Stars:Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta ,Boman Irani
The story is about Karan (Hrithik Roshan) who is very talented but utterly confused about his future. Rather his girlfriend Romila (Preity Zinta) has since the very beginning ambition of being a news channel correspondent. Karan’s indecisiveness widens the gap between him and his father (Boman Irani) who expects nothing from his son and the same thing ultimately results in his breakup with Romila too. This changes Karan’s life and he gets determined of getting in the army and passes out from the IMA (Indian Military Academy) with a very enviable record. At the same time Romila too becomes a successful news channel correspondent. But both of them don’t know what their futures has in store for them. They meet again after the turmoil in Romila’s life from a broken engagement and this time the backdrop is the picturesque Kashmir valley and the event being the Kargil war. Karan has been deputed there as an army officer and Preity comes for a live coverage of the war. The story now flows ahead with the attempt of Indian forces to get back peak no.5179 from the Pakistani forces and the intersection of Karan’s and Romila’s lives at many instances acting as the currents. The ending is predictable but yet you would love to watch it.
Once in boot camp however, Karan is unable to withstand the pressure & discipline that army life places on new cadets. He drops out of the academy after a few weeks and reunites with Romi at their favorite spot. Romi is however, devastated to hear Karan has dropped out and decides to end their relationship once and for all, citing that Karan has no aim in life whatsoever. This turn of events pushes Karan to return to the army and to finish what he started – for Romi, and more importantly for himself. It is at this point that the father-son pair of Javed & Farhan Akhtar make things interesting by weaving the fictional story of Karan together with an actual piece of 20th Century Indian Army history.
Fans of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ may be surprised at how less light-hearted the tone of the movie is especially in the second half where it strays into the realm of pure action. What Farhan displays here is how adept he is at managing realistic action and provides a fresh look at the war genre, free from the cliché-ridden plots of J P Dutta. Amitabh Bachchan makes a memorable appearance as Karan’s superior officer who leads our protagonist to a final, tangible Lakshya (aim/goal/target). Cinematography in the mountain ranges of Kashmir is wonderful and as is becoming apparent with Farhan’s films, the story in extremely grounded and rarely leaps into the realm of ‘far-fetched’. The music by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy suits the tone of the movie, and Farhan wisely limits the number of songs to carefully selected arenas. He does however recognize that in Hrithik Roshan he has the most gifted dancer in Bollywood and in the song ‘Main Aisa Kyon Hoon’ he lets his star cut loose in a wonderfully choreographed piece by Prabhu Deva.It is Hrithik’s one of the greatest performance on the dance floor to date.
Akash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) and Siddharth aka Sid (Akshaye Khanna), three close friends, have completed their education and are on the threshold of life. Akash does not believe in love. He is a flirt and his love affairs do not last for more than a month. Sameer believes in love. He is always carrying his heart on his palm and falling in love every time. But he still has not found that special girl. Sid, a painter, is the most sensitive and mature among the three. He knows the true meaning of love. He finds love in everything, everywhere and everytime.
All three are enjoying life. Then comes the twist when Sid falls in love with older woman Tara Jaiswal (Dimple Kapadia), an interior designer, who is a divorcee. Akash is not able to understand the depth of Sid’s love and hurts his sentiments for which Sid slaps Akash, thus creating a rfit between the two friends. Sameer tries to bridge the gap but is unsuccessful.
Sid leaves for a painting workshop at Kaushali. Akash leaves for Australia for his dad’s business. On the flight, he meets Shalini (Preity Zinta), who he had briefly known earlier. Their friendship slowly blossoms into love. Meanwhile Sameer also finds his special girl in Pooja (Sonali Kulkarni), whom he wants to marry. Time has passed. All three friends are again in the same town — but things are different for them now.
