[[caption-width-right:350:[-When a Jerk meets a Tsundere.-] ]]

->''"Some people are like the Sand; a wind blows them away."''

Amar Varma, an Indian Journalist and a {{Jerk with a Heart of Gold}} investigates a terrorist group in a troubled part of North-Eastern India aflame with insurgency and meets a {{Troubled but Cute}} Meghna with a DarkAndTroubledPast at a railway station. He [[LoveatFirstSight falls in love with her]] and is persistent in chasing her even after [[SelectiveObliviousness her repeated rebuffs]]. Two men who travelled with her beat him down senseless though that makes him become [[StalkerwithaCrush obsessively enamored of her]]. The two get stranded after their bus breaks down and they slowly start to fall in love. Meghna leaves him one night and is not heard of again. She visits him in Delhi however when she hears about his engagement with Preeti. When she comes to Delhi, Amar discovers that Meghna is a BrokenBird who is part of a Terrorist Group planning on carrying a suicide attack on the Prime Minister.

Dil Se is the third movie of Mani Ratnam's trilogy that deals with India's War on Terror, CultureClash and its concerns on terrorism and domestic instability. In contrast to the first two movies of his trilogy, it is first and foremost a love story. It is known mostly for fantastic songs from A.R. Rahman, including [[TheItemNumber Chaiya Chaiya]] and features an {{Anvilicious}} number of Tropes.

!!Some of the Tropes are
* ArrangedMarriage: Amar Varma planned to wed sweetheart Preeti.
* BelligerentSexualTension: The whole premise of Dil Se.
* BareYourMidriff: Malaika Arora in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdb3iSBEb7c Chaiya Chaiya]]
** Preity Zinta in the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdpmdA0tYsY Jiya Jale]] AND Manisha Koirala in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khrSgsuC8os Satrangi Re]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Part of all Creator/ShahRukhKhan films. Amar had to choose between Preeti (Betty) and the beautiful and dangerous Meghna (Veronica).
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: And how.
* DancingOnABus: The opening song "Chaiyya Chaiyya".
* TheDanza: [[invoked]] Preity is played by PreityZinta.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Meghna. [[spoiler:She is implied to have been raped by some Indian soldiers as an adolescent]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Amar to Meghna
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Amar figures out Meghna's purpose and tries to stop her. He is almost dead (beaten to such a pulp) but he tracks her down. She wears a suicide vest that explodes at contact with another human being. He embraces her and both die, engulfed in flames]].
* [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything Sounds Sexier in Malayali]]: Used in the below-mentioned song.
* GRatedSex: The very Freudian "Jiya Jale" dream sequence.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: As it is a Mani Ratnam Film, this is to be expected.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Meghna when she attends Amar's engagement. But he is not willing to let her go.
* InformedDeformity: Meghna is said to have small eyes and high cheekbones by Amar. Manisha Koirala, while Nepalese, does not have small eyes, except by perhaps [[http://www.bollywoodhott.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/manisha-koirala-pic-7.jpg a stringent Indian criteria]].
* {{Instant Knots}}: In the song and dance number, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfvGrChLEn0 Satrangi Re]], Amar throws out his long black scarf, which whips around the waist of Meghna so he can reel her in. Awesome coolness.
* LoveHurts: [[spoiler:In the case of this movie, it sometimes kills.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: And how.
* LoveRedeems: Subverted.
* MeaningfulName: Meghna means storm. Amar means eternal. Pretty sounds like Preity, the actress who plays the part.
* NakedFirstImpression: Megha bathes with the door open.
* ShoutOut: TheItemNumber "Chaiya Chaiya" is based off an Urdu poem, and even the lyric "Her words are like Urdu poetry" is a reference to this.
* SlapSlapKiss: Amar and Meghna in the first half of the movie.
* StalkerWithACrush: Amar
* TheItemNumber: The song Chaiyaa Chaiyaa, where the protagonist dances on a moving train with excellent cinematography.
* ThePromise: When her comrade senses Meghna go soft after she attended Amar's engagement party, Meghna is asked to recite her pledge to rededicate her life to avenge her family.
* RaceForYourLove: Amar keeps chasing Meghna all over India.
* RescueRomance: Subverted. Amar wants to rescue Meghna but she does not want to be rescued. Pursuing her destroys them both.
* StarCrossedLovers: Amar and Meghna
* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath]]
* VictimFallsForRapist: Amar aggressively...uhm... assaults her (or tries to kiss her, if you are more charitable) when he is alone with Meghna in the desert. She gets an anxiety attack as she rebuffs him.
* {{White Shirt of Death}}: featured in one of the song and dance numbers.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The terrorists/insurgents are shown ambiguously. On the one hand, they are shown to have legitimate grievances. On the other hand, they use violence and suicidal methods that harm themselves and people around them.