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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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Sameer
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Siddharth Sinha
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Shalini
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Tara Jaiswal
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Rohit
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Shalini's Uncle
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Sid's Mother
Ahmed Khan ...
Akash's Father
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Priya
Anjula Bedi ...
Sameer's Mother
Rakesh Pandey ...
Rohit's Father
Samantha Tremayne ...
Deepa
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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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INR 140,000,000 (estimated)

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£57,600 (UK) (10 August 2001)
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Trivia

Aamir Khan's now wife Kiran Rao plays Deepa's friend in the scene when Khan's character hides behind the plant. See more »

Quotes

Siddharth Sinha: Take this sand for instance, the tighter you try to hold it, the more it slips out of our hand.
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References Charlie's Angels (2000) See more »

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Dil Chahta Hai
Sung by Shankar Mahadevan
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani & Loy Mendonsa
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Fantastic fun and full of surprises
27 November 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I stumbled over this film on late night TV and immediately ordered the DVD. It's a corker! Fresh, invigorating, romantic, bizarre even!

They don't make films like this in the West - and more's the pity but hence the freshness. The three lead actors are gorgeous - so it hardly matters that they must be the oldest students in town. The cinematography is beautiful - especially in the Australian sequences. The song and dance routines are as welcome as they are surprising.

As with all Hindi films, it is pure melodrama of course. The ability to suspend one's disbelief is a necessity. But that aside, it has all the attributes of a good old fashioned Hollywood romance. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl... etc., times three.

The core theme of friendship is a delight - as are the subtle homo-erotic overtones of Akash and Sid's relationship. Intended or not, I wouldn't have minded if they'd ended up together - but this is Bollywood remember!

All in all, fantastic fun which I plan to watch again and again. Highly recommended.


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