Full marks to director Farhan Akhtar for giving a completely new and fresh look to the film in his debut film. The storyline is different from the run-of-the-mill fares which we are used to seeing for such a long time. Farhan is a welcomed entry in the list of talented and young directors. He has also dared to be different. He has taken care of the minutest details in the film. Technically, the film is no way behind some of the best Hollywood movies.
Now the performances — all the three leads are fabulous. They all fit their roles to a T. Aamir Khan as expected is the best. He is too good in the comic scenes and is excellent in the emotional scenes also — especially in the scene when he breaks down on the phone while talking to his father. He definitely is the best among the current lot who does his work with precision and utmost dedication. Saif Ali Khan is a wonderful surprise in this film. This is his career-best role and one cannot imagine anyone else playing Sameer’s role. His sense of timing and facial expressions are very natural and makes Sameer a very adorable character in the film.The least significant role was of Sameer but Saif made it very important. Now comes the final winner — Akshaye Khanna. An actor-par excellence and very natural in front of the camera, Akshaye has played the role of Sid to perfection. His emotions and expressive face say a lot. He has given a spell-binding performance. Preity looks great in her new look and has acted well. Sonali Kulkarni is wasted and Dimple Kapadia still looks gorgeous and plays her role well.
Music and the picturisation of the songs flow with the mood of the film. The locales of Sydney and Goa have been brilliantly shot. The first half of the film has some of the light good moments. The second half is filled with emotion though the Aamir-Preity affair has been stretched a lot thus making the film a bit lengthy. But one thing is sure — Bollywood has got one more talented director in Farhan Akhtar.
This Movie started 3 trends in India
1. People started keeping ‘Soul patch’ (A small thick patch of hair just below the lip above the chin, it’s funky and easy to sport) after this movie
2. There was a sudden rush in clicking ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ pose photo in Chapora fort(Goa).
3. Everyone tried clicking a pic pretending eating a fish as Amir did in the movie!
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Pighle neelam sa behta ye sama,Neeli neeli si khamoshiyan,
Na kahin hai zameen ,Na kahin aasmaan,
Sarsaraati hui tehniyaan pattiyaan,Keh raheen hai bas ek tum ho yahan,
Sirf main hoon,Meri saansein hain aur meri dhadkanein,
Aisi gehraiyaan, aisi tanhaiyaan, Aur main…Sirf main.
Apne hone par mujhko yakeen aa gaya.
Ek Baat Hoton tak hai jo aayi nahin
Bas aankhon se hai zaankti tumse kbhi…. mujse kbhi…. kuch lafj hai jo woh aangti
jinko pehnke kabhi hoton tak aa jaye wo..awaaj ki baho me bahe dalke ithlaaye wo
lekin jo ek baat hai…ehsas hi ehsaas hai
khushbo si hai… jaise hava me jo tairti,
khushboo jobhi awaaz hai…..
jiska pata tumko bhi hai…jiski khbar mujhko bhi hai
duniya se bhi chupta nahi…..ye na jane kaisa raaz hai!
Jab jab dard ka baadal chaya,Jab ghum ka saya lehraya
Jab aansoo palkon tak aya,Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraya
Humne dil ko yeh samjhaya,Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai
Duniya mein yunhi hota hai,Yeh jo gehre sannate hain
Waqt ne sabko hi baante hain,Thoda ghum hai sabka qissa
Thodi dhoop hai sabka hissa,Aankh teri bekaar hi nam hai
Har pal ek naya mausam hai,Kyun tu aise pal khota hai
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai,
dilon mein tum apni betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho toh zinda ho tum
nazar mein khwaabon ki beejliyan leke chal rahe ho toh zinda ho tum
hawa ke jhokon ke jaise aazad rehna sikho
tum ek dariya ke jaise lehron mein behna sikho
har ek lamhe se tum milo khole apni baahein
har ek pal ek naya samaa dekhiye
jo apni aankhon mein hayraniyan leke chal rahe ho toh zinda ho tum
dilon mein tum apni betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho toh zinda ho tum