Dil Chahta Hai (Movie)

Title — Dil Chahta Hai
Available on — Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
Production Country — India
Release Date — 2001
Inseparable childhood friends Akash, Sameer and Siddharth are just out of college. Nothing comes between them – until they each fall in love.

🪶 Story & Synopsis

“Dil Chahta Hai” is a heartwarming Bollywood film directed by Farhan Akhtar, released in 2001. The story revolves around the lives of three inseparable childhood friends – Aakash, Sameer, and Siddharth. Each friend has a distinct personality that shapes their approach towards life and relationships.

Aakash, portrayed by Aamir Khan, is depicted as a carefree and adventurous individual who does not believe in serious relationships. In contrast, Sameer, played by Saif Ali Khan, is a hopeless romantic who is always eager to find love but struggles to understand its true essence. Siddharth, portrayed by Akshaye Khanna, is the more serious and sensitive one among the trio, making him the ideal partner for any woman.

The plot thickens when Siddharth falls in love with Tara Jaiswal, an older woman who is dealing with her own personal struggles. This unconventional relationship causes a rift between the friends, especially when Aakash fails to comprehend Siddharth’s feelings, leading to a confrontation and their eventual separation.

As time passes, the friends mature and gain a deeper understanding of life and love. They reunite under changed circumstances, with each of them having experienced personal growth and new romantic relationships. Aakash finds love with the lively Shalini, while Sameer discovers a meaningful connection with Pooja.

The film beautifully portrays the evolution of these three friends from carefree young men to mature individuals who have learned the true meaning of love and friendship. “Dil Chahta Hai” delves into the complexities of relationships, the importance of understanding and acceptance, and the enduring bond of true friendship that withstands the test of time.

🧑 Cast & Crew

Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, Dimple Kapadia, Ayub Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Mulay, Ahmed Khan

Actor Role
Aamir Khan Akash Malhotra
Saif Ali Khan Sameer Mulchandani
Akshaye Khanna Siddharth ‘Sid’ Sinha
Preity Zinta Shalini
Sonali Kulkarni Pooja
Dimple Kapadia Tara Jaiswal

💬 Reviews and feedback

Imagine a world where friendship is as unpredictable as the weather in Goa, where love unfolds like a Bollywood dance sequence, and where life’s journey is as adventurous as a road trip with your closest pals. Welcome to the whimsical world of Dil Chahta Hai, a movie that captures the essence of youthful exuberance, friendship, love, and self-discovery.

In this cinematic gem directed by Farhan Akhtar, we are introduced to the lives of three inseparable friends – Akash, Sameer, and Sid – who navigate the ups and downs of relationships, both romantic and platonic. Set against the backdrop of urban India, this film beautifully encapsulates the joys and complexities of youth.


The plot revolves around the evolving dynamics between the trio as they transition from carefree college days to the inevitable responsibilities of adulthood. As they grapple with love interests, career choices, and personal conflicts, their bond is put to the test. The narrative unfolds with a perfect blend of humor, drama, and heartfelt moments that resonate with audiences across generations.

Themes and Tone:

Dil Chahta Hai delves into themes of friendship, love, betrayal, forgiveness, and self-discovery. The tone oscillates between light-hearted banter among friends to poignant reflections on life’s uncertainties. It strikes a delicate balance between laughter and tears, leaving viewers introspective yet uplifted.

Acting and Characters:

The stellar performances by Aamir Khan as Akash, Saif Ali Khan as Sameer, and Akshaye Khanna as Sid breathe life into their respective characters. Each actor embodies their role with charm and conviction, making the audience emotionally invested in their journey. Dimple Kapadia’s portrayal of Tara adds depth to the narrative with her grace and poise.


Farhan Akhtar’s direction shines through in Dil Chahta Hai, capturing nuanced emotions with finesse. His storytelling prowess effortlessly blends humor with heartache, keeping viewers engaged from start to finish. The seamless transitions between past and present add layers to the narrative structure.

Score and Cinematography:

The soul-stirring music score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy complements the narrative beautifully, enhancing pivotal moments with melodies that linger long after the movie ends. The cinematography skillfully captures Goa’s scenic beauty and Mumbai’s urban landscape, immersing viewers in the characters’ world.

Production Design and Special Effects:

The attention to detail in production design transports audiences to lavish seaside villas in Goa and bustling streets of Mumbai. The special effects seamlessly blend into the storytelling without overshadowing the emotional core of the film.

