Dil Chahta Hai

Dil Chahta Hai (English: What the heart wants) is a 2001 Indian comedy-drama film starring Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia. The first film written and directed by Farhan Akhtar, it is set in modern-day urban Mumbai and Sydney, and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends.

In 2001, the film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. It performed moderately in the urban areas of the country compared to the rural areas, which was attributed by critics to the city-oriented lifestyle depicted in which all the characters are from rich or upper middle class families.

Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFarhan Akhtar
Produced byRitesh Sidhwani
Written byFarhan Akhtar
Screenplay byFarhan Akhtar
Story byFarhan Akhtar
Kassim Jagmagia
StarringAamir Khan
Akshaye Khanna
Saif Ali Khan
Preity Zinta
Sonali Kulkarni
Dimple Kapadia
Narrated bySaif Ali Khan
Preity Zinta
Akshaye Khanna
Music byShankar–Ehsaan–Loy
CinematographyRavi K. Chandran
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed byExcel Entertainment
Release date
  • 10 August 2001
Running time
185 minutes
Budget14 crore (US$1.9 million)[1]
Box office45 crore (US$6.3 million)[1]


Akash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan), and Sid (Akshaye Khanna) are the best of friends in college. After an eventful graduation party where Akash gets slapped upon hitting on a beautiful girl and Sameer, being tricked by Akash, gets dumped by his girlfriend, they go on a trip together to Goa. Here, Sameer tries to get over his ex-girlfriend while Akash continues to escape from a girl who loves him deeply. When they return, Sid bonds with Tara (Dimple Kapadia), an older woman he befriended when she moved into the neighborhood. She shares and understands his love for painting, and soon he asks her to be one of his muses.

Meanwhile, Sameer's parents are trying to arrange his marriage with Pooja (Sonali Kulkarni), a family friend's daughter. True to character, Sameer falls in love with her at first sight but hesitates to say anything remembering his past experiences. On learning that Pooja is already in a relationship, he has to content himself with building just a friendship. On her birthday, Tara has a verbal argument on the phone with her ex-husband over their daughter. Sid finds himself trying to cheer her up by inviting her to dinner with Sameer and Akash. Afterward, he privately confesses to his friends that he has fallen in love, only for them to remind him of the age difference and the fact that Tara is a divorced alcoholic. An insensitive remark by Akash infuriates Sid and he ends up slapping him in the face. Akash departs in anger and it seems as if the two friends will never talk again.

Soon after, Akash flies to Sydney, Australia to take care of his vast family-owned business. On the plane, he meets Shalini (Preity Zinta), a girl he had asked out in jest at the college graduation. He apologizes for his prank and asks if she will show him around the new city. Shalini, who is engaged to a guy back in India, agrees. As they explore the city, Akash's playful nature puts him at odds with the violent and possessive attitude of Shalini's fiancee Rohit, who had slapped him at his graduation party. At a subway station where Shalini is being gawked at by a homeless beggar, Akash diffuses the situation by hugging the man and "scaring" him away, immediately putting Shalini at ease.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Sameer's patience pays off and he asks Pooja out when she dumps her boyfriend. Sid's mother tries to breach the subject of marriage with him, only to find about his hidden feelings for Tara. Tara overhears the conversation and Sid is forced to confess his love to her, maintaining that he had never intended for her to find out and had resigned to the fact that she may never reciprocate. Tara, who has enough stressful situations in her life to deal with, is disappointed in Sid and asks him to leave. He decides to go away for some time to his uncle's farmhouse to focus on his paintings.

