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Dil Chahta Hai
Chinmayi Sirsi / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.5
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NA
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After watching tons of movies with promos that promise the earth, the sky and everything in between but give you boredom, or worse, inanity, a reviewer tends to get kind of cynical. As movie after movie crashes expectations, he begins to expect very little - you know, that "once bitten..." thing. So when a film comes along that actually delivers what it promises, you are pleasantly surprised - and how!

Dil Chahta Hai is a wonderful example of what the largest film industry in the world can do if it only puts its mind(s) to work. A tale of three young men, their young and not-so-young women, their disappointments and their victories, their joy and their pain - Dil Chahta Hai warms you with its honesty, its intensity and its commitment to telling a tale. The entire story is upper-class, yes, but it is endearingly so. No pretenses here - no cheap tricks to keep the audience involved, no careless (non-)sequences, no slapstick comedy, and very few unnecessary scenes.

Akash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) and Siddharth (Akshaye Khanna) are the best of friends, though that doesn't mean they are anything like each other. Akash laughs at the world and does not believe in love, Sameer falls in love with every other girl he meets, and Siddharth, a painter, lives an intense inner-life. The first half of the movie deals solely with the characterization of the three and their relationship with each other and the world. With the help of a large and efficient support cast, backgrounds are brought in with subtlety, and individual characteristics are grounded so well, you begin to think you know these guys personally.

Siddharth meets and falls in love with Tara Jaiswal (Dimple Kapadia), a divorcee much older than him. The treatment of this relationship is sensitive and quite believable, and though the film chooses not to portray reciprocation on Tara's part, this could be the beginning of other Bollywood directors going down these roads less traveled.

To move on, the three friends go on holiday to Goa and have a ball. Sameer finally meets his true love, Pooja (Sonali Kulkarni). All goes well until a chance remark about Tara made in jest by Akash gets Siddharth wild at him, and the two part ways. Akash leaves for Sydney to take care of his dad's business, and Siddharth leaves town to attend a long painter's workshop.

Akash (re)meets Shalini (Preity Zinta) on his flight to Sydney, and the two strike an enviable friendship. Being engaged to the irritating Rohit (Ayub Khan) does not stop Shalini from being friends with Akash, and before long our non-believer is deeply in love. The relationship between the two is handled exceedingly well, and the inevitable melodrama that follows takes very little away from the essence of the movie. Inevitable also is the reconciliation between Akash and Siddharth, which, thankfully, happens without melodrama.

One valid complaint one might have of Dil Chahta Hai is its length - it runs for more than three hours. A rather silly song between Saif and Sonali could easily have been avoided and the second half could have been made tighter, more intense. There are times when the movie sags rather badly, making the audience stretch in their seats and goad the guys on screen to get on with it, please. This puts a hitch in an otherwise great movie, and also gets Dil Chahta Hai a lower rating than it would otherwise have deserved.

Aamir Khan gets the best lines, and does a wonderful job with his timing and style. He does get a little more mileage than the other two, but just a little. Saif Ali Khan does a good job, though it is Akshaye Khanna who surprises you with a terrific, understated and warm performance - here's one actor who doesn't get his due in Bollywood. Preity Zinta and Dimple Kapadia give intelligent performances. The songs, some of them quite popular, are nice too.

Dil Chahta Hai is a warm, sensitive and intelligent film, one that restores your faith in Bollywood's ability to make enjoyable cinema. And that's precisely why you should watch it.
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  • Cast
    Aamir Khan, Akshay Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, Dimple Kapadia
  • Music
    Ehsaan, Loy, Shankar
  • Director
    Farhaan Akhtar
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Mohan on 26th Aug 2002, 11:34pm | Permalink
A very slick and stylish movie. The thing that really appeals about this movie is that it is so far from being a formula one, with the beaten to death tracks (comedy, villain) etc. It is refreshing to see this one. The songs could have been pushed to the background to speed up the movie. Overall thoroughly enjoyable.
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8
Suresh on 8th Mar 2002, 5:40pm | Permalink
I have'nt watched a movie of this kind in my lifetime, its such a good movie.
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10
Akay Kal on 6th Feb 2002, 12:19am | Permalink
I concur with CS, review well written CS.
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8
Zairik Mohd. on 30th Oct 2001, 2:24pm | Permalink
i can't express my feeling here but i remember my college days ( tx to Farhan fr 1st hit mov.keep it up
zairk rahil mohd. khan
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10
Zairik Mohd. on 30th Oct 2001, 2:19pm | Permalink
i can't express my feeling here but i remember my college days ( tx to Farhan fr 1st hit mov.keep it up
zairk rahil mohd. khan
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10
Vamsi Malhotra on 1st Oct 2001, 6:21pm | Permalink
nice movie
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10
Abrar Khan on 24th Sep 2001, 1:30pm | Permalink
GRRRRREEEEEEAAAAAATTTTT movie.
one of a kind. Something hatke!!
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10
Mohammed Razzak Hussain on 11th Sep 2001, 2:57pm | Permalink
its really a good movie i think so and people also like that .
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10
Clifton Sanjay on 1st Sep 2001, 9:07pm | Permalink
DCH is a fun going,exciting,a little dragging movie which gives u your moneys worth.Aamir and the rest have done a good job.once again this movie is here to hit the box office.
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10
Sonia Kundra on 31st Aug 2001, 7:22pm | Permalink
dch, is very good movie, but the characters potrayed r very unrealistic. role played by aamir was very good, better than the role played by akshay khanna
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10
The Mavericks on 23rd Aug 2001, 6:00pm | Permalink
they killed dimple aunty just to get rid of her...!!...the second half of the second half is good.
a feel good film over all
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8
Shashi Kiran on 21st Aug 2001, 3:59pm | Permalink
it is a very beautiful &always a watchable film
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10
E.M Bhargava on 19th Aug 2001, 8:35pm | Permalink
very cool, an attitude movie , u have attitude u like it if not u can cery well adjust with it
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8
The Mavericks on 17th Aug 2001, 3:03pm | Permalink
Nice feel good one....watch once and don`t depend on reviews... this movie has had a very mixed response..
RATING
8
Bujji Babu Pramila on 15th Aug 2001, 2:44pm | Permalink
a nice movie to watch.siaf is more than expected.
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10
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