Editing and Pace:

The crisp editing ensures a smooth flow of events while maintaining suspense where needed. The pace keeps viewers engrossed without feeling rushed or dragged out. Each scene serves a purpose in advancing character arcs or deepening relationships.


  • “Dosti ka ek usool hai madam – no sorrys no thank yous.”
  • “Hum cake khane ke liye kahin bhi jaa sakte hain.”
  • “Ya toh dosti gehri hai… ya yeh photo 3D hai.”

The dialogues in Dil Chahta Hai are witty, relatable, and sprinkled with humor that resonates with audiences of all ages. They capture the essence of friendship dynamics while adding depth to character interactions.

Binge-watching Tips:

If you’re planning a movie night with friends or seeking a dose of nostalgia accompanied by heartfelt storytelling, Dil Chahta Hai is your go-to pick! Grab some popcorn, immerse yourself in Goa’s scenic beauty on screen, and get ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride filled with laughter and tears.

Now let me ask you, have you ever experienced a friendship like Akash-Sameer-Sid? Which character do you resonate with the most?


In conclusion,Dil Chahta Hai remains a timeless classic that celebrates friendship’s joys amidst life’s trials. With its relatable characters, engaging storyline,and memorable soundtrack,this film continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.

Ratings: 9/10.

Pros Cons
Realistic portrayal of Indian upper-class youth Friendship rift due to offensive remarks
Modern and urban depiction of India Quarrels impacting relationships
Success in boosting tourism in Goa Initial rift between friends
Groundbreaking in Bollywood Struggles in romantic relationships
Strong portrayal of generational struggles Impact of romantic relationships on friendships


  • Dil Chahta Hai - Wikipedia

    The Heart Desires) is a 2001 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film written and directed by Farhan Akhtar in his directoral debut . It was produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and released under the banner of Excel Entertainment (which Akhtar and Sidhwani co-founded), marking their cinematic debut. The film focuses on a significant transition period in the romantic lives of 3 college-graduate friends (Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna). It also stars Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia.

  • Dil Chahta Hai (2001) - IMDb

    • Awards
      • 29 wins & 43 nominations
    • Shalini
    • (as Preity Zinta)

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    • TriviaFarhan Akhtar originally wrote the movie by casting Akshaye Khanna as Akash, Hrithik Roshan as Siddhart and Saif Ali Khan as Sameer. When Hrithik Roshan turned the role down, it went to Abhishek Bachchan. After Abhishek’s exit, Farhan approached Aamir Khan who was going though a lean phase at the time. Aamir Khan insisted on playing Akash and Akshaye Khanna graciously agreed to swap roles.
    • GoofsWhen the guys are talking on the fortress ruins in Goa Sid refers to a ship that he is watching about to go over the horizon. The clip clearly shows a ship which is moving toward them, not away.
    • Quotes Siddharth Sinha: Deepa, why do you like Akash so much? Deepa: What do you mean? Siddharth Sinha: [after a brief pause] Sometimes I think why we like someone. Why do you like him? Deepa: I don’t know. I just do. Siddharth Sinha: Despite knowing that Akash… Deepa: … doesn’t love me? Yes, even then. Siddharth Sinha: Deepa, you’re beautiful, intelligent. You can get so many guys. Deepa: [saying in between] If I’m so beautiful then why can’t I get Akash? Siddharth Sinha: I don’t know. Yes, I know that if you’re in any trouble, then Akash can do all he can for you. But Deepa, you should not hope for such things which… [Sid stops and takes some sand] Siddharth Sinha: Now you see this sand? The more you try to hold it tightly, the more it slip through your fingers. Deepa: [understanding Sid] Thanks, Sid.
    • Crazy creditsThe closing credits roll while the last scene featuring the cast eating still continues.
    • SoundtracksDil Chahta HaiMusic by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani & Loy MendonsaLyrics by Javed AkhtarPerformed by Shankar Mahadevan

    Another thing that you might notice while watching the film is that there is not much of a plot. It just… floats along. But that’s what makes it great; you never know where the next scene might lead you. What ties the story together is the bond of friendship shared by the three main leads. All the performances were terrific, especially Aamir Khan, who is probably the most respected actor of his generation.

