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Straight From the Heart (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) (1999)

Salman Khan , Ajay Devgn , Sanjay Leela Bhansali  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00024I164
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL COLLECTION! Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) the daughter of singer Pandit Darbar (Vikram Gokhale) loves his student, Sameer (Salman Khan). However, Vanraj (Ajay Devgan) sends his proposal to her father. Sameer and Nandini are caught romancing each other, and as a payment for teaching Sameer music, Darbar demands Sameer forget Nandita. After the marriage takes place, Vanraj comes to know about Nandini’s love for Sameer. He decides to unite the lovers even in the face of ridicule by society and takes Nandini to Italy to search for Sameer. They find Sameer... but Nandini is now torn between Vanraj, whom she has come to respect and Sameer, whom she loves.

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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
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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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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! July 11, 2005
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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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...THE FAITHFUL HEART ABIDES... March 18, 2006
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Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Straight From the Heart) is a beautiful movie, which 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 tear up and surreptitiously reach for a hanky or a dirty sleeve. Well, maybe not the menfolk, as much. But I'm a guy and I'll tell the world there were instances where my heart either ached or/and soared and my vision became blurry. Now that could just be my eye prescription running out but, be that as it may, watching this film was truly a heady, eye-opening experience.

Skip this paragraph if you know the plot. It revolves around Nandini (the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai), daughter of a classical singer. She falls in love with 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 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 back what I've written in the previous paragraph, I must tell you that my words cannot do justice to the actual movie. The plot description above is flat and cold and abrupt compared to the rich tapestry woven in this film. It has so much heart and genuine emotions that, watching it, you feel you're breathing/soaking in every moment directly into your soul. Very dramatic, I know, but sue me, that's how I feel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with an extra special DVD treatment
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This film has been my best friend even since I was 10. I came across crap DVDs and thought its over and I let it go... Read more
Published 9 months ago by I love HDDCS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable!
A beautiful movie about the story of love and all its twists and turns before final happy endings. Well acted and ,funny at beginning, then sad, then happy, walks you right... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gentlereader
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite bollywood movie
This is one of my favorite bollywood movies. There's good music, dancing, and an interesting plot with a love triangle.
Published 17 months ago by Sarah Grunhard
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' (1999): Review
My first introduction to Aishwarya Rai, ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ excels at presenting fantastic dance set pieces and songs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by T. Bollinger
3.0 out of 5 stars It was sweet
Sweet movie. Not too complicated, very good music. You'll enjoy it - Salman at his best - Watch you won't be sorry it's Bollywood
Published 23 months ago by Delta
5.0 out of 5 stars Hum dil de Chuke Sanam.-----WOW.
So that's what an Indian ACTRESS looks like...engaged in the moment and drawing you in with every breath. Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by vent
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant
In short, the best film I ever watched!

I agree with an excellent review of this wonderful film by Daniel Jolley "darkgenius"
Published on March 7, 2012 by Girma J. Orssengo
2.0 out of 5 stars SUBTITLES
Ok, first off... I have seen bits of this movie before and was finally sold when I saw the song "Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje" video on Youtube. Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by Jayde M. Legah
4.0 out of 5 stars Aishwarya, Reigning Princess of Bollywood film
it was a great mix of funny, sweet, and bittersweet.... minus some of the silliness in character of her leading man. The title song truly stays with you.
Published on November 29, 2011 by jmeelou
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
i am new to indian movies.this was 1 of 2 that i bought.i was really surprised,the acting was great.ajay really sold me.i will be buying more.i am now a big fan
Published on November 16, 2011 by lippylion
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