Dil Chahta Hai (DCH) is considered as a cult classic today. Starring Saif Ali Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Preity Zinta in lead roles, the film created a new way of thinking in Bollywood. Revolving around the lives of three friends who go through many transitions and a metamorphosis of sorts, Dil Chahta Hai went to become a blockbuster and became a talking point. Not only that, Farhan Akhtar, who wrote and directed the movie, came into the limelight and became a director to watch out for! As the film completes almost 15 years, here’s a look at some lesser known facts about the movie.
Farhan Akhtar, who made his debut as a director and writer with Dil Chahta Hai, first thought of casting Akshaye Khanna, Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan in lead roles. While Akshaye was considered to play Aakash originally, Duggu was considered for the role of Siddharth aka Sid and Saif Ali Khan as Sameer. However, according to a report on IMDB, Hrithik turned down the role, which then went to Abhishek Bachchan, who too couldn’t be a part of the film. Farhan then cast Aamir Khan, revised the script of the film and swapped Akshaye Khanna’s role with Aamir. Reportedly, Farhan Akhtar had to convince Dimple Kapadia to play the role of a divorcee Tara Jaiswal.