Dil To Pagal Hai

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Dil To Pagal Hai
Dil To Pagal Hai.jpg
Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Yash Chopra
Aditya Chopra
Screenplay by Aditya Chopra
Tanuja Chandra
Pamela Chopra
Yash Chopra
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Madhuri Dixit
Karisma Kapoor
Akshay Kumar
Music by Uttam Singh
Cinematography Manmohan Singh
Edited by V. Karnik
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release dates
31 October 1997
Running time
180 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR580 million (US$9.1 million)[1]

Dil To Pagal Hai (translation: The Heart Is Crazy), also known as DTPH, is a 1997 Indian coming of age 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 written 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 biggest hit of 1997, as well as receiving much praise for its storyline and soundtrack. Additionally, the film won three National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards. The film has attained classic status over the years[2][3][4][5] and is regarded as one of Chopra's best.[6][7][8][9]


Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) and Nisha (Karisma Kapoor) 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 describes "Maya" as a girl who believes in true love and waits for her prince charming who will surely turn up and take her away.Meanwhile, Pooja (Madhuri Dixit) also has a passion for dancing. Having been orphaned at a young age, she has been raised by close friends of her parents.

Pooja and Rahul have a string of near-misses while they run into each other time and again. Each of these instances is marked by a tune that registers with Pooja. Doted upon by her foster family, Pooja is soon taken to Germany by her guardian's son Ajay (Akshay Kumar) who has been in London for months. Just as Ajay leaves to fly to England, he proposes to Pooja. In a dilemma, she ends up accepting it.

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, Rahul and Pooja find themselves falling for one another. When Rahul drops Pooja home one day, he starts whistling his tune making Pooja realize 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 but are highly awkward about it.

A few days before the premiere, 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 premiere, 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).



Dil To Pagal Hai was Chopra's second of four movies to star Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. It was the third film to feature Shah Rukh Khan opposite Madhuri Dixit. Originally the role of Nisha had been offered to Juhi Chawla as Chopra wanted the two leading actresses of that time to appear together on screen but Chawla did not want to play second fiddle to Dixit especially after playing the main lead actress in Chopra's Darr,hence Karisma Kapoor was signed for the role.[10]


Dil To Pagal Hai
Soundtrack album by Uttam Singh
Released 1997
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Saregama
Producer Yash Chopra
Uttam Singh chronology
'''Dil To Pagal Hai'''

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.[11]

It is one of the highest-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums, with 12.5 million copies sold and second overall after Aashiqui.

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
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, Aditya 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

Another song titled "Chanda Ki Chandni" was sung by Kumar Sanu and Lata Mangeshkar but was not included in the album.


Critical reception[edit]

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."[12] 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 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, this movie is worth watching for its exotic foreign locales and excellent choreography by Shiamak Davar and Farah Khan."[13] 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."[14]

Dil To Pagal Hai has attained classic status over the years.[2][3][4][5] 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."[2] 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."[3] 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.[4]

Many websites and newspapers including Yahoo! Movies, Rediff.com, IBNLive and The Times of India have listed Dil To Pagal Hai as one of the top 10 Yash Chopra films.[6][7][8][9]

Box office[edit]

Dil To Pagal Hai made a worldwide gross of INR580 million (US$9.1 million) and was the highest grossing movie of 1997. It was given the verdict of a ' Blockbuster' in India and a 'Blockbuster' overseas.[15]


1998 National Film Awards[edit]

1998 Filmfare Awards[edit]

The film swept most of the major categories at the year's Filmfare Awards.[16]

1998 Zee Cine Awards[edit]


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