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Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
(English: The Heart Desires) is a 2001 Indian comedy-drama film starring 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
Mumbai
and Sydney, and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends. In 2001, the film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. 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.[2]

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Soundtrack 4 Production 5 Reception

5.1 Critical response

6 Accolades 7 Sequel 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Plot[edit] The movie is about three childhood friends, Akash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan), and Siddharth "Sid" (Akshaye Khanna). Akash does not believe in the concept of love and does not engage in relationships lasting more than two weeks. Sameer 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 very serious, mature and dedicated to his work. Akash, who is a cad in his personal life, proposes to a girl named Shalini (Preity Zinta) in jest, without being aware that she is engaged to someone called Rohit. He also engineers a breakup between Sameer and his then girlfriend Priya (Suchitra Pillai). The three friends then go to Goa
Goa
for a vacation. There Sameer falls in love with a foreign-looking lady and while Akash and Sid return, Sameer stays with the lady in Goa. However, she turns out to be a cheat and she, along with another man, rob Sameer of his belongings and Sameer is forced to return by lorry/truck hitch hiking. Akash and Sid have a good laugh at his plight. Later, Sameer finds 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, he later discovers that she is in a relationship and Sameer has to be content with just being her friend. Sid befriends and eventually falls in love with Tara (Dimple Kapadia), an older divorcee and chronic alcoholic, who has moved into his neighbourhood and shares his love for art. He decides to keep it from her, suppressing all his feelings as he knows that she, like most other people in society, would consider this relationship 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. Akash makes fun of Sid's true intentions and then he slaps him which creates 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. Meanwhile, Pooja breaks up with her boyfriend. Sameer and Pooja finally start going out after she breaks up with her boyfriend, and Sameer eventually proposes to her. When his parents send him to Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia
to work for the family business, Akash finds he is coincidentally seated next to Shalini. He apologises for his earlier prank and asks her to show him around the new city. Though Shalini is engaged, she agrees and soon finds herself enjoying his company. She tries to find out how he feels, but he holds back. Eventually, she then leaves for India
India
to marry Rohit. Akash tries to let her go, but then realises that he is unable to. He returns to India
India
and proposes to her on the eve of her wedding. She accepts with her family's blessing. Tara has been hospitalized with liver cirrhosis and dies with Sid at her bedside. Sid and Akash finally reconcile. Six months later the three friends go to Goa
Goa
to rekindle fond memories along with Shalini and Pooja. There, Sid meets a pretty girl (Mandala Tayde), who is also vacationing in Goa
Goa
. They share a smile, implying that Sid is finally moving on from Tara. Cast[edit]

Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan
as Akash Malhotra Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan
as Sameer Mulchandani Akshaye Khanna
Akshaye Khanna
as Siddharth "Sid" Sinha Preity Zinta
Preity Zinta
as Shalini Sonali Kulkarni
Sonali Kulkarni
as Pooja Dimple Kapadia
Dimple Kapadia
as Tara Jaiswal Ayub Khan as Rohit Mandala Tayde as Sid's Partner Rajat Kapoor
Rajat Kapoor
as Mahesh Rakesh Pandey as Rohit's Father Smita Oak as Rohit's Mother Suchitra Pillai
Suchitra Pillai
as Priya Suhasini Mulay
Suhasini Mulay
as Sid's Mother Anjula Bedi as Sameer's Mother Ahmed Khan as Aakash's Father-A K Malhotra Samantha Treymane as Deepa Kiran Rao
Kiran Rao
as Deepa's Friend Asad Dadarkar as Subodh Raj Zutshi as Ajay's voice (Tara'a ex-husband)

Soundtrack[edit] Main article: Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
(soundtrack) All lyrics written by Javed Akhtar, except "koi kahe kehta rahe", which was written by Sameer.; all music composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

No. Title Artist(s) Length

1. "Dil Chahta Hai" Shankar Mahadevan, Clinton Cerejo 5:11

2. "Jaane Kyon" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Caralisa Monteiro 4:49

3. "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy 5:06

4. "Kaisi Hai Yeh Ruth" Srinivas 5:29

5. "Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe" Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, KK 5:46

