BollyCurry returns with its popular section of Retro Review of the Week
and this time, the movie under the scanner is the popular coming of age film, Dil Chahta Hai
(2001). The film went on to become a blockbuster hit and is still considered to be one of the must-watch films of Bollywood.
Released on the 24th of July, 2001, Dil Chahta Hai
boasted of an extremely talented star-cast including Aamir Khan
, Saif Ali Khan
kshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta
, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple
Kapadia. This film marked the debut of the talented Farhan Akhtar
writer-director and went on to become a commercial and critical success
in times to come.
Dil Chahta Hai
revolves around the
story of three childhood friends, Sid (Akshaye Khanna), Sam (Saif Ali Khan
) and Aakash (Aamir Khan
) and their different views on love. While
Sid doesn't find any interest in trivial relationships, Sam is a die
hard romantic and believes to have found his "one true love" on the
corner of every street. Aakash on the other hand is a classic playboy
who changes girlfriends as often as he changes his clothes. The plot
goes on to revolve around how the three of them meet three different
women and how their equation with these women inadvertently lands up
changing the dynamics of their friendship, especially that of Sid and
Aakash. What is it that causes the rift in their friendship and whether
or not the three friends ever unite is what makes up for the climax of
The movie boasted of fine performances by some of
the most talented actors of the 2000s. This, coupled with a unique plot
and excellent direction, catapulted this film into an overnight success.
In the midst of all the family dramas, action thrillers and slapstick
comedies, Dil Chahta Hai
was like a breath of fresh air, welcomed warmly by one and all.
The music of Dil Chahta Hai
was composed by the talented trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy while its lyrics
were penned by the immensely talented Javed Akhtar. The music was widely
appreciated by all and went on to become the turning point of the
trio's career. Songs such as"Jaane Kyun" and "Tanhaayee" are two award
winning songs from the soundtrack which have been sung by the maestros
and Sonu Niigam respectively.
Dil Chahta Hai
earned over 140 million rupees and was declared a super hit at the box
office. It also went on to win numerous awards, including two National
Awards and seven Filmfare awards.
Dil Chahta Hai
remains one of the most critically and commercially acclaimed Bollywood
film till date, and it is only because of the fresh plot, talented
acting and brilliant direction did the movie reach such heights. The
movie truly got the ball rolling for a much needed change in Bollywood
and set a benchmark for many other coming-of-age films to come.
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Author: Ritchelle C.
Editor/s: Pooja B. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Marsh P.
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