Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

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Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Film poster
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Screenplay by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Kenneth Phillipps
Story by Pratap Karvat
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring Salman Khan
Aishwarya Rai
Ajay Devgan
Music by Ismail Darbar
Cinematography Anil Mehta
Edited by Bela Segal
Distributed by SLB Films
Release dates
18 June 1999
Running time
188 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR170 million (US$2.7 million)[1]
Box office INR325 million (US$5.1 million)[2]

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (English: I Have Given My Heart, Darling) is a 1999 Bollywood romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It was released in the English-speaking world as Straight from the Heart.[3] The film stars Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan.

The story is adopted from Maitreyi Devi's Bengali novel Na Hanyate, and is based on a love triangle. It also reflects the influence of the German novella Immensee and the 1943 Nazi era film based on it, Immensee. It was filmed throughout the Gujarat-Rajasthan border region, in addition to Budapest, Hungary, which was used to represent Italy. The film was premiered in the Indian Panorama section at the 1999 International Film Festival of India.[4] Due to the success, the film was remade in Bengali as Neel Akasher Chandni in 2009, with Jeet reprising Salman Khan's role, Jishu Sengupta reprising Ajay Devgan's role, and Koel Mallick reprising Aishwarya Rai's role.


Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) is the daughter of (Vikram Gokhale), a renowned proponent of Indian Classical Music.

Into this carefree life enters Sameer (Salman Khan), a boy of parentage who wants to grasp the intricates of Indian Classical Music under the guidance of Pandit Darbar. Sameer stays with the Darbar family, and Nandini is asked to vacate her room to give the guest the nicest room in the mansion. Nandini takes a dislike to Sameer, and the two keep playing pranks on each other, but soon realise they are in love. Their love blossoms in the Darbar household around weddings, festivals and family get-togethers.

One day the pair are caught rehearsing their wedding vows and dreaming of their future together by Pandit Darbar, who becomes furious with them as he has already planned Nandini's wedding with Vanraj (Ajay Devgan). Sameer is banished from the household as Darbar has quit singing because of Nandini being impure. As contribution to a teacher, Sameer is asked never to meet Nandini again. Sameer does not leave India immediately. He stays in town and writes letters to Nandini asking her to join him, but his letters do not reach her in time. Nandini reluctantly goes through the marriage with Vanraj, who had fallen in love with Nandini during her cousin Anu's (Sheeba Chaddha) wedding.

On the wedding night, Vanraj realises that Nandini is not behaving sane and tries to ask her why she is not responding to his love. He asks her for the truth, promising he will help her no matter what. Nandini doesn't reply to him which angers him.

Vanraj soon catches her reading love letters by Sameer. Vanraj is rudely shattered and drags her back home. At first he is extremely furious because Nandini hasn't said the truth. Since his wife is in love with another man, he shows ultimate love and wisdom by taking Nandini to Italy, in search of Sameer, to the initial dislike, but eventual approval of his own parents.

Nandini and Vanraj arrive in Budapest, Hungary, but always come up against dead ends, searching for Sameer. During their search, they face many problems and dilemmas and slowly Nandini gets to see what Vanraj really is like. She sees Vanraj selflessly devoting himself to caring for her during her stay in hospital after a gunshot. Eventually they get news about Sameer through his mother (Helen), and Vanraj dutifully arranges for their encounter on the night of Sameer's debut concert. His job done, Vanraj bids goodbye to Nandini and walks away, a heartbroken man.

Now matured Nandini's feelings for him have changed. She reflects on the unwavering love and devotion that Vanraj has showered upon her throughout their relationship, and realises that Vanraj was her true soul mate. She leaves Sameer and apologises to him, runs to Vanraj, who finally tells her that he cannot live without her. She hands him her wedding chain and Vanraj adorns it around her neck and they embrace each other with dazzling fireworks in the background of Budapest.



