#47 #DilSe #Scriptors100BestFilms
A well known proverb says that there are seven stages of love -Attraction, infatuation, love, reverence, worship, obsession, and death. Dil se is the masterpiece by #ManiRatnam which takes you through this journey of a lover Amar Kant (Played by #ShahRukhKhan) who falls in love with a mysterious girl Meghna (Played by #ManishaKoirala ) in the backdrop of insurgency in north eastern states of India and the fights between army and local groups.
I remember when I first watched this movie, something hit me hard but i was unable to describe it in words. Today after almost 18 years of it’s release I can sense the poetic love told in the most simplistic way was the most impressive thing about Dil Se and that was the very reason the film didn’t perform well at the domestic box office. But today it is considered as no less than classic. Let’s explore why?
Indian Cinema rarely explores the poetry in the visual format. Poetry is always written and sung but “Dil Se” was written, picturized and performed all in the most poetic format. Whether it’s Santosh Sivan’s Cinematography ( For which he won almost all awards of that year ) or Tigmanshu Dhulia’s dialogues ( Kuch log ret pe likhe naamo ki tarah hote hai, Ret ka ek jhonka unhe uda deta hai ).
Rahman’s tunes with Gulzar’s words becomes something to actually die for – I remember listening to “Satrangi Re” for almost 500 times continuously in loop and every time by the end of song, I gets emotional with the passionate emotion of Amar when he sings – “Mujhe Maut Ki God Mein Sone De, Teri Rooh Mein Jism Dubone De”
Shakespeare once said that – “A Love Story can’t be a Long Story”. Shahrukh Khan is easily considered as the most iconic romantic actor of the Indian Cinema but among all the performances Dil Se’s performance is something that is most honest and heartbreaking. You fall for Amar and more than that you fall for Amar’s Passion and Obsession for Meghna. Manisha’s face was just perfect for the silent suicide bomber yet innocent enough to fall for.
Above all, Mani Ratnam’s uncompromising vision and direction was something ahead of it’s time. The message was loud and clear yet never said in the film – “Love can conquer all”. For it’s visual poetry, passionate love story and hauntingly beautiful music Dil Se will remain close to my heart forever!