6. "Akash's Love Theme" Michael Harvey 2:10

7. "Tanhayee" Sonu Nigam 6:10

8. " Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
(Reprise)" Shankar Mahadevan, Clinton Cerejo 4:18

9. "Rocking Goa" Chorus 2:06

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 City, and a storyline narrated to him by a friend.[3] Farhan Akhtar
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.[4] Other parts of Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
were adapted from Shakespeare's Much Ado
Much Ado
About Nothing.[5] Initially, Akhtar wanted Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan
and Akshaye Khanna in the three main roles. While Khanna agreed to do the film, Roshan and Bachchan were unavailable. Akhtar offered the part of Akash to Khanna and he offered the part of Sid to Aamir Khan. However, Khan did not want to play Sid and wanted to play Akash instead. Khanna agreed to play Sid so that Khan could play Akash. Afterwards, Saif Ali Khan joined the cast as Sameer. Preity Zinta
Preity Zinta
and Sonali Kulkarni
Sonali Kulkarni
were cast as Shalini and Pooja respectively. Akhtar convinced actress Dimple Kapadia
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, India
India
and Sydney, Australia.[4] 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.[4] Reception[edit] Critical response[edit] The film was well received by 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
Dil Chahta Hai
did not perform well in the non-urban areas because the lifestyle depicted was too city-oriented.[2] Beth Watkins of The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
wrote, "The mix of humour, emotion, sincerity and wisdom makes “Dil Chahta Hai” a truly enduring film."[6] Sita Menon of Rediff.com
Rediff.com
concluded that the film was "Slick and witty".[7] Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
was screened at the International Film Festival of India, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival.[8][9][10] Accolades[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result

Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Akshaye Khanna Won

Best Performance in a Comic Role Saif Ali Khan Won

Best Screenplay Farhan Akhtar Won

R.D. Burman Award Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Won

Best Choreography Farah Khan
Farah Khan
for "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" Won

Best Editing A. Sreekar Prasad Won

Best Film (Critics) Excel Entertainment Won

Best Film Excel Entertainment Nominated

Best Director Farhan Akhtar Nominated

Best Actor Aamir Khan Nominated

Best Music Director Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Nominated

Best Male Playback Singer Shaan for "Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe" Nominated

Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik
Alka Yagnik
for "Jaane Kyon" Nominated

National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Hindi Excel Entertainment Won

Best Male Playback Singer Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
for "Jaane Kyon" Won

IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actor Saif Ali Khan Won

Best Song Recording Vijay Benegal Won

Best Screenplay Farhan Akhtar Won

Best Choreography Farah Khan Won

Best Film Excel Entertainment Nominated

Best Director Farhan Akhtar Nominated

Best Actor Aamir Khan Nominated

Best Actress Priety Zinta Nominated

Best Supporting Actor Akshaye Khanna Nominated

Best Music Director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Nominated

Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
for "Jaane Kyon" Nominated

Best Male Playback Singer Srinivas for "Kaisi Hai Yeh Ruth" Nominated

Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik
Alka Yagnik
for "Jaane Kyon" Nominated

Best Story Farhan Akhtar Nominated

Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actor Saif Ali Khan Won

Most Promising Director Farhan Akhtar Won

Best Actor Aamir Khan Nominated

Best Supporting Actress Dimple Kapadia Nominated

Best Music Director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Nominated

Best Film Excel Entertainment Nominated

Best Supporting Actor Akshaye Khanna Nominated

Best Director Farhan Akhtar Nominated

Best Story Farhan Akhtar Nominated

Best Male Playback Singer Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan
for "Dil Chahta Hai" Nominated

Bollywood Movie Awards Best Comedian Saif Ali Khan Won

Best Actor (Critics) Aamir Khan Won

Screen Awards Best Supporting Actor Saif Ali Khan Won

Best Music Director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Won

Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
for "Jaane Kyon" Won

Best Male Playback Singer Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
for "Tanhayee" Won

Best Dialogues Farhan Akhtar Won

Best Special
Special
Effects

Won

Best Choreography Farah Khan
Farah Khan
for "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" Won