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    Critics ReviewsAudience ReviewsMy RatingCast & Crew

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    Currently you are able to watch “Dil Chahta Hai” streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix basic with Ads or for free with ads on Amazon Prime Video with Ads. It is also possible to rent “Dil Chahta Hai” on Apple TV, Google Play Movies, YouTube online and to download it on Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple TV.

  • Dil Chahta Hai (2001) - Plot - IMDb

    • Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them – until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.
    • Three young men Akash, Sameer, and Siddharth are close friends, but their tastes and characters are completely incompatible. So when Siddharth falls in love with a much older woman, Tara, a woman who has been unsuccessful in keeping her marriage intact as well as alcohol-dependent, widens the rift between the trio, forcing them to part company. Years later, the trio will be re-united, they will be much mature and understanding, but will they still accept Siddharth love for Tara, especially when they themselves have fallen in love with women around their respective ages?—Sonia
    • ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ is the story of three friends – Akash is fun-loving, non-believer in love. Sameer is always “ready” for love-but does not know its true meaning. Siddharth is the more serious of the trio. He is sensitive, understanding, caring … in short the perfect man for any girl. He falls in love with a middle-aged, slightly alcoholic divorcée Tara Jaiswal. Akash cannot understand this relationship and when he insults Siddharth’s true love, Siddharth slaps him. This causes a rift between both and they go their separate ways. Subsequently Akash too realizes the meaning of true love when the vivacious, bubbly Shalini comes in his life. Same happens with Sameer when he meets Pooja. So finally we get to see how these boys become men.—Soumitra
    • Three young men name Akash, Sameer, and Siddharth are close friends, but their tastes and characters are completely incompatible. Akash is fun-loving, non-believer in love. Sameer is always “ready” for love-but does not know its true meaning. Siddharth is the more serious of the trio. He is sensitive, understanding, caring – in short the perfect man for any girl. So when Siddharth falls in love with a much older woman, Tara, a woman who has been unsuccessful in keeping her marriage intact as well as alcohol-dependent, widens the rift between the trio, forcing them to part company. Years later, the trio will be re-united, they will be much mature and understanding, but will they still accept Siddharth love for Tara, especially when they themselves have fallen in love with women around their respective ages? They all believe that they are mature men now and must think maturely.—gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com
    • The film is about three distinct characters, Akash, Sameer and Siddharth, their individual relationships and the effect that these relationships have on them. Love. One term that can hold different meanings even for close friends like Akash, Sameer and Siddharth. Welcome to a summer of their lives. So you have Akash, who has been sent by his parents to live in Sydney, he does not believe in the concept of love. Two weeks is all that he is willing to give a perfectly healthy relationship. Incidentally, he feels even two weeks is a bit too much! Sameer, like a lot of us, is in love with the idea of being in love. He wants to be in love. But Sameer has not quite understood the concept yet and tends to wear his heart on his sleeve. So this young man is looking for the perfect woman in his life… The most mature, sensitive and understanding of these three is Siddharth. Sid, as he is fondly called, seems to know the true meaning of life. According to his friends, neighbors and even the dogs, Siddharth knows it all. The women who come and change their lives are Shalini and Tara Jaiswal.—Anonymous
    • Akash (Aamir Khan) does not believe in love, so he does not keep girlfriends for more than two weeks. Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) is a genial, well-meaning, desperately romantic but confused guy who is prone to romantic infatuations and believes to have found true love whenever he gets attracted to a girl. Siddharth (Akshaye Khanna), or Sid, an artist by profession and the most mature of the three, is not interested in trivial romances and is dedicated to his work.Akash, who is not only a cad in his personal life (breaking hearts, proposing to a girl named Shalini (Preity Zinta) in jest) but also a mischief-maker in his friends’ lives, craftily engineers a breakup between Sameer and his girlfriend. He then plans a vacation trip to the beaches of Goa.Sameer predictably “falls in love” in Goa with a pretty Swiss girl, a story that ends in disaster. He returns home to find that his parents have arranged a meeting with a potential marriage prospect. He resists at first as he does not want an arranged marriage, but the moment he sees the girl, Pooja (Sonali Kulkarni), he realizes that she is ‘the one’. Unfortunately, she is already in a relationship with someone else and Sameer has to be content with just being her friend.Sid, in the meantime, befriends and eventually falls in love with Tara (Dimple Kapadia), an older divorcee and alcoholic, who had moved into a nearby house and shares his love for art. He decides to keep it from her, suppressing all hopes of a relationship as he knows that she, like most other people in society, would consider this scandalous. When his family and friends start finding out, everything goes wrong. Sid’s mother is horrified and wrongly accuses Tara of having led Sid on. Akash makes fun of Sid’s true intentions and his offensive remarks create a rift in their friendship. Tara hears that Sid has quarreled with friends and family because of her and feeling that she has ruined his life, refuses to see him.Akash, on the other hand, is also experiencing romantic upheaval. His parents send him to Sydney, Australia to work for the family business. On the flight, he meets Shalini again. He apologizes for his earlier prank and asks her to show him around the new city. Even though Shalini is engaged to marry someone else, she finds herself agreeing and they both, eventually, start to feel a certain “something”. She tries to find out how he feels, but he holds back. She then leaves for India to marry Rohit, her fiance. Akash lets her go, then realizes that he can’t live without her and returns to India to win her back. He proposes to her a day before her wedding and she accepts with the blessing of Rohit’s parents. Rohit tries to resist but is helpless with his parents’ decision and Shalini’s true love for Akash.Meanwhile, Sameer and Pooja start going out after she breaks up with her boyfriend, and Sameer plans on proposing marriage soon. Tara is hospitalized with liver cirrhosis and dies with Sid at her bedside. Sid and Akash reconcile (with a little help from Sameer) and two years after their first Goa trip, the three friends regroup in Goa where Sid meets a girl. They share a smile and Sid realizes that life goes on.

