Golden Jubilee Club- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam : In Matters Of Heart, Heart Matters

| September 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

hum dil de chuke sanam posterHum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) is about feisty, playful yet innocent Nandini (Aishwarya Rai)-the pampered daughter of a renowned music teacher Pandit Darbar(Vikram Gokhale) who lords over a large joint family where everyone is decked in colourful, silky clothes and glittering jewellery. Into their haveli enters an Indo-Italian Sameer(Salman Khan)with an obvious agenda of learning Indian classical music from Pandit Darbar.

In the process of his stay he and Nandini go through their hate at first sight,teasing,pranks ridden, one-upmanship routine and eventually fall in love with each other in the backdrop of never ending festivities and get-togethers in the family. And then the bomb is dropped. Pandit Durbar chances upon his daughter Nandini and student Sameer’s love story and orders Sameer out of his haveli for betraying his trust.

Nandini is arranged to be married to Vanraj(Ajay Devgan- yes those days he was Devgan and not Devgn). It so happens that Vanraj got smitten with Nandini ever since his first encounter with her at a cousin’s wedding. But Nandini is hopelessly in love with Sameer and is indifferent and even rebellious in her new avatar as a married girl.When Vanraj comes to know about the truth he takes upon himself the task of uniting Nandini with Sameer.

Vanraj takes Nandini to Italy where in the foreign environs, they are engaged in the quest of finding Sameer on one hand (its pre facebook,linkedin,emails, social-networking era and worst thing is Nandini does not even have a photo of her love Sameer) and at the same time they explore their relationship staying with each other. After some incidents and adventures Nandini comes to see Vanraj in true light and his selfless devotion,motivations and love for her.

And then the climax where Nandini is face to face with Sameer.And now she is torn between the two and has to choose one of them.Whether she goes along with her first love Sameer? Or stays back with Vanraj? Will her ambivalence make her forget about Sameer or will she ride off into the sunset with him?  That’s the resolution about the choices and resolution in matters of heart where true love conquers all.

Though this theme of husband helping to find the wife’s lover is somewhat unrealistic ,the film clicked with the masses because of its masala and drama . It had dollops of romance, comedy, song and dance routines with lavishly mounted settings, lush cinematography and melodious music.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (HDDCS) had music that really evoked the range of emotions that the director wanted to portray and the characters experienced. Songs like Doli Taro Dol Baaje and Nimbooda became a staple of festivals and staged performances.Music by Ismail Durbar and lyrics by Mehboob really added to the overall storytelling.

The theme song Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, or romantic numbers Aankhon ki and Chaand Chhupa were a real treat to watch.In Tadap Tadap song one really feels that Salman should get Aishwarya but then one is reminded of Ajay’s plight too. It got Ismail Durbar national award for music Even the choreography of the songs was refreshing change from the usual.Saroj Khan received Filmfare Best Choreographer award for her choregraphing Nimbooda.

Salman Khan’s act was as usual one dimensional which he carried with his usual aplomb. Ajay Devgan with his fine balance between strength and sensitivity under-played the role with his silent, intense eyes and outshone Salman anyday.But it was Aishwarya Rai who walked away with all the laurels including Filmfare Best Actress award for her one of the finest performances.She looked ethereal and ravishinghly beautiful.Helen in a cameo as Salman’s mother was a pleasant treat.

With well etched out characters and wonderful performances extracted by the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali it was a well crafted and mounted film.


HDDCS was a peep into the joint family culture once again with lots of colour,fun and gaiety.

Though the story of HDDCS is credited to Prakash Karvat with screenplay by Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself and dialogues by Amrik Gill,it is supposed to be adapted from Maitreyi Devi’s Bengali novel Na Hanyate.

It has lot of resemblance to Woh Saat Din(1983), a Hindi film directed by Bapu in which Anil Kapoor had his career’s first lead role. Now this Woh Saat Din itself was a remake of K. Bhagyaraj’s Tamil hit movie Antha Ezhu Natkal(1981).

It also has shades of a commercially successful Veit Harlan German film Immensee(1943) that was loosely based on a novella Immensee(1849) by Theodor Storm.

Film was shot in various places in Gujarat including Rann Of Kutch, and Hungary which was shown to represent Italy.

Since Hungary,Budapest is captured so charming and beautiful, one wonders why Salman Khan couldn’t be shown as half Indian,half Hungarian instead of an Italian!

It was a movie that launched the real life volatile romance between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.

It fetched nine Filmfare Awards including Best Movie and Best Director Award at Filmfare Awards(2000).

It was an era of single screens.And leisurely pace of life. So its running time of almost 3 hours did not jar.

The movie was a hit  becoming the 3rd highest grosser at the Box Office and celebrated golden jubilee when Screen Weekly also celebrated its golden jubilee in the year 2000.

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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema’s keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema’s chameleon like traits.

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