Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

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Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.jpg
Film poster
Directed bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Screenplay byKanan Mani
Kenneth Phillipps
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Story byPratap Karvat
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Based onNa Hanyate (by Maitreyi Devi)
StarringAishwarya Rai
Salman Khan
Ajay Devgn
Music byIsmail Darbar
CinematographyAnil Mehta
Edited bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Distributed bySLB Films
Amber Entertainment
Release date
  • June 18, 1999 (1999-06-18)
Running time
188 minutes
Budget16 crore[1]
Box office51.4 crore[2]

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (transl. I have given my heart away, darling) is a 1999 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It was released internationally as Straight From the Heart.[3] The film stars Aishwarya Rai in lead role along with Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan.

The film has been described as a loose adaptation of Maitreyi Devi's Bengali novel Na Hanyate and is based on a love triangle[4] although the film does not give credit to it. The theme is based on Rashtriyashayar Jhaverchand Meghani's play "Shetal ne Kathe". Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a huge fan of Meghani and he acknowledged it many interviews.

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.[5] It was remade in Bengali as Neel Akasher Chandni in 2009, with Jeet reprising Salman Khan's role, Jisshu Sengupta reprising Ajay Devgn's role, and Koel Mallick reprising Aishwarya Rai's role.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam received a leading 17 nominations at the 45th Filmfare Awards, including Best Actor for Khan and Devgn, winning 7 awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Bhansali, and Best Actress for Rai and Best Male Playback for Udit Narayan.


Nandini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is the daughter of Pundit Darbar (Vikram Gokhale), a renowned proponent of Indian classical music. It is announced that a young man named Sameer (Salman Khan) will be arriving to stay with the Darbar family, as he wants to grasp the intricacies of Indian classical music under the guidance of the Pundit. He is accommodated in Nandini's room, causing her to take a dislike to Sameer. At first the two tease and prank one another, but soon enough they fall deeply in love. The two spend romantic moments during several family events, including weddings and festivals.

One day, the pair are caught rehearsing their wedding vows by the Pundit and he is enraged since he has already planned Nandini's wedding with Vanraj (Ajay Devgn), who had fallen in love with her during her cousin Anu's (Sheeba Chaddha) wedding. Sameer is banished from the household and the Pundit quits singing since he believes Nandini has brought shame to the family. Sameer is asked never to meet Nandini again. Although he eventually leaves for Italy, he writes letters to Nandini asking her to join him, but his letters do not reach her. After a futile suicide attempt, Nandini reluctantly weds Vanraj. He tries to consummate their marriage on their wedding night, but Nandini is disgusted by his approach and acts coldly towards him. He asks her for an explanation but she chooses to remain silent.

Nandini finally receives Sameer's letters and Vanraj walks in on her reading them. He is enraged and initially decides to return her to her parents, but soon realizes that since she is in love with another man, the right thing to do would be to unite the pair. Vanraj seeks his parents consent, which they give after disagreeing at first. Nandini and Vanraj arrive in Italy but come up against dead ends searching for Sameer. During their search, they are mobbed and Nandini is shot in the arm. Moved by Vanraj's gentleness and affection towards her, Nandini begins to warm up to him. Eventually, they are able to locate Sameer through his mother (Helen), and Vanraj dutifully arranges for their meeting on the night of Sameer's debut concert. He then bids goodbye to Nandini and walks away heartbroken.

Upon meeting Sameer, she apologises to him and tells him that she has come to love Vanraj. She reflects on the unwavering love and devotion that Vanraj has showered upon her throughout their relationship, and realises that Vanraj is her true soul mate. Sameer realizes that she doesn't have that love for him which he saw in her long back. Heartbroken, Sameer lets her go back to Vanraj which she readily accepts and Sameer breaks down after she leaves and his mother consoles him. She runs back to him and he tells her that he cannot live without her. Vanraj adorns a mangala sutra around her neck and they embrace each other.


