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Straight From the Heart (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)

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An inquisitive teen-ager meddles in the love lives of her mother, sister and neighbor.

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  • Actors: Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram Gokhale, Smita Jaykar
  • Directors: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • Writers: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Amrik Gill, Kenneth Phillips, Pratap Karvat
  • Producers: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ibrahim Desai, Jhamu Sughand
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00024I164
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Straight From the Heart (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)" on IMDb

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My discovery of Indian cinema has been almost a spiritual experience. It's like going from black and white to color for the first time. Compared to a movie like this, American and European films have no heart, no vitality, no color, and no passion. And I've never seen any love story that could compare to the one in this film. I've never seen the true definition of love expressed as deeply as it is here - and it is love in its purest form. I know I'm old-fashioned, but, for me, Hollywood ruins every good love story it manages to produce by making everything about sex. You don't have that in India cinema - you don't even have kissing; what you do have, though, are the depths and power of love expressed in ways Hollywood can't even comprehend.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Straight From the Heart) has everything you could want in a movie - romance; comedy; fantastic music, singing, and dancing; elaborate set designs and magnificent locations; stellar performances; and, of course, the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Rai. I'm trying to get my hands on all of her movies as quickly as I can. She's incredible in this 1999 classic, as are the two leading men who form the other two sides of the most poignant of love triangles. Salman Khan plays Sameer, a free spirit who comes to India from Italy to study music under Nandini's father. Nandini (Rai) isn't happy about this at all, but she and Sameer are soon engaged in some serious flirting. A strong love grows up between the two, only to be torn asunder by Nandini's father, who sends Sameer away with a promise to never meet his daughter again. A heartbroken Nandini is compelled to marry a young lawyer named Vanraj (Ajay Devgan). She doesn't love Vanraj, but he is an exceedingly good man who loves her dearly.
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I'm new to Indian movies - rather than repeat the previous review, or recap the storyline, which is already listed here - I'll just say I really loved this movie. There was a lot of emotion in it - and something I'm really enjoying about the Indian movies is that they don't seem to feel the need to sell sex to sell a good story. Not so much as an on screen kiss, but you feel more emotion and heartbreak from these characters than you do from most any Hollywood movie. Definitely a great movie!! (And the musical numbers were really spiffy!)
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First off, don't expect a whole lot of logic in parts of this film. There is a phrase an "anglo" pal of mine and I--I'm Latina--have for this: Bollyworld. When you watch a Bollywood musical, you often have to suspend disbelief and accept that it might have much whimsy and disjointed editing and a certain odd logic. Just accept it and enjoy. It's something like suspending disbelief for a fantasy flick.

Anyway, this is a schizophrenic movie. It starts off and you think it's gonna be quite comedic and light. But then it moves into heavy drama. It's a romantic triangle (as you'll know from the other reviews). Girl loves young, cute, hip, energetic fella who shares her gift for music. Boy loves beautiful, graceful, talented girl who sings like an angel. Ah, but this is not America. This is India, and the girl must marry the man her family chooses. And the guy her family chooses--who is captivated by the lovely, lively, singing, dancing vision he first views--is an honorable but staid guy who couldn't sing to save his life.

So, now we're done with the light bits (and the sprightlier musical numbers), and we move into the quest. Here, you have the heroine's journey from girl to woman. And when she makes the decision at the end, it's a woman's decison--thought out, sober, deep, strong. It's not the fancy of a light heart, but the choice of a heart that's grown. It's a beautiful finale, really, trust me. Beautiful.

I live in a neighborhood with several Indian "bazaars" and folks from that country. This was my second Bollywood flick.
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Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Straight From the Heart) is a beautiful movie that draws you into a world of lush romance and bittersweet endings. I guess I'm a sucker for romance after all. There are several scenes in this film that will flat out make women cry and the menfolk surreptitiously reach for a hanky or a dirty sleeve. Watching this film was truly a heady, eye-opening experience.

Skip this paragraph unless you're into being SPOILED. The plot revolves around the daughter of a classical singer named Nandini (the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai). She falls for her father's carefree half-Italian student, Sameer (Salman Khan). Vanraj (Ajay Devgan), son of a famous lawyer and a lawyer himself, sees and falls in love with Nandini and sends his proposal to Nandini's father, which is accepted. Nandini's father learns of her and Sameer's romance and demands that Sameer forget Nandini. Vanraj marries Nandini and it's not until later in the marriage that he finds out that she still loves Sameer. Vanraj, out of love for his wife, takes Nandini to Italy to reunite her with her Sameer.

Just now, having read what I'd written in the previous paragraph, I tell you my words fail to do justice to the actual movie. The plot description above is flat and cold and abrupt compared to the rich tapestry that make up the narrative. It has so much heart and genuine emotions that, watching it, you feel you're breathing or soaking in every moment directly into your soul. Very dramatic, I know, but, hey, it's how I feel.

That the movie is 3 hours long shouldn't detract anyone from watching it. Go ahead, it won't seem that long. The song numbers are across-the-board great.
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