Best Film Excel Entertainment Nominated

Best Director Farhan Akhtar Nominated

Best Actor Aamir Khan Nominated

Best Supporting Actor Akshaye Khanna Nominated

Best Background Score Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Nominated

Best Male Playback Singer Srinivas for "Kaisi Hai Yeh Ruth" Nominated

Best Screenplay Farhan Akhtar Nominated

Best Editing A. Sreekar Prasad Nominated

Best Cinematography Ravi K. Chandran Nominated

Best Art Direction Suzanne Caplan Merwanji Nominated

Sequel[edit] In 2016, Akhtar stated that he had "a lot on his mind" about a sequel to Dil Chahta Hai.[11] See also[edit]

All I Want Is Everything

References[edit]

^ a b "Dil Chahta Hai". IBOS. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 4 Jan 2015.  ^ a b Gulzar; Nihalani, Govind; Chatterjee, Saibal (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi
Hindi
Cinema. Encyclopædia Britannica (India) Pvt Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 81-7991-066-0.  ^ The storyline was used for Aakash's character, played by Aamir Khan. Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar
tells it like it is Rediff.com, Movies, 23 September 2002. ^ a b c Bhattacharya, Roshmila (23 August 2002). "Heart Copy". Screen. Retrieved 3 July 2009.  ^ Ramesh, Randeep (29 July 2006). "A matter of caste as Bollywood embraces the Bard". Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2011.  ^ Beth Watkins (27 September 2011). "Bollywood Journal: The Enduring Appeal of 'Dil Chahta Hai'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 September 2015.  ^ Sita Menon (10 August 2001). "Trip on Dil Chahta Hai". Rediff.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.  ^ "Palm Springs finds Bose just fine". The Indian Express. 8 February 2003. Retrieved 19 March 2012.  ^ " Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
to be screened at IFFI". The Times of India. 30 July 2002. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  ^ "Cinematic Convergence". The Austin Chronicle. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  ^ "I have a lot on my mind about Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
sequel: Farhan Akhtar". 31 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

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National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi

1954–1960

Mirza Ghalib (1954) Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje
Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje
(1955) No Award (1956) Do Aankhen Barah Haath
Do Aankhen Barah Haath
(1957) Madhumati
Madhumati
(1958) Anari (1959) Mughal-e-Azam
Mughal-e-Azam
(1960)

Certificate of Merit

Jagriti
Jagriti
(1954) Shree 420
Shree 420
and Devdas (1955) Basant Bahar (1956) Mother India
India
and Musafir (1957) Lajwanti and Karigar (1958) No Award (1959) Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai
Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai
and Kanoon
Kanoon
(1960)

1961–1980

Dharmputra (1961) Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
(1962) Bandini (1963) Dosti
Dosti
(1964) Shaheed (1965) — (1966) Hamraaz
Hamraaz
(1967) Aashirwad (1968) Satyakam (1969) Anand (1970) — (1971) Maya Darpan
Maya Darpan
(1972) 27 Down
27 Down
(1973) No Award (1974) Nishant (1975) — (1976) Shatranj Ke Khilari
Shatranj Ke Khilari
(The Chess Players) (1977) Kasturi and Junoon (1978) Sparsh (1979) Aakrosh (1980)

Certificate of Merit

Gunga Jumna
Gunga Jumna
and Pyaar Ki Pyaas (1961) No Award (1962) Mere Mehboob
Mere Mehboob
and Gumrah (1963) Yaadein and Geet Gaya Patharon Ne
Geet Gaya Patharon Ne
(1964) Oonche Log and Guide (1965) Discontinued after 1965

1981–2000

Arohan (1981) Katha (1982) Ardh Satya
Ardh Satya
(1983) Paar (1984) Anantyatra (1985) Mirch Masala
Mirch Masala
(1986) Pestonjee (1987) Salaam Bombay!
Salaam Bombay!
(1988) Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro
Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro
(1989) Drishti (1990) Diksha and Dharavi (1991) Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992) Patang (1993) Mammo (1994) Bandit Queen
Bandit Queen
(1995) Gudia (1996) Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa
Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa
(1997) Godmother (1998) Shool
Shool
(1999) Zubeidaa
Zubeidaa
(2000)

