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Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (English: I Have Given My Heart Away Darling) is a 1999 Indian romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It was released in the English-speaking world as Straight from the Heart.[3] The film stars Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Film poster
Hindi हम दिल दे चुके सनम
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Screenplay by Kanan Mani
Kenneth Phillipps
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Story by Pratap Karvat and Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring Salman Khan
Ajay Devgan
Aishwarya Rai
Music by Ismail Darbar And Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cinematography Anil Mehta
Edited by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Distributed by SLB ुुFilms
Release date
  • June 18, 1999 (1999-06-18)
Running time
188 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget Rs. 16,00,00,000[1]
Box office Rs. 51,38,50,000[2]

The story is adopted from Maitreyi Devi's Bengali novel Na Hanyate and is based on a love triangle. It also reflects the influence of the German novella Immensee and the 1943 Nazi-era film based on it, Immensee. It has some inspiration from 1983 movie Woh 7 Din.

It was filmed throughout the Gujarat-Rajasthan border region, in addition to Budapest, Hungary, which was used to represent Italy. The film was premiered in the Indian Panorama section at the 1999 International Film Festival of India.[4] It was remade in Bengali as Neel Akasher Chandni in 2009, with Jeet reprising Salman Khan's role, Jisshu Sengupta reprising Ajay Devgan's role, and Koel Mallick reprising Aishwarya Rai's role.



Nandini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is the daughter of Pandit Darbar (Vikram Gokhale), a renowned proponent of Indian classical music.

Into this carefree life enters Sameer (Salman Khan), a young man who wants to grasp the intricacies of Indian classical music under the guidance of Pandit Darbar. Sameer stays with the Darbar family and Nandini is forced to give up her room to Sameer. Nandini takes a dislike to Sameer, and the two play pranks on each other, but soon realise they are in love. Their love blossoms around weddings, festivals and family get-togethers.

One day the pair are caught rehearsing their wedding vows and dreaming of their future together by Pandit Darbar, who becomes furious with them as he has already planned Nandini's wedding with Vanraj (Ajay Devgan). Sameer is banished from the household as Darbar has quit singing because of Nandini being impure. Sameer is asked never to meet Nandini again. Sameer does not leave India immediately. He stays in town and writes letters to Nandini asking her to join him, but his letters do not reach her in time. Nandini reluctantly goes through the marriage with Vanraj, who had fallen in love with Nandini during her cousin Anu's (Sheeba Chaddha) wedding.

On their wedding night, Vanraj notices Nandini's cold, distant behaviour and tries to ask her why she is not reciprocating his love. He asks her for the truth, promising he will help her no matter what. Nandini doesn't reply which angers him.

Vanraj soon catches her reading love letters by Sameer. Vanraj is shattered and drags her back home. At first he is extremely furious because Nandini hasn't told the truth. Realizing that Nandini is in love with another man, he decides to unite the two lovers by going to Italy in search of Sameer. Vanraj seeks his parents' consent, they initially reject but eventually give way.

Nandini and Vanraj arrive in Italy, but come up against dead ends searching for Sameer. During their search, they get mobbed and Nandini is shot in the arm. Moved by Vanraj's gentleness and affection towards her, Nandini begins to warm up to Vanraj. Eventually they get news about Sameer through his mother (Helen), and Vanraj dutifully arranges for their meeting on the night of Sameer's debut concert. His job done, Vanraj bids goodbye to Nandini and walks away heartbroken.

On meeting with Sameer, she apologises to him and tells him that she has come to love Vanraj. She reflects on the unwavering love and devotion that Vanraj has showered upon her throughout their relationship, and realises that Vanraj was her true soul mate. She runs to Vanraj, who tells her that he cannot live without her. She hands him her wedding chain and Vanraj adorns it around her neck and they embrace each other with dazzling fireworks in the background of Budapest.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won Several Accolades for her Performance in this Film.

DVD releaseEdit

In 2000, Video-sound company in the United States, released the official DVD edition of the film with a "making of" segment. The main feature was presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85 and the original Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.

The second release was by Digital Entertainment Inc. This was a collectors' edition two-disc set, filled with supplementary features. These included:

  • Making of the Film
  • IIFA 2000 and Zee Gold awards, 2000
  • Television Promos
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Japanese and Arabic
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Audio
  • Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
  • Attractive Information Booklet

Shemaroo and Eros International released single-disc editions in the India market, sans supplementary features.

The movie was released under its English title Straight From The Heart. This DVD was released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment, which was a port of the Digital Entertainment Inc. edition, sans supplementary features.


Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was well received by most critics — especially for its emotional content, cinematography and music — as well as the performances of the lead actors and a surprising performance by guest star Helen.[5][6]

Anupama Chopra said "this three-hour spectacular is stuffed with songs, romance, comedy, devotional material, and color-soaked dance numbers that are huge even by Hindi standards."[7] Michael Dequina writing for said of the three leads "Rai, in a luminous, award-winning performance (largely considered her big dramatic breakthrough--and justifiably so), fills in the conflicted emotional shades that Khan fails to bring with his one-dimensional presence; and Devgan's soulful subtlety does its job in suggesting Sameer to be a more formidable romantic adversary than viewers would see him as being."[8] The reviewer for Filmfare felt it was a "once in a decade type of extravaganza" and wrote, "Cinematographically, the movie is flawless and by virtue of this fact alone, a must-see. It aims at capturing poetry on screen without becoming pretentious. The music by Ismail Darbari is simply enchanting. The film juxtaposes Indian thematic content with exotic foreign locales."[9]

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was a Hit at the Indian box office, becoming the third highest grossing of the Bollywood films of 1999 with 200 million.[10] It also did well in the foreign box office with 85 million.[11]


Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Soundtrack album by Ismail Darbar
Released 21 June 1999 (1999-06-21)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 54:03
Language Hindi
Label T-Series
Ismail Darbar chronology
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The music was composed by Ismail Darbar with lyrics by Mehboob and sung by Kavita Krishnamurth, KK, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan and others. It received nine Filmfare Awards nominations in the music and singing categories and produced some winners as well.[12] Vikas Bhatnagar of Planet Bollywood gave the soundtrack a perfect 10 out of 10 stars and said it has "cemented it's [sic] place in the history books of greatest ever Hindi soundtracks."[13]

Track listingEdit

ankhon ki gustakhiyaan
# Song Singer(s) Length
1 "Chand Chupa Badal Mein" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 05:46
2 "Nimbooda" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Karsan Sargathi 06:23
3 "Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kumar Sanu 05:00
4 "Man Mohini" Shankar Mahadevan 02:26
5 "Jhonka Hawa Ka" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Hariharan 05:46
6 "Dholi Taro Dhol Baje" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Vinod Rathod, Karsan Sagathia 06:16
7 "Love Theme" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadevan 02:11
8 "Tadap Tadap" K.K., Dominique Cerejo 06:36
9 "Albela Sajan" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sultan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan 03:20
10 "Kaipoche" Damayanti Bardai, Jyotsna Hardikar, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan 05:03
11 "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Salamat, Dominique Cerejo 06:45


Award Category Recipient(s)
47th National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Production Design Nitin Chandrakant Desai
National Film Award for Best Music Direction Ismail Darbar
National Film Award for Best Choreography Vaibhavi Merchant
National Film Award for Best Cinematography Anil Mehta
45th Filmfare Awards Best Movie Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Best Director
Best Actress Aishwarya Rai
Best Male Playback Udit Narayan for "Chand Chupa Badal Mein"
Best Art Director Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Best Cinematographer Anil Mehta
Best Choreography Saroj Khan for "Nimbooda"
Best Background Score Anjan Biswas
RD Burman Award Ismail Darbar
Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award Best Film Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Star Screen Award Best Director
Star Screen Award Best Actress Aishwarya Rai
Star Screen Award Best Female Playback Kavita Krishnamurthy
Star Screen Award for Best Screenplay Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Kenneth Philips
1st IIFA Awards Best Movie Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Best Director
Best Actress Aishwarya Rai
Best Male Playback Udit Narayan, "Chand Chupa Badal Mein"
Best Cinematography Anail Mehta
Best Story Pratap Karvat / Sanjay Leela Bansali
Best Dialogue Amrik Gill
Best Screenplay Sanjay Leela Bansali
Best Choreography Saroj Khan
Best Sound Recording Jeetendra Chaudhary
Best Sound Re–Recording Sushmita Sen
Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award Best Film Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Zee Cine Award Best Director
Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female Aishwarya Rai
Lux Face of the Year
Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male Udit Narayan
Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Female Kavita Krishnamurthy
Zee Gold Awards Best Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Best Actress Critics' Award Aishwarya Rai
Best Male Singer Kumar Sanu
Best Costume Designer Neeta Lulla
Best Cinematographer Anil Mehta
Best Screenplay Sanjay Leela Bhansali


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  2. ^ "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". boxofficeindia. BOI. Retrieved 5 April 2017. Worldwide Gross: 51,38,50,000 
  3. ^ "Straight From the Heart". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
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  5. ^ "Planet-Bollywood - Film Review - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". 18 June 1999. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The review of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". 17 June 1999. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Eisner, Ken (5 November 2000). "Variety Reviews - Straight From the Heart - Film Reviews - - Review by Ken Eisner". Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Movie Report Archive: July 2003 -". Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 16 February 2001. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Box Office 1999". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Box Office India overseas earners". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Filmfare nominations 1999". Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
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