In Sydney, Shalini makes Akash visit the Opera for a performance of Troilus and Cressida. She intends for him to start believing in the idea of love, unknowingly making Akash realize that he is secretly in love with Shalini herself. Shalini, however, has to return to India to marry Rohit, leaving Akash distraught. Alone in his apartment, Akash mistakenly dials Sid's number intending to talk to Sameer. When he realizes his mistake, he breaks down in tears before answering a call from his father who, realizing something is amiss, asks him to come back home. In India, Shalini's uncle tells Akash that while Shalini loves him back, she is intent on marrying Rohit to please his parents who had taken her in when she was left an orphan at a young age. On the eve of her wedding, Akash crashes the festivities and proposes to her. The guests are alerted and Rohit's father has a private conversation with Shalini to make sense of the turn of events. When he finds out Shalini's reason for marrying Rohit, he asks her to marry Akash instead, concluding that it is in the best interest of their son not to be involved in a forced marriage out of a false sense of debt.

In the present day, Sid has rushed Tara to the hospital for liver cirrhosis and waits for an update on her condition with Sameer at his side. Akash drops by to reconcile with Sid, only minutes before Tara dies. In her final conversation with Sid, she encourages him to stay happy and accepts that they shared a special relationship even though it was never formalized. Months later, the three friends return for a trip to Goa, this time accompanied by Shalini and Pooja. As they picnic together, Sid sees a girl at a distance, smiles and begins walking toward her. The end credits imply that he has gotten together with her and has finally moved on.


One of the main trio of characters and the son of wealthy industrialist A. K. Malhotra, Akash is shown as a carefree, sometimes irresponsible individual who grows from having a two-week life-cycle for relationships to crashing Shalini's wedding to keep her in his life. Amongst the group, Akash frequently uses Sameer as the target for his jokes and pranks, even going to the extent of causing a fight that eventually led to a breakup between Sameer and his girlfriend, only because he did not like Priya's bossy attitude.

One of the main trio of characters, Sid is the quiet and reticent one in the group. He falls in love with a divorced alcoholic and struggles with his feelings not being understood by his family and friends. While Akash frequently targets Sameer in his pranks, Sid is shown to be the supportive one who tries to be the sane voice in the group. He is also not above pranking Akash himself, as seen in him casually undercutting Akash's attempts to escape Deepa by informing her of his whereabouts. Though his own relationship remains unfulfilled, he provides the impetus for Sameer to finally confess his love for Pooja, leading to the two of them to get together.

One of the main trio of characters, Sameer is shown as a hopeless romantic who cannot stop himself from falling in love with every girl he meets. After Sid and Akash's fallout, Sameer is left to play the mediator in the group. While being the target of Akash's jokes, Sameer takes them sportingly and rarely feels insulted. He is shown as a loyal friend to Sid and Akash, refusing to take sides in their fight, while also sticking with Akash when his girlfriend Priya resents their friendship.

Shalini is Akash's love interest for the second half of the film. She is engaged to marry Rohit, the son of her father's business partner who, along with his wife, adopted Shalini when her parents died early. She feels indebted to them, but also shows that she is not above enjoying herself and standing up to Rohit when needed, even though she remains devoted and loyal to his family. She shares a close relationship with her uncle Mahesh, who is both a father-figure and a brother, owing to his being relatively close to Shalini in age.

Pooja is Sameer's love interest after his breakup with Priya. Pooja is dating Subodh and seems to be in a committed relationship, but still agrees to meet with Sameer complying with her parents' wishes. She is reluctant to reveal her relationship to him, which may arise from her not being "sure" of how much she likes Subodh. Eventually, it is hinted that she tires of Subodh's overly disciplined nature and dumps him, accepting Sameer's proposal when he asks her out.

Tara is a divorced alcoholic who has a daughter from her past marriage and moves into Sid's neighbourhood after he graduates from college. Tara is shown to be frustrated in her personal life, not having separated on good terms with her husband who stops her from seeing their daughter and remarries. Tara's birthday becomes an important day in the story as it is revealed to also be the day her husband divorced her, as well as being the day Sid discusses his feelings for her with Sameer and Akash, leading up to the fallout between the two. While Tara hints at the end of the film that she may have considered Sid as more than just a friend, their relationship remains platonic and she seems to share Sid's mother's views on the inappropriateness of their relationship.

