Dil To Pagal Hai
|Dil To Pagal Hai|
|Directed by||Yash Chopra|
|Produced by||Yash Chopra
|Screenplay by||Aditya Chopra
|Music by||Uttam Singh|
|Editing by||V. Karnik|
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Films|
|Release date(s)||31 October 1997|
|Running time||180 mins|
|Box office||580 million (US$11 million)|
Dil To Pagal Hai (translation: The Heart Is Crazy), also known as DTPH, is a 1997 Indian musical romance film directed by Yash Chopra. The film depicts the love lives of the dancers in a musical dance troupe. It stars Madhuri Dixit, Shahrukh Khan and Karisma Kapoor, with Akshay Kumar in a supporting role. It was Khan's third collaboration with Chopra after Darr and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge- to be precise third as producer and second as director. The soundtrack was composed by Uttam Singh, while the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. It was the first Bollywood film to be shot in Baden-Baden and Europa Park, both German tourist attractions.
Dil To Pagal Hai was the second biggest hit of 1997, as well as receiving much praise for its storyline and soundtrack. Additionally, many critics praised the emphasis the film placed on soulmates. It also won many awards, including most of the major categories at the Filmfare Awards.
The story focuses on three different characters and their beliefs on love. Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) does not believe in love and fails to understand how two people can be together forever. Pooja (Madhuri Dixit) believes that someone is made for everyone – they just have to meet one another. Nisha (Karisma Kapoor) believes that love is friendship. She thinks that when a boy and girl are friends, they are destined to fall in love.
The film follows these three characters and how their beliefs on love influence them. Ultimately, it is deciding which of the three characters' beliefs are true.
Rahul and Nisha are members of a massive dance troupe. They are the best of friends, although Nisha is secretly in love with Rahul. Rahul announces his desire to direct a musical named Maya. The members of the troupe, including Nisha, have their doubts about the title character when Rahul cannot describe her to them. Pooja also has a passion for dancing. Having been orphaned at a young age, she has been raised by close friends of her parents.
Rahul and Nisha go shopping for clothes one day. When Rahul is trying on some clothes, he starts whistling a tune and Pooja (who is also trying on clothes) pays particular attention to this tune. Rahul soon comes up with a script for the play he wishes to direct and shows it to Nisha who still has her doubts. On Pooja’s guardian’s birthday, there is a mix up – Pooja’s family receives a parcel with sandwiches (which the dance troupe ordered) and the dance troupe receives Pooja’s guardian’s birthday cake. Rahul goes to Pooja’s house to switch the parcels and starts whistling the same tune he whistled in the clothes shop – Pooja again pays attention to this. On Valentine's Day, Rahul and Nisha attend a party with the dance troupe where Rahul expresses his disbelief in love. Nisha is upset by Rahul’s heartless attitude. Rahul accidentally calls Pooja’s house and when she disconnects the phone, Rahul starts whistling the same tune and she again listens hard to it. On Nisha’s birthday, she gets drunk and tells Rahul she loves him – he does not respond as he does not love her in return. Pooja is soon taken to Germany by her guardian’s son Ajay (Akshay Kumar) who has been in London for months. When the two return to India, just as Ajay leaves to fly to England, he proposes to Pooja and she accepts.
During rehearsals for the play, Nisha injures her leg and the doctor says she cannot dance for a few months. Rahul needs a new woman to play the lead role in the play. He comes across Pooja dancing one day and believes she is perfect for the role. He begs her to come to their rehearsals and she agrees. Rahul and Pooja become close friends. Nisha soon returns from hospital and is upset that she has been replaced. Knowing that Rahul does not reciprocate her love, she decides to leave for London. Throughout rehearsals for the play, Rahul and Pooja find themselves falling for one another. When Rahul drops Pooja home one day, he starts whistling his tune making Pooja realise that she has fallen for the man she often heard. The next day, the two go to meet Pooja’s old dance tutor Tai (Aruna Irani) who believes the two are blatantly in love. At the wedding of two members of the dance troupe, Rahul and Pooja confess their love for each other.
On the day the play is to be run for the first time, Ajay arrives and tells everyone that he is Pooja’s fiancé. Rahul is heartbroken but tries not to show it. Nisha, who has returned, notices Rahul’s devastation and explains how she too was devastated when he did not love her in return. Rahul edits the end of the play to reflect his heartbreak. On the night of the play, Ajay plays a recorded tape where Pooja described how she felt about Rahul, implying that Ajay thinks Rahul and Pooja are meant to be together. Pooja now realises she truly loves Rahul and the two confess their love on stage as the audience applauds them. Also, backstage, Ajay ends up asking Nisha whether she is already married or not (implying he wishes to start a relationship with her).
