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Genre  Drama, Romance
Language  Hindi
6.4/10 IMDb

Director  Dharmesh Darshan
Release date  August 11, 2000 (India)
Country  India
Dhadkan movie poster
Release date  11 August 2000 (2000-08-11)
Writer  Dharmesh Darshan (dialogue), Naseem Mukri (dialogue), Naseem Mukri (screenplay), Raj Sinha (screenplay)
Music director  Nadeem–Shravan, Shravan Rathod, Sandeep Chowta, Surendra Singh Sodhi, Nadeem Saifee
Songs  Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hain Dil Se
Cast  Akshay Kumar (Ram), Shilpa Shetty (Anjali), Sunil Shetty (Dev)

Dhadkan (English: Heartbeat) is a 2000 Indian romantic drama film, directed by Dharmesh Darshan. It features Suniel Shetty, Shilpa Shetty and Akshay Kumar in the lead roles, while Mahima Chaudhary makes an extended guest appearance. The film deals with the love triangle. The film was a critical as well as commercial success and was the fourth highest-grossing movie of the year. Sunil Shetty won a Filmfare Best Villain Award for his performance.



Anjali (Shilpa Shetty) is a young woman who hails from an extremely rich and influential family. Her father Mr. Chauhan (Kiran Kumar) is a renowned businessman and has many dreams for his daughter. Anjali is in love with Dev (Sunil Shetty) who is very poor and often cannot even afford to clothe himself properly. Dev loves Anjali and wants to marry her — so he has to meet her father.

When Anjali puts forward to her parents the proposal of marrying Dev, she is rebuked and gets an outright refusal.Because her father does not like Dev for his manner. Moreover, her parents 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 Ram (Akshay Kumar) 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 husband’s heart in forgiving and accepting her, she realises she has fallen in love with him.

Anjali leads a life of bliss and becomes an ideal wife. But suddenly, at their third wedding anniversary party, Dev returns and reveals his intent of winning Anjali back. Dev is now a wealthy businessman, and Anjali finds herself at a crossroads where she has to fight for her husband with her former love. Anjali is in love with her husband and has no wish to return to her former lover. When she tells him this, he sets out to ruin Ram's business. But the truth wins in the end when Anjali tells Dev she is pregnant with Ram's child. Dev realises his folly and decides to marry his friend and business partner Sheetal Varma (Mahima Chaudhary) who has secretly loved him for a long time.


  • Akshay Kumar ... Ram
  • Suniel Shetty ... Dev
  • Shilpa Shetty Kundra ... Anjali
  • Mahima Chaudhry ... Sheetal Varma
  • Sharmila Tagore ... Dev's mother (Special Appearance)
  • Sushma Seth ... Ram's stepmother
  • Parmeet Sethi ... Bob (Ram's stepbrother)
  • Manjeet Kullar ... Nikki (Ram's stepsister)
  • Kiran Kumar ... Anjali's father
  • Anjana Mumtaz... Anjali's mother
  • Anupam Kher ... Sheetal's father (Special Appearance)
  • Kader Khan ... Singer (Special Appearance in song "Dulhe Ka
  • Crew

  • Director:: Dharmesh Darshan
  • Story, Screenplay, Dialogue= Naseeb Mukri and Dharmesh Darshan
  • Producer: Ratan Jain
  • Music: Nadeem-Shravan
  • Art Direction: Bijon Das Gupta
  • Editor: Bharat
  • Lyrics: Sameer
  • Costume Designer: Vikram Phadnis and Navin Shetty
  • Music

    The music of this film gave the message loud and clear that composer Nadeem-Shravan are back in a big way as they recreated their magic of the 90's once again. The composer's worked very hard for 3 years to compose the soundtrack. The song "Dulhe Ka Sehra" was composed in 1997 and was also sung by Nusrat Fateh in the same year before his death other songs were too recorded in 1997-1998 except for the song "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein" which was recorded in the year 2000 by Nadeem in London. Songs like 'Dil Ne Yeh Kaha', Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein' became a legendary love track. Dulhe Ka Sehra proved to be a popular wedding song of the era. Other successful songs of the film were Aksar Is Duniya Mein and Na Na Karte Pyar. The soundtrack was listed on No 2 position in the yearly music charts. The soundtrack became a big hit among the masses and prices to be a largely successful soundtrack. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, around 45,00,000 albums were sold.


    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 also said "Akshay Kumar shows vast improvement as an actor. He is very controlled and handles this difficult role with sincerity." " One of the best movies ever "


    Filmfare Awards
  • Best Female Playback - Alka Yagnik - "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai".
  • Best Villain - Sunil Shetty
  • Nominated

  • Best Choreography
  • Best Director - Dharmesh Darshan
  • Best Movie - Dharmesh Darshan
  • Best Lyricist - Sameer - "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein".
  • Best Music Director - Nadeem Shravan
  • Best Male Playback - Udit Narayan - "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai".
  • Best Supporting Actress - Mahima Chaudhry
  • International Indian Film Academy Awards


  • Best Actor - Akshay Kumar
  • Best Actress - Shilpa Shetty
  • Best Supporting Actress - Mahima Chaudhry
  • Best Movie - Dharmesh Darshan
  • Best Story - Dharmesh Darshan
  • Best Director - Dharmesh Darshan
  • Best Female - Alka Yagnik - "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai".
  • Best Lyricist - Sameer - "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai".
  • Best Lyricist - Sameer - "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein".
  • Best Male Playback - Abhijeet- "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan Mein".
  • Best Music Director - Nadeem-Shravan
  • Best Villain - Sunil Shetty
  • Screen Awards


  • Best Publicity Design — Himanshu Nanda, Rahul Nanda
  • Nominated

  • Best Lyricist - Sameer - "Dil Ne Ye Kaha Hai".
  • Best Music Director - Nadeem Shravan
  • Best Female Playback - Alka Yagnik - "Dil Ne Ye Kaha Hai".
  • Best Male Playback - Abhijeet- "Tum Dil Ki Dhadkan".
  • Best Male Playback - Udit Narayan - "Dil Ne Ye Kaha Hai".
  • Best Supporting Actress - Mahima Chaudhry
  • Sequel

    Dharmesh Darshan, the director of the film, announced Dhadkan 2 - The Heart Beats Again, which will be a sequel to Dhadkan. It will have a fresh cast, crew and music directors. The release date and further details are yet to be announced, possibly 2018.


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