Dil Chahta Hai
: दिल चाहता है, English
: The Heart Desires
, but billed as Do Your Thing
) is a 2001 Indian film
starring Aamir Khan
, Saif Ali Khan
, Akshaye Khanna
, Preity Zinta
, Sonali Kulkarni
, and Dimple Kapadia
. The first film written and directed by Farhan Akhtar
, it is set in modern-day urban Mumbai
and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends.
The film was critically acclaimed, winning that year's National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
. It was also a moderate commercial success, though it performed better in the urban areas of the country compared to the rural areas, which was attributed by critics to the city-oriented lifestyle depicted in the movie in which all the characters are, without exception, from rich or upper-middle-class families.
The movie is based on writer-director Farhan Akhtar
's diaries on his trips to Goa
, his 1996 month-and-a-half long stay at New York
, and a storyline narrated to him by a friend.The storyline was used for Akash's character, played by Aamir Khan. Rediff.com
, Movies, 23 September 2002. It tells the story of three friends graduating from college and transitioning into life as adults. Each individual has a different perspective of life and love in particular.
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,... Read More