Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein

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Rehnaa Hai Tere Dil Mein
Directed byGautham Menon
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Written byGautham Menon
Vipul D Shah
Diya Mirza
Saif Ali Khan
Music byHarris Jayaraj
CinematographyRavi K. Chandran
Ravi Varman
R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited bySuresh Urs
Release date
  • 24 April 2001 (2001-04-24)
Running time
168 minutes
Budget60 million[1]
Box office101 million[1]

Rehnaa Hai Tere Dil Mein (English: I Want to Stay in Your Heart) is a 2001 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film written and directed by Gautham Menon starring Madhavan, Diya Mirza and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. A remake of the popular Tamil film Minnale, the film was not so successful during the time of its release, but has since developed a cult following among Indian youth.


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 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. On his trip to Delhi, he sees a girl in a heavy rainfall, dancing with some kids. He only gets a glimpse of her in the thunder and gets smitten by her beauty, calling her "my kind a girl". Later, he and his college cronies attend a wedding of another classmate, where by luck Maddy spots her again and learns that her name is Reena (Dia Mirza). Maddy 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's marriage has been arranged with Rajeev Samra, Reena's childhood friend and an NRI. Maddy also learns that Reena doesn't know how Rajeev looks like now and that Rajiv is coming next week to meet her.

Maddy, now head over heels in love with Reena, is disheartened to lose his love. On persuasion of his friends and specifically by his father (aka DD), Maddy decides to pretend to be Rajeev and tell her his true identity when the time is right. Maddy shows his love to 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. Everything goes well and Maddy decides to reveal his identity when Reena confesses her love to him. Unfortunately before that, real Rajeev comes back and Reena is shocked to find Maddy's secret. Reena decides to call off her relationship with Maddy. Maddy tries to convince Reena about his true intentions but she refuses to talk to him. Frustrated, Maddy decides to threaten the real 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 hated. Rajeev believes that Maddy is getting involved in all this because of their rivalry. Rajeev and Reena's wedding date is decided. 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. Reena and Maddy are united once again.



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, Diya 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 a below 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 failure 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 Diya 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
Anand Raj Anand
Aadesh Shrivastava

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 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 JayarajSonu Nigam1:04
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" (Not featured in the Film)Vishal–ShekharBabul Supriyo, Shekhar Ravjiani, Preeti & Pinky3:50
9."Na Sone Ke Bangle Mein" (Not featured in the Film)A.M.MKK, 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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  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.
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  14. ^ "Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein - All Songs - Download or Listen Free - Saavn". 19 October 2001. Retrieved 3 November 2018.

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