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This article is about the 1990 film. For the Rugrats and All Grown Up! character, see Dil Pickles. For other uses, see DIL (disambiguation).
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Directed by Indra Kumar
Produced by Indra Kumar
Ashok Thakeria
Written by Rajeev Kaul
Naushir Khatau
Kamlesh Pandey
Praful Parekh
Starring Madhuri Dixit
Aamir Khan
Saeed Jaffrey
Deven Verma
Anupam Kher
Music by Anand-Milind
Sameer (lyrics)
Cinematography Baba Azmi
Edited by Hussain A. Burmawala
Distributed by Maruti International
Video Sound
Release dates
22 June 1990
Running time
171 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 180 million (US$2.7 million)
(domestic gross)[1]

Dil (translation: Heart) is a 1990 Indian Hindi romantic drama film starring Madhuri Dixit, Aamir Khan, Anupam Kher and Saeed Jaffrey. It was directed by Indra Kumar with music composed by Anand-Milind. 'The film was remade in Telugu in 1993 under the title Tholi Muddhu, starring Divya Bharti and Prashanth; it was also remade in Bengali in 1996 under the title Amar Ghar Amar Behesto (My home My heaven), starring Shakil Khan and Popy. The film was the highest grossing film of the 1990s,[clarification needed] and Dixit received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance. Dil was the highest grosser at the Overseas market at the time of release.

Plot summary[edit]

Hazari Prasad (Anupam Kher) is a miser who dreams of finding a rich young woman for his only son, Raja (Aamir Khan), to marry. However, Raja is a spendthrift who is only interested in spending his father's money on wild parties.

One day as Raja is walking to his college, a passing jeep douses him with mud and the rude response of the beautiful Madhu (Madhuri Dixit) who is driving enrages Raja. He tricks Madhu into thinking that he is blind and then mocks her when the truth is revealed. The two quickly become enemies and play pranks on each other. Raja causes Madhu to trip during a dance rehearsal, and she forces him into a fight with the school's champion boxer Shakti (Adi Irani), which Raja wins.

Meanwhile, Hazari is looking for a bride with a large dowry for Raja, only to find that his involvement in the wastepaper business makes his son a less-than-stellar marriage prospect. While visiting a lavish hotel, Hazari accidentally runs into a rich man, Mr. Mehra (Saeed Jaffrey), who has one daughter. Hazari hires actors to pretend to be his staff and gives beggars large quantities of counterfeit money to masquerade as a wealthy industrialist. He quickly becomes friends with Mr. Mehra and the two agree to marry their children to each other. However, when Raja meets his prospective bride, she turns out to be Madhu and the two refuse to consider the possibility of marriage.

Madhu takes her dislike of Raja too far on a weekend school retreat when she falsely accuses him of trying to rape her. Raja is furious that his reputation has been ruined and reprimands her for her dishonesty and thoughtlessness, pointing out that many men would take their revenge, but he is different. Madhu instantly falls in love with Raja and kisses him in front of her entire class. The two enjoy an idyllic holiday. When they return to the city for their engagement party, Mr. Mehra discovers Hazari's true financial circumstances. Furious, he insults and strikes Hazari who immediately takes offense. Raja and Madhu are forbidden by their parents to see each other again.

Nevertheless, the two continue to secretly meet. When Mr. Mehra discovers this he arranges to have some thugs beat up Raja. He also decides to send Madhu away where she will not be able to contact Raja. Before he can do so, Raja sneaks into Madhu's house and the two are married on the spot. Mr. Mehra banishes Madhu from the house, declaring that she is dead to him. Hazari also disowns Raja when he discovers that he has married the daughter of his greatest enemy. The couple moves into a small shack and Raja finds work as a construction worker. Despite their poverty, they are happy.

Raja is hurt at the construction site. Madhu goes to beg his father for money to pay for an emergency operation. Hazari agrees, but only if she divorces him. He removes her wedding necklace and, in despair, Madhu returns to her father's house. Seeing her distress, he forgives her, but orders her to never see Raja again. When Raja recovers, Hazari tells him that Madhu returned to her father and never visited him at the hospital. Believing Madhu has deserted him to return to a life of luxury, Raja returns to his parents. Later, he discovers from his mother (Padmarani) that Madhu did not come to see him in the hospital because of his father's blackmail. He rushes to stop her from taking a plane to London but arrives after it takes off. Luckily, Madhu did not take the plane, and the two manage to reconcile their parents.



No. Song Singer(s)
1. "Mujhe Neend Na Aaye" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal
2. "Hum Pyar Karne Wale" Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal
3. "Humne Ghar Choda Hai" Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam
4. "Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai" Udit Narayan
5. "Dum Dama Dum" Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal
6. "O Priya Priya" Suresh Wadkar,Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal
7. "Saansein Teri, Chal Thi Rahe (Sad)" Asha Bhosle

The soundtrack was very popular when it was released., especially appealing to the younger generation. Anand-Milind were nominated for best music direction, but lost to Aashiqui, that catapulted Nadeem-Shravan to the top spot. Dil is regarded as one of the best soundtracks of its time and most of its songs were instant hits. After the film released and was a success, the makers added a new song (a common trend back then), "Dum Dama Dum", which also became popular. Dil is one of the few films with all the songs being certified hits.

Awards and nominations[edit]

At the 36th Filmfare Awards the film won 1 award out of 8 nominations.




The music ran into controversy when Gulshan Kumar of T-Series (who owned the music) had dubbed the songs originally rendered by Alka Yagnik with Anuradha Paudwal. Furthermore, he only dubbed the songs voiced by Alka Yagnik and spared the song "Humne Ghar Choda Hai" sung by Sadhna Sargam. Following this episode, Alka did not work with music directors Anand-Milind for two years and with T-Series for seven years. Interestingly, when she did work with T-Series again in 1997, history repeated itself, this time for the film Itihaas, with her songs being dubbed by Anuradha Paudwal once again. (Itihaas means history) By then, Alka Yagnik was a much bigger name and her protests ensured that the music company retained both versions in the final soundtrack. Alka Yagnik's versions were retained in the film as well.[2]

"O Priya Priya" was copied by Anand-Milind from the 1989 Ilayaraja original in Telugu film Geethanjali. Songs were originally recorded by Alka Yagnik, one song by Sadhna Sargam (Humne Ghar Choda Hain). Udit Narayan was the male voice. After the songs were released and were a rage, they were re-released with Anuradha Paudwal dubbing all of Alka Yagnik's songs and Suresh Wadkar dubbing one song originally sung by Udit Narayan. The song was O Priya Priya. The original songs are available on YouTube.


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