19 years of Dil Chahta Hai: A timeless classic

 

Dil Chahta Hai

Dil Chahta Hai is one of those films which you can watch repeatedly and never get tired of it. This was a film that proved to be an instant classic and is still remembered as a product one for ages. It was released way back in 2001 when films like this did not really have a market. But why did this movie go on to become what it did? Why is it regarded as one of the best movies Bollywood has produced in the 2000s? Let us discuss some of the points that make Dil Chahta Hai distinctive yet special:- 


Characterization

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When you look at the other films belonging to the same era, you would know how melodramatic the characters go on to become. The directors and the producers of the films firmly believed that there's a set criterion to make characters and film successful at the box office. Dil Chahta Hai proved everyone wrong. The characters in this film seem so much like you that you cannot help but fall in love with each one of them. Which one is your favourite character in the film? Let me know in the comment section.

Screenplay

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You might be wondering what is so good about the screenplay in Dil Chahta Hai, right? The answer is simple, it is an emotional rollercoaster ride. This is the normal Bollywood formula. You laugh, cry, dance, sing, shout throughout the running time of a movie. But what makes the screenplay of this film so special is how much it teaches you, it is a no-nonsense film and as I have already said, it is a very relatable concept. 

The Goa trip 

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Where did this craze for a Goa trip really start from? Yes, Dil Chahta Hai has played a huge part in making this a, so to speak, "trend". Early on in the film three friends go on for a trip after Saif Ali Khan's character faces from a breakup and then the iconic title track plays as all three characters and audiences are immersed into the vacation for Goa. It makes a trip to Goa so freaking cool that you cannot help but dream about going there, at least once. I have been there, with my friends of course and it is definitely worth it. This amazing saga of a film never lied to you! 

"Koi kahe kehta rahe"

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Tell me you didn't dance after looking down at the heading? For starters, this is one of the songs in Dil Chahta Hai. It happens to be one of the best party tracks Bollywood has ever executed but what makes it even more special is that all three actors are not really trained dancers. In fact, each one of them is a pretty average dancer. But you instantly fall in love with the dance steps, you get impressed by the work of three main leads in the film. 

It has a lot to do with the choreography of Farah Khan who has always been great at her job but hasn't gotten enough credits for her work as a choreographer. Go listen to this once again, this is everyone's jam for sure. 

Simple yet unique 

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What's the story like for this project? Three college friends have a lot of fun together, they disband due to a dispute, they go through hardships of life to reunite and make amends with each other.

  Dil Chahta Hai sounds really simple on paper but this is where Farhan Akhtar got it right. He didn't try to go the normal Bollywood formula neither did he try to make things difficult to understand for the audiences. This project would have been a hell lot different if it was made today instead of 2001 since fans have become much more mature now. This is why revisiting this film will always feel special! 

Memorable performances

Dil Chahta Hai

This movie was special for each of the actors as it helped in catapulting and changing careers of the majority of them. Aamir Khan had last done Mela which was a huge blunder and he came back with a bang. Saif Ali Khan's acting capabilities were finally noticeable and if it wasn't for Dil Chahta Hai, there wouldn't be so many of the exceptional performances from the most underrated Khan.

 But the highlight and surprise package of the film was Akshay Khanna. It is said that he did not go on to make as much name for himself as Saif or Aamir but there's no doubt in my mind that he was the best performer of the film. Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, Dimple Kapadia were all really impressive, especially Dimple who featured in some of the best scenes from the film. 

A timeless classic

You can watch this film for a dozen times and you're still going to be in awe with the product in hand. Farhan Akhtar has produced amazing films sitting on the director's seat but in my opinion, the debut direction happens to be THE best of him too. 

What is your opinion of the film after 19 years of its release? Do comment down what you feel about it! 

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  1. Going to watch it soon,
    Thanks for a great review.

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    1. Thank you very much but you haven't watched it? Go for it man, you will definitely love it!

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  2. The way that you represent everything about the movie is truly commendable, i am a fan. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you very much brother, your words are truly kind!

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  3. Ahha This is my all time favorite. I love watching this timeless classic again and again. It just lifts me up instantly. ❣️

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    1. Ya it is a really feel good watch! Thank you for reading!

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  4. Impressive.. I like the song " dil chahta hai hum na rahe kabhi " ... It's one of my favourite 😊

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    1. Ya, it is the title track of the song and it plays when they go to Goa!

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  5. This used to be my fav bollywood movie in 2004-5 , was fun , was emotional , cheerable songs , cult bollywood classic

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    1. It definitely was one of the better films from early 2000s and one of my favourite films ever!

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    1. You haven't watched it yet? That's a damn shame!

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  7. One of my all time favorite movies! A very good review indeed!

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    1. Thank you very much and it happens to be one of my favourite films too, a great watch!

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  8. No human can dislike this movie.. As simple as that
    u described it as simply as this movie is......

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    1. Thank you very much and I agree that no one can dislike this film!

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  9. You have beautifully written everything about this amazing movie, and this article has reminded me all the fun we had in Goa. The amazing memories. I still have a big smile on my face and memories flashing in my closed eyes.

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    1. Oh yes, Goa brings out a lot of memories.. this film does the same too, thanks for reading!

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  10. Great review manπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘..

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  11. Thanks Ajay, for making me cherish this gem. Beautifully written.

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    1. Thank you very much and ya it is a great film!

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  12. dam i wanna watch after this review, how did i miss this

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  13. It's very unique film say ahead of it's time and refreshing. Thankyou for refreshing my memory

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    1. Thank you for taking your time and reading it out!

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  14. It's very unique film say ahead of it's time and refreshing. Thankyou for refreshing my memory

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  15. Never really watched it properly, watched it in bits multiple times, will try to give it a go in future. Anyway, Att writing

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    1. Thanks and you should definitely go for it, it is a great watch!

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  16. This film shows the journey of friendship in a unique way. My favourite was Saif as he according to my outshined the others.
    Thank you for making us revisit this film through your review.

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    1. Oh well that's your point of view and I respect that, thank you for checking the blog out!

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  17. This is really well written! I love how all the aspects have been covered here. A good film with a genius review!

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    1. Thank you very much and yes, it is a feel good film!

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  18. Sounds good! Need to add this to my list :) Thank you!

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    1. Thank you very much and it is a great watch believe me!

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  19. I've never heard of watched this film before, what separated it from the typical Bollywood formula?

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    1. Normal bollywood formula is showing characters that are larger than life, this film keeps its characters very grounded and realistic!

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  20. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  21. It was a roller coaster ride just like the movie, thanks for letting me read.

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    1. Thank you very much for reading it thoroughly!

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  22. This movie has been my therapist for all the hard times and a celebration for the good ones. It's just so beautiful and Farjan Akhtar had such a good vision even with his debut direction. It is just beautiful!

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    1. Farhan Akhtar happens to be one of the finest directors in Hindi cinema, I don't know why he doesn't direct films anymore!

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  23. Pretty good review! Need to add my list. Thank you for sharing ��

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  24. Perfect πŸ‘Œ loved your review ❤️

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