Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein

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Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Hindi रहना है तेरे दिल में
Directed by Gautham Menon
Produced by Vashu Bhagnani
Written by Gautham Menon
Vipul D Shah
Starring Madhavan
Diya Mirza
Saif Ali Khan
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography Johny Lal
Edited by Sanjay Verma
Release date
19 October 2001
Running time
2 hours 48 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (English: I Want to Stay in Your Heart) is a 2001 Indian romance film written and directed by Gautham Menon starring Madhavan, Diya Mirza and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. A remake of Menon's own Tamil film Minnale (released in 18 February of that same year), the film was not very 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 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. 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. Sam is even more infuriated to learn his impostor is actually his old rival in college whom he hated. 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.



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.[1] Though Richa Pallod was initially considered for the leading female role, Diya Mirza and Saif Ali Khan were added to the film.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5]


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.[6] 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".[7] 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.[8]

However, the film belatedly gained popularity through screenings on television and subsequently developed a cult following amongst young audiences.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11][12]


Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj
Released 2001
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 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.

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Mujhe Rehna Rehna" (Tamil version: Ivan Yaaro, tune is different) Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy 05:06
2. "Oh Mama Mama" (Tamil version has the same tune) Sonu Nigam 04:35
3. "Kaise Main Kahoon Tujhse" (Original song: Nenjai Poopol) Sonu Nigam 01:02
4. "Zara Zara" (Original song: Vaseegara) Bombay Jayashree 04:58
5. "Bolo Bolo" (Original song: Azhagiya Theeye) Shaan 05:55
6. "Dil Ko Tumse" (Tamil counterpart is "Ore Nyabagam", though tune and situation is totally different) Roop Kumar Rathod 05:31
7. "Sach Keh Raha Hai" (Original song: Venmathi Venmathiye) KK 05:27
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  


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