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Dhadkan Akshay Kumar
Directed by Dharmesh Darshan
Produced by Ratan Jain
Written by Kader Khan
Starring Akshay Kumar
Sunil Shetty
Shilpa Shetty
Mahima Chaudhry
Music by Songs:
Background Score:
Surinder Sodhi
Cinematography W.B. Rao
Edited by Bharat Singh
Release dates
  • 11 August 2000 (2000-08-11)
Running time
160 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Dhadkan (Hindi: धड़कन, Urdu: دھڑکن) (English: Heartbeat) is a Bollywood romantic drama film which deals with the love triangle of individuals portrayed by Sunil Shetty, Shilpa Shetty and Akshay Kumar. The film was a critical as well as commercial success and was the fourth highest grossing movie of the year. Sunil Shetty won a Filmfare Best Villain Award for his performance.


Sophie (Shilpa Shetty) is a young woman who hails from an extremely rich and influential dirty family. Her father Mr. Chauhan (Kiran Kumar) is a renowned businessman and has many dreams for his daughter. Sophie is in love with Dev (Sunil Shetty) who is very poor and often cannot even afford to clothe himself properly. Dev loves Sophie and wants to marry her — so he has to meet her father.

When Sophie puts forward to her parents the proposal of marrying Dev, she is rebuked and gets an outright refusal. Moreover, her parents have chosen for her a wealthy suitor from Delhi. Not wanting to hurt her parents Sophie finally gives in and marries Ram (Akshay Kumar) who her parents believe will be a perfect match for her.

Ram is a man of great ideals, who believes in giving a rightful place to his wife and respects her sensibilities. Despite this, he is unable to win Sophie's love at first and their marriage remains on the edge. However, after seeing the magnanimity of her husband’s heart in forgiving and accepting her, she realises she has fallen in love with him.

Sophie leads a life of bliss and becomes an ideal wife. But suddenly, at their third wedding anniversary party, Dev returnreveals his intent of winning Sophie back. Dev is now a wealthy businessman, and Sophie finds herself at a crossroads where she has to fight for her husband with her former love. Sophie is in love with her husband and has no wish to return to her former lover. When she tells him this, he sets out to ruin Ram's business. But the truth wins in the end when Sophie tells Dev she is pregnant with Ram's child. Dev realises his folly and decides to marry his friend and business partner Sheetal Varma (Mahima Chaudhary) who has secretly loved him for a long time.



  • Director:: Dharmesh Darshan
  • Story, Screenplay, Dialogue= Kader Khan
  • Producer: Ratan Jain
  • Music: Nadeem-Shravan
  • Art Direction: Bijon Das Gupta
  • Editor: Bharat
  • Lyrics: Sameer
  • Costume Designer: Vikram Phadnis and Navin Shetty


Soundtrack album by Nadeem-Shravan
Released 2000
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Venus
Producer Nadeem-Shravan
Nadeem-Shravan chronology
Sirf Tum

The music of this film gave the message loud and clear that composer Nadeem-Shravan are back in a big way as they recreated their magic of the 90's once again. Dil Ne Yeh Kaha became a legendary love track.

Track # Title Singer(s)
1 "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dil Se (With Dialogues)" Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu & Udit Narayan
2 "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein (With Dialogues)" Abhijeet & Alka Yagnik
3 "Dulhe Ka Sehra (With Dialogues)" Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
4 "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dil Se" Alka Yagnik & Sonu Nigam
5 "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein (Sad)" Kumar Sanu
6 "Na Na Karte Pyar" Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan
7 "Aksar Is Duniya Mein" Alka Yagnik
8 "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein (Instrumental)" Nadeem-Shravan


Taran Adarsh wrote of the film:

Dhadkan is an intense love story and director Dharmesh Darshan has handled it with the sensitivity it deserves ... Despite the flaws, one has to acknowledge the fact that Dharmesh Darshan succeeds in melting the heart at several places. The entire marriage song-sequence in the initial reels, prior to it the scenes involving Sharmila Tagore, Sunil's portions in the second half, clearly indicate that the director knows his job well. He relies more on close-ups to capture expressions, which is the hallmark of a seasoned technician.

Adarsh described Shilpa Shetty as the "life of the enterprise", adding that she "looks good, delivers her lines effectively and emotes with utmost conviction." He also said "Akshay Kumar shows vast improvement as an actor. He is very controlled and handles this difficult role with sincerity." [1]


Filmfare Awards


International Indian Film Academy Awards


Screen Awards


  • Best Publicity Design - Himanshu Nanda, Rahul Nanda



Dharmesh Darshan, the director of the film, announced Dhadkan 2 - The Heart Beats Again, which will be a sequel to Dhadkan. It will have a fresh cast, crew and music directors. It will be released in late 2015.


  1. ^ Dhadkan : Movie Review by Taran Adarsh

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