(Thanks to Aditya, a regular visitor to the SearchIndia.com blog, for recommending Dil Chahta Hai.)
Not since we smoked pot in secret for the first time – in our college loo of all places – have we derived so much pleasure. (Like our former President Bill Clinton, we didn’t inhale… Ha ha, as if you believe us.)
Really, rarely have we seen a Hindi movie with mucho gusto as Dil Chahta Hai.
Featuring three decent actors Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna, Dil Chahta Hai is one of the few Bollywood movies that don’t leave you with a hangover or that nagging doubt of whether you wore a rubber last night.
Dil Chahta Hai’s story is nothing to write home about. It’s about three close friends just out of college and their pranks, fights, infatuations, getting bashed up, unrequited love and the like.
But it’s the solid screenplay, lovely songs and overall execution that distinguishes Dil Chahta Hai from the usual Bollywood offal.
Dil Chahta Hai has something for everyone – good acting, nice songs, phoren scenes (Australia), lots of pyaar, the nostalgics have Dimple, and acceptable photography. Wait, there’s even a Troilus and Cressida opera for the snooty high falutin artsy types.
And for the drooling, priapically inclined there’s Preity Zinta.
Yes, Preity Zinta looking absolutely yummelicious (best of all in the opera scene). Yummm, Yummm Yummm. What would we not give to launch a frontal assault, all guns blazing and lob our gonads (oops, did we really say gonads) at this nymph….
If you thought Preity was delicious in that great Bollywood moment Idhar Chala, Udhar Chala, you ain’t seen nothing yet. You ain’t seen nothing, pretty until you see Preity in Dil Chahta Hai. The babe was just an appetizer in Koi Mil Gaya, here she’s a sumptuous feast. Take a bite anywhere in that luscious creamy delight, and you are a winner.
Lip smackingly beautiful in every frame she features in, all we can say is that after God created this divine melody, he had completely exhausted all his goodies by the time he got to Abhishek Bachchan.
Alas, Preity doesn’t have much of a role in the movie as we’d have liked. But that’s the way it should be because the whole of this movie has turned out to be so much more than the sum of its individual parts like fine acting, pleasing music, tight screenplay or pretty faces.
One of the most irritating aspects of Bollywood and more so in Kollywood movies is what passes for acting. In our view, it’s absolutely pitiful.
Dil Chahta Hai pleases with respectable performances from all three (Aamir, Akshaye and Saif) with Aamir seemingly having slightly more screen time.
The casting couldn’t be better. Akshaye Khanna for the role of a pensive painter and the more sober and restrained personality among the three friends. Saif Ali Khan as the young fella forever losing his heart and Aamir Khan, the most boisterous – and most immune to the sting of love.
Did we tell you? Our Bobby girl Dimple Kapadia is here too, playing the role of a divorced alcoholic, mother, interior designer and the object of Akshaye Khanna’s affections. But what’s with the gap in her teeth (Is Rajesh Khanna not making his monthly alimony payments?).
Music. Yes, siree – Music is one of the highlights of Dil Chahta Hai.
Our favorite song was obviously the title song Dil Chahta Hai. Our second favorite was Jaane Kyon song picturized in Sydney…Preity Zinta and Aamir Khan change their dresses eight times in the course of this song.
Wo Ladki Hai Kahaan was the zaniest. Loved it.
Even that silly dance song Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe in the beginning of the movie pleased us.
If there are any jarring notes in Dil Chahta Hai, it’s that the movie presents a view of India as seen through the eyes of the uppah classes, the jet-setting, holidaying in 5-star Goa resorts, with offices in Australia, attending art-exhibitions and traveling in Mercedes convertibles.
No aam janta or garib log in this sanitized India that’s disinfected of anything ugly (after seeing Dil Chahta Hai, people would think you are crazy if you told them that two million Mumbaikars defecate everyday in the open).
Also after all the moaning and the Tanhayee, when Aamir Khan’s character Akash finally goes to Shalini’s (Preity Zinta) marriage ceremony and proposes to her the scene turned out to be flat. Aamir Khan just failed to deliver the goods.
And what exactly does Shalini do in the movie other than looking angelically beautiful, holidaying at her Mukesh uncle’s place in Australia and the like. Wow, a life of leisure.
But no don’t get us wrong because these are minor quibbles in an otherwise fine Bollywood entertainer.
SearchIndia.com heartily recommends Dil Chata Hai. Hey, we recommend that you even buy this DVD (ah, wait…we forgot you guys are Indians nah, so you’ll probably pirate it or download it illegally ).