Dil Se is a Hindi film that came out in the year 1998. It was directed by Mani Ratnam. This is the third film in a trilogy by Ratnam that depicts relationships that take place in the middle of Indian politics. The movie took place in India and took 55 days to complete. One thing to note about this film is that it is a form Parallel Cinema. In 1998 this movie received some considerable accolades including best cinematography, audiography and choreography. However the movie did poorly at the Indian box office but did quite well in the United States and United Kingdom. As a result it reached the top 10 chart for films in the United Kingdom.
The movie deals with an Indian radio station executive who is sent to North Eastern India to cover the 50th anniversary of India's independence. While on his assignment he meets a woman who he spends time with. Unfortunately for him he is told that she is married and he feels embarrassed for making advances on a married woman. He is also beaten up by two men who accompany her. The two meet again on a bus, spend time together and eventually fall in love with each other but she decides to go back to Delhi for safety alone. It turns out that she is a member of a terrorist organization looking to assassinate a political leader. When the executive comes back home his family picks out a woman for him to marry. He agrees to marry her but the woman who he previously met comes to visit him and he gives her a job at the radio station instead of being with her. Despite being married, he continues to pursue her and eventually is killed by her as she embraces him and detonates a bomb that was in her vest.
Dil Se was shown at numerous film festivals including the Era New Horizons Film Festival and the Helsinki International Film Festival. It got one award known as the Netpac Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. It also got another eight awards as well. Despite getting a number of awards, it was a flop at the box office in India. The movie did poorly at the box office due to the Assamese on the India China border, the love story and the fact that it came out at the same time of the 50th anniversary of the nation's independence. Despite being a box office failure in India it did very well overseas.