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Author: Sharukh Khan
Manisha Koirala/Preity Zinta
Director/Composer/Na: Mani Ratnam/A. R. Rahman/Shekhar Kapur
Publisher: Eros Multimedia
ISBN/UPC (if available): DVD - E0118
Amarkant "Amar" Varma (Shah Rukh Khan), an All-India Radio journalist living in Delhi, India, is dispatched to the troubled Northeastern region to report on attitudes relating to the 50th Anniversary of Indian independence.
He meets Meghna (Manisha Koirala) at a railway station and chats with her. But when he goes to get her a cup of tea Meghna's train departs, leaving Amar behind. Some weeks later, he spots her in the street and accosts her but she resists and pretends not to recognise him, but Amar is highly attracted by her beauty and mysteriousness and continues to pursue her. After finding out her plans to visit Ladakh, he follows her with the convenient excuse of reporting on the local festivities and she gives him the slip there too, but not before two thugs who appear to know Meghna violently assault him to warn him off. He is later found dumped in a forest. Chastened by the beating, Amar heads home and coincidentally finds her on the same bus and good-humouredly describes his beating. Meghna sympathises with his plight and opens up a little before the bus breaks down and the passengers are forced to walk a two-day journey to their destination.
He finds her again; she has him beaten up; they are thrown together again; they fight the attraction. Amar leaves the troubled region to return to the safety of Delhi and a stable relationship with Preeti (Preity Zinta). Then Meghna shows up in Delhi. The terrorists beat him again. Disaster soon follows. She came there to kill the prime minister, but Amar intercepts her at the last moment and they are both killed.
According to the movie's official website, the film is a journey through the "seven shades of love" described in ancient Arabic literature. These stages are Hub, Uns, Ishq, Aquidat, Ibaadat, Junoon, and Maut (attraction, infatuation, love, reverence, worship, obsession, and death).
The film has won the following awards since its release:
1999 Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
• Won - Netpac Award - Special Mention - Mani Ratnam
1999 National Film Awards (India)
• Won - Silver Lotus Award - Best Cinematography - Santosh Sivan
• Won - Silver Lotus Award - Best Audiography - H. Sridhar
1999 Filmfare Awards (India)
• Won - Best Debut - Preity Zinta
• Won - Best Lyricist - Gulzar
• Won - Best Male Playback - Sukhwinder Singh for "Chaiyya Chaiyya"
• Won - Best Music Director - A. R. Rahman
• Won - Best Choreography - Farah Khan
• Won - Best Cinematographer - Santosh Sivan
Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta
Music by: A. R. Rahman
Directed by: Mani Ratnam
Mani Ratnam, Ram Gopal Varma
Written by: Mani Ratnam (story & screenplay)
Tigmanshu Dhulia (dialogue)
Distributed by: Madras Talkies