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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Cast: Aamir Khan, Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta, more...
Director: Farhan Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar
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Studio: Spark
Genre: India, Bollywood
Languages: Hindi
Subtitles: English
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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
As Dil Chahta Hai opens, Siddarth, known as Sid (Akshaye Khanna) is racing to the hospital due to an unexplained emergency. There, he is reunited with his old friend, Sameer (Saif Ali Khan). Sameer calls the third member of the trio, Akash (Bombay superstar Aamir Khan from Lagaan), who tells him he's not going to join them at the hospital, due to an unresolved dispute between him and Sid. The film then flashes back to earlier, happier days, to show us what came between the three close friends. Sid was the studious, serious one, with a hidden artistic side, while Sameer foolishly let himself be ruled by the woman in his life. Akash could never limit himself to one woman. He was a playboy who claimed he didn't believe in love. Sameer found himself unexpectedly falling for Pooji (Sonali Kulkarni of Mission Kashmir), the young woman his parents have tried to arrange for him to marry. Akash's father grew concerned about his son's immaturity, and sent Akash to Australia to work for his company. There, he ran into Shalini (Preity Zinta, who also starred in Mission Kashmir), a girl who once rejected him in a Bombay nightclub. She's engaged to be married to Rohit (Ayub Khan), but as the two spend time together, Akash falls hard for Shalini. For his part, Sid met a beautiful divorcee, Tara (Dimple Kapadia), but his friends and family weren't ready to accept their relationship. Eventually, we work our way back to the present, and find out what's become of the three friends and their romantic entanglements. Dil Chahta Hai, a huge hit in India, marked the feature debut of writer-director Farhan Akhtar. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

Dil Chahta Hai (Bonus Disc) (2001)

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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
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Almost a good film by kinaidos March 15, 2006 - 11:32 AM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The film concentrates on the friendship between three young men growing into middle age. So from the beginning at least you know this is not just another cookie cutter bollywood-for-desi-dollar piece of cheap costume romance dance crap. The romance in the film is worked into the three-friends framework pretty well. There are a couple of good songs, and one really interesting playback sequence involving an oneiric tour through 5 decades of bollywood playback tropes.
What makes the film less than great is Aamir Khan's awkward comedic timing. He just isn't very good at moving from drama to comedy and comes off as fake. The supporting cast is actually a bit better at it. With a stronger lead or a more ensemble feel to the writing, it would have been a very good film I think.

You try to resist, but ... by brakhage April 24, 2005 - 7:03 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Another smooth, frothy Bollywood product. Once again I tried to resist - I laughed at the melodrama, the slickness, the silver pants ... but I got sucked in and ended up really caring about these characters. Aamir Khan's performance as the goofball who finally finds something to care about is really affecting; he's very intense when he wants to be, and at times he's quite scary. (Akshaye Khanna's constant smirk on the other hand drove me bats.) It's not a particularly brilliant film, but it's very involving by Bollywood standards. And the songs are tops.

Great Flick by KLUKE August 20, 2003 - 12:20 AM PDT
1 out of 9 members found this review helpful
With all tepid films Hollywood seems to be cranking out, this Bollywood product is refreshing.

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