Dil Se is a magical movie and will always stay close to our hearts. Directed by Mani Ratnam, this movie has Manisha Koirala and Shah Rukh Khan in the lead roles. A love story set in the backdrop of insurgency in the North East, the film captures the passion and sacrifice between the lead pair. The film directed by Mani Ratnam, also marked the debut of Preiry Zinta. Besides its amazing story line, fantastic camerawork and top-notch performances, another highlight of the film was the music by AR Rahman. Who can forget the song Chaiyya Chaiyya? Though the film did not have a successful run at the Indian box office, it is considered as a classic today. Today as the film completes 20 years, we bring you some lesser known facts about the film.
# Dil Se was the first and only collaboration between director Mani Ratnam and Shah Rukh Khan. This was also the director's first Hindi film. He went on to make Yuva, Guru and Raavan
#The film was first written in Tamil by Sujatha and then translated in English. The English script was then written in Hindi by TIgmanshu Dhulia.
# Today a well established writer director of films like Haasil and the Saheb Biwi Aur Ganster series, Tigmanshu Dhulia also did a cameo in the film. He shares screen space with Shah Rukh Khan.
# Dil Se was produced by Mani Ratnam along with two other stalwart film makers; Oscar nominee Shekhar Kapur and Ram Gopal Varma.
# During the course of the film, the character played by Shah Rukh Khan passes through each of the 7 shades of love defined in ancient Arabic literature - attraction, infatuation, love, reverence, worship, obsession and death.
# The three protagonists of Dil Se were from three different parts of India. While Meghna aka Moina (Manisha Koirala) is from the North East, Amar (Shah Rukh Khan) is a resident of Delhi in the North. Preeti (Preity Zinta) meanwhile hails from Kerala.
# Some crucial scenes were shot between Manisha Koirala and Shah Rukh Khan near Alchi Monastery, during the Sindhu Darshan Festival in Leh.
# Though Dil Se did not do well in India, it was well received abroad. It was the first Indian film to enter the top 10 in the United Kingdom box office charts. It was also appreciated in Japan.
# The film also starred veteran dancer and actress Zohra Sehgal, who played Shah Rukh Khan's grandmother.
# Shaad Ali, who went on to direct Saathiya, remake of Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthe and OK Jaanu, remake of his OK Kanmani did a cameo in the film.
# Manisha Koirala was not Mani Ratnam’s first choice to play the role. He wanted to cast Kajol in the lead role. But she could not be apart of the film due to unavailability of dates.
# The film though is considered as Preity Zinta's debut, it was purely by chance that it became her first film. The delay in the release of Kya Kehna with Saif Ali Khan and then Soldier with Bobby Deol resulted in Dil Se becoming her first film.
# Santosh Sivan's cinematography and H Sridhar's audiography won the film its two National Awards in 1999. The film also won as many as six Filmfare Awards, which included trophies for Preity Zinta (debut), AR Rahman (music), Gulzar (lyrics - Chaiyya Chaiyaa), Farah Khan (Choreography - Chaiya Chaiya), Santosh Sivan (cinematography) and Sukhwinder Singh (singer - Chaiya Chaiya).
# The film's soundtrack album, composed by AR Rahman, sold six million units in India.
# Though Gulzar penned all the lyrics for the songs, the film had one song, Jiya Jale which also had Malayalam words which were written by well known Malayalam lyricist and screenwriter Girish Puthenchery.
# Probably the most popular song from the film is Chaiyya Chaiyya. It has the distinction of the first song to be shot atop a moving train. This was done without any camera tricks.
# Malaika Arora who appeared in this song with Shah Rukh Khan became an overnight sensation. But she was the original choice for the song. It was Shilpa Shirodkar who was to be featured in the song.
# Chaiyya Chaiyya was shot on the Nilgiri Express. For this song, the entire train was painted brown and after the shoot it was repainted to its original signature blue colour.
# The popular American TV show, CSI used the song in one of their episodes. It was also featured in the Hollywood film Inside Man which stars Denzel Washington.
# Some of the parade scenes shown in the climax were actually shot during the 50th Independence Day's parade.