Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)

179 minutes | Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Rahul is seeking Maya, the ideal woman as the heroine for his musical. Will he find her in Nisha, his star dancer and best friend or in Pooja, an enchanting stranger who dances like there is no tomorrow?



Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) runs a popular dance company with packed audiences for every show. Nisha (Karishma Kapoor) is the star of the show. Rahul considers Nisha to be his closest friend but Nisha is in love with Rahul, waiting for him to proclaim his deep love for her. Pooja (Madhuri Dixit), on the other hand, is an orphan being raised by foster parents. She is a hopeless romantic and believes in the notion of ‘One True Love’. Pooja also is a skilled dancer. Overcome by the gratitude she feels for her foster parents, she agrees to marry their son, Ajay (Akshay Kumar). Rahul is playing with the idea for a new musical titled Maya. He is searching for a dancer that can encompass Maya’s spirit, of wild abandon and engrossment in her dance and belief. Nisha ends up injuring her leg while rehearsing and is instructed to stay away from exerting her leg. Rahul now has to find a new Maya. Each unaware of the other, Rahul and Pooja rehearse in the same studio. Rahul on the drums and Pooja using her ghoongru find perfect harmony. Rahul convinces Pooja to be his new Maya. Nisha is upset about being replaced and also realises that Rahul doesn’t return her feelings. She leaves for London. Over the course of rehearsals, Pooja and Rahul become friends and fall in love with each other. At the wedding of a common friend, they confess their feelings to each other. Soon though, Ajay shows up, much to Rahul’s disappointment and Pooja’s dread. Nisha returns as well and relates to Rahul’s heartbreak. Rahul decides to change the show’s climax to reflect his despair. Will the two lovers unite or will they give up their love for their prior commitments?

Company Credits

Studio: Yash Raj Films
Distributed By: Yash Raj Films

Box Office

Net: Rs 28 Crores

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