Striking a chord with Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin

Part of what makes a movie truly great is its relevance over time. That performances can be appreciated after 15 years of a film's release is a definitive indication of the film's class. Saw Dil Ha Ke Maanta Nahin (1991) last night. This is absolutely one such film. I was in fourth grade when the film released. I loved it back then. I love it more now, especially after having cultivated some level of maturity through adolescence and into adulthood. And all this after knowing that its plot was inspired (from a Hollywood flick)... :(

The chemistry between Raghu Jaitley (Aamir Khan) and Pooja Dharamchand (Pooja Bhatt) oozes off the screen. The plot is simple -- silly in some cases, some would argue -- but there is sincerity contained therein, and that is clearly reflected on screen. Much like the development of the affection between Aamir and Pooja is. And the generic antagonist, who goes largely unnoticed for a good reason, takes a welcome back seat as the real issue is sorted out.

Here is my favorite scene from the film. With a classic song as the undertone:

Overall, an excellent film with an excellent soundtrack that portrays a different style of romance, and is effective at pulling off a plot through the performances of the principal actors.

Movie rating: ****1/2 (Excellent)

Music rating: **** (Excellent)

My classification: U/G (very clean, especially given today's standards)


Anonymous said...

Nice garage scene in the first clip. Very hot! Reminds me a bit of "Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi"

I wonder what movie the background tune originally was from? Pretty song.

In the second clip, I'm reminded of the barn scenes in DDLJ, the opening of Maine Pyar Kiya and a tiny bit of Koyla. So many barn and hay scenes in Bollywood! From Mother India, to the parody of the same scene in OSO. When I make it to India, I'll keep my eye out for those huge bails of hay.

I'll have to see "Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin" as it looks to be very enjoyable. Thanks!


theBollywoodFan said...

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi is one I ought to watch.

You've inspired me to rediscover the original song in this case. Look forward to sharing more information on it and an attempted translation very soon.

Ditto to the bails of hay! Yes, they are pervasive.

When you watch Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin, you must share your thoughts!

Nicki said...

Although this movie lifts the plot from Hollywood classic, It Happened One Night, I still loooove it! One of my fave Aamir movies of all times. I'm still looking for it on dvd with English subs

theBollywoodFan said...

This, I knew! And for some reason, it doesn't matter one bit :D I'm kidding, of course. But it's still an excellent movie that I've enjoyed over the years. Glad you liked it too! Didn't you find a version with English subtitles on Nehaflix?

Nicki said...

Hey, Nehaflix don't have an English subtitled version last time I looked. I'll have to check again. :)

theBollywoodFan said...

That's interesting. One would think it would be easy to get 1990s movies that are subtitled. Go figure.