When it comes to Bollywood, the number of my favourite movies are endless.  Zindagi na milegi dobara, Three idiots , Barfi and the list can go on and on. Bollywood movies with their ‘ dhingchak’ item numbers, and  interesting story – lines are always tempting to watch. Well, if you ask me which is my favourite movie, it would be very difficult to single out one.  After racking my brains I’ve decided to choose ‘Dil Chahta Hai ‘ as my all time favourite movie. But  that may change soon seeing the number of new movies coming up.

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This movie was quite different and it was a ‘coming of age movie’.  It had a fresh feel to it. It also set a trend and many other movies  followed suit.  The urban culture, friendships, relationships and heart breaks depicted in the movie went well with the young masses. I feel every youngster could relate to the movie and could  mirror themselves in each character.

It had a fantastic star cast, starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia. Each one of them portrayed and played their part very well. The songs in the movie were upbeat and contemporary.

Now coming to the story line, the story revolves around the lives of three friends Aakash (Aamir khan ), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) and Sid ( Akshay Khanna).

Aakash is a prankster of the three friends. He doesn’t believe in committed relationships.  He playfully proposes to Shalini (Preity Zinta) in a night club and gets rejected.  He was also the cause of break up between Sameer and his girlfriend. The trio soon plan a trip to Goa.  The scenes shot in Goa are  beautiful.

Sameer falls in love again with a Swiss girl in Goa which doesn’t last long. When Sameer returns he finds that his Parents have arranged a match for him. He was disheartened but after seeing the match he felt she ( Sonali Kulkarni ) was the one for him. Unfortunately, he had to be contented being her friend as she was already friendly with a guy.  Later she breaks up with her boyfriend and gets close to Sameer. I liked Saif’s character as the ‘ confused guy ‘ and his comic timing was just perfect.

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Sid is more serious and mature of the three of them.He falls in love with Tara (Dimple Kapadia) who is an alcaholic and a divorcee.  She was also much elder to him. Now, how often do you get to see that in Bollywood. Friends and family find out, and things go wrong for Sid. Aakash mocks Sid when he comes to know about the relationship which causes a drift in their friendship. Tara feels guilty after she comes to know that Sid has fought with his friends and family for her sake. She  distances herself from him.

Since Aakash’s parents are not very happy with his immature behaviour  they send him to Sydney Australia to take care of the family business. On the plane he meets Shalini whom he played a prank on earlier and apologizes. He requests Shalini to show him around the city which she accepts. As time passes by they become close. But Aakash holds back his feelings  after which Shalini returns to India and decides to marry Rohit (Ayub Khan ). Soon realising his mistake Aakash flies down to India and wins over Shalini.

Tara is diagnosed with Liver Cirrhosis and dies leaving Sid alone and depressed. Sid and Aakash reconcile with Sameer’s help. After these chain of events, the trio again decide to make another trip to Goa. Thus the movie ends with hope and a positive message.

I’m sure all of you have seen this movie. But those who haven’t, please do watch. It’s a complete package with good music, good cast, great locations. This movie marked Farhan Akhtar’s first directorial venture.  What to say about Farhan ! Talent and Farhan go hand in hand. I leave you with a peppy song from this movie.

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