|Directed by||Subhash Ghai|
|Written by||Subhash Ghai|
|Screenplay by||Sachin Bhowmick|
|Story by||Subhash Ghai|
|Produced by||Subhash Ghai|
|Narrated by||Akshaye Khanna|
|Edited by||Subhash Ghai|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Distributed by||Mukta Arts|
|August 13, 1999|
|Box office||₹51.16 crore|
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.
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. Anil Kapoor, A. R. Rahman, Alka Yagnik and Anand Bakshi each won a Filmfare Award for their work in the film.
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.
- Anil Kapoor as Vikrant Kapoor
- Akshaye Khanna as Manav Mehta
- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Mansi Shankar
- Amrish Puri as Jagmohan Mehta, Manav's father
- Alok Nath as Tara Shankar Manhuja/ Tara Babu, Mansi's father
- Jividha Ashta as Ilavati "Ila" Shankar Manhuja
- Mita Vashisht as Prabha Shankar Manhuja, Tara's cousin
- Saurabh Shukla as Surjoy Banerjee
- Prithvi Zutshi as Manmohan Mehta, Jagmohan's brother
- Supriya Karnik as Shakuntala Mehta, Jagmohan's sister-in-law
- Manoj Pahwa as Santram Singh
- Rajesh Khera as Mohan Mehta
- Bobby Darling as Dress Designer Narwendra Khanna
- Shahid Kapoor as background dancer in song "Kahin Aag Lage"
- Isha Sharvani as background dancer in song "Kahin Aag Lage"
- Anita Hassanandani in the song "Ishq Bina"
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|Released||12 June 1999|
|Label||TIPS Zee Music Company|
|Producer||A. R. Rahman|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
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. 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."
The soundtrack became a tremendous success, and was sold more than 1.85 million units within a month of its release. It went on to sell 4 million units, becoming the best-selling soundtrack for a 1999 Hindi film. The soundtrack made the list of "Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks of All Time", as compiled by Planet Bollywood.
|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|
Lyrics by Vairamuthu
|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|
|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|
|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|
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. In the United States, it became the first Indian film to reach the top 20 on Variety's box office list. 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 and selected by Roger Ebert for his 2005 Overlooked Film Festival.
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, IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award, Zee Cine Best Supporting Actor Award, 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. Aishwarya Rai was nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award and Star Screen Award for Best Actress.
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