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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Tooo Goood (must watch)

10/10
Author: Nakul Aggarwal from India
4 July 2004

One of the best Bollywood movies... Very lovely,sentimenatal,emotional,touching .... very near to real life.

Acting superb Direction superb Music superb

a new definition of love and perfect presentation of this new meaning. Aishwarya and salman in love in first part but then ajay enters and studd acting and how he acts when he knows truth after his marriage with aishwarya.

10/10 from my side...

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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

The best movie of the year

10/10
Author: Kamran (prophyle@rocketmail.com) from Toronto, CANADA
22 October 1999

One day, a movie called "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" was released. It was one of the best movies in Hindi movies and remained that way only until a few months ago. I believe we have a movie to take that place.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a genius. What more is there to say? This movie is undoubtedly the best movie I've seen in years, packed with superb acting, beautiful costumes and dazzling scenery. It's better than Dil To Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Duplicate put together!

This is THE best movie of the year. I know the word "TAAL" comes into mind, but that was junk compared to this. Aishwarya Rai gives a MUCH better performance in this movie. She is the most surprising thing about the movie. She has proven herself to be one of the best, if not the best, talented actress. Now Aishwarya has risen to the number one actress spot on my list.

This is an absolute must for any person who watches Indian movies or even once did and now doesn't. This movie WILL NOT fail you. If possible, try to get the movie on DVD, that is the only way to recapture the actual colour from the film.

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

I really enjoyed it

10/10
Author: starlite-3 from Canada
8 September 1999

This is a superb movie that everyone has got to see. In my opinion, Aishwarya Rai has given her best performance till now. The movie has captured the breathtaking beauty of Rajhasthan and Gujarat and you can also view the cultural settings of India. Everyone is decked in elaborate clothes and jewellery and it's huge family living in a mansion. The story begins with a famous classical singer and his family all living in this huge mansion. He has a student coming from Italy named Sameer (Salman Khan) to learn classical music from him. Sameer meets and falls in love with his beautiful and talented daughter Nandini (Aishwarya Rai). Soon, her father finds out about this affair and orders Sameer to leave and as part of his 'gurudakshina', never to see Nandini again. He leaves and Nandini becomes really depressed. Her parents arrange her marriage with a family friend whose son Vanraj (Ajay Devgan) is a lawyer. Nandini is 'cold' to her new husband and he soon finds out why when he reads Sameer's letters to Nandini. He becomes angry but soon realizes that in order to make his wife happy, he's going to have to find Sameer. He therefore sacrifices his love for her and takes her to Italy in search for Sameer which becomes tough because Nandini doesn't have a picture of Sameer. While they are searching, Nandini gets shot by theives who take all their money and jewellery. Vanraj takes good care of her. While Nandini is in the hospital, Vanraj meets Sameer but he doesn't realize that this is the guy they are looking for. Soon, they become friends. Finally, Nandini has a chance to meet Sameer but she realizes that her feelings for him have changed. So, whom will Nandini chose? To know, you've got to watch the movie! Ajay Devgan has given one of his best performances ever. It is definitely a movie worth watching. Ash looks stunningly beautiful decked in traditional Indian clothes. The songs are also extremely good.

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

simply outstanding

Author: max planc
6 January 2006

Yes. Simply Outstanding. This is truly one of the best Bollywood movies to come out in a long, long time. A great commercial hit back in our India, it also swept all the major awards. Though I'm from India where Bollywood movies are compulsory watching, I dislike them for their absurdity but this film has me raving about it. Its simply fabulous.

Set in western India in a prosperous Gujarti household overflowing with people, lives Nandini, our heroine (the beautiful Ashwariya Rai), daughter of a renowned singer Pandit Durbar. Sameer (Salman Khan), a handsome young Italian who comes to learn classical music from the Pandit falls in love with his daughter. As the movie enfolds, we watch the beautifully enacted comedy of the star crossed lovers. But once the father comes to know, all hell breaks loose. Sameer is thrown out of the house, Nandini's heart is broken and she is married of to a young, respectable and well mannered suitor Vanraj (Ajay Devgan) who truly loves her but is detested by Nandini. But the husband also discovers about the affair, is heartbroken too, but decides to take Nandini to Italy to meet her lover.

As the plot moves to Italy (Hungary actually, which the director would have us believe as Italy), we are engaged in Nandini's and Vanraj's troubles of living in a foreign country, finding Sameer and living with each other. As she searches for her love, Nandini comes to know her husband and how much he truly loves her and realizes his grief and sense of loss in losing her. When she finally does find Sameer, she's torn between the two and must choose one of the them and break the heart of the other.

This is Bollywood at its best. Here the wonderful music that goes with this film, it underlines each scene with its sparkling melody. Also the set pieces are lavishly mounted and the music numbers burst upon the seen. The movie is also very beautifully shot.

