10HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM (1999)
The super success of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ made Aishwarya Rai Bachchan a household name in the country. It is true that she had already earned a lot of name and fame by winning the prestigious Miss World crown in 1994, but when she decided to take a plunge into acting, it was this film which established her as an actress who is not just all about beauty. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial proved that beautiful models can be good actors too, provided they are offered the kind of roles which help them bring out the actor in them. Aishwarya received overwhelming response for her performance in the movie which starred Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn as male leads. In the towering presence of these two seasoned actors, the newbie Aish stood her ground and surprised everyone with her terrific act. She even won Best Actress trophy at 45th Filmfare Awards.
‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ changed Aishwarya’s life forever. But do you know that Kareena Kapoor, who made her debut with J.P. Dutta’s 2000 film ‘Refugee’, was first offered the role of Nandini in the film. Yes, it is true that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was very keen to rope in Bebo for the female lead in the movie, but things did not fall into place then and he had to continue his search further. Finally, he cast Aish in the role and rest is the history. Released on June 18, 1999, the movie went on to open outstandingly well at the box office and made a lot of money for the makers. Produced at a budget of Rs. 16 crores, the movie pulled in approximately Rs. 51.50 crores by the end of its theatrical run, which is triple the production cost of the movie. ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ was one of the highest grosser of the year. We are sure that after seeing the success of the film Kareena must have regretted her decision of not doing this film.
TRIVIA: ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ is the same film where romance between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai blossomed. Theirs is the most publicized love affair in the history of Indian Cinema.