Even after 18 years Dil Se remains a landmark

Manisha Koirala and Shah Rukh Khan in a scene from Dil Se.

Manisha Koirala and Shah Rukh Khan in a scene from Dil Se.

Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se starring Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala which is marking 18 years is considered as a landmark in Hindi cinema.

At a time when Hindi films were preoccupied with light-hearted romances with lot of songs, dances and considerable dose of melodrama, Mani Ratnam chose a sensitive subject of insurgency in northeast as the backdrop of the story. Even the most celebrated romantic tales  including Mughal-E-Azam, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Silsila are melodramas with larger than life elements and songs and dance.

Dil Se won the Netpac Award at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival. It was screened at the Era New Horizons Film Festival and the Helsinki International Film Festival. Noted for its non linear screenplay, the film won awards for cinematography, audiography, choreography, and music, among others.

Despite being politically explosive and controversial Mani Ratnam’s films performed well in the box office too. His earlier movies including Roja and Bombay were also infused with elements of politics, terrorism and love. Dil Se can be described as ahead of times when we look at the movie in the modern context of political violence in relation to recurrent crisis of terrorism and rebellion in Kashmir and other parts of the world including Syria.

At a closer look, Dil Se was also a story of a warm understanding which political tensions between them could not derail. One can not talk about Dil Se without mentioning its music and lyrics. The combination of A R Rahman and Gulzar was magical. The use of Urdu poetry came alive in breathtaking landscapes of Ladakh, northeast and Delhi. Rahman’s haunting background music gave soul to the story.

No Hindi movie has shown the intensity of being in love as immaculately as Dil Se has. And it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that no other movie was bold enough to explore the concept of love in its various aspects.  – CINEWS

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