Inderjit "Inder" Bansal (Akshaye Khanna) is a very rich young man. Although his parents (Anupam Kher and Moushumi Chatterjee) want him to settle down, he goes to another city to do his MBA and stays with friends. During this time, he meets Pallavi Sinh (Jyothika) and they fall in love. She reciprocates his feelings, but trouble comes in the form of her tyrannical trio of brothers (Paresh Rawal, Tej Sapru and Mohnish Behl) who are over-protective of their little sister and take an irrational dislike to Inder. They show hostility towards Inder and conflicts arise within the households and the couple decides to elope, but afterward realize they miss their families. They decide to return home, relinquishing their feelings, but ultimately their families accept their love, and they are reunited.
Anish Khanna of Planet Bollywood gave the film 8.5 out of 10. Faisal Shariff of Rediff criticised the film for a perceived lack of subtlety and poor acting from secondary characters.Doli Saja Ke Rakhna performed poorly at the box office. In a 2000 interview with India Today, Priyadarshan said that he "lapsed into depression" after the film flopped.
The soundtrack for the film was composed by A.R.Rahman, who worked with Priyadarshan in his previous film Kabhi Na Kabhi to spawn a critically acclaimed soundtrack. This time Rahman focussed more on popularity and gave some of the all-time chart-toppers. Rahman reused most of the songs in the films Jodi and its Kannada remake Sajni. The lyrics were written by Mehboob.