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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.
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.
Humans are really big on getting more chances at something because sometimes your potential gets noticed only after some point of time. Like many spiritual gurus opine, there is a time for everything. Same goes for success. It visits you only when you deserve to get lauded and loaded. In Bollywood, there have been a few actors who were privileged enough to get a second chance at their career and today, are one of the superstars.
Saif Ali Khan
Turning Point: Dil Chahta Hai
The Nawab of Bollywood has seen a lot of ups and downs in his career. He debuted with Parampara which didn’t help him much while Aashiq Awara made him popular, but it was Main Khiladi Tu Anari which propelled him forward positively. However, even after doing many films success eluded him, apart from a sporadic Kya Kehna (a Preity Zinta film) or Hum Saath Saath Hai (an ensemble film). It was in 2001 that Dil Chahta hai released and things changed. It was as if Bollywood has refound a long lost actor who has skills but needed someone to hone them. The forever in love Sameer played by Saif is the one best friend we all have! Saif Ali Khan had finally arrived.
It was 2001 when the norm of Hindi films was a specific order of films. Garish sets and loud dialogues were the staple platter every film had. And out of the blue came a film that trapped the urban sensibilities of the audiences, at a time when mainstream cinema was oblivious to it. Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai is cult for reason.
I still remember watching the first promo of Dil Chahta Hai when I was in seventh standard and I also remember telling my elder brother – “This film looks so different, it doesn’t look like Bollywood stuff.” It being ‘different’ from the other Bollywood movies of its times is definitely the first thing that strikes you about this movie that went on to achieve cult status in the years to come. In an era when every second filmmaker vouches for the uniqueness and originality of his/her movie, Dil Chahta Hai is actually one of the very few movies which lived up to the claim of being charmingly different, amazingly fresh and unabashedly honest in its portrayal of the story of three best friends.
Saif Ali Khan has completed almost two decades in Bollywood and the actor is still busy romancing heroines on screen almost half his age. We take a look at the actresses that he worked with in last 20 years.
Model-singer turned actress shared screen space with Saif Ali Khan for the first time in ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’. Raageshwari was 15 years old when Saif amde his debut.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of “Lagaan” (“Land Tax,” or “Once Upon a Time in India”), a historical saga packed with the emotional pull of right versus might. In addition to wide acclaim in India, “Lagaan” won awards at many international festivals and was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film, helping it become one of the best-known Hindi movies outside India. Its strong performances, classic sports-movie plot, lovable and morally superior underdogs, period drama details, and gorgeous music by A. R. Rahman, who has Oscars of his own for “Slumdog Millionaire,” ensure it has remained an appealing, heart-tugging film for a decade.