Dil Se.. (1998)

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The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amarkanth Varma
Preeti Nair
Raghuvir Yadav ...
Shukla (as Raghuvir Yadhav)
Sabyasachi Chakraborty
Piyush Mishra
Krishnakant ...
(as Krisnkant)
Aditya Srivastava
Ken Philip ...
(as Ken Phillip)
Mita Vasisht ...
Mita (female terrorist) (as Mita Vashisht)
Arundhati Rao ...
(as Arundathi Rao)
Malaika Arora ...
Dancer on train
Gautam Bora
Manjit Bawa ...
(as Manjith Bawa)


Amar Varma, a producer for Indian news radio, meets an enigmatic woman at a railroad station and then again at a hill station. He falls in love with her, but the woman, who calls herself Meghna, rejects and leaves him although she seems to be interested. Later, Varma agrees to marry his family's choice, Preeti. But suddenly Meghna is back, and what is the secret that she holds? Written by <sunilm@nwu.edu>

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Release Date:

21 August 1998 (India)  »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend:

£66,844 (UK) (28 August 1998)


£368,200 (UK) (11 September 1998)

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Sukh Knight song "Prisoner" sampled the song "Jiya Jale". See more »


Amarkanth Varma: Hey, hello.
[running toward her, almost out of breath]
Amarkanth Varma: I have to to give you something. Remember? A cup of hot tea... Will you have it here or prefer to go to a restaurant? Or there's a good joint down-...
Meghna: Move out of my way.
Amarkanth Varma: Wait, maybe you haven't recognised me. We met at the railway station platform. I asked you for a matchstick...
Meghna: Platform? Matchstick?
Amarkanth Varma: Yes, you were covered in a dark shawl. It was raining that day...
Meghna: It wasn't me.
Amarkanth Varma: Hold on, here's my tag - Amarkanth Varma, All India Radio.
Meghna: ...
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Thaiyya Thaiyya
Sung by Sukhwinder Singh & Sapna Aswathi
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
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powerful film
6 July 1999 | by (Glen Cove, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a haunting film. Everyone raves about the music and cinematography (which of course are excellent), but I wanted to write about the often maligned plot. After seeing Dil Se for the second time, it was easier to see how the seemingly irrational actions of the characters were a result of their life circumstances. I understood much better why Amar was compelled to pursue Meghna; if you've ever been in love with the wrong person, you'll understand too. Meghna is like many other damaged people I've known: capricious, confused, sometimes cruel to others, but in the end her own worst enemy. Both know that their paths are not supposed to join (and pay lip service to that fact), but find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. This is evident by Amar's reaction to seeing Meghna at his engagement, and again in Meghna's attempts to convince herself to feel nothing but fiery patriotism. It is this relentless attraction that forces the shattering scene at the end of the movie--there is no other way for them to be together. This is a very thought-provoking movie, but it does require you to think--not the sort of thing to watch mindlessly while munching on popcorn. It will move you to your core, if you let it.

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