Dhadkan (English: Heartbeat) is a 2000 Indian romantic drama film co-written and directed by Dharmesh Darshan and produced by Ratan Jain. Starring Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, Suniel Shetty, and Mahima Chaudhry it tells the story of a woman who leaves her boyfriend lover to marry a kind-hearted man chosen for her by her father. After sometime, she falls in love with him. 3 years later, she bumps into her boyfriend, who is now a business tycoon and still wants to reunite with her.

Directed byDharmesh Darshan
Produced byRatan Jain
Written by
  • Naseem Mukri
  • Dharmesh Darshan (dialogues)
Screenplay by
  • Naseem Mukri
  • Raj Sinha
Music by
CinematographyW. B. Rao
Edited byBharat Singh
Release date
  • 11 August 2000 (2000-08-11)
Running time
160 minutes
Budget9 crore[1]
Box office64 crore[1]

Made on a production budget of 90 million (US$1.3 million), Dhadkan had a worldwide release on 11 August 2000. The film received positive reviews and praise for the performances of the four lead actors, and for the direction. The film eventually emerged as a major commercial success as well as the 4th highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2000, earning over 640 million (US$9.3 million) in worldwide ticket sales.

Dhadkan received 11 nominations at the 46th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Darshan, and Best Supporting Actress for Chaudhry. It won two awards, including Best Villain for Suniel Shetty.

Both Shilpa Shetty and Mahima Chaudhry's performance were considered be among their best performances.[2][3][4][5][6] The music was a huge hit; the songs were major reasons for the success of the film.[7]


Anjali Chauhan (Shilpa Shetty) is a young woman who hails from an extremely rich and influential family. Her father, Narendra Chauhan (Kiran Kumar), is a renowned businessman. Anjali is in love with Dev Chopra (Suniel Shetty) who is the poor son of Narendra's late rival Ranjan Chopra, and often cannot even afford to clothe himself properly. Dev also loves Anjali and wants to marry her. When Anjali puts forward to Narendra and her mother Veena (Anjana Mumtaz) the proposal of marrying Dev, she is rebuked and gets an outright refusal. Because Narendra does not like Dev for his bad manners and arrogant outlook. When Anjali tells Dev about this, he says that he cannot live without her. But Anjali leaves Dev. Upset by Anjali's betrayal, Dev tells all this to his mother Jhanvi (Sharmila Tagore), who dies after listening this. On the other hand, Narendra and Veena have chosen for her a wealthy suitor from Delhi; and the boy is very religious minded. Not wanting to hurt her parents, Anjali finally gives in and marries Rambhan "Ram" Verma (Akshay Kumar), the boy who her parents believe will be a perfect match for her. Ram is a man of great ideals, who believes in giving a rightful place to his wife and respects her sensibilities. Despite this, he is unable to win Anjali's love at first and their marriage remains on the edge. However, after seeing the magnanimity of her Ram's heart in forgiving and accepting her, Anjali realizes that she has fallen in love with Ram and they happily enjoy there life as a married couple.

3 Years Later

3 years pass. Ram and Anjali celebrate their third wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, Dev, who is the guest of Soumya Malhotra, a relative of Ram's family, returns. He has now become a wealthy businessman. Anjali finds herself at a crossroads on where she would stand — for her husband Ram (with whom she is deeply in love) or with her former love Dev (who still wants to reunite with her). Anjali chooses to stand for Ram and has no wish to return to Dev, even though it pains her to know how hurt Dev is and will be in his future. When Anjali tells Dev that she is deeply in love with Ram, Dev cannot stand rejection for a second time and sets out to ruin Ram's life. This goes on for some time, causing turbulence and turmoil in Ram and Anjali's life. In the end, when Anjali tells Dev that she is pregnant with Ram's child, Anjali begs him to leave her alone. Dev realizes his folly and becomes good. He then decides to marry his current friend and business partner, Sheetal Varma (Mahima Chaudhry), who is his new companion and had secretly loved him for a long time. He departs with her to London as Anjali and Ram look on.


