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Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (Devanagari: फिर भी दिल है हिंदुस्तानी, Nastaliq: پھر بھی دل ہے ہندوستانے translation : "But the heart is still Indian") is a Bollywood film released by Dreamz Unlimited on 21 January 2000. The film was directed by Aziz Mirza and stars Shahrukh Khan as Ajay Bakshi, a confident, loudmouth TV reporter, and Juhi Chawla as Ria Banerjee, Ajay's rival reporter.

Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani focuses on the media war being fought in the TV newsrooms.

The film had mixed reviews from critics and audiences and failed at the box office, even though it was a high-profile film by director Aziz Mirza, it could not emulate the successes his previous films Yes Boss and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman had. The film only managed to pick up one award - in 2001, the Award for Technical Excellence from Awards of the International Indian Film Academy.

Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, focuses on the media war being fought in the TV newsrooms. Ajay Bakshi (Shahrukh Khan) is a TV reporter and with his rather unorthodox style, he enjoys celebrity status to the point of arrogance. In response, a rival TV channel, with dropping ratings, hires Ria Banerjee (Juhi Chawla) to counter Ajay's popularity.

When a businessman is assassinated on election eve, the assassin, Mohan Joshi (Paresh Rawal) is arrested on the spot, but manages to escape days later during the media coverage. He is accused of terrorism and the country is thrown into an uproar. Many die who had no connection with the rivalries of Joshi and his victim, in a corporate attempt to scare the survivors into believing that Joshi is part of a "foreign hand" of bullies.

Joshi meets Ajay and Ria then tells them the truth behind the whole incident. It seems that Joshi's teenage daughter died because of a brutal rape by the man whom he would later slay. Revealing while "on camera" that this man and his partners have been destroying everything in pursuit of their goals, Joshi declares that he killed the man in revenge, almost without thinking. "If that is terrorism, I'm a terrorist", he concludes.

Later, Joshi is put into prison and sentenced to death. On the day of his execution, the reporters lead a silent march, flying the national flag of India, to find Joshi and make the truth public. He is freed, and justice is secured.

Shahrukh Khan as Ajay Bakhshi
Juhi Chawla as Ria Banerjee
Paresh Rawal as Mohan Joshi
Johnny Lever as Choty
Chariems Josh as Friend of Ajay

Title Singer(s)
"Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani " Udit Narayan
"I Am The Best - Male" Abhijeet
"I Am The Best- Female" Jaspinder Narula
"Banke Tera Jogi" Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik
"Vande Mataram" Shankar Mahadevan
"Kuch To Bata" Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik
"Aur Kya" Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik

See also
Mera Joota Hai Japani
External links
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani at the Internet Movie Database

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