Taal (film)

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Taal
Taal film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed bySubhash Ghai
Written bySubhash Ghai
Javed Siddiqui
(Dialogue)
Screenplay bySachin Bhowmick
Subhash Ghai
Story bySubhash Ghai
Produced bySubhash Ghai
StarringAnil Kapoor
Aishwarya Rai
Akshaye Khanna
Narrated byAkshaye Khanna
CinematographyKabir Lal
Edited bySubhash Ghai
Music byA. R. Rahman
Production
company
Distributed byMukta Arts
Tips Internationals
Release date
August 13, 1999
Running time
181 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget11.50 crore
Box office51.16 crore[1]

Taal (transl. Rhythm) is a 1999 Indian Hindi musical romantic drama film co written, edited, produced and directed by Subhash Ghai. Taal was premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival, the "official selection" at the 2005 Ebertfest: Roger Ebert's Film Festival, and the 45th International Film Festival of India in the Celebrating Dance in Indian cinema section.[2]

The film stars Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Aishwarya Rai, Amrish Puri and Alok Nath. It was also dubbed in Tamil as Thaalam. It was very successful in India and overseas, becoming the first Indian film to reach the top 20 on Variety's box office list.[3] Anil Kapoor, A. R. Rahman, Alka Yagnik and Anand Bakshi each won a Filmfare Award for their work in the film.

Synopsis[edit]

Jagmohan Mehta arrives in Chamba, India for a long vacation with his rich and affluent family, including his son Manav. They meet Mansi, the beautiful daughter of poor spiritual singer Tara Shankar Manhuja. As the owner of the Mehta & Mehta Group of Companies, Jagmohan is looking to invest in Chamba with Manav. Over time, Jagmohan and Tara become friendly with each other.

Eventually, Mansi and Manav fall in love. Reluctant after knowing this, Jagmohan disapproves of Mansi due to her poor socio-economic background. After learning the same, Tara is earlier angry but later reaches Mumbai to visit his journalist cousin Prabha, and to meet the Mehtas. Unfortunately, the family insults Tara. Deeply hurt, he leaves with Mansi, who breaks up with Manav.

Mansi soon meets famous music producer and director Vikrant Kapoor, who happens to be Tara's fan. She signs a 3-year contract with him, and performs dance numbers and remixes of his productions and Tara's songs. She wins awards and becomes a sensation. Slowly, Vikrant begins falling for Mansi. Manav finds out his family was in the wrong when they ill treated Mansi and Tara.

Manav goes to apologise to Mansi for what his family did. She rejects him out of grief for how Tara was treated. Vikrant learns of Mansi's past with Manav. Ignoring it, he proposes to her. She eventually accepts it. After winning an award in Canada, Mansi returns to India to prepare their marriage. Jagmohan and Tara patch things up after the former realises his mistake and apologises.

On the wedding day, Vikrant realises Mansi loves Manav. He assures her they can still be friends, and urges her to honour her love to Manav. Jagmohan and Tara also give their blessings; Manav and Mansi finally get married. The Mehtas take a family picture after the wedding, as the film ends.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Taal
Soundtrack album by
Released12 June 1999
RecordedMehboob Studio
GenreSoundtrack
Length63:33
LabelTIPS Zee Music Company
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Padayappa
(1999)
Taal
(1999)
Jodi
(1999)
Soundtrack
Review scores
SourceRating
Planet Bollywood10/10 stars link

The soundtrack of the film was composed by A. R. Rahman with lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi. The soundtrack was released on 12 June 1999 and it become a big critical and commercial success.[4] At a press conference, Ghai remarked, "I credit the name of the movie to composer A.R.Rahman. This movie is a romance and I could have called it any thing – Dil, Pyaar, Hum Bhaag Gaye, but it was Rahman's presence in the movie that gave me the confidence to call it Taal. Taal means music and music means Taal. The whole credit goes to A.R.Rahman and Anand Bakshi. Rahman kept me awake many nights, but after listening to the songs, I felt it was worth all the trouble."[5]

The soundtrack became a tremendous success, and was sold more than 1.85 million units within a month of its release.[6] It went on to sell 4 million units, becoming the best-selling soundtrack for a 1999 Hindi film.[7] The soundtrack made the list of "Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks of All Time", as compiled by Planet Bollywood.[8]

'Hindi Track'

Track # Song Singer(s) Length
7 "Ishq Bina" Sujatha Mohan, Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Sriram, Chorus 7:45
3 "Taal Se Taal" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan 6:18
4 "Nahin Samne" Hariharan, Sukhwinder Singh 6:04
5 "Ramta Jogi" Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik 6:29
2 "Beat of Passion (Title Music)" Instrumental, Sivamani (Percussions) 2:44
6 "Kariye Naa" Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik 6:41
1 "Ni Main Samajhh Gayi" Richa Sharma, Sukhwinder Singh 4:33
9 "Raga Dance (Music)" Instrumental 2:53
8 "Kahin Aag Lage" Asha Bhosle, Aditya Narayan, Richa Sharma 7:15
10 "Ishq Bina Ishq Bina" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sukhwinder Singh 8:13
11 "Taal Se Taal (Western)" Sukhwinder Singh 2:34
12 "Kya Dekh Rahe Ho Tum" Vaishali Samant, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh 2:26

