Dil Chahta Hai is a 2001 movie which coming-of-age romantic drama film, the movie was the Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut, as well as his debut as a writer. Starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia.
The Film 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.
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. Akhtar convinced actress Dimple Kapadia to come out of retirement to play the role of divorcée Tara Jaiswal
Initially, director Farhan Akhtar had approached A. R. Rahman for composing the music. But since Rahman was busy with other engagements, he did not accept the offer but Later Rahman commented that he was glad that the project went to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and he personally loved their work in the film.
The story revolves around three friends their relationship and their personal lifes – the guys with totally different natures and with their different meaning of life. However, the only thing that keeps them ever together is their never ending friendship.
In 2001, the film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, and also won many several awards like Best Supporting Actor, Best performance in a comic Role, Best Screenplay, Best Choreography, Best Editing, Best Film (Critics) and many more.
All the actors have given very good performance. Akhshay Khanna playing a bit mature and serious character may have seemed slightly weaker than the other two, but he played his character very well. This guy has a very different meaning for love and falls for an older woman, Saif Ali Khan this movie may even be called his re-birth. He plays a character who falls for every other girl, but is unable to express it when he really starts loving the one and Aamir Khan simply reaffirmed his talent. He plays a prankster, who has knack of turning everything into funny and the one who doesn’t believe in the institution of love, but ultimately falls for it, Sonali Kulkarni didn’t seem so much at ease with the commercial cinema, but then too gave pretty good performance. Preity Zinta looks amazing as always with an all different hair style
It has been hailed as a hit movie with modern clothes and hairstyles. While this is true, it is also a highly artistic movie that never misses a beat or an opportunity for depth.