Rohit is the domineering and possessive fiancee of Shalini. Rohit is portrayed as hot-headed and frequently violent, as seen from the final sequence when he ends up pushing his own father away when he stops her from marrying him. His character acts as the foil to Akash, especially in the second half of the film. During a pivotal moment in the Akash-Shalini's storyline, Akash sees an old beggar approaching Shalini in the train subway late at night in Sydney, but resolves the situation by hugging him and scaring him away instead of resorting to violence as would be expected of Rohit.

Mahesh is Shalini's single uncle who works as a photographer in Sydney. Being her only living relative, Mahesh is shown to be close in age in Shalini. This helps as he frequently becomes one of the group when Akash and Shalini meet in Sydney, and is able to interact with Akash and Rohit as a friend more than an elderly figure. He is also shown to maintain good ties with Rohit's parents, as Rohit's father speaks to him first during the scene following Akash's proposal the wedding.

Priya is the bossy girlfriend of Sameer, whom she dumps soon after their graduation. She is shown to resent Akash's friendship with Sameer and breaks up with him after he fails to choose her over Akash in a fight.

  • Samantha Treymane as Deepa:

Deepa is a clingy ex-girlfriend of Akash, holding on to him long after he has lost interest in their relationship. Her attempts to meet up with him in Goa create much of the comic scenes in the earlier part of the film, though she seems to be aware that her attraction is one-sided in her conversation with Sid at the beach.

  • Asad Dadarkar as Subodh:

Subodh is the ex-boyfriend of Pooja, before she gets together with Sameer. Subodh follows a strictly disciplined life, governed by a schedule that he does not seem to be capable of changing in any way. He is also shown to lack any kind of impulsion, regularly treating Pooja on their monthly anniversaries and giving her a balloon everyday at the same place and same time. This leads to Sameer labeling him as a "time-table".

  • Suhasini Mulay as Sid's Mother
  • Ahmed Khan as Aakash's Father-A K Malhotra
  • Rakesh Pandey as Rohit's Father
  • Smita Oak as Rohit's Mother
  • Anjula Bedi as Sameer's Mother
  • Kiran Rao as Deepa's Friend
  • Raj Zutshi as Ajay's voice (Tara'a ex-husband)
  • Mandala Tayde as Sid's Partner (She appears towards the end of movie where Sid looks at her in fort)


All lyrics written by Javed Akhtar,; all music composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

1."Dil Chahta Hai"Shankar Mahadevan, Clinton Cerejo5:11
2."Jaane Kyon"Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Caralisa Monteiro4:49
3."Woh Ladki Hai Kahan"Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy5:06
4."Kaisi Hai Yeh Ruth"Srinivas5:29
5."Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe"Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, KK5:46
6."Akash's Love Theme"Michael Harvey2:10
7."Tanhayee"Sonu Nigam6:10
8."Dil Chahta Hai (Reprise)"Shankar Mahadevan, Clinton Cerejo4:18
9."Rocking Goa"Chorus2:06


The movie is partially based on writer-director Farhan Akhtar's diaries on his trips to Las Vegas, his 1996 month-and-a-half long stay at New York City, and a storyline narrated to him by a friend.[2] Farhan Akhtar began work on the script in 1998; the relationship of the characters Akash and Shalini was based on a similar experience of one of Akhtar's friends.[3] Other parts of Dil Chahta Hai were adapted from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.[4]

Initially, Akhtar wanted Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Akshaye Khanna in the three main roles. While Khanna agreed to do the film, Roshan and Bachchan were unavailable. Akhtar offered the part of Akash to Khanna and he offered the part of Sid to Aamir Khan. However, Khan did not want to play Sid and wanted to play Akash instead. Khanna agreed to play Sid so that Khan could play Akash. Afterwards, Saif Ali Khan joined the cast as Sameer. Preity Zinta and Sonali Kulkarni were cast as Shalini and Pooja respectively. Akhtar convinced actress Dimple Kapadia to come out of retirement to play the role of divorcée Tara Jaiswal. After 15 months of extensive pre-production, the film was shot over a four-month period in Mumbai, India and Sydney, Australia.[3]