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⚠️ Explanation (Spoiler)

In the movie “Dil Chahta Hai,” the closing scene holds a deep and poignant message about love, loss, and moving on. The film follows Siddharth (played by Akshaye Khanna) who experiences the heartbreaking loss of Tara, the woman he loved unconditionally. After Tara’s passing, Siddharth is shown in Goa, where he encounters a mysterious girl. The scene unfolds as Siddharth and the girl share a silent exchange of smiles, leading to Siddharth joining her at a dinner table with his friends and their wives.

This seemingly simple interaction carries a profound meaning. It signifies Siddharth’s journey of healing and acceptance after the loss of Tara. Despite the deep love he had for Tara and the initial difficulty in moving on, the scene symbolizes Siddharth’s readiness to embrace life again. It portrays the idea that while losing a loved one is immensely painful, with time, one can learn to let go and find happiness once more.

The closing scene beautifully encapsulates the message that even though the pain of loss may seem insurmountable at first, healing is a gradual process that eventually allows one to move forward. It highlights the importance of cherishing memories while also being open to new beginnings and the possibility of finding joy again.

Farhan Akhtar’s direction in this scene skillfully captures the emotional complexity of Siddharth’s journey, offering a poignant conclusion that resonates with audiences on a deep and personal level. It serves as a reminder that while the scars of loss may remain, they do not define one’s future happiness and capacity to love again.

👪 Parents Guide & Age Rating


Age Rating:

The movie “Dil Chahta Hai” (2001) has received a certification of U (Unrestricted Public Exhibition) in India. This means the film is suitable for all audiences, including children.

Parental Guide:

Sex & Nudity:

  • There are beach scenes where ladies in bikinis can be seen.
  • Moan sounds in one scene for 4-5 seconds.
  • A young woman kisses a man while he is on the floor tied.
  • A man is shirtless in bed.
  • One of the boys falls in love with an older woman, but not in a sexual way. It is because she is lost and lonely due to a bad divorce.

Violence & Gore:

  • A man gets a bruise on his eye.
  • A girl snaps at her boyfriend and breaks up with him.
  • A woman smashes a glass cup and violently removes her table sheet.
  • A man slaps his friend for thinking that he has fallen in love with an older woman.
  • A man takes a chair and an old woman falls on the floor. Played for laughs.


  • No instances of profanity were noted in the movie.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking:

  • No instances of alcohol, drugs, or smoking were noted in the movie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes:

  • There are no particularly frightening or intense scenes in the movie.

Age Recommendation:

“Dil Chahta Hai” is suitable for viewers of all ages, including children. It contains mild instances of violence and relationship themes that are presented in a light-hearted manner. The movie focuses on friendship, love, and the challenges of relationships in a comedic and relatable way.

