February 25, 2005

Bollywood Move Review: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Rating: B+


  • Aishwarya's costumes
  • The good songs are GREAT
  • Moving story
  • Aishwarya's best dancing in any film

Weaknesses: Salman Kahn. Man, do I hate this guy. Not only are his looks highly overrated, but he's always overacting and is NOT a good dancer. Also, he's totally and utterly insane. After this film, he started going out with Aishwarya, but he's not called "Bollywood's bad boy" for nothing. Persistent rumors of his controlling, obsessive behavior and his "getting rough" with Bollywood's sweetheart have done a lot to harm his reputation, personal and professional, but the controversy has also made him very salable. Personally, I don't see how you can be mean to someone as kind and amiable as Aish. Boo, Salman Khan!

You can get mp3's of all the songs at bollyfm.net
Although it has annoying ads and pop-ups, and requires Real Player, you can view videos of the songs here.


Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a classic story of star-crossed lovers unable to be together and how life goes on after first love. Only her sixth movie (a paltry number in Bollywood), this film is a first-class Aishwarya Rai vehicle. The film does a good job of showing off both her looks and her often-overlooked dancing skills. Her style of dancing is exuberant and sensual, yet technically flawless and graceful. Her costumes throughout are each uniquely beautful and flattering and her house seems to be a palace.

Nandini (Aishwarya Rai, everyone's favorite Bollywood beauty) is the daughter of a reknowned classical indian singer. On Diwali: a half Indian-half Italian student, Sameer (Salman Kahn) arrives at the house to learn from her father. Nandini upset because she has to give up her room for him and swears she'll make him leave in 2 days.

Nandini and Sameer hit it off immediately, which means they tease each other and play tricks on each other. Father accepts him as his student, but won't accept payment; says he may or may not take something in the future. They're both now in love and Sameer's education is progressing. In song #2, "Albela Sajan" Aish dances around the house (showing off her classic indian dancing skills). Soon other members of the household begin to notice (and gossip) about what's going on between Nandini and Sameer.

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Aishwarya dancing to Albela Sajan in my favorite "everyday" outfit; Sameer and Nandini flirting (this is actually from the "Doli Taro Dhal Baje" dream sequence)

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ooooooooooooooooo, bollywood!

Posted by: brandy at March 1, 2005 06:55 PM

hey ashwqarya
u are relli pretty lots of people say tht to you so u mite not notice me
ya and i seen all of u movies
can i have u email adress plz

Posted by: neha at April 27, 2005 08:02 PM

Like Ash reads my blog...

Posted by: Kristina at April 27, 2005 09:53 PM

i agree with kris, ash rocks! this movie has made several cynics fans of bollywood-and each one can't stand the crybaby salman
good analysis of this movie, kris.

Posted by: joy at January 10, 2006 02:53 AM

Yeah, Salman Kahn sucks. One of my favorite Bollywood actresses, Kareena Kapoor, has said of him, "I'm not at all a Salman fan. I don't like him, he's a very bad actor." Word, Kareena, word.

Posted by: Kristina at January 10, 2006 11:36 AM