Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein

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Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Directed byGautham Menon
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Written byGautham Menon
Vipul D. Shah
Based onMinnale (Tamil)
Dia Mirza
Saif Ali Khan
Music byHarris Jayaraj
CinematographyJohny Lal
Edited bySuresh Urs
Release date
  • 19 October 2001 (2001-10-19)
Running time
168 minutes
Budget60 million[1]
Box office101 million[1]

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (transl. 'I want to stay in your heart') is a 2001 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film written and directed by Gautham Menon, starring Madhavan, Dia Mirza and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. The film is a remake of the director's own Tamil film Minnale which also starred Madhavan. This is Dia Mirza's debut film. This is also Tamil actor Madhavan's official Bollywood debut film. Despite not being a commercial success at the time of release, the film has attained a cult status over the years.

The film revolves around the love story of Madhav 'Maddy' Shastri (Madhavan) and Reena Malhotra (Mirza). The latter is set to get engaged to Rajeev (Khan), who is a young man settled in the USA and Maddy’s former rival.


The story starts with narration by Madhav (Madhavan) himself. Maddy is the son of a music shop owner Deendayal Shastri (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. In contrast to him is his arch-rival Rajeev "Sam" Samrao, a model student with whom Maddy is at constant loggerheads. The animosity goes so far that Maddy even tries to frame Sam. Sam challenges Maddy to a one-on-one fight, to which Maddy happily agrees. But the fight gets interrupted in between by the professors. Later at Sam's graduation party, Maddy again tries to challenge Sam, but this time, Sam denies it and lets him go. Sam graduates and leaves the college but promises Maddy that one day, he will complete what was started (i.e., the fight).

Three years later, Maddy is working as a software instructor at a private company. His attitude has mellowed a lot but not changed. On his trip to Delhi, he sees a girl dancing in the rain with some kids. He only gets a glimpse of her and is smitten by her beauty, calling her "my kinda girl." Later, he and his college cronies attend a former classmate's wedding where, by luck, Maddy spots the girl again and learns that her name is Reena Malhotra (Dia Mirza). He is deeply attracted to her and tries to learn more about her but in vain. However, destiny makes them meet again when he sees her in Mumbai. Soon he learns that Reena is set to get engaged to Rajeev - a childhood friend of hers, living in the USA. Maddy also learns that Reena doesn't know what Rajeev looks like now and that he is coming to India next week to meet her.

Maddy now heads over heels in love with Reena, is disheartened at the thought of losing his love. Upon being persuaded by his father and friends, Maddy decides to pretend to be Rajeev and tell Reena his true identity when the time is right. He shows his love for Reena and they spend a good time together in those five days. Reena, who previously liked him only as a friend, falls in love with him too. Both of them are even about to kiss but, Maddy decides not to. Everything goes well and Maddy decides to reveal his identity when Reena confesses her love to him. Unfortunately, before he can do so, the real Rajeev comes back and Reena is shocked to learn about Maddy's deception. She decides to call off her relationship with Maddy who Maddy tries to convince Reena about his true intentions, but she refuses to talk to him. Frustrated, Maddy decides to threaten Rajeev to back off from the marriage.

Maddy is shocked to see that Rajeev is none other than Sam, his college rival. Sam is even more infuriated to learn his impostor is actually his old rival in college whom he hates. Rajeev believes that Maddy is getting involved in all this because of their rivalry. Maddy tries to talk to Reena and tell her the truth properly, but she is still not convinced with him. After repeated attempts to talk to Reena fail and Rajeev and Reena's wedding date is decided. Maddy lets Rajeev go back to Reena and tells his friends that they all committed a grave mistake and he says that they should all forget about her. 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. Reena and Maddy have united once again. Maddy holds Reena in his arm and holds her up and they both live happily after.



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 with Rajshri Productions, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, which also featured Madhavan.[2] Though Richa Pallod was initially considered for the leading female role, Dia Mirza and Saif Ali Khan were added to the film.[3] 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.[4] He changed a few elements, deleted certain scenes and added some more for the version. The team shot for the film in South Africa and shot scenes at Durban Beach and in Drakensberg, with production executive Raakesh Maharaj arranging the unit's stay in the country.[5][6]


In comparison to Minnale (2001), the film gained mixed 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 an average grosser at the box office.[7] A critic from The Hindu wrote it "is not a bad bargain at the end of a long day" and "there are parts where you would actually enjoy the courting game between a game hero and a gorgeous heroine" with "fine one-liners and good gestures", before adding "a part does not a whole make".[8] The moderate performance of the film left the director disappointed, with Menon claiming in hindsight that the film lacked the simplicity of the original with the producer's intervention affecting proceedings.[9]

However, the film belatedly gained popularity through screenings on television and subsequently developed a cult following amongst young audiences.[10] 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.[11] On the fifteenth anniversary of the film's release, actors Madhavan and Dia Mirza met up and released a video thanking the film's admirers for their adulation.[12][13]


Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerHarris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein Additional songs (Not included in the film)
Soundtrack album by

The score and songs were composed by Harris Jayaraj, with lyrics written by Sameer. The last three tracks were bonus tracks and did not feature in the film. Upon release "Zara Zara" and "Sach Keh Raha Hai" topped the Bollywood music charts and the album received positive reviews from critics. All tunes except 'Mujhe Rehna Rehna' and 'Dil Ko Tumse' are from the original Tamil soundtrack and 'Dil Ko Tumse' was reused in Tamil-language as 'Ondra Renda Aasaigal' in the 2003 Tamil film Kaakha Kaakha by Harris himself.

All tracks are written by Sameer.

1."Rehnaa Hai Tere Dil Mein"Harris JayarajSonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy5:07
2."Oh Mama Mama"Harris JayarajSonu Nigam4:35
3."Kaise Main Kahoon Tujhse"Harris JayarajKK1:04
4."Zara Zara"Harris JayarajBombay Jayashree4:58
5."Bolo Bolo"Harris JayarajShaan5:55
6."Dil Ko Tumse"Harris JayarajRoop Kumar Rathod5:31
7."Sach Keh Raha Hai"Harris JayarajKK5:28
8."Churaya Churaya"Vishal SinghBabul Supriyo, Shekhar Ravjiani, Preeti & Pinky3:50
9."Na Sone Ke Bangle Mein" (Not featured in the Film)A. M.KK, Anuradha Sriram6:28
10."Tujhe Dekha Jabse Jaana Deewana" (Not featured in the Film)Anand Raj AnandShaan, Sunidhi Chauhan5:23
11."Sohni Sohni" (Not featured in the Film)Aadesh ShrivastavaSukhwinder Singh, Vasundhara Das5:39
Total length:53:58


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  5. ^ ", Movies: Madhavan, Diya: Happily anonymous". Retrieved 3 March 2018.
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  8. ^ "The Hindu : Film Review: Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein". Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  9. ^ Warrier, Shobha (2003). "'The industry is in such a shape that you cannot have big-budget films'". Rediff. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Bollywood's Cult Classics". PINKVILLA. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  11. ^ Jha, Subhash (19 April 2011). "Jackky Bhagnani in RHTDM remake?". Times of India. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein turns 15: Watch Madhavan deliver THE dialogue from the film". India Today. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  13. ^ raveendran, karthika. "15 years of RHTDM: R Madhavan can still make you go awww, here's a video proof". Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein - All Songs - Download or Listen Free - Saavn". 19 October 2001. Retrieved 3 November 2018.

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