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Dil Se (1998)


Manisha Koirala and Shahrukh Khan in Dil Se (1998)

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta

Director: Mani Ratnam

Music: A.R. Rahman

Lyrics: Gulzar

Capsule Review: A treatise on love during the time of terrorism, Shah Rukh and Manisha skillfully portray the desperation of a love affair conducted on borrowed time. Shah Rukh Khan as a radio journalist besotted beyond reason by an enchantingly enigmatic woman, gives one of his least stylized performances, filling those spaces in the narrative’s heart with feelings that is at once rich and riveting. Dil Se is crowded with a compendium of thoughtful performers who support the film. Preity Zinta in her debut performance bubbles. A.R Rahman’s music and Farah Khan’s choreography include the celebrated Chhaiyan chhaiyan number on top of a moving train. Mani Ratnam’s first Hindi film is a fascinating study of a sudden and inextinguishable passion. By far the most restless Hindi film ever created, it moves from one topography and feeling to another with a desperate dexterity. In the second half of the narrative the sheer contrast between a normal bustling Delhi household during a wedding and the desolation of a female terrorist who has sacrificed all the trappings of normalcy for a cause, is brought out in passionate pastel shades.

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