Dil Chahta Hai, Anthem of the Youth re-viewed

Drawing inspiration from Diana’s ( http://dianasmusings.wordpress.com awe-inspiring post last week, I was prompted to watch Dil Chahta Hai again and was transported to the 2000s where the first film of Farhan Akhtar starring Amir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia set a new trend for film-making. Dil Chahta Hai is a timeless and path-breaking film that was going to turn around fortune in an unprecedented manner and set the tone for a new wave of cinema.

If I had to describe DCH, it would be Youth anthem as so many of us would find certain streak in the characters played by the different protagonists. The movie is still fresh as it was made way back in 2000 and I personally find so much of myself in Akash (Amir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) and also Siddharth (Akshay Khanna). The film revolves around the three best friends in Mumbai who indulges in pranks, fight and fall in love. Certainly, it’s one of the best films ever made by Farhan Akhtar and one of the best flicks on friendship. The songs are totally awesome and Koi Kahe Kehte Rahe hai, Jaane Kyon Log Pyar Karte Hain, Dil Chahta Hai, Yeh ladki and Tanhayeee topped the musical charts for a very long time. Even today, the songs are so fresh to the mind. DCH is one such unique movie that one can watch over and over again. It comes straight from the heart and every youngster could connect with the film.

What works best for DCH is that it shows the youth  in  a very positive and real light: Earlier, film-makers showcased the youth in Metro cities like Mumbai as well as other cities in a negative light. We were seen as arrogant, evil, willing to do anything for money as well as lusting on others’ girl friends or wives. Remember the characters played by Mohnish Behl in countless Govinda’s flicks. Farhan Akhtar changed the mindset with DCH which paved the way for movies such as Rang De Basanti, Laqshya, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Yuva, among others. DCH was made straight from the heart and what I like best is that it is like the diary of a young student who has recently passed out from college. Certainly, one of my favorite movies.


Moving beyond Dil Chahta Hai, I am working on a desktop that is so fucking slow and keep freezing most of the time and most of my work are not being saved only. This is so irritating as I need to re-start my computer zillion times in a day. The comp slows the net connection and I am going mad.  The Dell guys told that a wire from the lap-top showing the screen has been scrapped and they have already placed a new order. Therefore, they will let me know. Guys! Be fast as I cannot work on this stupid desk-top and can’t wait to get back my lap top. The worse is that I cannot afford the luxury of moving the desk top in the hall to watch news channels with Internet by my side, something that only the lap-top can permit.

Thinking of the care-free college days where there was no rush and worry about things like job or making it big in life. We believed in our potential and dreams yet we were confident that things will unfurl itself in a positive and vibrant mode. How we would enjoy life to the maxim and sitting lazily inside college Katta and singing our way to watching movies in theaters, sipping coffee at Barista or CCD and on the street. Guess, life moves so fast and we hardly had any time left to realize how our life has changed.

Till then, ta-ta and bye bye



  1. I really wanted to kick the man whose role amir khan played in this movie, hindi movies of course always portray the wronged groom as villain (only exception kuch kuch hota hai from my memory) but tell me, what kind of man will all of a sudden realize that he loves a woman when she has already accepted someone else’s engagement ring? whereas that woman has been chasing him for months before that! what a …

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