Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 3 mins

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This bold, contemporary coming-of-age drama follows the ups and downs in the friendship between three friends. Through their schooling, their college days, they were regarded by all who knew them, as inseparable. Nothing could come between them. Until something did. 'Dil Chahta Hai' is a bold and trend-setting movie that revolves around 3 characters and their perception of love. Akash (Aamir Khan) who is a non believer and thinks the whole concept of love is created to ruin perfectly healthy two week long relationships. Sameer, (Saif Ali Khan) who is a believer, wants to be in love and loves being in love, but unfortunately hasn't quite grasped the concept of it just yet. Siddharth (Akshaye Khanna) who is mature, sensitive and understanding, claims to know the true meaning of love, feels it everyday, every hour and every minute, and attained modern day enlightenment. How will their personal relationships and beliefs affect their friendship over a period of time?
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Cast: Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan

Crew: Farhan Akhtar (Director), Ravi K Chandran (Director of Photography), Ehsaan Noorani (Music Director), Loy Mendonsa (Music Director), Shankar Mahadevan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 24 Jul 2001 (India)

Tagline: Welcome to a summer of their lives you will never forget

Hindi Name: दिल चाहता है

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Did you know? The book read by Preity Zinta during the train scene in the song 'Jaane Kyun' is Steve Martini's 1999 released book titled 'The Attorney'. Read More
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as Akash Malhotra
as Siddharth Sinha
as Shalini
as Sameer
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Supporting Actress
as Rohit
as Tara Jaiswal
as Shalini's Uncle
Supporting Actor
as Pooja
as Sid's Mother




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Film Type:
Feature Film
Spoken Languages:
English, Urdu
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Music Label: T-Series
Welcome to a summer of their lives you will never forget
The book read by Preity Zinta during the train scene in the song 'Jaane Kyun' is Steve Martini's 1999 released book titled 'The Attorney'.

The scene where Sid comforts Deepa by telling her his philosophy about "it being impossible to grasp the grains of sand with a tighter clasp" is a subtle homage to the poem 'A Dream Within A Dream' by Edgar Allan Poe.

The movie is partially based on writer-director Farhan Akhtar's diaries on his trips to Goa, his 1996 month-and-a-half long stay at New York, and a storyline narrated to him by a friend. 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. Other parts of the movie were adapted from Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

Akhtar convinced actress Dimple Kapadia to come out of retirement to play the role of divorcée Tara Jaiswal, who for her part, convinced the hesitant Saif Ali Khan to join the movie.

After 15 months of extensive pre-production, the film was shot over a four-month period in Mumbai and Sydney, Australia.

Rediff named it as one of the top 10 Bollywood movies of the decade.

This was the first film written and directed by Farhan Akhtar, and it was a marvellous shift from the formula-driven movies, as it broke the usual mould completely.

Farhan Akhtar originally wrote the movie by casting Akshaye Khanna as Akash, Hrithik Roshan as Siddhart and Saif Ali Khan as Sameer. When Hrithik Roshan turned the role down, it went to Abhishek Bachchan. After Abhishek's withdrawal, Farhan employed Aamir Khan and made a quick change in the previous cast, swapping the roles of Akshaye Khanna and Aamir Khan.

Shiney Ahuja was almost cast in the role of Siddharth.

Isha Koppikar was the original choice for the role of Pooja.

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

Raj Zutshi, who is Aamir Khan's cousin, has a cameo in this movie. He gives the voice for Tara's (Dimple Kapadia) husband when they both are shown having an argument.
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