DVD release[edit]

In 2000, Video-sound company in the United States, released the official DVD edition of the film with a "making of" 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 two-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 single-disc editions in the India market, 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.[6][7]

Anupama Chopra 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."[8] Michael Dequina writing for said 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 Devgn's soulful subtlety does its job in suggesting Sameer to be a more formidable romantic adversary than viewers would see him as being."[9] The reviewer for Filmfare felt it was a "once in a decade type of extravaganza" and wrote, "Cinematographically, the movie is flawless and by virtue of this fact alone, a must-see. It aims at capturing poetry on screen without becoming pretentious. The music by Ismail Darbar is simply enchanting. The film juxtaposes Indian thematic content with exotic foreign locales."[10]

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was a Hit at the Indian box office, becoming the third highest grossing of the Bollywood films of 1999 with 200 million.[11] It also did well in the foreign box office with 85 million.[12]


Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Soundtrack album by
Released21 June 1999 (1999-06-21)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Ismail Darbar chronology
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa

The soundtrack had lyrics by Mehboob and music by Ismail Darbar. Voices in the soundtrack include those of Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Hariharan, Vinod Rathod, Sultan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, KK and others. It received nine Filmfare Awards nominations in the music and singing categories and produced some winners as well.[13] Vikas Bhatnagar of Planet Bollywood gave the soundtrack a perfect 10 out of 10 stars and said it has "cemented it's [sic] place in the history books of greatest ever Hindi soundtracks."[14]The Soundtrack Was The Top Eight Best sellers rank on Amazon The Audio CD Selling Over 504,852 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)

  1. 827 in Indian & Pakistani Music
  2. 9,824 in Movie Soundtracks (CDs & Vinyl).

Track listing[edit]

# Song Singer(s) Length
1 "Chand Chupa Badal Mein" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 05:46
2 "Nimbooda" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Karsan Sargathi 06:23
3 "Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kumar Sanu 05:00
4 "Man Mohini" Shankar Mahadevan 02:26
5 "Jhonka Hawa Ka" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Hariharan 05:46
6 "Dholi Taro Dhol Baje" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Vinod Rathod, Karsan Sagathia 06:16
7 "Love Theme" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadevan 02:11
8 "Tadap Tadap" K.K., Dominique Cerejo 06:36
9 "Albela Sajan" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sultan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan 03:20
10 "Kaipoche" Damayanti Bardai, Jyotsna Hardikar, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan 05:03
11 "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Salamat, Dominique Cerejo 06:45


Award Category Recipient(s)
47th National Film Awards Won - National Film Award for Best Production Design (Nitin Chandrakant Desai)
Won - National Film Award for Best Music Direction ( Ismail Darbar )
Won - National Film Award for Best Choreography (“Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje”) -

Vaibhavi Merchant
Arsh Tanna
Sameer Tanna

Won - National Film Award for Best Cinematography Anil Mehta
45th Filmfare Awards Won - Best Movie Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Won - Best Director
Nominated - Best Actor Salman Khan
Nominated - Best Actor Ajay Devgn
Won - Best Actress Aishwarya Rai
Won - Best Male Playback Udit Narayan for "Chand Chupa Badal Mein"
Won - Best Choreography Saroj Khan for "Nimbooda"
Won - Best Background Score Anjan Biswas
Star Screen Awards Won - Star Screen Award Best Film Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Won - Star Screen Award Best Director
Won - Star Screen Award Best Actress Aishwarya Rai
Won - Star Screen Award Best Female Playback Kavita Krishnamurthy
Won - Star Screen Award for Best Screenplay Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Kenneth Philips
1st IIFA Awards Won - Best Movie Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Won - Best Director
Won - Best Actress Aishwarya Rai
Won - Best Male Playback Udit Narayan, "Chand Chupa Badal Mein"
Won - Best Cinematography Anail Mehta
Won - Best Story Pratap Karvat / Sanjay Leela Bansali
Won - Best Dialogue Amrik Gill
Won - Best Screenplay Sanjay Leela Bansali
Won - Best Choreography Saroj Khan
Won - Best Sound Recording Jeetendra Chaudhary
Won - Best Sound Re–Recording Sushmita Sen
Zee Cine Awards Won - Zee Cine Award Best Film Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Won - Zee Cine Award Best Director
Won - Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female Aishwarya Rai
Won - Lux Face of the Year
Won - Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male Udit Narayan
Won - Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Female Kavita Krishnamurthy
Zee Gold Awards Won - Best Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Won - Best Actress Critics' Award Aishwarya Rai
Won - Best Male Singer Kumar Sanu
Won - Best Costume Designer Neeta Lulla
Won - Best Cinematographer Anil Mehta
Won - Best Screenplay Sanjay Leela Bhansali


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  4. ^ Mridula Nath Chakraborty (26 March 2014). Being Bengali: At Home and in the World. Taylor & Francis. p. 170. ISBN 978-1-317-81889-2.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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