This movie also captures Ashwariya Rai at her best. She is miraculously beautiful and lights up the screen whenever she's on it. All in all a must watch Bollywood affair. Iwould also recommend the same director's (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) Black, which is the story of a dumb, deaf and blind girl.

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

A Gem To Help Catapult the Hindi Film Industry

9/10
Author: rajivgill (rajiv_Rs_gill@hotmail.com) from Perth
17 August 2001

HDDCS must have come straight from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's heart. Each and every scene is well-executed. It's a little unrealistic to have the husband help find the wife's lover, but movies have that little license to stretch the truth and I suggest we just let loose once in a while. Aishwarya Rai has been presented more beautifully than she already is. It's so ironic that she was once written off as wooden because she truly shines in this film. Her emotional scenes are a delight to watch. Even when she's not speaking, she communicates with her eyes, which is lovely. Even Salman Khan acts FAIRLY well in here. You can't tell when he's crying or laughing, but every time he irritates you, just turn to Ash for solace. Ajay Devgan does what he's best at. The romantic, silent hero. Hey, he's good at it, so I have no complaints.

The sceneries are beautiful. There's not a song on the soundtrack which I don't like. Chand Chupa Badal and the title song are especially beautiful. The choreography is superb. The "Tadap Tadap" scene is perhaps one of the best I've ever come across. I confess. I actually cried during that song. :P The characters are so well-etched that you really don't know who to root for. You want Salman to get the girl, but you feel for Ajay, too.

Bhansali is an artistic genius. He has surpassed his previous film (Khamoshi) with this flick. Can't wait for his Devdas.

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A wonderful journey with the use of colors,traditions,music and scenery

10/10
Author: ros-4 from Killeen, Texas
3 August 1999

This movie is 3hrs long, but the pace of the movie was sufficient,so that the passage of time wasn't an issue. It's about a girl(Ash) who meets an Italian-Indian (salman).He stays at her home learning music/song from her father Initially she doesn't like the foreigner, but in time they fall in love with each other. At the same time a lawyer (ajay) see Ash and falls in love with her...in fact he asks for her hand in marriage. Her family agrees to the marriage, and she's reluctantly married to ajay. Meanwhile salman had asked to marry her and he was refused,so he goes away dejected. Ash is "cold" to her husband and he finally finds out why. He loves her so much that he's prepared to sacrifice his love by taking her to Italy to find salman and reunite the lovers........

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Instant Classic

10/10
Author: cricket7575 from New Jersey, America
16 April 2002

This movie is one of the overall best movies I've ever seen,be it Hollywood or Bollywood.Sanjay Leela Bhansali's direction is nothing less then inspiring along with some of the most wonderful music ever heard, wonderful spirited acting, and the most beautiful sets ever seen, this is a definite DEFINITE must see!!!

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Shall I say something?

10/10
Author: flickfan-10 from United States
23 May 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I'm a foreign film fan but new to Bollywood movies. However, I have noticed that when they are good, they are really, really good but when they are bad, they stink. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam falls decidedly into the "good" category. What a wonderful movie! Despite the formulaic Bollywood theme, there is so much texture to this movie. The sets and locations visually match the narrative, the music evokes the range of emotions experienced by the characters, and the characters are well developed because they feel and grow just like real people (except for Italian-Indian, Sameer, played as a hulking, buffoon by Salman Khan who overacts as if he's in a cartoon and takes his shirt off way too much.)

This movie "had" me with the first glimpse of Nandini ( Aishwarya Rai) walking home in the desert with her festival lantern. What a vision---the desert, the camel, and Nandini. Nobody runs in slow motion like Aishwarya Rai! The accompanying song Mitta Ki Hai is so full of energy and pumps up the fun and excitement of the desert game she plays with her friends. But it also tells you about Nandini who at the beginning of the film is still a girl at heart. She is playful, petulant, competitive and still childish.

While the movie has a number of interesting characters, it really is Nandini's story because it tells of her transformation into womanhood in the context of first love and the temptations of an outsider (Sameer), the demands of her family and her culture, and the real love of a real man, Vanraj (played so honestly by Ajay Devgan.) At the start, like teenagers, Nandini and Sameer share a friendly and teasing relationship. Their antics include pranks, farting (yes, really), and 3-Stooges-like shtick. They have fun, flirt and as their interactions become more familiar, they develop a physical attraction to each other (afterall, wouldn't you be attracted to SK running around without a shirt!) and while they both believe it is love, it seems more of a crush than an "abiding" love. They have their first fight and a few opportunities to "make out". And poor naïve Nandini even believes she can become pregnant from kissing. Enter the good lawyer, Vanraj, who is smitten with Nandini when she performs Nimbooda. Aishwarya Rai just eats up the screen looking so heavenly and happy when she dances.

