Bollywood / Dil To Pagal Hai

Rahul: Love? ...What is love?
Pooja: Love? Love is life.

Nisha (Karisma Kapoor) is in love with her old friend Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), the director of the dance troupe she works in, but Rahul doesn't believe in love, until he falls for Pooja (Madhuri Dixit), an orphan engaged to childhood friend Ajay (Akshay Kumar, in a guest appearance). Much angst, and singing and dancing, ensues...

Made in 1997, Dil To Pagal Hai ("The Heart is Crazy") was a runaway hit, with the songs and the performances of the main actors being highly praised. Considered a must-see among many Bollywood fans, largely on account of the pairing, or "jodi," of Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, two extremely popular stars who rarely work together.

This film provides examples of:

  • All-Star Cast: Shahrukh and Madhuri were and are considered to be superstars, and Karisma Kapoor and Akshay Kumar would have been at least A-list or upper B-list stars at the time as well.
  • Almost Kiss: One of the most memorable scenes from the movie revolves around this trope. Rahul has Pooja's bangle and refuses to give it back until she comes closer... and closer... and closer...
  • Arranged Marriage: Pooja is all set to marry Ajay so that she can officially be part of her adopted family until she falls in love with Rahul. This trope is somewhat subverted in that while Pooja isn't in love with Ajay and his parents are overjoyed at the prospect, Ajay initiated the whole thing before his parents even found out about it.
  • Betty and Veronica: Pooja is the sweet, demure Betty who dresses in saris and dreams of true love, while Nisha is the brash, modern Veronica who is generally comfortable wearing and saying what she wants. This even extends to their dance styles. Pooja's style draws more from the ancient classical style of Kathak (which Madhuri Dixit is a trained dancer in), while Nisha primarily dances in more Western-influenced motions.
    • However, this is reversed in their respective roles in Rahul's life. Nisha has been friends with Rahul long enough that he has no hesitation in barging into her apartment when he needs to, while he and Pooja don't even meet until intermission.
  • Can't Spit It Out
  • Childhood Friends: Ajay to Pooja.
  • Crowd Song
  • The Charmer: Rahul. Not unsurprising considering its Shah Rukh Khan that plays him.
  • First Girl Wins: Nisha is the first girl in Rahul's life and the first one the audience sees when the movie actually starts, but Pooja is the one the audience sees and hears talking about the Red String of Fate before the movie actually begins.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Nisha and Ajay both take this attitude.
  • Just Friends: Pooja tries to take this attitude with Rahul due to her betrothal to Ajay. Rahul considers Nisha to be just a friend.
  • Love Hurts: And how!
  • Mating Dance: Rahul on the bongos being answered by Pooja's ankle bells in the adjoining room. This somehow manages to fit the trope despite the fact that they don't actually see each other until the end of the sequence.
  • Red String of Fate: Pooja pretty much recites the definition of this in the opening monologue. Suffice to say it is a factor in her love life.
  • Ship Tease: With a slight bit of Pair the Spares for Ajay and Nisha at the end. Although it's mostly played for laughs.