seen walking across the Kutch desert. She did this barefoot and in 35 degree weather. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali later expressed his great gratitude and respect for her having done so.

During the making of the film, a real life romance developed between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai, which became the most publicized love affair in the history of Indian Cinema.