Hai Tere Dil Mein Movie
That's the basic premise of Puja Films' love
story REHNAA HAI TERRE DIL MEIN, directed by
Maddy (Madhavan) and Rajiv (Saif Ali Khan) are
college students, who simply can't stand each
other. Maddy is a complete rogue – crude in his
behaviour and up to some mischief all the while.
In sharp contrast, Rajiv is suave, stylish and
has the girls swooning over him.
Saif leaves for the U.S. to pursue a career,
while Maddy joins a software firm.
One rainy night, Maddy chances upon Reena (Diya
Mirza) and falls in love instantaneously. He
spots her again at a wedding and realises that
his love for her is not mere infatuation.
But there's a problem! Reena is all set to get
engaged to a boy living in the U.S. Maddy's
father (Anupam Kher) comes up with an idea that
Maddy could impersonate the boy, whom Reena
hasn't seen yet, and win her heart before the
actual guy sets his foot on the Indian soil. And
Maddy does just that.
Maddy succeeds in winning Reena's heart, but the
bubble bursts when Reena meets the guy she is
about to be engaged to.
Remake of the Tamil blockbuster MINNALE, REHNAA
HAI TERRE DIL MEIN is motivating in parts. The
film begins on an exciting note; the college
sequences in the initial reels are stylishly
shot and raise expectations for what is about to
But the pace drops as the story moves ahead.
Reena is shown reciprocating Maddy's love in the
five days that they spend together, but there's
not much that the boy actually does to woo the
The narrative gets interesting when Saif returns
on the scene and the two enemies – Madhavan and
Saif – come face to face again, albeit in
entirely different circumstances. The sequences
that follow are interesting, but unfortunately,
the love story is stretched to such an extent
that it tests the patience of the viewer.
Director Gautham Menon has handled certain
sequences with aplomb, like a strict vegetarian
Madhavan consuming a chicken delicacy to impress
Diya or the sequence in the pre-climax, when
Madhavan confronts Diya in the latter's office.
Even the reunion of the lovers at the airport in
the climax, although witnessed in so many films
in the past, is well handled. The saat-pheras
before the reunion also keeps the viewer on
tenterhooks. Also, the final scene in the film,
when the girl tells the boy that he possesses
all the qualities that she doesn't look for in a
guy, but yet loves him, is life-like.
Director Gautham Menon has chosen the right
script to remake in Hindi, but the presentation
is not absorbing in entirety. Perhaps, the
director and editor had fallen in love with the
product, not realising that what could be
conveyed in 15 reels has been unreasonably
stretched to 17 long reels, in turn diluting the
overall impact of an otherwise
attention-grabbing screenplay. The film needs to
be trimmed by at least 20-25 minutes for an
Harris Jayaraj's musical score is amongst the
assets of this enterprise. The sound is modern
and the youth will instantly take to the music
in the first hearing. 'Zara Zara Mehakta Hai',
'O Mama Mama' and 'Sach Keh Raha Hai Deewana'
are the pick of the lot. In fact, the last
composition has a mesmerising effect on the
Cinematography (Johny Lal) is inspiring. The
lush locales of New Zealand are a visual treat.
Dialogues are pleasant.
Madhavan makes a confident debut. The actor
seems comfortable in the role of a brash
youngster who falls in love at first sight. Be
it the dramatic sequences or emotional ones,
Madhavan essays this complex role with extreme
ease. However, he needs to take care of two
aspects that are very crucial in the eyes of an
avid Hindi filmgoer – his choice of outfits and
physique. He is grossly overweight and needs to
shed a few kilos.
Diya Mirza looks like a doll and goes through
the mandatory dance movements gracefully, but
needs to polish her acting skills. She also
needs to work upon her dialogue delivery.
Saif Ali Khan is outstanding yet again. After a
winsome performance in DIL CHAHTA HAI, the actor
delivers a bravura performance once again,
although the length of the role is short.
Vrajesh Hirjee is loud at times, but does play
to the gallery. Anupam Kher is, like always,
On the whole, REHNAA HAI TERRE DIL MEIN is a
well executed love story, but it will have to
face stiff oppositions in the coming days. The
on-going Navratri festival will make a dent in
its business (the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows are
always affected in several parts of the
country!) and of course, the clash of the two
biggies – INDIAN and ASOKA – in the immediate
week will suffocate it further. Word of mouth
can boost the prospects to an extent.