20 Years of Dil Se (21/08/1998)

Dil Se. is a romantic thriller film set in the backdrop of the insurgency in Northeast India, written and directed by Mani Ratnam, and produced by Ratnam, Ram Gopal Varma, and Shekhar Kapur. The film stars Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala in the lead roles, while Preity Zinta makes her film debut in a supporting role. Written by Ratnam and Tigmanshu Dhulia, the film is an example of parallel cinema and is noted as the final installment of Ratnam’s thematic trilogy that consists of Roja (1992) and Bombay

The film was screened at the Era New Horizons Film Festival and the Helsinki International Film Festival. Noted for its nonlinear screenplay, the film won awards for cinematography, audiography, choreography, and music, among others.

The film won two National Film Awards and six Filmfare Awards, while also receiving a special mention at the Netpac Awards. The film’s soundtrack album, composed by A. R. Rahman sold six million units in India.

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