Dil Chahta Hai

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Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai.jpg
Directed byFarhan Akhtar
Produced byRitesh Sidhwani
Screenplay byFarhan Akhtar
Kassim Jagmagia
StarringAamir Khan
saif ali khan
Akshaye Khanna
Preity Zinta
Sonali Kulkarni
Dimple Kapadia
Music byShankar–Ehsaan–Loy
CinematographyRavi K. Chandran
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed byExcel Entertainment
Release date(s)24 July 2001(10 August 2001 in U.S.A.)
Running time184 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
BudgetINR140 million (US$2.4 million)[1]
Box officeINR910 million (US$15 million)[2]
 
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Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai.jpg
Directed byFarhan Akhtar
Produced byRitesh Sidhwani
Screenplay byFarhan Akhtar
Kassim Jagmagia
StarringAamir Khan
saif ali khan
Akshaye Khanna
Preity Zinta
Sonali Kulkarni
Dimple Kapadia
Music byShankar–Ehsaan–Loy
CinematographyRavi K. Chandran
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed byExcel Entertainment
Release date(s)24 July 2001(10 August 2001 in U.S.A.)
Running time184 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
BudgetINR140 million (US$2.4 million)[1]
Box officeINR910 million (US$15 million)[2]

Dil Chahta Hai (Hindī: दिल चाहता है, English: The Heart Desires, but billed as Do Your Thing) is a 2001 Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama filmstarring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali kulkarni, and Dimple Kapadia. The first film written and directed by Farhan Akhtar, it is set in modern-day urban Mumbai and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends.

Dil Chahta Hai was critically acclaimed, it received a rating on 8.6 out of 10 which is among the top rated Bollywood films along with Swadesh, Sholay, Rang De Basanti and Gangs of Wasseypur. It also won that year's National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. It was a moderate commercial success doing average business,[2] though it performed better in the urban areas of the country compared to the rural areas, which was attributed by critics to the city-oriented lifestyle depicted in which all the characters are from rich or upper-middle-class families. Over the years, it has attained a cult status.[3] Rediff named it as one of the top 10 Bollywood movies of the decade.

Plot[edit]

This movie is about three childhood friends, Aakash Malhotra (Aamir Khan), Sameer"Sam" (Saif Ali Khan), and Siddharth "Sid" Sinha (Akshaye Khanna) who, after college, fall in love. In the beginning, Aakash does not believe in love, so he does not keep girlfriends for more than two weeks. Sam is a genial, well-meaning, desperately romantic but confused guy who is prone to romantic infatuations and believes to have found true love whenever he gets attracted to a girl. Sid, an artist by profession and the most mature of the three, is not interested in trivial romances and is dedicated to his work.

Aakash, who is a cad in his personal life (breaking hearts, proposing to a girl named Shalini (Preity Zinta) in jest) and a mischief-maker in his friends' lives, craftily engineers a breakup between Sam and his girlfriend. He then plans a vacation trip to the beaches of Goa.

Sam predictably "falls in love" in Goa with a pretty Swiss girl, a story that ends in disaster.She took his Wallet, Cash and Passport. He returns home to find that his parents have arranged a meeting with a potential marriage prospect. He resists at first as he does not want an arranged marriage, but the moment he sees the girl, Pooja (Sonali Kulkarni), he realizes that she is 'the one'. Unfortunately, she is already in a relationship with someone else and Sam has to be content with just being her friend.

Sid, in the meantime, befriends and eventually falls in love with Tara (Dimple Kapadia), an older divorcee and alcoholic, who had moved into a nearby house and shares his love for art. He decides to keep it from her, suppressing all hopes of a relationship as he knows that she, like most other people in society, would consider this scandalous. When his family and friends start finding out, everything goes wrong. Sid's mother is horrified and wrongly accuses Tara of having led Sid on. Aakash makes fun of Sid's true intentions and his offensive remarks create a rift in their friendship. Tara hears that Sid has quarreled with friends and family because of her and feeling that she has ruined his life, refuses to see him.