📺 Streaming and where to watch

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❝ Quotes and Cult

  • Mujhe achchi filmein bilkul pasand nahin.
    Aamir Khan
  • Hum cake khane ke liye kahin bhi jaa sakte hai.
    Saif Ali Khan

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Dil Chahta Hai: A Critical Examination

Released in 2001, Dil Chahta Hai is a coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama that follows the lives of three friends as they navigate love, friendship, and adulthood. The film was a critical and commercial success, and it is often regarded as one of the best Hindi films of all time.

However, the film has also been the subject of some debate and criticism. Some viewers have found it to be overrated and boring, while others have praised its realistic portrayal of friendship and relationships.

Overrated or Underrated?

One of the main points of contention surrounding Dil Chahta Hai is whether or not it is overrated. Some viewers feel that the film is not as good as its reputation suggests, and that it has been overhyped by critics and fans alike.

“I watched Dil Chahta Hai for the first time recently, and I was really disappointed. I found it to be overrated and boring. I didn’t understand why people raved about it so much.”

Others, however, believe that Dil Chahta Hai is a well-made film that deserves its high評價. They praise the film’s realistic portrayal of friendship and relationships, as well as its strong performances and direction.

“Dil Chahta Hai is one of my favorite movies. I love the realistic portrayal of friendship and relationships. The performances are great, and the direction is top-notch.”

Realistic Portrayal of Friendship

One of the things that makes Dil Chahta Hai so special is its realistic portrayal of friendship. The film shows the ups and downs of friendship, and it doesn’t shy away from the difficult moments.

“I love the way Dil Chahta Hai portrays friendship. It’s so realistic and relatable. The film shows the good times and the bad times, and it doesn’t sugarcoat anything.”

The film also explores the different types of friendships. There is the close-knit friendship between Akash (Aamir Khan) and Sameer (Saif Ali Khan), the more distant friendship between Akash and Sid (Akshaye Khanna), and the romantic relationship between Akash and Pooja (Preity Zinta).

“I think Dil Chahta Hai does a great job of showing the different types of friendships. There’s the close friendship, the distant friendship, and the romantic relationship. It’s all very relatable.”

Strong Performances

The performances in Dil Chahta Hai are top-notch. Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Akshaye Khanna all give excellent performances as the three friends. Preity Zinta also gives a strong performance as Pooja.

“The performances in Dil Chahta Hai are all excellent. Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Akshaye Khanna are all great as the three friends. Preity Zinta is also very good as Pooja.”

The actors have great chemistry with each other, and they make the characters feel real and relatable.

“I love the chemistry between the actors in Dil Chahta Hai. They make the characters feel real and relatable.”

Well-Made Film

In addition to its strong performances, Dil Chahta Hai is also a well-made film. The direction is tight, the writing is sharp, and the cinematography is beautiful.

“Dil Chahta Hai is a well-made film. The direction is tight, the writing is sharp, and the cinematography is beautiful.”

The film is also very well-paced, and it never drags. It is a pleasure to watch from beginning to end.

“I love the pacing of Dil Chahta Hai. It’s never boring, and it always keeps you engaged.”


Dil Chahta Hai is a well-made film with strong performances and a realistic portrayal of friendship. It is a film that deserves its high評價, and it is one that I highly recommend.

Whether or not you enjoy Dil Chahta Hai is ultimately a matter of personal opinion. However, there is no denying that it is a well-made film with a lot to offer. I encourage you to give it a watch and see for yourself.

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❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Was Dil Chahta Hai a hit or a flop?

Dil Chahta Hai was a commercial success, earning ₹332.8 million in India and performing well overseas, collecting $210,000 in North America and $100,000 in Atlantic countries during its opening weekend.

Why did Akash and Sid fight in Dil Chahta Hai?

Akash made fun of Sid’s true intentions and his offensive remarks caused a rift in their friendship. This led Tara to hear about the quarrel and refuse to see Sid.

How does Dil Chahta Hai end?

The movie concludes with the three friends returning to Goa after six months, accompanied by Shalini and Pooja. Sid notices a woman at a picnic, walks towards her, and the film ends with the three couples enjoying dinner at a restaurant.

What is Dil Chahta Hai movie based on?

Dil Chahta Hai was based on Farhan Akhtar’s diary from his trips to Goa and New York City in 1996, along with a story by his friend about the romance between Akash and Shalini.

Who plays Priya in Dil Chahta Hai?

Priya is played by Suchitra Pillai in Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut, Dil Chahta Hai, starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Akshaye Khanna.

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