Dil To Pagal Hai

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Dil To Pagal Hai
Theatrical release poster
Directed byYash Chopra
Screenplay byAditya Chopra
Tanuja Chandra
Pamela Chopra
Yash Chopra
Story byAditya Chopra
Produced byYash Chopra
Aditya Chopra
CinematographyManmohan Singh
Edited byV. Karnik
Music byUttam Singh
Distributed bySony Pictures Networks
Release date
  • 30 October 1997 (1997-10-30)
Running time
180 minutes
Budgetest.90 million[1] [a]
Box officeest.710 million[1]

Dil To Pagal Hai (transl. The heart is crazy; Hindi pronunciation: [dɪl toː paːgəl ɦɛː]), is a 1997 Indian Hindi-language musical romance film directed by Yash Chopra. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor and Akshay Kumar. It follows the love lives of the members of a musical troupe, in which two dancers (Dixit and Kapoor) get entangled in a love triangle with their choreographer (Khan). The soundtrack was composed by Uttam Singh, and the lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi.

Made on a budget of 90 million (US$2.48 million), which includes print and advertising costs, Dil To Pagal Hai grossed over 710 million (US$19.55 million) worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year. The film received widespread critical acclaim, with high praise for its direction, story, screenplay, soundtrack, cinematography and performances of Khan, Dixit, Kapoor and Kumar.[2][3]

Dil To Pagal Hai is the recipient of several accolades. At the 45th National Film Awards, the film won 3 awards, including Best Popular Film. Additionally, it received 11 nominations at the 43rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Director (Yash) and Best Supporting Actor (Kumar), and won a leading 8 awards, including Best Film, Best Actor (Khan), Best Actress (Dixit), and Best Supporting Actress (Kapoor).

It was featured retrospectively at the 45th IFFI in the Celebrating Dance in Indian cinema section.[4]


Rahul and Nisha are members of a dance troupe that perform dance-based musical plays in Mumbai. Nisha is secretly in love with Rahul, but outwardly, they are just friends. Rahul announces his desire to direct a new musical named Maya. The members of the troupe, including Nisha, have their doubts about the title character, "Maya," who Rahul describes as a girl who believes in true love, and who is waiting for her prince charming, who she believes will surely turn up and take her away. Nisha is cast to play the role of Maya.

The troupe welcomes a new entrant, Pooja, who is an amazing and classically trained dancer who is passionate about dancing. Having been orphaned at a young age, Pooja was raised by close friends of her parents. Pooja and Rahul have a string of near-misses as they run into each other time and again. Each of these instances is marked by a tune playing in the background, that registers with Pooja. Pooja is soon taken to Germany by her foster parent's son Ajay, her childhood best friend who has been working in London . Just as Ajay leaves to fly back to London, he proposes to Pooja. In a dilemma, Pooja ends up accepting his marriage proposal.

Meanwhile, Nisha injures her leg during rehearsals for the upcoming play, and the doctor advises her to take bed rest and not dance for a few months. In search of a new dancer to replace Nisha 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 after much hesitation, she agrees. Eventually, Rahul and Pooja become close friends. Nisha soon returns from the hospital and is upset that she has been replaced, and becomes very jealous upon learning that Rahul likes Pooja. Knowing that Rahul does not reciprocate her love, she decides to leave for London to visit her parents. 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 with the tune she so often heard. The next day, the two go to meet Pooja's old dance tutor, who Pooja addresses as Tai, who figures that the two are ardently in love. At the wedding of two members of the dance troupe, Rahul and Pooja share an intimate moment, but are unsure how to express their love for each other.

A few days before the premiere of the play, Ajay arrives at the rehearsal hall to surprise Pooja. He tells everyone that he is her fiancé. Rahul is heartbroken, but tries not to show it. Nisha, who has returned from London, 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, in contrast to his usual style of always giving a happy ending. On the night of the premiere, as Rahul and Pooja's characters are about to break up on stage, Ajay plays a recorded tape Pooja was going to send him before his proposal, where she described how she felt about Rahul. Ajay is indirectly telling Pooja that she and Rahul are meant to be together. Pooja now realizes she truly loves Rahul and the two confess their love on stage as the audience applauds them, giving the play a happy ending once again. Backstage, Ajay ends up asking Nisha whether she is already married or not, implying his interest in her.


  • Shah Rukh Khan as Rahul
  • Madhuri Dixit as Pooja
  • Karisma Kapoor as Nisha
  • Akshay Kumar as Ajay
  • Farida Jalal as Ajay's mother
  • Deven Verma as Ajay's father
  • Aruna Irani as Pooja's Teacher
  • Suresh Menon as Supandi: Rahul and Nisha's friend
  • Rajesh Tandon as Raju: Rahul and Nisha's friend
  • Shruti Ulfat as Shruti: Rahul and Nisha's friend
  • Balvinder Singh Suri as Ballu: Rahul and Nisha's friend and Soni's brother
  • Murad Ali as Jimmy: Rahul and Nisha's friend and Soni's husband
  • Priya Varma as Soni: Rahul and Nisha's friend; Ballu's sister; and Jimmy's wife
  • Tanya Mukherjee as Tania: Rahul and Nisha's friend
  • Shivani Wazir as Anjali: Pooja's friend


Kapoor played Nisha, a role several actresses rejected

Dil To Pagal Hai was the second of Yash Chopra's 4 consecutive films to star Shah Rukh Khan in a leading role. It was the third film to feature Khan opposite Madhuri Dixit, after Anjaam (1994) and Koyla (1997). The film was originally titled Maine To Mohabbat Kar Li and Tevar before Chopra finally settled on Dil To Pagal Hai as the title.

