Time flies away indeed. It has been 19 years, since the moment Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Karishma Kapoor or we should say Rahul, Pooja and Nisha charmed screen in the romantic musical giving love altogether a different face. Love was never filled with that much amount of passion like one we saw in Dil Toh Pagal Hai. A Yash Raj Films, Dil Toh Pagal Hai was a huge commercial success and one of the highest worldwide grosser of that year. Released in 1997, the movie narrated story of two young individuals struggling with the delusion love is.
Rahul and Nisha are best of friends and members of a dance troupe are working on a passionate musical project. Rahul’s brainchild, the musical show is about ‘Maya’, an imaginary girl who believes in existence of true love and is waiting to meet it halfway or around the corner. Rahul, then happens to meet Pooja at a dance studio, after many instances when they previously crossed paths but never happened to confront with each others individual existence. Unfortunately, cupid was probably taking his power nap and their time of love will now need its own time.
Things take turn when Nisha, who was on a break from stage performance because of a mishap confronts Rahul with her love, but he doesn’t reciprocate the same and a heartbroken Nisha leaves for London. Meanwhile, Pooja also gets marriage proposal from Ajay (Akshay Kumar) before he leaves the country. Bam! goes cupid’s alarm clock and now Rahul and Pooja, throught their rehearsals find themselves falling for each other.
As, the story moves on cupid make sure that the right one get the right heart to stay there forever. Rahul and Pooja, with turn of events end up confronting their love for each other on stage.
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Directed by Yash Chopra himself, this simple story of complex emotions and delusional minds went onto win hearts of people and is still ruling, even after 19 years. The way Rahul was personified by Shah Rukh Khan on screen, made Rahul a name everyone knew about. Not only the characters but the songs from the album topped charts for weeks and every 90’s Indian kid has grown up on them performing in schools or college.
Dil Toh Pagal Hai, also had some never seen before choreography sequences and heading it was Shiamak Davar. DTPH was Shiamak Davar’s first bollywood project and the man offered what no one could refuse. Shah Rukh Khan Karishma Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit performed in beautiful and thrilling dance sequences, especially in ‘Le Gayi’ soundtrack sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan.
DTPH also had an another name debuting as a background dancer, Shahid Kapoor. Yes! DTPH was one of the first appearances of Shahid’s in a bollywood film and he went onto become a huge star himself.
SRK, who was still young in Bollywood, gained rave reviews for his performance and subsequently was acclaimed as King of Romance. Now, a 2nd highest paid actor in world, young Shah Rukh Khan romanced two then-leading ladies of Bollywood. Karishma Kapoor, who won National Award for her performance as ‘Nisha’ was the first choice for the role, but Kapoor was hesitant to be a second lead to Madhuri Dixit. Rather, Kapoor was offered the role again afterit was turned down by Manisha Koirala, Kajol, Juhi Chawla and Raveena Tandon. None of the ladies wanted to jeopardize their leading image by playing a second lead to Madhuti Dixit. When Yash Chopra approached Kapoor again, she agreed to take the risk and it paid her off very well.
Dil Toh Pagal hai is now one of the cult classics of all time and generations have fallen in love with the story of Rahul and Pooja all over again, every time they watch it. ‘Maya’ must have been a brainchild of Shah Rukh Khan in the movie, but DTPH was late movie director Yash Chopra’s brain child and no one ever told love stories on screen like he did with various other titles too. DTPH still continues to charm like it did for the first time and holds its relevance in these modern times of relationships.
We are so tuning into Dil Toh Pagal Hai tonight, again! *orders pizza*
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