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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  24 July 2001 (India)
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Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.

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Sameer
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Siddharth Sinha
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Shalini
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Pooja
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Tara Jaiswal
Ayub Khan ...
Rohit
Rajat Kapoor ...
Shalini's Uncle
Suhasini Mulay ...
Sid's Mother
Ahmed Khan ...
Akash's Father
Suchitra Pillai-Malik ...
Priya (as Suchitra Pillai)
Anjula Bedi ...
Sameer's Mother
Rakesh Pandey ...
Rohit's Father
Samantha Tremayne ...
Deepa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mandala Tayde ...
Deepa - Girl at Chapora Fort (as Manadala tayde)
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Storyline

Three young men Akash, Sameer, and Siddharth are close friends, but their tastes and characters are completely incompatible. So when Siddharth falls in love with a much older woman, Tara, a woman who has been unsuccessful in keeping her marriage intact as well as alcohol-dependent, widens the rift between the trio, forcing them to part company. Years later, the trio will be re-united, they will be much mature and understanding, but will they still accept Siddharth love for Tara, especially when they themselves have fallen in love with women around their respective ages? Written by Sonia

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Welcome to a summer of their lives you will never forget.

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

24 July 2001 (India)  »

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Budget:

INR 140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£57,600 (UK) (10 August 2001)

Gross:

£219,113 (UK) (24 August 2001)
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Quotes

Akash Malhotra: Dad, there is more to life than just signing checks.
Akash's father: Really... What is that?
Akash Malhotra: I don't know, but as soon as I do, you will be the first to know.
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Soundtracks

Koi kahe kehta rahe
Sung by Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan & Kay Kay
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani & Loy Mendonsa
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Never seen a Bollywood film? then DCH is the best place to start.
19 September 2001 | by (North Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

DCH is like a breath of fresh air. It shows how bringing youth into an industry is always a good thing. Just compare this film with Yaadein, from Bollywood veteran Subash Ghai.

Where as Yaadein is probably one of the worst things to come out of a camera, DCH is one the best. It's just one of those films you'll find hard not to like, basically because it's exactly how the medium of Indian films should be used.

Rather than just cut and paste a song into the film, the filmmakers have done very well to make each song feel wanted, visually interesting, and they never drag. The result is a near 3hr film that just flies by. Comedy, Drama, Great Songs, love stories that work, and some truly excellent casting. Everyone carries the film, and the 3 guys, Safi, Akshay and Aamir are too good together!

Hopefully this film is a wake up call to the rest of Bollywood, who seem to be obsessed with unoriginality. Technically DCH can easily stand up against anything from the West. Editing, Directing, Cinematography, lighting, set design -- everything just works so well.

Sometimes Bollywood can produce some truly great films, and this is most definately one of them!! You must watch it.


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