Archive for Dil Chahta Hai
Vishal Bhardwaj has the talent to create a world of his own, give his characters fascinating quirks and draw you out as a performer. His upcoming film, Rangoon, took me to the jungles of Arunachal Pradesh, into huts where you lived out of a sleeping bag. It gave me a chance to wear the stiff-as-cardboard shirts from my Winchester college days in England and the Trilby hats I usually get to dust out only when Kareena and I are at Gstaad during New Year’s. It also gave me a chance to research cufflinks and ties, inhabit the world of Hollywood’s ’40s heroes like Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn, and my grandfather Iftikhar Ali Khan
I loved this journey into the past and my only regret is that I forgot the white gloves lying in my wardrobe which would have looked so good with the black dinner jackets. Rustom Billimoria is an action hero-turned-studio boss. The physicality of the role was a challenge because Rusi’s lost his right hand while doing a stunt and this meant I had to do everything left handed, even a sword fight. That wasn’t too difficult actually since I’ve had some practise playing cricket left-handed.
A couple of days into the first schedule, Vishal who’d asked me to bulk up for the role given the guy’s action background, felt I should cut down a bit. I told him it was too late, besides I’ve seen guys in the gym working out with one hand so it was okay. During our earlier film, Omkara, Vishal was less busy. This time, he had his hands full and I had to prep up more though he still contributed to my performance. And the artistic integrity I found on the sets of Omkara I discovered again only in Rangoon. That, I’d say, is the magic of Vishal Bhardwaj!
Even the biggest Saif Ali Khan fan will have to admit that the actor’s career is in a downward spiral at the moment. The talented actor, who has given some stellar performances in films has been struggling in the past few years. And it’s not just that the actor isn’t doing good movies, his average/bad movies are also not doing well commercially. And this for an actor, no matter how much experience he/she has, can be a scary proposition.
So, while we wait and see how his upcoming movies pan out, let’s take this moment to recall the aforementioned stellar performances of his career:
Farhan Akhtar is ready to roll out his plan for a Dil Chahta Hai sequel. He has hinted that there something more in store about this piece of news.
We all love sequels, especially if the sequel is a film such as Dil Chahta Hai. Farhan Akhtar’s debut was a path-breaker in its time for it was so real. Granted it dealt with people like us and their first-world problems, but it was as much about friendship, life and love.
There were no backup dancers — unless they were ironical — and there was no melodrama either. If heartbreak happened, sometimes you could deal with it with a trip to Goa, at other times, it changed your life.
Starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna as the three male protagonists, it stayed with the 90s kids. Probably that is why there is so much interest in its sequel, if it happens. Director Farhan Akhtar teased us with one when Dil Chahta Hai completed 15 years.
To celebrate Khan’s birthday, we list all of his roles that show him at the peak of his groovy personality.
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan turns 46 on August 16. In a film career that spans 24 years and 60 movies, Khan has managed to rise to the top and become a fan favorite.
The actor stems from royalty as his father, late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan, was the Nawab of Pataudi. In a November 2011 ceremony, Khan was crowned with this title. His mother, Sharmila Tagore, will go down in history as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of our time. Clearly, all this royalty and talent has rubbed off on him and all of the cool characters he has played in the last few years.
Dil Chahta Hai starred Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia. The film was Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut.
The iconic film celebrates 15 years today.
Who just doesn’t love Dil Chahta Hai?
The oft-watched timeless tale of friendship between Akash, Sid and Sameer and how they experience love and live, is still as fresh and relevant as it was 15 years back when it was released this day.
Dil Chahta Hai was a film that brought in the millennial wave to Bollywood cinema, and showed the way out to rehashed plots like revenge dramas and family reunion plots. The film also marked the directorial debut of the multi-faceted Farhan Akhtar, who later directed Lakshya and the Don franchise, before foraying into acting.