Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Dil To Pagal Hai|
Actors: Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Murad Ali
Director: Yash Chopra
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Love Is Not Just An Illusion
James F. Welch | New Orleans, LA | 12/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was a Bollywood blockbuster several years ago. At first appearance, it seems like a superficial, silly, sentimental musical about a cynic who learns to love. A closer look reveals more of an almost religious discussion of the nature of love. Are we fated to love the people we wind up with? Why doesn't God give us a clearer sign of what is right for us?
In the story, a successful MTV-style producer offers his adoring public a new show with a new dance star, Maya. Unfortunately, Maya does not exist and he must find her, hence beginning his search to find love. The word "Maya" is a Hindu philosophical/religious concept meaning "the illusion of reality." I think this adds a broader interpretation to the story.
The songs and dances are almost all great and terrific Bollywood. "Koi ladki hai" with the pavement children is one of the best musical numbers I have ever seen. It highlights our hero's first realization that he loves Maya in a poignant way.
I have seen this show 3 times and it gets better each time. Highly recommended!"
Suraj Chandrasekaran | Los Gatos, CA USA | 05/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One of my fav movies and am satisfied with the quality & price of the DVD"
Light and fun...
JTP | Evansville, IN, USA | 06/26/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love to watch Shahrukh Khan, and do so whenever I get a chance, so of course I liked this one! I would like to see less of Maduri Dixit and more of Shahrukh, but I guess there are those who are more interested in Maduri, right? This was a fun song & dance movie, built around the theme of a dance troupe (something like Riverdance, probably) and the main idea is that the "new girl" is taking the place of the current female dance lead, who is the best friend and secretly in love with the artistic director and lead male dancer played by Shahrukh Khan. Meanwhile, the new dancer is also falling in love with Shahrukh's character, but life seems to have other marriage plans for her. I recommend this one for a rainy afternoon after you have watched Flash Dance again. This softer treatment of dancers and love is typically Indian, and totally enjoyable.
Dil to Pagal Hai
Elizabeth J. Gray | Burlington, VT USA | 02/05/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dil to Pagal Hai is not what I would call an exceptional work of lasting brilliance; it is what it is, which is to say a reasonably good romantic movie sprinkled with some very enjoyable musical numbers. It's predictable, certainly, but I imagine that if you're thinking about buying this movie at all, it's because you know what kind of movie you want, and what kind of story you want to be told when you watch it. I certainly did - when I watched it the first time, it was on loan, and I liked it well enough to buy it for my roommate, fully aware that this would mean watching it many more times.
Shahrukh Khan ... is Shahrukh Khan, enough said; and I liked Madhuri Dixit already. I have to confess that I have never really watched Dil to Pagal Hai with an eye to critiquing the acting. I will note, though, that I particularly liked this movie's ability to keep everybody likeable. Far too often, movies that set up a triangle with a predictable resolution make the woman who is not part of that predictable resolution an absolute nightmare; Dil to Pagal Hai did not, and I actually felt relatively conflicted for her sake during portions of the film. (Technically, I suppose it is really a rectangle, but the second man involved doesn't show up as much as the second woman.)
As for the DVD itself, my roommate has had no trouble at all. For a very brief moment when I gave it to her, I was afraid it might be the wrong region, because I had stupidly forgotten to check that; but it is, blissfully enough, region-free. The case has a warning that some DVD players may not be able to handle the dual-layer format, but our DVD player is apparently not one of those, so I can't really comment."