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Amarkanth Varma (Shahrukh Khan) is employed with All India Radio as a reporter who is dispatched to cover festivities in the northeastern part of India. While waiting for a train at a remote and isolated railway station, he comes across an attractive young woman who refuses to help him. Both meet again, and this time she asks him to leave her alone because she says that she is married. Thereafter, her relatives severely beat up Amarkanth. He finds out during the beating that, in fact, she is unmarried. On his recovery he is unable to get her out of his mind. They meet again, and this time she identifies herself as his wife, even tells him to call her Meghna (Manisha Koirala), and both become fairly intimate on a bus journey. Then the next day she vanishes. His search for her is in vain. Heartbroken and under pressure from his family, he agrees to marry a woman named Preeti Nair (Preity Zinta). On the day of his engagement to Preeti, Meghna shows up at his house and asks him to let her and a friend stay there for a few days. Amarkanth's family readily agrees, not knowing that this time Meghna has come with a private and deadly agenda of her own that will shake the very roots of the Varma family and India as a whole.
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Dil Se

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Dil Se
Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by Mani Ratnam
Ram Gopal Varma
Shekhar Kapur
Written by Mani Ratnam (story & screenplay)
Tigmanshu Dhulia (dialogue)
Sujatha (dialogue)
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Manisha Koirala
Preity Zinta
Music by A. R. Rahman
Distributed by Madras Talkies
Release date(s) August 21, 1998
Running time 163 mins
Language Hindi
IMDb profile

Dil Se (Hindi: दिल से, Urdu: دل سے, English: From the Heart) is a Hindi film directed by Mani Ratnam. The film was also released in Tamil as Uyire and Prema Tho in Telugu and stars Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, and Preity Zinta. Mani Ratnam also wrote the screenplay for the film. It was produced in conjunction with Marwah Films & Video Studios, a project of Sandeep Marwah.

The film was shot in Kashmir, Assam, Delhi and other parts of India and Bhutan over a period of 55 days. Its cinematography won a National Film Award for cinematographer Santosh Sivan. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman. A. R. Rahman received a Filmfare Award for the music. The film became the first Indian film to reach the Top 10 in the UK Box Office Charts, when released in 1998.[1]



Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Amarkant "Amar" Varma (Shah Rukh Khan), an All-India Radio journalist living in Delhi, India, is dispatched to the troubled North-Eastern region to report on attitudes relating to the 50th Anniversary of Indian independence. He meets Meghna (Manisha Koirala) at a railway station and chats with her but a brief separation leads to Meghna's departure leaving Amar behind. Some weeks later he spots her in the street and accosts her but she resists and pretends not to recognise him, but Amar is highly attracted by her beauty and mysteriousness and continues to pursue her. After finding out her plans to visit Ladakh, he follows her with the convenient excuse of reporting on the local festivities and she gives him the slip there too, but not before two thugs who appear to know Meghna violently assault him to warn him off. Chastened by the beating, Amar heads home and coincidentally finds her on the same bus and good-humouredly describes his beating. Meghna sympathises with his plight and opens up a little before the bus breaks down and the passengers are forced to walk a two-day journey to their destination.

He finds her again; she has him beaten up; they are thrown together again; they fight the attraction. Amar leaves the troubled region to return to the safety of Delhi and a stable relationship with Preeti (Preity Zinta). Then Meghna shows up in Delhi and catastrophe follows.


Shahrukh Khan & Preity Zinta in the song Jiya Jale
Shahrukh Khan & Preity Zinta in the song Jiya Jale

The film has won the following awards since its release:

1999 Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)

1999 National Film Awards (India)

  • Won - Silver Lotus Award - Best Cinematography - Santosh Sivan
  • Won - Silver Lotus Award - Best Audiography - H. Sridhar

1999 Filmfare Awards (India)

Nomimated-Filmfare Best Actress for Manisha Koirala


  • For the song Chaiyya Chaiyya, Shahrukh Khan, Malaika Arora and a dancing troupe are choreographed dancing on top of a moving train (on the Blue Mountain Train line around Udagamandalam in Southern India). The group did not wear safety harnesses during this scene. Chaiyya Chaiyya is also the opening song of the second act of the musical Bombay Dreams. It was recently featured in the opening and closing credits of Spike Lee's Inside Man (2006).
  • Actress Preity Zinta debuted in this film.
  • After watching Dil Se, director Baz Luhrmann is said to have been inspired to make Moulin Rouge! (2001).[2]
  • The film was voted as one of the 100 Greatest Musicals of All Time by Channel 4 viewers.


Dil Se:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Dil Se:The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack cover
Studio album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1998
Genre Soundtrack
Label Venus
Producer(s) A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Jeans Dil Se: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The soundtrack features 5 songs composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Gulzar.

Track listing:

  1. "Dil Se" (6:54) – A. R. Rahman, Anuradha, Anupama
  2. "Jiya Jale" (4:12) – Lata Mangeshkar, M.G. Sreekumar
  3. "Chaiyya Chaiyya" (6:52) – Sukhwinder Singh, Sapna Awasti
  4. "Aye Ajnabee" (5:32) – Udit Narayan, Mahalakshmi
  5. "Satrangee Re" (7:12) – Sonu Nigam

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Films directed by Mani Ratnam

Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1983) • Unaru (1985) • Pagal Nilavu (1985) • Idaya Kovil (1985) • Mouna Raagam (1986) • Nayagan (1987) • Agni Natchathiram (1988) • Geethanjali (1989) • Anjali (1990) • Thalapathi (1991) • Roja (1992) • Thiruda Thiruda (1993) • Bombay (1995) • Iruvar (1997) • Dil Se (1998) • Alaipayuthey (2000) • Kannathil Muthamittal (2002) • Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004) • Yuva (2004) • Guru (2007) • Lajjo (2008)

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