2001–present

Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
(2001) The Legend of Bhagat Singh
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
(2002) Raghu Romeo
Raghu Romeo
(2003) Raincoat (2004) Black (2005) Khosla Ka Ghosla
Khosla Ka Ghosla
(2006) 1971 (2007) Rock On!!
Rock On!!
(2008) Paa (2009) Do Dooni Chaar
Do Dooni Chaar
(2010) I Am (2011) Filmistaan
Filmistaan
(2012) Jolly LLB
Jolly LLB
(2013) Queen (2014) Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Dum Laga Ke Haisha
(2015) Neerja
Neerja
(2016)

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Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film

1971-1980

Uski Roti
Uski Roti
(1971) Ashadh Ka Ek Din (1972) Maya Darpan
Maya Darpan
(1973) Duvidha (1974) Rajnigandha
Rajnigandha
(1975) Aandhi
Aandhi
(1976) Mrigayaa
Mrigayaa
(1977) Shatranj Ke Khilari
Shatranj Ke Khilari
The Chess Players (1978) Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1979) Jeena Yahan (1980)

1981-2000

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai
(1981) Aadharshila (1982) Masoom (1983) Sookha (1984) Damul (1985) Aghaat
Aghaat
(1986) Om-Dar-Ba-Dar
Om-Dar-Ba-Dar
(1989) Khayal Gatha (1990) Kasba (1991) Diksha (1992) Idiot (1993) Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
(1994) Bandit Queen
Bandit Queen
(1995) Bombay (1996) Khamoshi
Khamoshi
(1997) Virasat (1998) Satya (1999) Sarfarosh
Sarfarosh
(2000)

2001-present

Halo (2001) Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
(2002) The Legend of Bhagat Singh
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
(2003) Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
(2004) Dev and Yuva
Yuva
(2005) Black (2006) Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
(2007) Chak De! India
India
(2008) Mumbai
Mumbai
Meri Jaan (2009) Firaaq (2010) Udaan (2011) Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
(2012) Gangs of Wasseypur
Gangs of Wasseypur
(2013) The Lunchbox
The Lunchbox
(2014) Ankhon Dekhi
Ankhon Dekhi
(2015) Piku
Piku
(2016) Neerja
Neerja
(2017) Newton (2018)

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Farhan Akhtar

Director

Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
(2001) Lakshya (2004) Don (2006) Positive (2007) Don 2
Don 2
(2011)

Producer

Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
(2007) Positive (2007) Rock On!!
Rock On!!
(2008) Luck by Chance
Luck by Chance
(2009) Karthik Calling Karthik
Karthik Calling Karthik
(2010) Game (2011) Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
(2011) Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012) Fukrey
Fukrey
(2013) Dil Dhadakne Do
Dil Dhadakne Do
(2015) Baar Baar Dekho
Baar Baar Dekho
(2016) Rock On 2
Rock On 2
(2016) Raees (2017) Gully Boy (TBA)

Related

Don (franchise) Don (character) Javed Akhtar Salim-Javed

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Films produced by Ritesh Sidhwani

Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
(2001) Lakshya (2004) Don: The Chase Begins Again (2006) Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
(2007) Rock On!!
Rock On!!
(2008) Luck by Chance
Luck by Chance
(2009) Karthik Calling Karthik
Karthik Calling Karthik
(2010) Game (2011) Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
(2011) Don 2
Don 2
(2011) Talaash (2012) Fukrey
Fukrey
(2013) Dil Dhadakne Do
Dil Dhadakne Do
(2015) Rock On 2
Rock On 2
(2016) Raees (2017) Gully Boy (TBA)

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado
Much Ado
About Nothing

Characters

Don Pedro Dogberry

Adaptations

Screen

1984 (TV) 1993 2005 (TV) 2012

Opera

Béatrice et Bénédict
Béatrice et Bénédict
(1862) Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
(opera) (1901)

Musical

Much Ado
Much Ado
(1995) The Boys Are Coming Home
The Boys Are Coming Home
(2005)

Adaptations

The Law Against Lovers
The Law Against Lovers
(1662) Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
(2001)

Related

Dogberryism "Curiosity killed

.