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29 September 2000 (India) See more »
Love is the only inspiration...
Karan Khanna is an orphan and a captain in the Rajputana Armed Forces. He's madly in love with beautiful model Nisha... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Abhishek Bachchan ... Karan Khanna

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Sahiba Gareval (as Aishwarya Rai)

Amrish Puri ... Yogvendra 'Yogi' Grewal

Anupam Kher ... Ronak Grewal

Shakti Kapoor ... Pritam Grewal
Sushma Seth ... Yogi's mom - Biji

Harish Patel ... Sharan Grewal
Dalip Tahil ... Rai Bahadur Tejeshwar Singhal (as Dilip Tahil)
Nina Kulkarni ... Amrit Y. Grewal (as Neena Kulkarni)
Tanvi Azmi ... Simran Grewal
Himani Shivpuri ... Sweety S. Grewal
Supriya Karnik ... Monica P. Grewal
Inder Sudan ... Vicky Singhal
Rishikesh Pandey ... Sameer 'Sam'
Sanjay Batra ... Pranay
Sujata Thakar ... Sudha
Chandrakant Taneja ... Colonel
Moses ... Cuchedi Lal
Anil Rajput ... Servant
Ganesh ... Servant
Himakshi ... Kammu
Abhishek K. Pappu ... Titu (as Master Abhishek K. Pappu)
Master Monish ... Tony
Master Kunal ... Sunny
Master Michy ... Bobby (as Master Micky)

Salman Khan ... Truck Driver

Sonali Bendre ... Nisha (special appearance)

Directed by
Raj Kanwar 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jainendra Jain  dialogue
Raj Kanwar  written by
Ratna Rajaia  scenario

Produced by
Raj Kanwar .... producer
K. Pappu .... co-producer
Amardeep Singh .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jatin Pandit  (as Jatin)
Lalit Pandit  (as Lalit)
Naresh Sharma 
Cinematography by
Ishwar Bidri 
Film Editing by
Kuldip K. Mehan  (as Kuldeep Mehan)
Art Direction by
R. Verman Shetty  (as R. Verman)
Costume Design by
Anita Kanwar 
Neeta Lulla 
Kiran K. Pappu 
Anna Singh 
Makeup Department
Asif .... assistant makeup artist
Arvind Uttekar .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gopal Kapil .... chief assistant director
Rohit Naiyar .... chief assistant director (as Rohit Nayyar)
Art Department
Prakash Shetty .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Jagmohan Anand .... sound
Pradeep Chatterjee .... sound assistant
Suresh Kathuria .... sound re-recording: Sunny Super Sounds
Lala .... indoor sound effects
Amarnath Shah .... sound assistant (as Amar Shah)
Sadanand Shetty .... outdoor sound effects (as Sada Shetty)
Special Effects by
Francis Fernandes .... opticals (as Francis)
Prafull Gade .... title designer
Suresh Naik .... opticals
Lala .... assistant action
Raju Punjabi .... assistant action
Bhiku Verma .... stunt action director (as Bhiku Verman)
Pappu Verma .... stunt action director
Camera and Electrical Department
Sanjay Bidri .... assistant cinematographer
Deepak Digpal .... chief assistant camera (as Deepak)
Umesh .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anil .... dress assistant
Asgar .... dress assistant
Dilip Singh .... dresser
Editorial Department
Sanjay Jaiswal .... assistant editor
Jolly .... negative cutter
P.G. Prabhu .... color consultant
Sanjay Shrivastava .... assistant editor
Chhedi Singh .... assistant editor (as C. Singh)
Music Department
Sudesh Bhonsle .... playback singer
Satish Gupta .... song recordist
Kay Kay .... playback singer (as K.K.)
Anuradha Paudwal .... playback singer
Ashok Shukla .... song recordist
Babul Supriyo .... playback singer
Other crew
Anand .... production boy
Devender Anand .... production controller
Atmanand .... publicity designer: Studio Link
Kirit K. Bhatt .... account executive
Annie D'Costa .... office in charge
Keshav Dalvi .... account executive
Saroj Khan .... choreographer
Kishore Kotnala .... associate director
Viral Lakhia .... script assistant
Mona .... dance assistant
Raju Nagpal .... dance assistant (as Raju)
R.R. Pathak .... public relations officer
Om Prakash .... production boy
Avdesh R. Raut .... office boy
Joginder Shelly .... production boy (as Joginder)
Bakhtawar Singh .... production boy
Sanjay Sinha .... production assistant
Subhash .... production boy
Trilok .... production boy
Vivek .... publicity designer: Studio Link
Hemant Vyas .... account executive
Baba Yadav .... dance assistant (as Baba)
Vinod Bhaskar .... sincere thanks: Glasgow (as Dr. Vinod Bhaskar)
Manmohan Shetty .... sincere thanks
P.J. Singh .... sincere thanks: Headstart Advertising

