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Dil se: Bollywood Movie (1998)

Shahrukh Khan , Manisha Koirala , Mani Ratnam  |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta
  • Directors: Mani Ratnam
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Moserbaer
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016GOJEU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a film by the director Maniratham. In this movie he handles the terrorism vs love as the subjects. A.R Rahman has composed the quality album songs and back ground scores for the film. Shah Rukh Khan plays the lead role as a worker in ALL India radio . He happens to meet Manisha Koirala who is a part of a terrorist team. She is also a sucide bomber. Shah rukh falls in love with her .Though Manisha falls in love at first sight,her mission prevents to express her love.In the mean time Shah rukh family arrange for his marriage with Priety Zinta. The rest of the film is about which one succeeds - the love or the arranged marriage alliance or the terrorist plan. The Sensitivity of love and the feelings that run through between shah rukh and Manisha are well portrayed. Manisha plays her role very well in exhibiting the struggle her role has to exercise in trying to balance between love and terrorism. It 's the portrayal of story that has made it a different film from the others.

It is indeed a case of truth proving stranger than fiction with the release of a film on terrorism at the very height of a global terrorist scare. One would think that this fact could only aid "Dil Se" by heightening the impact on the audience. Unfortunately, this is not the case. "Dil Se" is a valiant effort on Mani Ratnam´s part but gets lost somewhere along the way in a weak screenplay and sketchy characterizations.

The first half of "Dil Se" relies more on images than a solid screenplay, but Santosh Sivan´s camera work is simply stunning and perhaps the best I´ve ever witnessed on the Hindi screen. Every image is like a celluloid poem and thus very effective. "Chaiya Chaiya", "Dil Se", and "Satrangi Re" are some of the most aesthetically pleasing songs ever shot. The locations are gorgeous! Mr. Sivan single-handedly holds the audience´s interest despite the fact that they are left to contend with the very drawn out interactions between Amar (Shahrukh)and a cold, lifeless caricature called "Meghna" (Manisha).he script completely falls apart after intermission. Manisha´s character waxes and wanes between acting human and acting for her terrorist cause, but with no real pattern or logic to her actions. One minute she will feel guilty about using Shahrukh in order that she may be incognito in Delhi, while the next minute she doesn´t bat an eyelid when he´s arrested or in danger. Her breakdown scenes seem extremely forced into the script, and the only reason why these scenes prove even somewhat effective is because Manisha is and remains a phenomenal actress, even in an improperly-defined part like this.

Mani Ratnam movies always deal with burning issues,while Dil Se has it's heart in the right place the movie does not make a very deep impact.

About the Actor

There is not a dot in Bollywood that does not carry Shahrukh Khan's name. He was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi, India. He married Gauri Khan on 25 October 1991. They have two children, son Aryan Khan (b. 1997) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). Khan started out his career appearing in several television serials in the late 1980s. He made his film debut with the commercially successful Deewana (1992). Since then, he has been part of numerous commercial successes, as well as having delivered a variety of critically acclaimed performances. During his years in the Indian film industry, he has won seven Film Fare Best actor awards and has had significant box office success. Some of his films includes: Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993), Anjaam (1994), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Om Shanti om (2007), Chak De India (2007) among others.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie February 21, 2012
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As a big Bollywood fan, and an even bigger Shahrukh Khan fan, I expected to like this movie. What I didn't expect was the level of emotions this movie provoked. I won't go into any spoilers, but I did not expect the movie to end the way it did. That is very unusual for a Bollywood movie.

My very favorite Bollywood song, Chaiyya Chaiyya, is from this movie, and this song and dance sequence is nothing short of brilliant. Dancing on top of the train! I love the music and dance scenes from Bollywood anyway, but this dance was beautifully choreographed, and the dancing on top of the train was amazing.The scenic route taken by the train is simply beautiful.

This is one of my favorite Shahrukh Khan movies, and I can't tell you how many times I've seen it. It never gets old.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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There's a big, giant "Moser Baer" watermark that obstructs the upper, left-hand corner of the screen, and it never goes away. At times people look like they have "Moser Baer" digitally tattooed across their foreheads. If at all possible, find some other distributor for this movie. Don't buy this one unless you want to suffer hours of frustration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Film!!! April 25, 2012
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I love this film - but in a painful way. This film leaves me speachless. It is incredibly impactful. The love story is one of the most powerful I've seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Eros version! April 21, 2012
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I love this movie! I know others have issues with accuracy, believability, etc. but it's still a Bollywood movie--not a documentary. I love the young, naive character Shah Rukh plays in it, and his persistence, although, my husband says he should've just pursued the belly dancer (Malaika Arora Khan) that was dancing on top of the train with him at the beginning of the movie and saved himself alot of trouble! (A really great scene, by the way!)

