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Dil Aashna Hai (lit. The Heart Knows the Truth) is a 1992 Bollywood romantic film, produced & directed by Hema Malini under the H. M. Creations banner.[3] It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Divya Bharti in the lead roles along with Jeetendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Dimple Kapadia, Amrita Singh, Sonu Walia in the pivotal roles,[4] with music composed by Anand-Milind.[5][6] This was the first film Shahrukh Khan signed in 1991 but due to delays, Deewana ended up releasing first which marked his debut in Bollywood. The movie is adapted from the TV miniseries Lace, which was based on the novel of the same name by author Shirley Conran.[7]

Dil Aashna Hai
Dil Aashna Hai.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHema Malini
Produced byHema Malini
Written byIqbal Durrani
Suraj Sanim (dialogues)
Majrooh Sultanpuri (lyrics)
Screenplay byImtiaz Hussain
Story byImtiaz Hussain
Hema Malini
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Divya Bharti
Mithun Chakraborty
Sonu Walia
Amrita Singh
Dimple Kapadia
Music byAnand-Milind
CinematographyPeter Pereira
Edited byV. N. Mayekar
H. M. Creations[1]
Release date
  • 25 December 1992 (1992-12-25)
Running time
164 min.
Budgetest. 14.6 crore
(est. 99.28 crore as of 2019)
Box officeest. 1.46 crore
(est. 9.93 crore as of 2019)



Laila (Divya Bharti), brought up in a brothel, is a cabaret dancer in Digvijay Singh's (Kabir Bedi) five-star hotel. One day, Laila receives a phone call from her mother who is on her deathbed and tells her a shocking truth that she was not her real mother, and that Laila was an adopted child.

Karan (Shah Rukh Khan) falls in love with Laila and decides to help her in the search for her real mother. Her search leads them to Razia (Farida Jalal), who divulges that 18 years ago, there were three girls in her college - Barkha (Dimple Kapadia), Raaj (Amrita Singh) and Salma (Sonu Walia). They were in love with their respective boyfriends - Sunil (Mithun Chakraborty), Prince Arjun (Jeetendra) and Akram (Naseer Abdullah). One day they found out that one of them is pregnant. They take a house from Razia and get the baby delivered. Soon when the baby is six months old, she is sent to Razia and they promise that whoever from them will be the first to get married will adopt her, and they name her Sitara. Karan finds out that Barkha is now the health and wealth minister, Raaj is training horses for polo and has married Arjun, and Salma is the principal of St. Teresa's (the college she studied in) and has married Akram. They are also no longer in touch with each other.

Karan and Laila invite the three women giving them different reasons for the invitation. After a dance show by Laila, when Laila/Sitara confronts them, they turn and go away. It is revealed that Salma was the first one to marry, but was scared to tell her in-laws about Sitara. Digvijay Singh throws Laila out of his hotel, and when she's about to get attacked by a street gang, Prince Arjun rescues her and takes her home. During a Diwali party, a person insults Sitara in front of everyone and then Barkha confesses that she is Sitara's mother. While she is about to go and give her resignation letter, Sitara asks her about her father and Barkha tells her that he left for the United States for some kind of military training and she never heard from him again. Raaj and Salma come to pay a visit to Sitara, while Barkha has gone to resign from her job. However, some thugs sent by Digvijay Singh and Govardhan Das kidnap Sitara, Raaj and Salma. Karan goes to rescue them with Barkha and Prince, while fighting, suddenly Sunil comes as a navy officer. One of the goons is about to shoot Karan when Digvijay Singh comes and shoots the goon and accepts Sitara.



# Title Singer(s)
1 "Dil Aashna Hai" Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam
2 "Ho Abhi To Hui Jawan" Kavita Krishnamurthy
3 "Bhool Ke Din" Sudesh Bhosle, Abhijeet, Bhupinder Singh, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Padmini Kolhapure
4 "Doha" (O Pardanasheen) Sadhana Sargam
5 "Rangeen Haseen Raat Ho" Kavita Krishnamurthy
6 "Ek Dil Ek Jaan Ek Hai Hamara" (Part I) Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Aparna
7 "Ek Dil Ek Jaan Ek Hai Hamara" (Part II) Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Aparna
8 "Dance Music" Instrumental
9 "Kisi Ne Bhi To Na Dekha" Pankaj Udhas


Box officeEdit

Dil Aashna Hai was a box office disaster. Dil Aasha Hai's budget was 140 million and it earned just 10 million on opening day and was declared a "flop" By Box Office India.

Despite the film appealing to a niche audience due to it's progressive theme; the late Divya Bharti as the central protagonist was impressive and it is considered one of her best performances.[9][10][11][12][13]

It was one of Shahrukh Khan's early romantic roles and his chemistry with Divya Bharti; whom he also co-starred with in his debut film Dewana was also appreciated.[14][15][16][17][18]

The performances of senior actresses Dimple Kapadia, Amrita Singh and Sonu Walia in supporting roles were also appreciated; in this Hema Malini directorial debut film.[19]


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