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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 24 July 2001 (India)
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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Shalini's Uncle
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Priya
Anjula Bedi ...
Sameer's Mother
Rakesh Pandey ...
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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 | Romance

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24 July 2001 (India)  »

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Do Your Thing  »

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Budget:

INR 140,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$300,000, 31 December 2001
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Trivia

Chandrachur Singh was offered the role of Rohit (Shalini's boyfriend) but he turned it down. See more »

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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Referenced in Ghanchakkar (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Dil Chahta Hai
(reprise)
Sung by Shankar Mahadevan
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani & Loy Mendonsa
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A lovely episode of three lives
5 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Just pitifully, we have lots and lots Hindi speaking people in town and they have been here for a very long time, still the local Chinese don't really care to know their culture, let alone watch good Indian movies. Perhaps there are more viewers in Tibet, Yunnan of China.

There are tons of "come of age" movies and this is a wonderful one, it's like a fresh air enters into a stuffy room when I was watching it. Unlike the Hollywood or Euro films, the difficulties that the three young men encounter are not presented in a realistic and sometimes brutal way but highly musical and artistic way. Besides the stunning length, this is another feature of Indian movies.

The boys are from middle class families, obviously, or even higher society. They have time and money to go to Goa to spend their holiday, go to chic places to spend their past time, have nothing to worry. Just like any well-to-do Asian families, (I mean those in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan....) the old man of the family would send their children to their own overseas company to receive "wilderness training" so that later they can take over the family business. Akash just cannot escape this and stays in Sydney.

Once again, the songs, the dances, the plot and the script are all marvellously put together. Who is able to resist pretty and young faces, right? Who wants to see the real McCoy of the true India? Movie is always a dream. Let's continue it

Bollywood is ushering itself into the world stage but it is still not a strong counterpart to Hollywood. There are many good Indian people people behind the scene of many big movies, directors, editors, script writers.... Yet, I am just wondering it would take how many years for the mainstream (like Hollywood) center to "digest" Indians after taking in Chinese like Jacky Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun-fat, Tony Leung. Through Hollywood, the Indians actors would be more widely known because it is a place to rocket people's name over one night.

The 1994 Miss World Aishwarya Rai caused a frenzy in Cannes in 2002. I hope some male "Khan" would do so somewhere in Oscar or Cannes again because they do deserve it.


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