Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein

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Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Directed by Gautham Menon
Produced by Vashu Bhagnani
Written by Gautham Menon
Vipul D Shah
Starring Madhavan
Diya Mirza
Saif Ali Khan
Anupam Kher
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography Johny Lal
Edited by Sanjay Verma
Distributed by Vivek Kumar Mitthu
Release dates
19 October 2001
Country India
Language Hindi

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (English: I Want to Stay in Your Heart) is a 2001 Indian film directed by Gautham Menon starring Madhavan, Diya Mirza and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. It was a remake of the popular Tamil film Minnale which also starred Madhavan in the lead. The film was not successful during the time of its release, but over the years it has developed cult following among Indian youth. It is famous by its acronym RHTDM.


Madhav Shastri aka Maddy is a notorious good for nothing in his college. Among other things, he has no soft corner for girls in his heart. Years later, however, Madhav meets Reena Malhotra and inexplicably falls in love with her. On learning that she is going to be engaged to Rajiv Samra, a childhood friend who is an NRI (non-resident Indian), Madhav decides to impersonate Rajiv. However, when the real Rajiv shows up, Maddy's punishment turns out to be far greater than his crime.


The story starts with narration by Maddy (R. Madhavan) himself. Maddy is the son of a music shop owner (Anupam Kher) who hopes that Maddy will someday take over his shop. Instead, Maddy is a total brat, not serious about studies and notorious in his college. He harasses the girls in his college. In contrast to him is his arch rival Sam (Saif Ali Khan), a model student, with whom Maddy is at constant loggerheads. The enmity goes so far that Maddy even tries to frame Sam. Sam challenged Maddy for one-on-one fight, to which Maddy happily agreed. But the fight was interrupted in between by the professors. Later at Sam's graduation party, Maddy again tries to challenge Sam, but this time, Sam denies. Sam graduates and leaves the college, but promises Maddy that one fine day, he will complete what was started (i.e., the fight).

Two years later, Maddy has taken a job as software instructor at a private company. His attitude has mellowed a lot, but not changed. He and his college cronies attend a wedding of another classmate, where Maddy spots Reena (Dia Mirza). Maddy is smitten and tries to learn more about her, but in vain. However, destiny makes them meet again. Soon he learns that Reena plans to marry Rajeev Samra, an old friend who is now an NRI. Maddy also learns that Reena doesn't know how Rajeev looks like now.

On persuasion of his friends and specifically by his father (aka DD), Maddy decides to pretend to be Rajeev. Reena, who previously liked him only as a friend, falls in love with him too. Everything goes well until Rajeev's parents call and tell them that the real Rajeev is coming to meet them. On learning this, everyone is shocked and Maddy's secret is revealed. Reena decides to call off her relationship with Maddy. The real Rajeev also decides to meet his impostor.

Maddy is shocked to see that Rajeev is none other than Sam. Sam is even more infuriated to learn his impostor's true identity. Rajeev and Reena's parents decide to get them married as soon as possible. Here, Maddy goes into depression and starts drinking. Reena is no better off without him either, as she finds it very difficult to forget him. Though the enmity between Sam and Maddy is renewed, Sam cannot help but notice that Reena is marrying him only because she is mad at Maddy.

Finally, Rajeev confronts Reena and asks her whether she loves him or Maddy. In the meantime, Maddy decides to go to San Francisco, California, taking an offer made to him by his current employer, which initially he had declined. When Rajeev realizes that Reena still loves Maddy, he takes her to the airport. Rajeev and Maddy spot each other. Maddy thinks that Rajeev has come to rebuke him once more. Rajeev hands Reena over to Maddy, upon which the duo confess their feelings for each other. Rajeev is heartbroken, but feigns his old attitude towards Maddy saying that "we can never be friends" and leaves them.



Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein

The score and songs were composed by Harris Jayaraj, with lyrics written by Sameer.The last three tracks were bonus tracks. Producer Vashu Bhagnani had kept contest under which 4 songs composed by all different music directors. The song which won in competition was featured in movie Aaya re aaya and rest were not a part of movie. Upon release "Zara Zara" and "Sach Keh Raha Hai" topped the Bollywood music charts and the album received positive reviews from critics.

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein"   Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy  
2. "Oh Mama Mama"   Sonu Nigam  
3. "Kaise Main Kahoon Tujhse"   Sonu Nigam  
4. "Zara Zara"   Bombay Jayashree  
5. "Bolo Bolo"   Shaan  
6. "Dil Ko"   Roop Kumar Rathod  
7. "Sach Keh Raha Hai"   KK  
Additional Tracks not featured in the Film
No. Title Singer(s) Length
8. "Aaya Re Aaya (Composed by: Vishal-Shekhar)"   Shekhar Ravjiani, Preeti & Pinky  
9. "Na Sone Ke Bangle Mein (composed by: A.A.M)"   KK, Anuradha Sriram  
10. "Tujhe Dekha Jabse Jaana Deewana (composed by: Anand Raj Anand)"   Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan  
11. "Sohni Sohni (Composed by: Aadesh Shrivastava )"   Sukhwinder Singh, Vasundhara Das  


The success of the Tamil film Minnale led to producer Vashu Bhagnani signing Gautham Menon on to direct the Hindi language remake of the film, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, which also featured Madhavan. Though Richa Pallod was initially considered for the leading female role, Diya Mirza and Saif Ali Khan were added to the film.[1] Menon was initially apprehensive but said it took "half an hour" to agree and against his intentions, the producer opted against retaining the technical crew of the original.[2] He changed a few elements, deleted certain scenes and added some more for the version. However in comparison, the film gained poor reviews with a critic citing that "the presentation is not absorbing" though stating that the director " handled certain sequences with aplomb"; the film subsequently went on to become a below average grosser at the box office.[3] The failure of the film left him disappointed, with Menon claiming in hindsight that the film lacked the simplicity of the original with the producer's intervention affecting proceedings.[4] In 2011, the producer of the film approached him to remake the film with the producer's son Jackky Bhagnani in the lead role, but Menon was uninterested with the offer.[5]


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