Well, the course of true love never runs smoothly in Bollywood and Nandini and Sameer's "affair" is discovered. Poor Sameer is banished and Nandini is "arranged" to be married to Vanraj. Of course, Nandini, responding like any broken-up teenager would, is despondent and rebellious and Ms. Rai sinks her acting chops into these emotions quite competently.

Intermission and the second half begins with the sexual tension rising. Nandini denies Vanraj his conjugal rights as well as any morsel of kindness because unbeknownst to Vanraj she is still "in love" with the buffoon. Vanraj doesn't get it but he is patient though frustrated. It is in the second half that the character of Vanraj is brought to the surface. A visit by Nandini's mother brings Sameer's letters via her servant which ultimately reach Vanraj's eyes. He is furious at first as he loves Nandini and feels she has lied to him. Ajay Devgan exudes a fine balance of strength and sensitivity here. There is also a good performance by Smita Jaykar as Nandini's mother who loves her daughter but wisely counsels her to smarten up…. and grow up. As her husband drags her out of the house, frightened Nandini starts to realize her life isn't a high school melodrama anymore but much more complex.

Vanraj's character is revealed poignantly in his explanation to his father about why he must bring Nandini to "Italy" to find Sameer. His definition of love and what makes a real man should be plastered on billboards across the world for all to see.

Nandini travels along on this quest with Vanraj and , at first, is quite surly and sullen not giving him any slack for this most generous act. As they spend more time together and have a few adventures, Nandini grows to understand his selfless motivations and then comes to respect and love him. This develops gradually as Vanraj earnestly sets out to find Sameer, as he cares for her after they are robbed and later as they clutch together in a long, soulful embrace on the train to avoid the ticket-checker. It finally culminates in their walk along the river as a drunken Vanraj releases all his emotion knowing that soon he will reunite Nandini and Sameer. As reunion time arrives, the scenes leading up to it are filled with such tenderness. Vanraj sits meditating as Nandini, now looking so womanly, so married, prepares to leave. You know she loves him when she helps him on with his jacket. The daydream scene with Sameer running across the bridge expresses Vanraj's resignation to losing her but he doesn't know that Nandini isn't feeling any ambivalence at this point. Sameer has lost.

The taxi ride and their last moments together convey the true feelings of Nandini for Vanraj and vice versa as their eyes talk to each other but they don't utter a word. Ms. Rai's face sweetly expresses her interior thoughts and Mr. Devgan shows such understated agony as he watches Nandini climb the stairs to meet Sameer. Nandini's speech to Sameer reveals her maturation and new understanding that love is "giving your heart" ---hum dil de chuke sanam. Her return to Vanraj on the bridge is just beautiful….the power and importance of the mangalsatra (marriage beads) are revealed just as her mother said.

Shall I say something? See this movie for the beautiful script/story, romantic music, great characters, lush cinematography, fine acting by all (except SK and the Hungarians) and Bhansali's brilliant direction.

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

True Love conquers over all!

Author: pepi_saliki
10 December 2004

This movie is one of the best Hindi movies i have ever watched. Aishwarya Rai as Nandini was simply wonderful, Salman Khan as Samir added a little comedy in the film. The story is a romance and drama. Samir(Salman Khan) is an indo-Italian student who comes to learn to sing from Nandini's father(Vikram Gokhale)and stays a year there. In the process Nandini and Samir fall in love, but she is arranged to be married to Vanraj(Ajay Devgan). Nandini sees Samir behind her father's back. Her father finds this out and Samir is sent away. Nandini Marys Vanraj. One day she receives letters from Samir and Vanraj sees them and becomes angry. But since Vanraj loves Nandini....he takes her to Italy to find Samir. What happens next in the story....it is up to you to find out! The movie was wonderful, the locations were beautiful, the songs were the best! The acting was great!!! overall i give this movie a 9/10!

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

The story with it all in just the right mixture

10/10
Author: cheesecake (aesoptd@yahoo.com) from Berlin, Germany
11 February 2000

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (English title "Straight from the Heart") is an epic story with gorgeous landscapes, singing, dancing, romance, danger, betrayal, humor, religion, family and cultural tradition all balanced and directed masterfully to produce the most beautiful film.

I saw this movie at the Berlinale International Film Festival, and I knew from the start that it was a real gem. By the end I had decided that it was the best movie I had ever seen.

Some of the backgrounds and special effects are not perfect, but I never would have paid any attention to that except that lots of people in the theater were laughing. Some people might grow tired of the singing and dancing, but they're really quite superb.

This movie is worth watching every of its 187 minutes.

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