Rohit (Rishi Kapoor) meets Chandni (Sridevi) at a wedding of her relative and falls instantly in love with her. He pursues her relentlessly until she agrees to date him. Eventually they become engaged to be married. His family is very much against this because of the difference in their social status, but Rohit doesn't care. One day, Rohit calls Chandni and asks her to wait for him on the terrace of her house. As she's waiting, the afternoon's silence is broken by the roaring blades of a helicopter. Rohit appears and proceeds to shower Chandni in red rose petals from the copter. When he disappears, she is surrounded again by silence, but she has a feeling something has happened.
Seconds later, Chandni hears the phone ringing and runs to answer, knowing it is Rohit. She is told that he is in the hospital. His family at the hospital greet her with stony expressions and accuse her of being the cause for Rohit's falling from the helicopter. Learning that he is paralysed on his right side, his family continues to berate her. Rohit too berates her, which is too much. Intent on erasing every memory of Rohit, Chandni moves to Bombay (now Mumbai).
There she starts working for a travel agency headed by Lalit (Vinod Khanna), a handsome and charming man. He has his own heartache. He soon falls in love with Chandni and asks her to marry him. She finally agrees to his and his mother's delight. On a business trip in Switzerland, Lalit meets Rohit, who has traveled there for treatment for his paralysis and no longer needs a wheelchair. The men tell each other their stories and sing with the joy of love, not knowing they are singing about the same woman.
Back in India, Rohit shows up one evening at Chandni's door. To her amazement, he stands up and does a little dance. They are keyed up with emotion and Rohit proposes to her. Chandni tells him she is committed to someone else.
When Rohit becomes angry, Chandni asks him what he would have done in her place. He regretfully leaves. As Rohit and Lalit had become good friends in Switzerland, Lalit invited him to his wedding. Lalit invites Chandni to meet this new friend.
Rohit and Chandni pretend to be strangers to spare Lalit. On the day of the wedding, Rohit has drunk too much and stumbles down a flight of stairs. When Chandni screams and yearns for him to be saved, Lalit realises she really loves Rohit and encourages her to go to the latter.
- Genre: Romantic
- Runtime: 187 minutes
Chandni (Hindi: चांदनी, Translation: "Moonlight") is a 1989 Hindi film, starring Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna. It was directed by Yash Chopra.
Chandni was a great success in 1989 and is one of the most successful films of the year. The profits of this musical brought an end to Chopra's lean phase. The platinum success of its music was also instrumental in bringing music back into Hindi films.
For the cast, the film reaffirmed Sridevi's position as the top female star of the 1980s. It prolonged Rishi Kapoor's fading career and showed that he was still profitable as a leading hero. Chandni provided a boost for Vinod Khanna's career and reunited Kapoor and Khanna, who last performed together in the popular Amar Akbar Anthony (1977). Sridevi's white costumes became popular as the 'Chandni Look,' and the songs of the film are still a rage. Though this was not the first time Yash Chopra shot a film in Switzerland; the extensive scenes shot there made it a popular tourist destination for Indians.
Chandni won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film of 1989 and is now regarded as one of the best films of Yash Chopra.