I already owned the Moserbaer version of this movie before I bought this one, and it's a pretty bad version of the movie. It just seems really cheap, cuts off in places and has their watermark glaringly obvious in the corner the whole time, and also doesn't look very clear. (I've experienced the same thing with other Moserbaer movies so I just won't buy those anymore.) I decided to try Eros' version and what a huge difference! I love it. This version is definitely the one to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Mani Ratnam December 31, 2010
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Shahrukh: "Love is greater than terrorism."
Manisha: "This thing that is not our destiny, why should we love it?"

Don't read a plot synopsis of this won't find it there.

Despite its being overshadowed by its own music "Chaiyya-Chaiyya," Dil Se is a unique and intensely affective art work in cinema from India, from this greatest of artistic contributing trios- Mani Ratnam, A R Rahman, and Gulzar the poet.

The movie is focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Indian Independence and Partition, and for a second time in five years (Roja, 1993) Mani Ratnam chooses to revisit the turmoil of Kashmir, and with none of the idealistic flag waving of Roja, but from a different point of view, limited to the experience of the two main characters, their positions in Indian society- not the politics or its accuracy.

Dil Se doesn't lecture you or try to shame you into believing an interpretation of the politics, or explain the uncertainties as to who the characters represent- Assamese, Kashmiri, or Ladakhi. But by dramatic license Manisha Koirala's character Meghna is Ladakhi, by the implication of fraternal polyandry characteristic of Tibeten influence in that Buddhist area, the pictures clearly of Leh, the chorten in the many shots in the mountains, and an implied location shot at Pyang Gompa Buddhist monastery in Ladakh.

What MANI RATNAM contributes: I can imagine Ratnam performing the time honored process in Indian cinema production of lengthy reading of the narrative in exquisite detail, but WITHOUT A SCRIPT in the first pitch process of the film to the actors, which they then carry out in spirit.
The progression of this film is entertaining to watch every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Beautiful. Fantastic! August 19, 2008
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'Dil Se' is certainly not your typical Bollywood film. You know, guy falls in love with girl, parents object but they end up together anyway. 'Dil Se' is nothing like this - which is probably why it did not do too well at the Indian box office.
This movie is a romantic film, but the political/social undertones are strong. In the first half a journalist (played by the legend Shah Rukh Khan in what I consider his best-acted role) falls hopelessly in love with a mysterious woman (Manisha Koirala, truly one of India's best actresses). Sounds typical, right? Wrong! No matter how many times I watch this movie I am always in awe of the way this 'romance' is handled. The journalist's relentless pursuit of this woman who REALLY doesn't seem to have time for him is both disturbing and intriguing. And this is only the first half. I can't tell you about the second half.
The cinematography of this film is like none other I have ever seen - it is raw and sinister, not saturated and bright like that of other Hindi films. The mood is also very different. From the very first scene you are drawn in. I've shown 'Dil Se' to many of my friends who have never seen an Indian movie before, and they have all been left in awe.
There are some really beautiful scenes in this movie. And it succeeds in the technical department as well. Often when Bollywood films try to tackle subjects such as terrorism and weapons (don't worry, I haven't ruined anything for you) they end up looking really silly because the directors don't seem to know much about these subjects. But 'Dil Se' accomplishes this with striking realism.
One last thing: the music! This film may not have done well, but the soundtrack became an instant classic and is still beloved in India (and beyond) today. It is simply superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bollywood film
This springs some surprises on the genre, but still gives the people what they expect, songs, emotion, lovely people and places.
Published 14 months ago by Dnchance
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright
The theme of love is strong, but I don't want to watch it again. After the movie was over I looked up a review someone had given on the plot and that review made me think about the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by G
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst 3 hours of my life
Spoiler Alert. Don't get me wrong. I love Bollywood movies. I'm a huge fan of shahrukh khan. But this movie sucked. Read more
Published on December 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars For sensitive viewers, a warning on content
(Note: This review does contain a spoiler.)

My husband and I have been watching Bollywood movies for several years now, and we like Shahrukh Khan, which is why I picked... Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by J. Browning
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like sad films...this is it
I guess I'm into more of the happier Sharukah Khan movies. Both of the actors played their roles very well. Sharukah Khan is my favorite Bollywood actor. Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by Movmtns
4.0 out of 5 stars Had the potential of being really great
I did not like it at all. Was very disappointed. Was really expecting more. Shahrukh and Preity performances are the only thing that kept me watching this till the end. Read more
Published on December 16, 2010 by Yuliya
4.0 out of 5 stars recommend to watch at least once
This movie shows that love is a powerful thing. The places where the movie
was filmed comes over as a turnoff but the story line is really very good. Read more
Published on November 11, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising Film
Wow, was this different. A friend of mine asked if I had seen Dil Se when I said I had loved Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, and when she found out I hadn't she gave it to me as a... Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by Bollywhat?
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