Sridevi was initially offered to play the role of Pooja, but she declined.[5] The role then went to Dixit. After casting Dixit in the lead role of Pooja, Chopra found it hard to cast the role of the second female lead, Nisha. Manisha Koirala was first approached for the role, but declined. The role was then offered to Juhi Chawla, as Chopra wanted two leading actresses of that time to star alongside each other, however Chawla did not want to play second fiddle to Dixit, after playing the leading lady in Chopra's previous film Darr (1993). Kajol and Raveena Tandon were also offered the role; however Kajol declined as she felt that the role was insubstantial while Tandon was considering quitting her career at the time. Urmila Matondkar, who worked with Khan in Chamatkar (1992), accepted the role, but opted out after a day of shooting. No leading lady was willing to take the risk of playing a second lead to Dixit. Chopra finally approached Karisma Kapoor who agreed to take up the challenge and was signed.[6] She felt that despite the short screen-time, a lot could be achieved with the role.[7][8]

Jackie Shroff was the initial choice to play the role of Ajay, however Chopra felt that a much younger actor was required, promoting Chopra to sign Akshay Kumar.

In addition to writing the story, Chopra co-produced the film along with M. Vakil under the banner Yash Raj Films. The script was written by Chopra, his son Aditya and wife Pamela. The film's costumes were designed by Manish Malhotra and Karan Johar. Manmohan Singh was the film's cinematographer, while the choreography was handled by Farah Khan and Shiamak Davar.[9] Shahid Kapoor made an uncredited appearance as a dancer in the song ''Le Gayi''.[10]

Chopra rejected 54 dresses created by Malhotra for Dixit's character, choosing a salwar kameez over others.[11] Filming began in June 1996. It was the first Bollywood film to be shot in Baden-Baden and Europa Park, both popular German tourist attractions. It was made on a budget of 90 million.[1]


Dil To Pagal Hai
Soundtrack album by
Released27 August 1997 (1997-08-27)[12]
LabelYRF Music (digital)
Saregama (physical)
ProducerYash Chopra
Uttam Singh chronology
Dil To Pagal Hai
External audio
audio icon Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The soundtrack of Dil To Pagal Hai includes 10 songs. The songs for the film were composed by Uttam Singh. Lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi.[12] The music was a major hit among the audience, with the album becoming the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year and second-most of the 1990s decade, with 12.5 million soundtrack album sales.[13] Chopra earned an advance of ₹45 million for the music rights.[14] In 2008, Chopra launched an unreleased song from the Dil To Pagal Hai soundtrack, titled "Chanda Ki Chandni (Kitni Hai Bekarar Yeh)" sung by Lata Mangeshkar & Kumar Sanu.[15]

1."Dil To Pagal Hai"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan05:40
2."Arre Re Arre"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan05:38
3."Bholi Si Surat"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan04:17
4."Dholna"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan05:21
5."Le Gayi"Asha Bhosle (feat. Udit Narayan (extended film version))05:46
6."Chanda Ki Chandni (Pyaar Kar)"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan06:48
7."Koi Ladki Hai (Chak Dum Dum)"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan05:34
8."Ek Duje Ke Vaaste"Lata Mangeshkar, Hariharan03:30
9."Arre Re Arre" (Part 2)Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan02:06
10."Chanda Ki Chandni (Kitni Hai Bekarar Yeh) 2.0 (Pyar Kar Version 2)"Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu05:51
11."The Dance of Envy"Instrumental03:15
Total length:54:34


Approximately 300 prints of the film were released worldwide, with 250–260 across India, including approximately 60 in the Mumbai circuit. 60 prints were released overseas.[16]


Critical reception[edit]

Omar Ahmed of Empire gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, noting, "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."[2]

Box office[edit]

Screen reported that Dil To Pagal Hai opened to a "record business with 100 per cent collections in the first week all over India". The report added that prints were sold as 2 crore per territory.[17] 100 per cent collections were report also in the second week, and 97 per cent in the third.[18]

It grossed 59.82 crore (US$16.47 million) in India and $3.3 million (12.04 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 71.86 crore (US$19.79 million), against its 9 crore (US$2.48 million) budget, which also included print and advertising costs. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 4.71 crore (US$1.3 million), and grossed 8.97 crore (US$2.47 million) in its first week.[19] It opened on Friday, 31 October 1997, across 245 screens, and earned 98 lakh (US$120,000) nett on its opening day. It became the third highest opener of the year behind Border (1.12 crore (US$308,373.44) nett) and Koyla (1.06 crore (US$291,853.43) nett).[20] It grossed 2.75 crore (US$757,166.93) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 5.24 crore (US$1.44 million) nett. The film earned a total of 34.97 crore (US$9.63 million) nett. It is the 2nd-highest-grossing film of 1997 in India after Border which grossed 39.45 crore (US$10.86 million) nett.[21]

Dil To Pagal Hai earned $3.3 million (12.04 crore) outside India.[19] Overseas, It is the highest-grossing film of 1997.[22] It ranked as the highest-grossing Indian film of 1997 worldwide.[23]


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.[3][24][25][26] The film was screened retrospective, during the 2014 International Film Festival of India in the Celebrating Dance in Indian cinema section.[27]



  1. ^ Note: figure includes print and advertising costs


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