Dil Se
India 1998
Directed by Mani Ratnam.

Amar (Shahrukh Khan), a reporter for All India radio, goes on assignment to Kashmir, and on the way falls in love with Meghna (Manisha Koirala), a girl who refuses to open up and rebuffs all his efforts, and may be involved with terrorists. He doesn't give up: some might call it true love, I call it harassment, but whatever. By Intermission, she is gone, and with it his heart. The second act involves a potential arranged marriage for Amar with a sophisticated urban girl (Preity Zinta), and a planned terrorist attack in New Delhi. A movie that dares pose the question (and I quote): "Which is more important, our love or terrorism?" The music is among the best I've heard (and am considering buying the soundtrack), but in the structure of the film, the songs are all inserted as basically dream sequences that do nothing to advance the plot, which massively undercuts the emotion of the music and leaves you feeling like you've paused the movie for a moment to watch some MTV. The ending of the movie feels tacked on and dream-like. Strange to say when talking about a Bollywood film, but they could have used more time to end it properly.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 21, 2004.


I agree. Awkwardly inserted song sequences can be unnerving. However, in the last few years, some critically acclaimed Hindi movies (such as "Dor") have been released with their songs integrated into the background soundtrack. This way the music does not detract from the main story.

Posted by: Zingzoo at March 31, 2007 03:09 PM


well there are 5 songs in the movie, but I think at least 2 songs are certainly not inserted ("Tu hi tu" and "Ee Ajnabi") and specifically "Ee Ajabi" is the masterpiece, execllent lyrics, picturisation and music, but for that you need to understand the song in directly hindi! I think that song can't be translated in English ! Other then songs, movie has lots of many things e.g. Manisha Koirala's acting in first half !


Posted by: Mayur at May 15, 2007 04:05 PM

The movie is good but the last 5 minutes and specially the end when the movie closes with a blast was some what weird.

But the best part of the movie is its music, which is very enchanting, spevcially Chaiyya chaiyya, too hi too, these songs gives you goose pimples and are of very very different quality

Posted by: Arif Ali Zaidi at June 19, 2007 05:54 AM
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