Dil Chahta Hai's style extended to the music and its picturisation. One song sequence recapitulates and, to some extent, parodies Bollywood song-and-dance history. Other songs drop the usual dance accompaniment — one depicts an argument between two protagonists through the song's lyrics, another establishes the character's state of mind through a moody photo collage, while yet another imagines the beautiful and idealised world of an artist in love through a song inside a painting. There is an extended opera sequence at the Sydney Opera House, which was exclusively commissioned for the film.[3]


Critical response

The film was well received by critics for portraying contemporary Indian youth as cosmopolitan and urban. The characters are depicted as upper-class with lavish houses and designer clothes. They attend art exhibitions and performances of Western opera, and travel overseas as a matter of course. Some critics opined that Dil Chahta Hai did not perform well in the non-urban areas because the lifestyle depicted was too city-oriented.[5]

Beth Watkins of The Wall Street Journal wrote, "The mix of humour, emotion, sincerity and wisdom makes “Dil Chahta Hai” a truly enduring film."[6] Sita Menon of Rediff.com concluded that the film was "Slick and witty".[7]

Dil Chahta Hai was screened at the International Film Festival of India, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival.[8][9][10]


Award Category Nominee Result
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Akshaye Khanna Won
Best Performance in a Comic Role Saif Ali Khan Won
Best Screenplay Farhan Akhtar Won
R.D. Burman Award Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Won
Best Choreography Farah Khan for "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" Won
Best Editing A. Sreekar Prasad Won
Best Film (Critics) Excel Entertainment Won
Best Film Excel Entertainment Nominated
Best Director Farhan Akhtar Nominated
Best Actor Aamir Khan Nominated
Best Music Director Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Shaan for "Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik for "Jaane Kyon" Nominated
National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Hindi Excel Entertainment Won
Best Male Playback Singer Udit Narayan for "Jaane Kyon" Won
IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actor Saif Ali Khan Won
Best Song Recording Vijay Benegal Won
Best Screenplay Farhan Akhtar Won
Best Choreography Farah Khan Won
Best Film Excel Entertainment Nominated
Best Director Farhan Akhtar Nominated
Best Actor Aamir Khan Nominated
Best Actress Priety Zinta Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Akshaye Khanna Nominated
Best Music Director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Nominated
Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar for "Jaane Kyon" Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Srinivas for "Kaisi Hai Yeh Ruth" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik for "Jaane Kyon" Nominated
Best Story Farhan Akhtar Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actor Saif Ali Khan Won
Most Promising Director Farhan Akhtar Won
Best Actor Aamir Khan Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Dimple Kapadia Nominated
Best Music Director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Nominated
Best Film Excel Entertainment Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Akshaye Khanna Nominated
Best Director Farhan Akhtar Nominated
Best Story Farhan Akhtar Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Shankar Mahadevan for "Dil Chahta Hai" Nominated
Bollywood Movie Awards Best Comedian Saif Ali Khan Won
Best Actor (Critics) Aamir Khan Won
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actor Saif Ali Khan Won
Best Music Director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Won
Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar for "Jaane Kyon" Won
Best Male Playback Singer Sonu Nigam for "Tanhayee" Won
Best Dialogues Farhan Akhtar Won
Best Special Effects Won
Best Choreography Farah Khan for "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" Won
Best Film Excel Entertainment Nominated
Best Director Farhan Akhtar Nominated
Best Actor Aamir Khan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Akshaye Khanna Nominated
Best Background Score Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Srinivas for "Kaisi Hai Yeh Ruth" Nominated
Best Screenplay Farhan Akhtar Nominated
Best Editing A. Sreekar Prasad Nominated
Best Cinematography Ravi K. Chandran Nominated
Best Art Direction Suzanne Caplan Merwanji Nominated


