Dil Kya Kare

Dil Kya Kare (English: What Should The Heart Do?) is a 1999 Indian drama film, directed by Prakash Jha and produced by Veeru Devgan and Veena Devgan.[3] The film stars Ajay Devgn, Mahima Chaudhry, Kajol and Chandrachur Singh.

Dil Kya Kare
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Directed byPrakash Jha[1]
Story byPrakash Jha
Produced byVeeru Devgan
Veena Devgan
StarringAjay Devgn
Mahima Chaudhry
Chandrachur Singh
CinematographyRajan Kothari
Edited byPrakash Jha
Music byJatin–Lalit
Release date
  • 24 September 1999 (1999-09-24)
Budget9 crore[2]
Box office19,69 crore[2]


This story is about tragic love which begins in tragedy and ends in tragedy.

Anand (Ajay Devgn) lives happily with his wife Kavita (Mahima Chaudhry) and Neha, whom the couple adopted because Kavita suffered a miscarriage. Kavita is good friends with Som Datt (Chandrachur Singh), whose love for her has remained unrequited since their college days.

A lady starts stalking Neha and meets her up daily at school. After some time, she befriends Neha and Neha starts calling her "sweet Aunty" and introduces her to her mother Kavita, who invites her home.

The stranger introduces herself as "Nandita" (Kajol) and requests to spend more time with Neha. So Kavita lets her stay in their home as a guest for some time. However, deeply buried secrets threaten to surface when Nandita and Anand come face-to-face as it is revealed that they are the biological parents of Neha.

Their short-lived tragic history is revealed: Anand and Nandita were traveling by train when thugs took over and tried to rape/kill Nandita. Anand saved Nandita's life and the two became attracted and made love. They did not meet after this night.

Anand moved on with his life while a pregnant Nandita was forced to give up her child (Neha) for adoption.

Anand and Nandita try to hide their past from Kavita at first, though Anand tries many times to meet with Nandita alone and talk to her, anxious to know why and where she mysteriously disappeared even though he tried to find her.

However, Kavita finds out the truth and is disgusted with Anand and Nandita. Kavita leaves her home in the middle of the night with Somu. Feeling betrayed, Kavita is contemplating leaving Anand forever. In the meantime, Anand and Nandita enjoy a fun day out with Neha at her insistence. After a spat at Somu's house, Kavita finally realises her husband's true nature and files for divorce.

At the courthouse, Anand begs Kavita to reconsider. Nandita promises to leave the family alone on one condition – that she take Neha with her. Kavita becomes frantic, as she refuses to give up Neha, and Anand reluctantly supports Kavita after realizing how desperate she is to keep Neha.

When Nandita realizes that Anand and Kavita love Neha and are not ready to give her up, she decides to leave her daughter in their care and go away forever.

Anand is shocked at this and runs to the train station. He makes it just in time to see Nandita on the moving train, peering at him with tearful eyes.


Box officeEdit

Dil Kya Kare grossed $285,000 in the US and £204,547 in UK. In the second weekend the film grossed $54,000 on screens, crashing to 51st position on the box-office chart from 27th. But it fared far better in the United Kingdom. It remained at No 14 there on 22 screens for two weeks.[4]


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Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony BMG
Jatin–Lalit chronology
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Professional ratings
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Planet Bollywood          [5]
Apun Choice     [6]
# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Dil Kya Kare" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 04:27
2 "Menu Lagan Lagi" Sukhwinder Singh, Jaspinder Narula 05:52
3 "Do Dilon Ki" Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal 05:37
4 "Badal Bijli" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Children 04:36
5 "Rang Lage Lo" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Alka Yagnik 06:04
6 "Monday Bhi Ho Sunday" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Children 04:07
7 "Dil Kya Kare" (Sad) Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 02:57
8 "Pyar Ke Liye" Alka Yagnik 05:03


  1. ^ "Dil Kya Kare — Boxoffice.com". boxoffice.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Dil Kya Kare – Movie". Box Office India.
  3. ^ Hip Hip Hurray to Aarakshan: The best of director Prakash Jha[dead link]
  4. ^ "Rediff on the NeT: 'Dil Kya Kare' Loses Heart Quickly". rediff.com.
  5. ^ "Dil Kya Kare Music Review". Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Dil Kya Kare Music Review". Archived from the original on 3 November 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2011.

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