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167 min
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In this movie Salman Khan had a cameo appearance as a truck driver. Interestingly at that time Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai were couples in real life.See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Aishwarya Rai shines in otherwise far-fetched Bollywood romance, 19 November 2002
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

DHAAI AKSHAR PREM KE is a hopelessly contrived and overly melodramatic musical romance from Bollywood, yet it deserves attention because of its central performance by the reigning queen of Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai. The beautiful Rai is seen to much better effect in such exemplary romantic spectaculars as HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, TAAL, and DEVDAS, but she is quite compelling here playing a girl hopelessly in love with a man pining for someone else and ultimately forced, as she is in so many films, to marry a man she doesn't love.

A perennial staple of the melodramatic form is the misunderstanding that escalates to a point where it becomes too late to tell the truth and straighten things out. Here a young college girl from a traditional family, Sahiba (Rai), is rescued, first from attackers and then from a suicide attempt, by Karan (Abhishek Bachchan), a young army captain on leave. He takes her home to her family's rural estate and is assumed to be her new husband and welcomed enthusiastically by all the relatives but the girl's angry father, Yogi (Amrish Puri), who had opposed her going away. With each heart-warming ritual and ceremony, Karan becomes more and more a part of the family even though he is in love with a girl back home and eager to get back to her. Gradually, Sahiba grows to love him and eventually tells him so and begs him not to go.

To make a long story (167 minutes) short, Karan runs out on Sahiba only to learn that things at home are not what he thought they were. He returns to Sahiba's home to reclaim her, only to find her about to be married to the son of one of Yogi's business partners. Things take a particularly egregious melodramatic turn when two characters resort to some old-fashioned villainy (all that's missing are twirling mustaches), including tying up two of the protagonists to posts in a factory which is then set on fire. Having proved himself a man of action battling terrorists in the film's opening sequence, Karan gets an opportunity to be a two-fisted, pistol-shooting hero again in the film's implausible finale.

With the exception of a magnificent ceremonial number performed by Rai and a number of ornately dressed back-up dancers at the film's midway point, the songs are rather simply staged and consist largely of fantasy duets performed by Rai and Bachchan against exotic Indian backdrops and such far-flung locations as Scotland and Switzerland. The abrupt changes in setting (and costume) are rather jarring and tend to break the mood of the film and slow down the narrative.

The film remains worth seeing for Rai's moving portrayal of an anguished village girl who is both eager to break out of her traditional family structure yet is clearly nourished and empowered by the strong support she gets from her mother, grandmother, aunts and uncles. Rai's expressive eyes and mouth convey in heart-breaking fashion the gradual buildup of love for the man who rescued her and her anxiety at the prospect of him leaving. Even amidst the outlandish turn of events on display here, Rai proves what a superb film actress she is, expressing a full spectrum of emotions, from joy and contentment to fear and suicidal despair, never once striking a false note.

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