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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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Cast

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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
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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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Joan
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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 | Romance

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24 July 2001 (India)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£57,600 (UK) (10 August 2001)
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Trivia

The music of the film was well received, and the song Koi Kahe was played at parties for many years. 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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Connections

Referenced in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Koi kahe kehta rahe
Sung by Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan & Abhijeet KK Hegdepatill
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani & Loy Mendonsa
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the most realistic depiction of Indian youth in Bollywood
24 November 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

After a string of Bollywood stinkers, this film was a breath of fresh air! Upon first glance, it might seem like the story has been rehashed from the plotlines of several other Indian films. But the presentation blew me away! Yes, I agree that Dil Chahta Hai has been heavily influenced by the Hollywood style of filmmaking. But it still retains the same passion and romanticism that has become a Bollywood staple ever since the beginning, thus making DCH a thousand times better than other "Hollywood-wannabees".

Another thing that you might notice while watching the film is that there is not much of a plot. It just... floats along. But that's what makes it great; you never know where the next scene might lead you. What ties the story together is the bond of friendship shared by the three main leads. All the performances were terrific, especially Aamir Khan, who is probably the most respected actor of his generation.

Ultimately, what's great about the film is that it connects to the youth. The depiction of youth is so dead-on and realistic that you would be disgusted at the way youth is treated in other Bollywood films, where every college student aside from the hero/heroine are party-going idiots or jittery nerds! In DCH, however, the people talk like how they're supposed to talk, and nothing seems unrealistic about their personality. While watching the film, it becomes quite evident that Farhan Akhtar belongs to a breed of young, talented directors. What they lack in experience, they make up with an ambitious vision and raw talent.

If you haven't seen the film yet, go watch it. You'll be surprised at how much hope is still left in Bollywood.


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