Actor or ActressCharacterDetails
Shilpa ShettyAnjali Chauhan/Anjali Rambhan VermaDaughter of Narendra and Veena; Ram's wife; Dev's ex-lover
Akshay KumarRambhan Verma/RamElder son of Virendra Verma (Narendra's friend); Pratima's step-son; Anjali's husband
Suniel ShettyDev ChopraSon of Ranjan Chopra (Narendra's rival) and Jhanvi; Anjali's ex-lover; Sheetal's business partner and love interest
Mahima ChaudhrySheetal VarmaDev's business partner and secret lover
Sharmila TagoreJhanvi Ranjan Chopra (special appearance)Ranjan Chopra's widowed wife; Dev's mother
Sushma SethPratima Virendra VermaSecond wife of Virendra Verma; Bob and Nikki's mother; Ram's stepmother
Parmeet SethiBobby Verma/BobVirendra Verma and Pratima's son; Nikki's brother; Ram's stepbrother
Manjeet KullarNikita Verma/NikkiVirendra Verma and Pratima's daughter; Bob's sister; Ram's stepsister
Kiran KumarNarendra ChauhanAnjali's father; Veena's husband; Virendra Verma's friend
Anjana MumtazVeena Narendra ChauhanAnjali's mother; Narendra's wife
Anupam KherDigvijay Varma (special appearance)Sheetal's father
Kader KhanHariprasad Khanna (special appearance)A priest who sings the song "Dulhe Ka Sehra" during Ram and Anjali's wedding


Soundtrack album by
Released2 July 2000
Nadeem–Shravan chronology
Sirf Tum

The music of the album has been composed by Nadeem–Shravan in the span of three years. "Dulhe Ka Sehra" sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was composed in 1997. The other songs were also recorded in 1997-98, with the exception of "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein", which was recorded in 2000 at London. "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dil Se" and "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein" became legendary love tracks and "Dulhe Ka Sehra" a popular wedding song of the era. The other successful songs are "Aksar Is Duniya Mein" and "Na Na Karte Pyaar". The album was listed at second position in the yearly music charts. It became a big hit among the masses. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, around 55,00,000 albums were sold.[8]

All lyrics are written by Sameer Anjaan; all music is composed by Nadeem–Shravan.

Track listing
1."Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hain Dil Se"7:06
2."Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein"5:51
3."Dulhe Ka Sehra" (male version)Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan8:32
4."Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hain Dil Se 2"
  • Alka Yagnik
  • Sonu Nigam
5."Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein" (sad version)Kumar Sanu5:14
6."Na Na Karte Pyar"
  • Alka Yagnik
  • Udit Narayan
7."Aksar Is Duniya Mein"Alka Yagnik5:42
8."Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein" (instrumental) 5:52
9."Dulhe Ka Sehra" (female version)Jaspinder Narula8:34
Total length:59:14


Taran Adarsh wrote of the film:

Dhadkan is an intense love story and director Dharmesh Darshan has handled it with the sensitivity it deserves ... Despite the flaws, one has to acknowledge the fact that Dharmesh Darshan succeeds in melting the heart at several places. The entire marriage song-sequence in the initial reels, prior to it the scenes involving Sharmila Tagore, Sunil's portions in the second half, clearly indicate that the director knows his job well. He relies more on close-ups to capture expressions, which is the hallmark of a seasoned technician.

Adarsh described Shilpa Shetty as the "life of the enterprise", adding that she "looks good, delivers her lines effectively and emotes with utmost conviction."He said Sunil Shetty performance is one of his best especially the scenes between Sunil and Shilpa are fabulous'."He also said "Akshay Kumar shows vast improvement as an actor. He is very controlled and handles this difficult role with sincerity." [9]

Padmaraj Nair of Screen felt the film had a "nostalgic feel to it, what with the effect of watching social drama from the good ol' 60s." He added that the film was "fairly interesting in the first half, with its slick screenplay, But the director does seem to lose his grip towards the end, as the film climaxes rather tamely. It seems as if he developed cold feet as far as justifying the grey role of Sunil Shetty is concerned, and ends up portraying him on a positive note." He felt, performance-wise, Shetty "scores over the rest", while adding, "Shilpa gets the best role of her career and doesn't disappoint. Akshay Kumar, in the role of the cool-headed husband, is impressive." On other departments of the film, he concluded writing, "Nadeem-Shravan's music is the very lifeline of the film, and all the tracks are melodious and situational. Cinematography by WB Rao is outstanding."[10]


Filmfare Awards


International Indian Film Academy Awards


Screen Awards


  • Best Publicity Design — Himanshu Nanda, Rahul Nanda
  • Best Negative Role Film Fare Award - Sunil Shetty .



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