- Shahrukh Khan as Rahul
- Madhuri Dixit as Pooja
- Karisma Kapoor as Nisha
- Akshay Kumar as Ajay
- Farida Jalal as Pooja's aunt / Ajay's mother
- Deven Verma as Pooja's uncle / Ajay's father
- Aruna Irani as Pooja's teacher
Dil To Pagal Hai was Chopra's second of four movies to star Khan in the lead role. It was the third film to feature Khan opposite Dixit.
Originally the role of Nisha had been offered to a number of actresses (Shilpa Shetty, Manisha Koirala, Kajol, Raveena Tandon and Juhi Chawla). However, they all declined the role and thus, Karisma Kapoor was cast.
Critical reception 
Dil To Pagal Hai received highly positive reviews upon release. Critics praised its storyline and music amongst its other aspects.
Omar Ahmed of Empire gave the film 4 out of 5 stars with the verdict, "It's great eye-candy, painting a portrait of a newly prosperous India in rainbow colours. Good performances too make this a cut above the Bollywood average." Apunkachoice.com also gave it 4 out of 5 stars and commented, "Though Yash can't give his die hard fans again a run-away-hit like DDLJ, this movie is worth watching for its exotic foreign locales and excellent choreography by Shiamak Davar and Farah Khan. "Avinash Ramchandani of Planet Bollywood thought that the film was worth at least one watching. He wrote, "Shah Rukh, Madhuri (though a bit chubby), Karisma, and even Akshay do a good job and Yash Chopra’s potentially award winning direction are just a few reasons to go watch it."
Dil To Pagal Hai has attained classic status over the years. Sanoobar Patel of BizAsia Showbiz wrote, "‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ really is one of those films which you can’t help but fall in love with, every time you watch it. Yash Chopra showed his brilliance in bringing together some big name stars and making us adore them. An unforgettable film with some fantastic characters and an even better soundtrack… and this is what makes it an out-and-out classic." Neha Kirpalani of businessofcinema.com stated, "The maverick director also introduced us to some very Western concepts, like Valentine's Day, dance shows and plays and the concept of people in urban India dating before marriage (something that was quite uncommon in Hindi films). And yet, there were some deep-rooted Indian values in the film, like finding your soulmate and loving them for all eternity, and as Nisha proclaims, the ability to love and spend your entire life with one person until the end of time." Ameet Bhuvan of madaboutmoviez.com observed, "Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), came at a time when Bollywood was undergoing a sea change. A churn was on in the way films were made, the way they were received and the people who were watching it. DTPH is perhaps the best example of how mainstream Hindi cinema blended to manage new tastes while still not alienating traditional likes.
Box office 
Dil To Pagal Hai made a worldwide gross of 580 million (US$11 million) and was the second highest grossing movie of 1997. It was given the verdict of a 'Super Hit' in India and a 'Blockbuster' overseas.
1998 Filmfare Awards 
- Best Film
- Best Actor (Shahrukh Khan)
- Best Actress (Madhuri Dixit)
- Best Supporting Actress (Karisma Kapoor),
- Filmfare Best Art Direction Award (Sharmishta Roy)
- Best Dialogue (Aditya Chopra)
- Best Music Director (Uttam Singh)
1998 National Awards 
- Best Supporting Actress (Karisma Kapoor)
- Best Choreographer (Shiamak Davar)
- Best Film providing popular and wholesome entertainment
1998 Zee Cine Awards 
- Best Film - Yash Chopra
- Best Actor - Shahrukh Khan
- Best Actress - Madhuri Dixit
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Karisma Kapoor
- Best Dialogue - Aditya Chopra
- Best Art Direction - Sharmishta Roy
- Best Music Director - Uttam Singh
- Best Female Singer - Lata Mangeshkar
- Best Cinematography - Manmohan Singh
- Best Choreography - Shiamak Davar
|Dil To Pagal Hai|
|Soundtrack album by Uttam Singh|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Uttam Singh chronology|
The songs for the film were composed by Uttam Singh. Lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi. The music was a major hit among the public, with the album becoming the bestselling Bollywood soundtrack of the year.
|1||"Dil To Pagal Hai"||Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan||5:38|
|2||"Are Re Are"||Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan||5:37|
|3||"Bholi Si Surat"||Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan||4:16|
|4||"Dholna"||Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan||5:20|
|5||"Are Re Are (Part-2)"||Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan||2:06|
|6||"Pyaar Kar"||Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan||6:46|
|7||"Koi Ladki Hai"||Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan||5:32|
|8||"Ek Duje Ke Vaaste"||Lata Mangeshkar, Hariharan||3:27|
|9||"Le Gayi"||Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan||5:43|
|10||"The Dance Of Envy"||(Instrumental)||3:15|
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