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Taal (1999)

Not Rated | | Musical, Romance | 13 August 1999 (India)
Businessman Manav falls for aspiring singer Mansi, but their romance faces an uphill climb when Manav must depart and Mansi's suave manager moves in.

Director:

Subhash Ghai

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H. Banerjee (Subtitles), Sachin Bhowmick (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akshaye Khanna ... Manav Mehta
Anil Kapoor ... Vikrant Kapoor
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Mansi (as Aishwarya Rai)
Alok Nath ... Tara Babu
Amrish Puri ... Jagmohan Mehta
Sushma Seth ... Nani
Mita Vasisht ... Prabha Shankar (as Mita Vashist)
Saurabh Shukla ... Banerjee (as Saurab Shukla)
Jividha Sharma Jividha Sharma ... Illa
Tanya Mukherjee Tanya Mukherjee ... Shanno
Supriya Karnik ... Shakku Mehta
Prithvi Zutshi Prithvi Zutshi ... Deep Mohan Mehta
Manoj Pahwa ... Santram
Rajesh Khera Rajesh Khera ... Brij Mohan Mehta
Mithilesh Chaturvedi Mithilesh Chaturvedi ... Rambhajan
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Storyline

Manav, the son of a wealthy NRI falls in love with Mansi, the daughter of a poor but respected music teacher. Their relationship is mocked by Manav's family, humiliating Mansi due to her social status. Enters Vikrant Kapoor, a record producer who not only discover Mansi's knack for singing and dancing but helps Mansi climb the ladder of success, eventually becoming a singing sensation throughout India and globally. Manav discovering the ill treatment his family gave to Mansi tries to make amends but is met with two obstacles. One being Mansi ignoring him, and two being Vikrant, who has also developed feelings for her and wants to marry her.

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Taglines:

Don't fall .. rise in love. See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Tamil

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Ritmus See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$591,289, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$2,020,532

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,020,532
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Trivia

Young Shahid Kapur made an appearance in the song Kahi Aag Lage as a background dancer as he was part of Shaimak Davar's troupe. See more »

Goofs

Mansi leaves Vikram and runs to Manav. While running she holds her long flowing skirt in hand. It should be remembered that a little while ago Mansi's hands were bleeding when she cracked a glass with her bare hands. However when she held her skirt there were no blood stains were left on it. See more »

Quotes

Vikrant Kapoor: We sell pain, we don't buy it.
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Referenced in Singh Saab the Great (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ishq Bina
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Sujatha, Anuradha Sriram, Sonu Nigam and A.R. Rahman
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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a terrible, terrible movie
28 September 1999 | by rg-22See all my reviews

What the heck is a digital floppy camera - and where did they get one with as high a resolution as in the movie? One of the many mysteries of life.

Taal is an average movie. With slightly above average music in the generic mould of A R Rahman.

Subhash Ghai's extensive use of Coke jars throughout the movie, and the hotchpotch of scenes and plotlines stolen from other Hindi movies makes for jarring viewing.

Some very strange things go on in the movie, starting with the casting. Aishwarya Rai, while made of plastic, is beautiful, but rustic she is not. 'Dehati' women (and my knowledge of them may be flawed) seldom sport plucked eyebrows, immaculately waxed legs and shaved armpits. Though of course the alternative would mean audiences would have little to whistle at, so perhaps it is best to let that pass.

Akshaye Khanna's acting seems to consist of making weird faces - an absolute ham, if there ever was one. I'm saddened to see a person of Alok Nath's acting talent reduced to roles such as this. One can expect little else from Amrish Puri, who plays his stock-in-trade with all the same expressions that we have come to live from other brainless flicks. 'Mogambo' all over again.

The movie itself boasts of pathetic lyrics (where do they get the inspiration for this tripe?). Subhash Ghai's guest appearance jars more than an ST bus on the road to Pune.

The only saving grace is Anil Kapoor's acting. Akshaye Kumar would do well to take lessons from him - just the right amount of hamming for the most part (although the sentimental drivel being pushed across as acting by the others seems to affect him too in the end).

To summarize: this movie should never have been made. Take a few scenes from Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Dilwale Dulhaniya and Bombay and paste them together instead. Not that the result would be any better.

Also, the concept of using the Coke bottle for indirect kisses is lifted from Salman Rushdie's book, 'The Moor's Last Sigh.'

The problem is, audiences in India have become so used to worse films that rotten pig-kidneys like this movie become hits and the standards stay low all the time.


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