Straight From the Heart (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun and colorful. Enjoyable music. Aishwarya Rai showed her talents in comedy and dramatic scenes. The English subtitles were appreciated.Published 5 months ago by Classicstyle
liked the movie but wish it was in English and not have the subtitle words on the bottom of the screen like the girl actress and liked her in bride and prejudice and that movie was... Read morePublished 14 months ago by roleen komes
Absolutely love this movie. I rubber necked a scene from this movie while on a flight from a lady sitting next to me with a laptop. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Randal E. Huffman
I love this movie- the ending is unbelievably beautiful.Published 19 months ago by Lauren Churchill
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