Saturday, June 7, 2008

Straight From the Heart (1999)|Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Romantic misunderstandings, unrequited love, and the gap between two very different cultures provide the backdrop for this romantic musical drama from India. Sameer (Salman Khan) is a gifted singer from Europe who has come to New Delhi to study Indian vocal techniques with Pandit Darbar (Vikram Gokhale). Darbar's beautiful daughter Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) makes a strong impression on Sameer, and soon he's head over heels in love. But everyone advises Sameer to stay away from the girl, and Nandini is set up in a marriage with Vanraj (Ajay Devgan), a successful lawyer. But Nandini isn't happy with her new husband, and Vanraj soon finds evidence that his wife has been corresponding with Sameer, who has since returned to Europe. A jealous Vanraj packs his bags and sets out to find the singer, wanting to know the nature of the relationship between him and Nandini. With top "Bollywood" star Salman Khan in the lead, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was a major box-office success in India, and was enthusiastically received in screenings at the 2000 Vancouver Film Festival and 2000 Seattle Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Theatrical Feature Running Time: 188 mins
Straight From the Heart (1999)|Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Yes a long tale even for Indian standards at over 3 hours long, but kept it lively with some nice songs along the way. It explores some important issues with arranged marriages even after 50 years in exploring these issues on film. The father seems very progressive on certain issues but when it came time for his daughter to wed he became very stiff and unbending. Which drove her to...

Like in many tragic love stories this one has Nandini as a self destructive individual (maybe it has something to do with Karma) by putting herself in danger needlessly and even trying to take her own life once-although clearly just an attempt to express herself.

Ultimately Vanraj's risk to look up Sameer pays off and Nandini comes back to him. He spent more time in the relationship at that time and showed that no matter what he was willing to let her go if that is what she wanted. Although there is some questions about his motivation during the movie. It was just as the above review states that Nandini although loved music much, there lifestyles were not compatible.

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