'Tamil Track'

Lyrics by Vairamuthu

Track # Song Singer(s) Length
7 Kadhal Illamal 1 Sujatha Mohan, Anuradha Sriram, Palakkad Sriram, Srinivas 07:45
3 Enge En Punnagai Shoba Shankar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sukhwinder Singh 06:20
4 Kalaimaane Hariharan 06:05
5 Kadhal Yogi T. L. Maharajan, Swarnalatha 06:29
2 Beat of Passion (Title Music) Instrumental, Sivamani (Percussions) 02:44
6 Sarithana Sarithana Mano, K. S. Chithra 06:41
1 Naan Therinjikitten Uncredited 04:33
9 Raga Dance (Music) Instrumental 02:52
8 Unnaithan Sujatha Mohan, Deepika 07:16
10 Kadhal Illamal 2 Kavita Krishnamurthy 08:13
11 Enge En Punnagai (Western) Shoba Shankar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sukhwinder Singh 02:34

Reception[edit]

Taal was a critical and commercial hit in India netting 22 crore in India on a budget of 11.50 crore, and also performed well internationally.[3] In the United States, it became the first Indian film to reach the top 20 on Variety's box office list.[3] Final worldwide gross collection of the film stands at 51.16 crore, making it the 4th highest grossing Bollywood film of 1999. Taal was screened at the Chicago International Film Festival[citation needed] and selected by Roger Ebert for his 2005 Overlooked Film Festival.[9]

Accolades[edit]

Anil Kapoor won many awards for his role as Vikrant Kapoor (the role went to him after Govinda declined it) including Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award,[10] IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award, Zee Cine Best Supporting Actor Award,[11] and Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor Award. Singer Alka Yagnik won the Filmfare award for Best Female Playback for the song "Taal Se Taal Mila". Composer A. R. Rahman also received a number of awards for his work in the film, including a Filmfare Best Music Director Award, an IIFA Best Music Director Award, and a Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director.[12] Aishwarya Rai was nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award and Star Screen Award for Best Actress.

Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Bollywood Movie Awards[c] 8 June 2000 Best Film Taal Won [13]
Best Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Won
Most Sensational Actress Won
Critics Award for Best Actor Anil Kapoor Won
Best Music Director A. R. Rahman Won
Best Lyricist Anand Bakshi – (for "Taal Se Taal") Won
Best Editing Subhash Ghai Won
Filmfare Awards 13 February 2000 Best Film Taal Nominated [14]
[15]
[16]
Best Director Subhash Ghai Nominated
Best Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor Won
Best Music Director A. R. Rahman Won
Best Lyricist Anand Bakshi – (for "Ishq Bina") Won
Anand Bakshi – (for "Taal Se Taal") Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Sonu Nigam – (for "Ishq Bina") Nominated
Sukhwinder Singh – (for "Ramta Jogi") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik – (for "Taal Se Taal") Won
Best Cinematography Kabir Lal Won
Best Sound Design Rakesh Ranjan Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards 24 June 2000 Best Film Taal Nominated [17]
[18]
[19]
Best Director Subhash Ghai Nominated
Best Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor Won
Best Music Director A. R. Rahman Won
Best Lyricist Anand Bakshi – (for "Ishq Bina") Won
Best Male Playback Singer Sonu Nigam – (for "Ishq Bina") Nominated
Sukhwinder Singh – (for "Ramta Jogi") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik – (for "Taal Se Taal") Won
Anuradha Sriram – (for "Ishq Bina") Nominated
Sunidhi Chauhan – (for "Kya Dekh Rahe Ho Tum") Nominated
Best Costume Design Neeta Lulla Won
Screen Awards 23 January 2000 Best Film Taal Nominated [20]
[21]
Best Director Subhash Ghai Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor Won
Best Music Director A. R. Rahman Won
Best Lyricist Anand Bakshi – (for "Taal Se Taal") Won
Anand Bakshi – (for "Ramta Jogi") Won
Best Male Playback Singer Sonu Nigam – (for "Ishq Bina") Nominated
Sukhwinder Singh – (for "Ramta Jogi") Won
Best Female Playback Singer Asha Bhosle – (for "Kahin Aag Lage") Nominated
Alka Yagnik – (for "Taal Se Taal") Nominated
Best Costume Design Neeta Lulla Won
Zee Cine Awards 11 March 2000 Best Actor – Female Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Nominated [22]
[23]
[24]
[25]
[26]
Lux Face of the Year[d] Won
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male Anil Kapoor Won
Best Performance in a Negative Role Amrish Puri Nominated
Best Music Director A. R. Rahman Won
Best Lyricist Anand Bakshi – (for "Ishq Bina") Won
Anand Bakshi – (for "Taal Se Taal") Nominated
Best Choreography Shiamak Davar – (for "Kahin Aag Lage") Nominated
Best Cinematography Kabir Lal Nominated
Best Art Direction Sharmishta Roy Nominated
Best Make Up Artist Kiran R. Naik Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Awards, festivals and organizations are in alphabetical order.
  2. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.
  3. ^ as Zee Gold Bollywood Awards.
  4. ^ also for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Aishwarya, Sanjay win Filmfare awards". The Tribune. 14 February 2000. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
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