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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 August 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.

Director:

Farhan Akhtar

Writers:

Kassim Jagmagia (story co-developed by), Farhan Akhtar (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aamir Khan ... Akash Malhotra
Saif Ali Khan ... Sameer
Akshaye Khanna ... Siddharth Sinha
Preity Zinta ... Shalini
Sonali Kulkarni ... Pooja
Dimple Kapadia ... Tara Jaiswal
Ayub Khan ... Rohit
Rajat Kapoor ... Shalini's Uncle
Suhasini Mulay ... Sid's Mother
Ahmed Khan ... Akash's Father
Suchitra Pillai ... Priya
Anjula Bedi Anjula Bedi ... Sameer's Mother
Rakesh Pandey Rakesh Pandey ... Rohit's Father
Samantha Tremayne Samantha Tremayne ... Deepa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claire Claire ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English | Urdu

Release Date:

10 August 2001 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Do Your Thing See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR140,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$316,221
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Excel Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dimple's character required an actor who could add dimension to the complex layers of emotion that the character goes through. And it wasn't long before Dimple had fully designed and molded herself to fit the role like a glove," mentioned Farhan in several interviews. See more »

Goofs

When the three friends meet Deepa in the hotel lobby, they claim to be staying there since a week. However, as per earlier scenes and Akash's black eye, they have met Deepa in the club during Koi Kahe song just couple of days ago. The very next day after Koi Kahe song, Akash breaks up Sameer and Priya, and hence take Sameer to Goa. See more »

Quotes

[Akash and Shalini are sitting next to each other in the plane]
Akash Malhotra: So where are you going?
Shalini: ...This flight goes to Sydney
Akash Malhotra: I know, but where are *you* going?
Shalini: To Sydney!
Akash Malhotra: What a coincidence, the three of us are going to Sydney!
Shalini: Three of us?
Akash Malhotra: You, me, and this flight.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits roll while the last scene featuring the cast eating still continues. See more »

Connections

References What Lies Beneath (2000) 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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the most realistic depiction of Indian youth in Bollywood
24 November 2001 | by bLuR-7See 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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