Dil To Pagal Hai

Dil To Pagal Hai

Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Yash Chopra
Aditya Chopra
Screenplay by Aditya Chopra
Tanuja Chandra
Pamela Chopra
Yash Chopra
Story by Aditya Chopra
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Madhuri Dixit
Karisma Kapoor
Akshay Kumar
Music by Uttam Singh
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Cinematography Manmohan Singh
Edited by V. Karnik
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release dates
30 October 1997
Running time
180 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget est.90 million[1]
Box office est.718.6 million[1]

Dil To Pagal Hai (English: The Heart Is Crazy), also known as DTPH, is a 1997 Indian musical romantic film directed by Yash Chopra. The film depicts the love lives of the dancers in a musical dance troupe. It stars Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Karisma Kapoor in lead roles, with Akshay Kumar in a supporting role. It was Khan's third collaboration with Yash Raj Films after Darr (1993) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). The soundtrack was composed by Uttam Singh, while the lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi. The film was screened retrospective, during the 2014 International Film Festival of India in the Celebrating Dance in Indian cinema section.[2]

It was the first Bollywood film to be shot in Baden-Baden and Europa Park, both German tourist attractions. Dil To Pagal Hai was a major commercial success, and became the highest grossing Indian film of the year worldwide. The film garnered praise for its storyline and soundtrack. Additionally, the film won three National Film Awards and eight Filmfare Awards. The film has attained cult status over the years[3][4][5] and is regarded as one of Chopra's best.[6][7][8][9]


Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) and Nisha (Karisma Kapoor) are members of a massive dance troupe. They are the best of friends, although Nisha is secretly in love with Rahul. Rahul announces his desire to direct a musical named Maya. The members of the troupe, including Nisha, have their doubts about the title character when Rahul describes "Maya" as a girl who believes in true love and waits for her prince charming who will surely turn up and take her away. Meanwhile, Pooja (Madhuri Dixit) also has a passion for dancing. Having been orphaned at a young age, she has been raised by close friends of her parents.

Pooja and Rahul have a string of near-misses as they run into each other time and again. Each of these instances is marked by a tune that registers with Pooja. Doted upon by her foster family, Pooja is soon taken to Germany by her guardian's son Ajay (Akshay Kumar) who has been in London for months. Just as Ajay leaves to fly to England, he proposes to Pooja. In a dilemma, she ends up accepting it.

During rehearsals for the play, Nisha injures her leg and the doctor says she cannot dance for a few months. Rahul needs a new woman to play the lead role in the play. He comes across Pooja dancing one day and believes she is perfect for the role. He begs her to come to their rehearsals and she agrees. Rahul and Pooja become close friends. Nisha soon returns from hospital and is upset that she has been replaced. Knowing that Rahul does not reciprocate her love, she decides to leave for London. Throughout rehearsals, Rahul and Pooja find themselves falling for one another. When Rahul drops Pooja home one day, he starts whistling his tune, making Pooja realize that she has fallen for the man with the tune she so often heard. The next day, the two go to meet Pooja's old dance tutor Tai (Aruna Irani) who believes the two are blatantly in love. At the wedding of two members of the dance troupe, Rahul and Pooja confess their love for each other but are highly awkward about it.

A few days before the premiere, Ajay arrives and tells everyone that he is Pooja's fiancé. Rahul is heartbroken but tries not to show it. Nisha, who has returned, notices Rahul's devastation and explains how she too was devastated when he did not love her in return. Rahul edits the end of the play to reflect his heartbreak. On the night of the premiere, Ajay plays a recorded tape where Pooja described how she felt about Rahul, implying that Ajay thinks Rahul and Pooja are meant to be together. Pooja now realises she truly loves Rahul and the two confess their love on stage as the audience applauds them. Also, backstage, Ajay ends up asking Nisha whether she is already married or not (implying he wishes to start a relationship with her).