  • In one scene, Sameer says that Aishwarya Rai's character, Nandini, acts as if she is Miss World. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, actually was Miss World in 1994.
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ismail Darbar spent two years on the music of the film.
  • The bridge and many of the scenic locations shown in the movie were filmed in Budapest, Hungary, but Bhansali felt that names like Budapest or Hungary would not connect with the masses of India, so the Hungarian scenes were shown as Italian in the film.
  • Bhansali and art director Nitin Desai toured Gujarat, Bhuj and Kutch to get the perfect locales and research the lifestyles and culture extensively. Due to this research, the sets designed were so good that Desai claims he got a letter from a filmmaking team in Canada asking which part of the country the location was in.
  • For the lit-up acrylic floor in the garba song, Nitin Desai placed marigold flowers, which are traditionally offered in temples, under the acrylic sheets.
  • Sameer's strange habit of looking at the sky and talking to his deceased father comes from director Bhansali's childhood, when he had done the same thing.
  • Bhansali choice was stuck at Madhuri Dixit for Nandini as she had earlier declined Khamoshi: The Musical too but due to her marriage she could not play the part. Later, Kareena Kappor was approached, she declined debuting a year later into bollywood with Refugee.
  • This movie also resulted in a real life romance between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.
  • Due to a chandelier accident on the set, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan danced to "Nimbooda" while her feet were swollen.
  • In Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's first scene, she is seen walking across the Kutch desert. She did this barefoot and in 35-degree weather. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali later expressed his great gratitude and respect for her having done so.
  • At a screening of "Raja Hindustani", Aishwarya Rai Bachchan came up to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, shook his hand and told him that she loved his work in "Khamoshi: The Musical". Sanjay Leela Bhansali said he had been looking for a girl to play Nandini. He decided at that moment that she would be perfect for the role.

DVD release[edit]

In 2000, "Video-sound" company in the United States, released the first official DVD edition of the film which consisted of "the Making" segment. The main feature was presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85 and the original Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.

The second release was by "Digital Entertainment inc." This was a collectors' edition 2 disc set, filled with supplementary features. These included : -

  • Making of the Film
  • IIFA 2000 and Zee Gold awards, 2000
  • Television Promos
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Japanese and Arabic
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Audio
  • Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
  • Attractive Information Booklet

Shemaroo and Eros International released one disced version in India, sans supplementary features.

The movie was released under its English title "Straight From The Heart". This DVD was released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment, which was a port of the Digital Entertainment inc. edition, sans supplementary features.


Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was well received by most critics, especially for its emotional content, cinematography and music; as well as the performances of the lead actors, and a surprising performance by guest star Helen.[5][6]

Suryansh Varma said "this three-hour spectacular is stuffed with songs, romance, comedy, devotional material, and color-soaked dance numbers that are huge even by Hindi standards."[7] Michael Dequina writing for sais of the three leads "Rai, in a luminous, award-winning performance (largely considered her big dramatic breakthrough--and justifiably so), fills in the conflicted emotional shades that Khan fails to bring with his one-dimensional presence; and Devgan's soulful subtlety does its job in suggesting Sameer to be a more formidable romantic adversary than viewers would see him as being."[8]

The film was a blockbuster at the Indian box office, becoming the third highest grossing of the Bollywood films of 1999 with INR 200 million.[9] It also did well in the foreign box office with INR 85 million.[10]

The year 1999 was phenomenal for Salman Khan as he delivered three biggest blockbusters and highest grossing movies of the year - Biwi No.1, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Hum Saath Saath Hain.


The music was composed by [[]] with lyrics by Mehboob. It received nine Filmfare Awards nominations in the music and singing categories and produced some winners as well.[11] Vikas Bhatnagar of Planet Bollywood gave the soundtrack a perfect 10 out of 10 stars, and said it has "cemented it's place in the history books of greatest ever Hindi soundtracks".[12]

Track listing[edit]

# Song Singer(s) Length
1 "Chand Chupa" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 05:46
2 "Albela Sajan Aayo Re" Sultan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Kavita Krishnamurthy 03:20
3 "Aankhon Ki" Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy 05:00
4 "Doli Taro Dhol Baje" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Vinod Rathod, Karsan Sagathia 06:16
5 "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Salamat, Dominique Cerejo 06:45
6 "Jhokha Hawa Ka" Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy 05:46
7 "Kai Po Che" Shankar Mahadevan, KK, Damayanti Bardai, Jyotsna Hardikar 05:03
8 "Love Theme" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadevan 02:11
9 "Mitti Ki Hai (Man Mohini)" Shankar Mahadevan 02:25
10 "Nimbooda" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Karsan Sagathia 06:20
11 "Tadap Tadap Ke" K.K., Dominique Cerejo 06:36


2000 National Awards[edit]

2000 Filmfare Awards[edit]

2000 Star Screen Awards[edit]

2000 IIFA Awards[edit]

Zee Cine Awards[edit]

Zee Gold Awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam at IBOS". Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Top Lifetime Grossers 1995-1999 (Figures in Ind Rs). Box Office India.
  3. ^ "Straight From the Heart". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Planet-Bollywood - Film Review - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". 18 June 1999. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The review of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". 17 June 1999. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Eisner, Ken (5 November 2000). "Variety Reviews - Straight From the Heart - Film Reviews - - Review by Ken Eisner". Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Movie Report Archive: July 2003 -". Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Box Office 1999". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Box Office India overseas earners". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Filmfare nominations 1999". Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Hum Dil De Chuke SanamMusic Review". 
  13. ^ "Showcase: IIFA 2000 - London | Award Winners". IIFA. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

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