Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Siddharth Sinha
Tara Jaiswal
Ayub Khan ...
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 ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mandala Tayde ...
Deepa - Girl at Chapora Fort (as Manadala tayde)


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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Release Date:

24 July 2001 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Do Your Thing  »

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INR 140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£57,600 (UK) (10 August 2001)


£219,113 (UK) (24 August 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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The scene where Sid comforts Deepa by telling her his philosophy about "it being impossible to grasp the grains of sand with a tighter clasp" is a subtle homage to the poem 'A Dream Within A Dream' by Edgar Allan Poe. See more »


Pooja: [Looking at a photo] Are they your friends?
Sameer: Yeah.
[Picks the photo up for a close view]
Sameer: That's Sid, and this is Akash.
Pooja: Seems to be a very deep friendship!
Sameer: Yeah, either the friendship is deep... or the photo is 3d.
Sameer: [Pooja looks at him weirdly] Sorry... bad joke.
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Sung by Sonu Nigam
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani & Loy Mendonsa
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Dil Chata Hai - What the Heart Desires
10 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I am not a fan on Hindi movies at all, but since I decided to study in India, learn a little Hindi and whatever else, I have expanded my Hindi film repertoire from just Lagaan and Amar Prem to include Dil Chata Hai.

The story is simple – at first, and is largely interspersed with a lot of English. Even I could understand the story without any subtitles. (Although you might turn it on for intense moments of extreme speed Hindi) Three spoilt rich best friends grow up, and in doing so, learn that their relationships between themselves, women and their families becomes tense as they mature and travel.

"What the Heart Wants" is a sort of theme that persists throughout the film. One friend is stuck to a girl he cannot get, another to an older woman, and the last one is just struggling with many girls he cannot choose between. For a Hindi film, the dance-music numbers are not terrible (but of course not great) and the music without the dance is quite nice, with a lot of meaning attached to it. So after a major fallout they realize many things separately, and learn about their own relationship in turn.

I recommend this film to anyone as a primer to Bollywood films – I know I used it as one. High marks for this film since it beat the Bollywood standard of being completely incoherent and inane, although still sticking to the three plus hours.

"Can what the Heart Want be controlled?" RATING: 9/10

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