In 2016, Akhtar stated that he had "a lot on his mind" about a sequel to Dil Chahta Hai.[11]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Dil Chahta Hai". IBOS. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ The storyline was used for Aakash's character, played by Aamir Khan. Farhan Akhtar tells it like it is Rediff.com, Movies, 23 September 2002.
  3. ^ a b c Bhattacharya, Roshmila (23 August 2002). "Heart Copy". Screen. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  4. ^ Ramesh, Randeep (29 July 2006). "A matter of caste as Bollywood embraces the Bard". Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  5. ^ Gulzar; Nihalani, Govind; Chatterjee, Saibal (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Encyclopædia Britannica (India) Pvt Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 81-7991-066-0.
  6. ^ Beth Watkins (27 September 2011). "Bollywood Journal: The Enduring Appeal of 'Dil Chahta Hai'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  7. ^ Sita Menon (10 August 2001). "Trip on Dil Chahta Hai". Rediff.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Palm Springs finds Bose just fine". The Indian Express. 8 February 2003. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Dil Chahta Hai to be screened at IFFI". The Times of India. 30 July 2002. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
  10. ^ "Cinematic Convergence". The Austin Chronicle. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
  11. ^ "I have a lot on my mind about Dil Chahta Hai sequel: Farhan Akhtar". 31 August 2016.

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Loy Mendonsa started his career by composing the signature tune for 'The World This Week' show on Doordarshan.

Nam Duniya Nam Style

Nam Duniya Nam Style (English: Our world our style) is a 2013 Indian Kannada adventure film, written, directed and produced by Preetham Gubbi. It stars Vinayak Joshi, Krishna Nagappa, Likith Shetty, Sonia Gowda, Milana Nagaraj, Kavya Shetty. The film is "about three people who hail from different backgrounds and who have been friends for 15 years. The trio are a jovial and fun-loving lot, and are excited about their first travel abroad together", said Preetham, who admitted he was inspired by the Hindi film Dil Chahta Hai. H C Venu was the cinematographer, while Shaan Rahman composed the music for the movie. The film was extensively shot in Karnataka, Kashmir and Malaysia.

Ravi K. Chandran

Ravi K. Chandran, ISC is an Indian cinematographer, and director known for his works in Tamil cinema, Malayalam cinema and Bollywood. He is the founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC). His most recognized works are Minsaara Kanavu (1997), , Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Citizen (2001), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Boys (2003), Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004) in Tamil cinema, Ekalavyan (1993), The King (1995), Mafia (1993), Punaradhivasam (1999) and Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (1999) in Malayalam cinema.

His best known works in Bollywood are Virasat (1997), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Yuva (2004), Paheli (2004), Black (2005), Fanaa (2006), and Saawariya (2007). Ravi has won two Filmfare Awards and one Southern Filmfare Award.


Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy (pronunciation ) is an Indian musical trio consisting of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. They have composed music for over 50 soundtracks across five languages - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and English. Amongst the most critically acclaimed Indian musicians, the trio have won numerous awards, including National Film Award (India), Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards. They are often referred to as the "Amar Akbar Anthony" of the Hindi film music industry..

Sonali Kulkarni

Sonali Kulkarni (born 3 November 1974) is an Indian actress. She was born in Pune. She has worked in Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, and Tamil films. She is known for her roles in Doghi, Deool, Dil Chahta Hai, Singham and Taxi No 9211.

Suchitra Pillai

Suchitra Pillai (born 27 August 1970) is an Indian actress, model, anchor and VJ. A graduate in electronic engineering, she chose a career in arts over engineering. Apart from roles in movies including Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Page 3 (2005), Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), and Fashion (2008), Suchitra is a singer in the Indi pop and rock genre with an album Such is Life released in 2011 She is also an accomplished theater artiste.

Woh Ladki Hai Kahan

"Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" (Hindi: वो लड़की है कहाँ?, English: Where's that Girl?) is a 2001 song from the movie Dil Chahta Hai, composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, performed by Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, and written by Javed Akhtar.

Films produced by Ritesh Sidhwani

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