Aakash, on the other hand, is also experiencing romantic upheaval. His parents send him to Sydney, Australia to work for the family business. On the flight, he meets Shalini again. He apologizes for his earlier prank and asks her to show him around the new city. Even though Shalini is engaged to marry someone else, she finds herself agreeing and they both, eventually, start to feel a certain "something". She tries to find out how he feels, but he holds back. She then leaves for India to marry Rohit, her fiancé. Aakash lets her go, then realizes that he can't live without her and returns to India to win her back. He proposes to her a day before her wedding and she accepts with the blessing of Rohit's parents. Rohit tries to resist but is helpless with his parents' decision and Shalini's true love for Aakash.

Meanwhile, Sam and Pooja start going out after she breaks up with her boyfriend, and Sam plans on proposing marriage soon.

Tara is hospitalized with liver cirrhosis and dies with Sid at her bedside. Sid and Aakash reconcile (with a little help from Sam) and two years after their first Goa trip, the three friends regroup in Goa where Sid sees a girl (Mandala Tayde) also visiting the same place. They share a smile, implying that Sid is moving on.

Along with the credits of the film we see all six sitting at a table: Aakash with Shalini, Sam with Pooja, and Sid with his partner.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Production[edit]

The movie is partially based on writer-director Farhan Akhtar's diaries on his trips to LAS VEGAS, his 1996 month-and-a-half long stay at New York, and a storyline narrated to him by a friend.[4] Farhan Akhtar began work on the script in 1998; the relationship of the characters Akash and Shalini was based on a similar experience of one of Akhtar's friends.[5] Other parts of Dil Chahta Hai were adapted from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.[6] Aamir Khan was initially offered the role of Sid, but he elected to play the role of Akash, for which he grew a soul patch. Abhishek Bachchan was also offered the role of Sid. After he turned it down, Akshaye Khanna accepted the part. Akhtar convinced actress Dimple Kapadia to come out of retirement to play the role of divorcée Tara Jaiswal. After 15 months of extensive pre-production, the film was shot over a four-month period in Mumbai and Sydney, Australia.[5]

Dil Chahta Hai's style extended to the music and its picturisation. One song sequence recapitulates, and to some extent, parodies Bollywood song-and-dance history. Other songs drop the usual dance accompaniment — one depicts an argument between two protagonists through the song's lyrics, another establishes the character's state of mind through a moody photo collage, while yet another imagines the beautiful and idealised world of an artist in love through a song inside a painting. There is an extended opera sequence at the Sydney Opera House, which was exclusively commissioned for the film.[5]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received praise from critics for portraying contemporary Indian youth as cosmopolitan and urban. The characters are depicted as upper-class with lavish houses and designer clothes. They attend art exhibitions and performances of Western opera, and travel overseas as a matter of course. Some critics opined that Dil Chahta Hai did not perform well in the non-urban areas because the lifestyle depicted was too city-oriented.[3]

Dil Chahta Hai was screened at the International Film Festival of India, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival.[7][8][9]

Box office[edit]

Dil Chahta Hai had an average start at the box office but picked up due to word of the mouth and was rated a super-hit by Boxoffice India. It became the eighth-highest grossing Bollywood film of 2001.[2]

Awards[edit]

The awards won are highlighted in bold.

National Film Awards[edit]

2002 Filmfare Awards[edit]

Dil Chahta Hai was nominated for thirteen Filmfare Awards:

IIFA[edit]

Screen Awards[edit]

Zee Cine Awards[edit]

Others[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dil Chahta Hai". IBOS. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Box Office 2001". Box office India. Retrieved August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Gulzar; Nihalani, Govind; Chatterjee, Saibal (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Encyclopaedia Britannica (India) Pvt Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 81-7991-066-0. 
  4. ^ The storyline was used for Aakash's character, played by Aamir Khan. Farhan Akhtar tells it like it is Rediff.com , Movies, 23 September 2002.
  5. ^ a b c Bhattacharya, Roshmila (23 August 2002). "Heart Copy". Screen. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Ramesh, Randeep (29 July 2006). "A matter of caste as Bollywood embraces the Bard". Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Palm Springs finds Bose just fine". The Indian Express. 8 February 2003. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Dil Chahta Hai to be screened at IFFI". The Times of India. 30 July 2002. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  9. ^ "Cinematic Convergence". The Austin Chronicle. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 

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