A Special article...
Mani Ratnam on why he chose Shah Rukh Khan for Dil Se....
Why did you choose Shah Rukh Khan for Dil Se?
It was just a feeling. I hadn’t seen too many of his films before. You feel that you want somebody who would be a common man, who would represent All India Radio, which is the voice of the ordinary citizen, and still be able to carry the film on his shoulders. I needed somebody who would take us across the line. It was a difficult subject, it was the 50th year of Indian Independence but there are corners which still have darker areas. We tried to cover it and this film was trying to explore into the gray thing. And we wanted this happy mood to control that side of it. So he somewhere represented that kind of mood.
When you were picturing the film in your head, were you seeing it always with him in the role?
Not really. I don’t think you see it 100 percent with a particular actor in mind. To be honest, I was working on another script with him, the Tamil film, Alai Payuthey. It was done in Hindi by my friend and assistant, Shaad Ali, as Saathiya later. So I was working on that script with Shah Rukh, and I told him the outline, which is just a simple city-based love story. But the script didn’t fall fully into place so we moved to something else. So I was thinking of Shah Rukh for Aley Payuthey, and I ended up doing it with totally new people.
And the CHARTBUSTER SONGS by the LEGEND !!!
CRITIC REVIEWS (They were not supportive)
Summary: But the biggest problem is that Dil Se... takes itself too seriously. High on technique and low on emotions, every frame strives for profundity and after a while, it all becomes a bit of a bore.
Summary: Mani Ratnam's power lies is in how he portrays relationships, the way he did in Mauna Ragam, Agni Nakshtram or Nayakan. But Dil Se falls far short of a love story that transcends ideologies.
A look at it's box office performance...
||Total Nett Gross: Rs.10,76,50,000
Distributor Share: Rs.5,53,00,000
Total Gross: Rs.18,40,00,000
Overseas Gross: $2,320,000
Worldwide Gross: Rs.28,26,00,000
Adjusted Nett Gross: Rs.75,24,53,940
But despite the disappointment at the box office, Dil Se has achieved unique appreciation from a section of audience over the years earning it a lot of respect & a different perspective. The music of Dil Se has no generation barrier.
Interesting combo: Dil Se was directed by Mani Ratnam but it was produced by Mani Ratnam, Ram Gopal Varma & Shekar Kapur along with Bharat Shah.