Movie Rating 3.5 / 5


Dil Se is a 1998 Indian Hindi-language 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 (1995). Though the film was shot mainly in Hindi-language, director Mani Ratnam also dubbed and released the film in Tamil and Malayalam in the title Uyire..  which became very popular among Tamil-audience with its songs. Shah Rukh Khan’s Tamil dialogues were dubbed by Arvind Swamy in the film.

The film was screened at the Era New Horizons Film Festival and the Helsinki International Film Festival. Noted for its aspects nonlinear storytelling, the film won awards for cinematography, audiography, choreography, and music, among others. The film was a success overseas earning $975,000 in the United States and £537,930 in the United Kingdom, becoming the first Indian film to enter the top 10 in the United Kingdom box office charts, and it was also a hit in Japan. 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.The film is owned by Red Chillies Entertainment.


  • Shahrukh Khan as Amarkant Varma
  • Manisha Koirala as Meghna/Moina
  • Preity Zinta as Preeti Nair
  • Mita Vasisht as Mita
  • Arundhati Rao as Kanval Dev Burman – AIR station director
  • Raghuvir Yadav as Shukla ji – AIR manager
  • Zohra Sehgal as Amar’s Grandmother
  • Janagaraj as Taxi Driver
  • Gautam Bora as terrorist Leader
  • Sabyasachi Chakrabarty as terrorist
  • Aditya Srivastava as Terrorist
  • Sanjay Mishra as terrorist
  • Anupam Shyam as terrorist
  • Shabbir Masani as terrorist
  • Krisn Kant as Kim terrorist
  • Manjit Bawa as terrorist
  • Vineeta Malik as Amar’s mother
  • Piyush Mishra as CBI investigation officer
  • Gajraj Rao as CBI investigation officer
  • Priya Parulekar as Young Moina
  • Malaika Arora in the item number “Chaiyya Chaiyya”
  • Vanitha Malik as school teacher
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia as cameo appearance as man at the post office
  • Sameer Chanda as cameo appearance Tuba music shop dealer
  • Shaad Ali as cameo as citizen of Silchar
  • Wasiq Khan as cameo
  • Pia Benegal as cameo
  • Chintu Mohapatra as cameo
  • Karan Nath as cameo
  • Hemant Mishra as cameo
  • B. M. Shah as cameo
  • R. K. Nair as Preeti’s father
  • Alka as Preeti’s Mother
  • Rajiv Gupta as Sub inspector
  • Avtar Sahani as Army general
  • Lakshmi Rattan as Hazarika army official
  • Sheeba Chaddha as Moina’s sister
  • Suhail Nayyar as child artist
  • Jessica as child artist
  • Ishitha as child artist
  • Subhadeep Sanyal as child artist


No Title Lyrics Singers Composer Length
1 “Thaiyya Thaiyya”  Vairamuthu Sukhwinder SinghMalgudi Subha & Palakkad Sriram A.R.Rahman 6:55
2 “Nenjinile Nenjinile” Vairamuthu S. JanakiM. G. Sreekumar & Chorus A.R.Rahman 5:09
3 “Sandhosha Kanneere” Vairamuthu A.R.Rahman,Anuradha SriramFebi Mani, Anupama A.R.Rahman 6:42
4 “Poongkaatrilae” Vairamuthu Unni Menon & Swarnalatha A.R.Rahman 5:45
5 “Thayya Thayya (Remix)” Vairamuthu SrinivasSukhwinder Singh & Hariharan A.R.Rahman 4:19
6 “En Uyire” Vairamuthu Srinivas & Sujatha A.R.Rahman 7:26