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Taal (1999)

Not Rated | | Musical, Romance | 13 August 1999 (India)
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Businessman Manav falls for aspiring singer Mansi, but their romance faces an uphill climb when Manav must depart and Mansi's suave manager moves in.

Director:

Subhash Ghai

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H. Banerjee (Subtitles), Sachin Bhowmick (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akshaye Khanna ... Manav Mehta
Anil Kapoor ... Vikrant Kapoor
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Mansi (as Aishwarya Rai)
Alok Nath ... Tara Babu
Amrish Puri ... Jagmohan Mehta
Sushma Seth ... Nani
Mita Vasisht ... Prabha Shankar (as Mita Vashist)
Saurabh Shukla ... Banerjee (as Saurab Shukla)
Jividha Sharma Jividha Sharma ... Illa
Tanya Mukherjee Tanya Mukherjee ... Shanno
Supriya Karnik ... Shakku Mehta
Prithvi Zutshi Prithvi Zutshi ... Deep Mohan Mehta
Manoj Pahwa ... Santram
Rajesh Khera Rajesh Khera ... Brij Mohan Mehta
Mithilesh Chaturvedi Mithilesh Chaturvedi ... Rambhajan
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Storyline

Manav, the son of a wealthy NRI falls in love with Mansi, the daughter of a poor but respected music teacher. Their relationship is mocked by Manav's family, humiliating Mansi due to her social status. Enters Vikrant Kapoor, a record producer who not only discover Mansi's knack for singing and dancing but helps Mansi climb the ladder of success, eventually becoming a singing sensation throughout India and globally. Manav discovering the ill treatment his family gave to Mansi tries to make amends but is met with two obstacles. One being Mansi ignoring him, and two being Vikrant, who has also developed feelings for her and wants to marry her.

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Taglines:

The Beat of Passion See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Tamil

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Ritmus See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$591,289, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$2,020,532

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,020,532
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Mukta Arts See more »
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The song "Taal Se Taal Mila" was sampled by Taz of Stereo Nation for his song "Hilgaya ; Pyar Da Peg Piladeh".This song was in the album "Jaawani On The Rocks.". See more »

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Mansi leaves Vikram and runs to Manav. While running she holds her long flowing skirt in hand. It should be remembered that a little while ago Mansi's hands were bleeding when she cracked a glass with her bare hands. However when she held her skirt there were no blood stains were left on it. See more »

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Vikrant Kapoor: We sell pain, we don't buy it.
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Referenced in Comedy Circus: Superstar Special (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Beat of Passion
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Sivamani
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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One of the most romantic movie of the decade

This is one of my the most favorite Hindi movies and I had seen this masterpiece over 10-15 times.The main cause of that, even before the movie itself is,Aishwarya Rai.Before the movie released I saw Aish in couple of movies like-Aa Ab Laut Chalen and Aur Pyar Ho Gaya...but I have to admit,i was disappointed with her acting and the roles she played.To my opinion that time she was all beauty no talent.But all of my opinions and likes/dislikes about her changes upside down after I saw this movie-I was stunned!She gave a groundbreaking performance which easily topped over last few years' almost every performance.She looked SO Beautiful and Wonderful and Glamorous and....I have no words for that!She blend her character Mansi so well that I had hard times to remind me that this is only a movie character,not a real person.Her acting was simply natural,as though she had acted like this for years.I was very sad when she didn't get the filmfare award for Taal the next year(though she got the award for another film 'Hum De Chuke Sanam' that year from two nominations).This film was a total turnaround for her career.

Besides Aishwarya,Anil Kapoor was also simply brilliant with his arrogant and egoistic character and delivered a knockout performance(he won the best supporting actor filmfare award for this film). Akshaye Khanna also gave a good performance,though I think he is been batter in his later movies like Humraaz,Deewangee,Dil ChahtaHai ...I wish he worked out his hairstyle in this film,his hair looked horrible.

About the direction,the cinematography,the music,the choreography,the editing all are simply perfect...too perfect.The director is none other than Subhash Ghai,that name speaks all.The best thing about this movie(besides the acting)is it's award winning cinematography.The parts in village (including the rain song and wedding song)are fabulous!The music direction was given by the maestro A.R. Rahman and the lyrics were written by the living legend Javed Akhter(both won filmfare in their categories),together they made some unforgettable tune and songs that will lasted forever.Oh, and also about the choreography...which name would you think can only match with these two?Saroj Khan.

So,this is in my opinion, one of the most romantic movies of the decade and it is perfect from all angles...technical or acting.I recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a truly beautiful emotional romantic movie. 10/10


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