Dil To Pagal Hai was the second of Chopra's four movies to star Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. It was the third film to feature Shah Rukh Khan opposite Madhuri Dixit. The film was originally titled "Maine to Mohabbat Kar Li" and "Tevar" before Yash Chopra finally settled on "Dil To Pagal Hai" as the title. Originally the first choice for the role, Kapoor was hesitant to take on the project. The role had been offered to Manisha Koirala. Manisha Koirala refused the lead role and Chopra offered it to Juhi Chawla as Chopra wanted the two leading actresses of that time to appear together on screen but Chawla did not want to play second fiddle to Dixit especially after playing the main lead actress in Chopra's Darr. Kajol and Raveena Tandon were next; however, Kajol deemed the role insubstantial while Raveena Tandon was considering quitting her career at the time. The role then was also offered to actress Urmila Matondkar who accepted, but left the film after a day of shooting. No leading lady of that time was willing to take the risk of playing the second lead to Madhuri. Chopra re-approached Kapoor with the film and she agreed to take up the challenge and was finally signed for the role.[10] The decision of playing the second lead in the film, fetched Kapoor the National Film Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.[11]

This was one of Shahid Kapoor's first appearances on film. He was a background dancer in the song "Dil Le Gayi".[12]


Dil To Pagal Hai
Soundtrack album by Uttam Singh
Released 1997
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label YRF Music
Producer Yash Chopra
Uttam Singh chronology
'''Dil To Pagal Hai'''

The songs for the film were composed by Uttam Singh. Lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi.[13] The music was a major hit among the public, with the album becoming the bestselling Bollywood soundtrack of the year.[14]

It is one of the highest-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums, with 12.5 million (1.25 Crore) copies sold and second india after Aashiqui.

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Dil To Pagal Hai" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan 5:38
2 "Are Re Are" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan 5:37
3 "Bholi Si Surat" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan 4:16
4 "Dholna" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan 5:20
5 "Are Re Are (Part-2)" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan 2:06
6 "Pyaar Kar" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan 6:46
7 "Koi Ladki Hai" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Aditya Narayan, Asha Bhosle 5:32
8 "Ek Duje Ke Vaaste" Lata Mangeshkar, Hariharan 3:27
9 "Le Gayi" Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan 5:43
10 "Chanda Ki Chandni" Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu 5:52
11 "The Dance of Envy" (Instrumental) 3:15


Box office

Dil To Pagal Hai grossed 59.82 crore (US$8.9 million) in India and $3.3 million (12.04 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 71.86 crore (US$11 million), against its 9 crore (US$1.3 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 4.71 crore (US$700,000), and grossed 8.97 crore (US$1.3 million) in its first week.[15] It is the highest-grossing film of 1997 worldwide.[16]


It opened on Friday, October 31, 1997, across 245 screens, and earned 98 lakh (US$150,000) nett on its opening day. It became the third highest opener of the year behind Border (1.12 crore (US$170,000) nett) and Koyla (1.06 crore (US$160,000) nett).[17] It grossed 2.75 crore (US$410,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 5.24 crore (US$780,000) nett. The film earned a total of 34.97 crore (US$5.2 million) nett. It is the 2nd-highest-grossing film of 1997 in India after Border which grossed 39.45 crore (US$5.9 million) nett.[18]


It earned $3.3 million (12.04 crore) outside India.[15] Overseas, It is the highest-grossing film of 1997.[19]

'Dil To Pagal Hai' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
34.97 crore (US$5.2 million)
Distributor share:
21.11 crore (US$3.1 million)
Total Gross:
59.82 crore (US$8.9 million)
(Outside India)
$3.3 million (12.04 crore)
Worldwide 71.86 crore (US$11 million)

Critical reception

Omar Ahmed of Empire gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, noting, "It's great eye-candy, painting a portrait of a newly prosperous India in rainbow colours. Good performances too make this a cut above the Bollywood average."[20]

Yahoo! Movies, Rediff.com, IBNLive and The Times of India have listed Dil To Pagal Hai as one of the top 10 Yash Chopra films.[6][7][8][9]



Award Category Recipient(s)
45th National Film Awards Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Yash Chopra
Best Choreographer Shiamak Davar
Best Supporting Actress Karisma Kapoor
43rd Filmfare Awards Best Film Yash Chopra
Best Actor Shahrukh Khan
Best Actress Madhuri Dixit
Best Supporting Actress Karisma Kapoor
Best Music Director Uttam Singh
Best Art Direction Sharmishta Roy
Best Dialogue Aditya Chopra
Zee Cine Awards Best Film Yash Chopra
Best Actor Shahrukh Khan
Best Actress Madhuri Dixit
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Karisma Kapoor
Best Dialogue Aditya Chopra
Best Art Direction Sharmishta Roy
Best Music Director Uttam Singh
Best Female Singer Lata Mangeshkar
Best Cinematography Manmohan Singh
Best Choreography Shiamak Davar

See also

Indian Music Industry


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