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? Bhansali and art director Nitin Desai toured Gujarat, Bhuj and Kutch to get the perfect locales and research the lifestyles and culture extensively. Due to this research, the sets designed were so good that Desai claims he got a letter from a filmmaking team in Canada asking which part of the country the location was in. Read More
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as Sameer Rafilini
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as Nilesh
as Vitthal Kaka
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as Radha
as Vikramjeet
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as Anupama
as Amrita
as Pundit Darbar
as Tarun
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Special Thanks
Film Type:
Feature Film
Spoken Languages:
English, Hungarian
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: T-Series
Music Director: Ismail Darbar
Lyricist: Mehboob Kotwal
Music Director: Anjan Biswas, Ismail Darbar
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....
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.
Salman Khan, who plays Sameer in the movie, is shown to have a strange habit of talking to his deceased father while looking at the sky. It is said that even director Bhansali had this habit from his childhood as he lost his father at a young age. Sameer’s connection with his father had a pivotal role in the movie, as it was only during these conversations that Sameer spoke his heart out. The connection between Sameer and his father was brought out very well during the movie.

Saroj Khan won an award for Best Choreography at the Filmfare Awards for the song Nimbooda. The song picturized on Aishwarya Rai is a dance number involving fast beats and a lot of quick dance movements. The actress did a fabulous job in performing on this track even when her feet were swollen due to an accident due to a chandelier on the set and had to dance with swollen feet. Bhansali has thanked her many times for her dedication and incredible performance in the movie and particularly for this song.

In the garba song Dholi Taro, to light-up the acrylic floor Nitin Desai, the art-director, used marigold flowers for the purpose. The flowers that are traditionally offered in temples were placed under the acrylic sheets, which lightened up the floor as well as the whole set. While the song was shot, the floor looked phenomenal with an orange background and nobody could make out that it was dazzling due to the marigold flowers and not the lighting.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali had chosen Miss World Aishwarya Rai to play Nandini, but producers of the film were skeptical whether she would be able to play the character or not since she had a Western face. According to Wikipedia, Aishwarya’s look of a desi girl in ghagra-choli and a plait was suggested by Bhansali, who came up with the idea, "Why not tie her hair in a plait and give her a traditional look?" The New-found look of Miss World charmed the audiences and the character was a big hit, as was the movie.

The film won a lot of critical acclaim and awards, including three National awards, nine Filmfare and eleven IIFA awards. Not many people know that Ismail Darbar, who was honored with a National Award for the music direction spent two years on the music of the film. As a result, the album had songs for all the occasions and all the songs of the movie were a hit.

The story is adopted from Maitreyi Devi's Bengali novel 'Na Hanyate', and is based on a love triangle. It also reflects the influence of the German novella Immensee and the 1943 Nazi era film based on it, 'Immensee'.

The bridge shown in the movie was set in Budapest, Hungary, but Bhansali felt that names like Budapest or Hungary would not connect with the masses, so the Hungarian scenes were shown as Italian in the film.

In the wedding scene, Sameer says that Aishwarya Rai's chracter, Nandini, acts as if she is Miss World. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, actually was Miss World in 1994.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ismail Darbar spent two years on the music of the film.

Bhansali and art director Nitin Desai toured Gujarat, Bhuj and Kutch to get the perfect locales and research the lifestyles and culture extensively. Due to this research, the sets designed were so good that Desai claims he got a letter from a filmmaking team in Canada asking which part of the country the location was in.

For the lit-up acrylic floor in the garba song, Nitin Desai placed marigold flowers, which are traditionally offered in temples, under the acrylic sheets.

Samir's strange habit of looking at the sky and talking to his deceased father comes from director Bhansali's childhood, when he had done the same thing.

Since it wasn't possible that Kareena Kapoor could play the lead in Khamoshi: The Musical, Sanjay Leela Bhansali offered her the role of Nandini in this movie.

This movie also resulted in a real life romance between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai, the most publicized love affair in the history of Indian Cinema.

Due to a chandelier accident on the set, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan danced to "Nimbooda" while her feet were swollen.

In Aishwarya Rai Bachchan'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.

At a screening of Raja Hindustani, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan came up to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, shook his hand and told him that she loved his work in Khamoshi: The Musical. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has said that her eyes were like fire, and he had been looking for a girl to play Nandini. At that moment he said to himself, "Yehi to hai meri Nandini (She is my Nandini)."

Producers of the film had doubts that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan would be able to deliver playing Nandini, because she had a Miss World image and a Western face. But Sanjay Leela Bhansali just said, "Why not tie her hair in a plait and give her a traditional look?"