returns this week with yet another retro view of a critically acclaimed
film from the 90s! Today's review is about a National Award winning film
redefined the concept of love and its sacrifices. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
is a film that is said to be one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's masterpieces, and
to this day, the movie is fondly remembered by movie-buffs and critics alike.
De Chuke Sanam, or HDDCS as it is more commonly known, released in
1999 under the SLB
banner, and was directed and produced by the talented
Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The movie starred extremely talented and popular
actors from the film fraternity including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman
Khan and Ajay Devgn in the lead roles, while Zohra Sehgal, Vikram
Gokhale, Smita Jaykar made up the
supporting cast. The movie even included a cameo by the beautiful and
revolves around the beautiful daughter of Pandit Darbar, Nandini
(Aishwarya Rai), who is more
educated and liberal in her views as compared to her siblings. Then
enters a young
Indo-Italian aspiring musician, Sameer (Salman Khan), who wishes to
learn Indian Classical
Music from Pandit Darbar. Darbar agrees to let him stay at the family's
house and learn music, and takes a promise to repay his tutelage
whenever he asks for it. In
the midst of festivals and weddings in the Darbar household, Nandini and
fall in love and dream about their future together. The two are caught
rehearsing wedding vows by Darbar, who asks Sameer to repay his tutelage
by leaving his house and staying away from
his daughter. Sameer doesn't leave the country immediately, but stays
town and writes letters to Nandini, which doesn't reach her on time.
same time, Nandini's parents arrange to get her married to Vanraj (Ajay
Devgn), who had
fallen for Nandini during her cousin's wedding. On their first night
is frustrated by Nandini's indifference to him and catches her
of Sameer's letters.
Initially furious for not knowing the truth, Vanraj
decides to sacrifice his love for his wife's happiness, and promises to
take her to Italy to unite her with Sameer, despite his family's
The two set off for Italy in search of Sameer, where they come across
hurdles and dead-ends. Whilst searching for Sameer, Nandini comes to see
for the caring and loving person he is, and begins to develop a newfound
sense of respect for him. Vanraj comes across Sameer's mother, and
arranges for Nandini
to meet and reunite with Sameer on the night of his debut concert. When
drop Nandini off at Sameer's, she introspects and reflects over her
with Vanraj and realises that he is her true soulmate. She apologizes to
and tells him the same, and runs off to Vanraj to hug him. It is implied
the two reunite and return to India.
De Chuke Sanam was well liked by both, critics and audiences alike,
emotional appeal, unique story-line, beautiful cinematography and the
stellar performances from the actors. It was the highest grosser of
1999, with a net
collection of 20 crore rupees in the domestic circuits and 8.5 crores in
international circuits. The film won 3 National Awards and more than 20
awards in various award ceremonies such as the prestigious Filmfare and
- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was
adapted from Maitreyi Devi's Bengali novel Na Hanyate
- The outdoor international
shoot of the film was done in Budapest, Hungary, and not in Italy
- Sanjay Leela Bhansali's first choice of casting was Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan in place of Salman and Ajay.
- The director/producer Bhansali and music composer Ismail Darbar spent two years composing the music of the film.
- This was the only film in
which Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan worked opposite each other in full fledged roles. They got
together during the shoot of the film and split soon after. The two
haven't crossed paths since.
Author: Ritchelle C.Editor(s):
Komal P. and Gunia M.
Graphics: Aanchal V.