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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

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Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.

Director:

Farhan Akhtar

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Kassim Jagmagia (story co-developed by), Farhan Akhtar (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aamir Khan ... Akash Malhotra
Saif Ali Khan ... Sameer
Akshaye Khanna ... Siddharth Sinha
Preity Zinta ... Shalini
Sonali Kulkarni ... Pooja
Dimple Kapadia ... Tara Jaiswal
Ayub Khan ... Rohit
Rajat Kapoor ... Shalini's Uncle
Suhasini Mulay ... Sid's Mother
Ahmed Khan Ahmed Khan ... Akash's Father
Suchitra Pillai ... Priya
Anjula Bedi Anjula Bedi ... Sameer's Mother
Rakesh Pandey Rakesh Pandey ... Rohit's Father
Samantha Tremayne Samantha Tremayne ... Deepa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claire Claire ... Joan
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Storyline

Three young men Akash, Sameer, and Siddharth are close friends, but their tastes and characters are completely incompatible. So when Siddharth falls in love with a much older woman, Tara, a woman who has been unsuccessful in keeping her marriage intact as well as alcohol-dependent, widens the rift between the trio, forcing them to part company. Years later, the trio will be re-united, they will be much mature and understanding, but will they still accept Siddharth love for Tara, especially when they themselves have fallen in love with women around their respective ages? Written by Sonia

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Welcome to a summer of their lives you will never forget.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English | Urdu

Release Date:

10 August 2001 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

D.C.H. See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 140,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$300,000, 31 December 2001
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Production Co:

Excel Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Saif Ali Khan initially refused the film but was persuaded by Dimple Kapadia to sign on. See more »

Quotes

Akash Malhotra: Dad, there is more to life than just signing checks.
Akash's father: Really... What is that?
Akash Malhotra: I don't know, but as soon as I do, you will be the first to know.
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The closing credits roll while the last scene featuring the cast eating still continues. See more »

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Referenced in Luck by Chance (2009) See more »

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Akash's love theme
Composed by Mike Harvey
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Fantastic fun and full of surprises
27 November 2005 | by bob_bearSee all my reviews

I stumbled over this film on late night TV and immediately ordered the DVD. It's a corker! Fresh, invigorating, romantic, bizarre even!

They don't make films like this in the West - and more's the pity but hence the freshness. The three lead actors are gorgeous - so it hardly matters that they must be the oldest students in town. The cinematography is beautiful - especially in the Australian sequences. The song and dance routines are as welcome as they are surprising.

As with all Hindi films, it is pure melodrama of course. The ability to suspend one's disbelief is a necessity. But that aside, it has all the attributes of a good old fashioned Hollywood romance. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl... etc., times three.

The core theme of friendship is a delight - as are the subtle homo-erotic overtones of Akash and Sid's relationship. Intended or not, I wouldn't have minded if they'd ended up together - but this is Bollywood remember!

All in all, fantastic fun which I plan to watch again and again. Highly recommended.


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