Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Aamir Khan, Dimple Kapadia,
Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Kulkarni
Mirchi Rating: 4/5
Director: Farhan Akhtar
Music Director: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Good films rarely come in Hindi movies. But this year
seems to be a lucky one for indian cinema, as we had
quite a couple of good movies releasing this year. We
had the brilliantly made Lagaan, and now we have
with the latest release Dil Chahta Hai, another
superbly made film. What is interesting is both the
films feature Amir Khan, who again comes up with
a flawless performance..but more about that later! After
watching this movie yesterday, I immediately decided
to pen it and write a review on this beautiful movie.
Chahta Hai (DCH) is about the life of three friends
who have nothing in common!
(Aamir Khan) who does not believe in the four letter
word called 'LOVE' and is nothing but a typical don't
care guy who is never steady with a girl for more than
two weeks and believes in having his own freedom and
takes everything as a joke! Akash, a non-believer of
love thinks that love is created to ruin perfectly healthy
Mulchandani, (Saif Ali Khan) a fashionable Mumbaiite
who gets into situations with women where he keeps thinking
he has everything under control!! He keeps falling in
love with every other girl and is always confused about
his relationships! But whenever he falls in love he
really cares a lot for his girlfriends and thinks that
he is really serious about them! The vibrancy and positive
nature of the character has been portrayed in an excellent
or Sid ( akhshaye khanna ) who is very practical and
knows the meaning of love ! He hardly talks and is the
silent among the three! But he understands the depth
of life and not that it is a joke! Siddharth (Sid) is
much more mature and sensitive understands love and
feels it every second of life, for everyone around him.
falls in love with Tara (Dimple Kapadia), an elder woman
and when Sid confesses about his lady love to his friends
Sameer thinks he joking and Akash makes fun out of the
whole thing and this creates a rift between Sid and
leaves for sydney to take care of his dad's business
where he meets his old friend Shalini (Preity) and slowly
and steadily he falls in love with her but alas! Shalini
is already hooked and booked! However, Akash, manage
to get her! Meanwhile our confused lover Sameer finally
finds and seeks love in Pooja (Sonali Kulkarni) a girl
chosen by his parents.
performance by all the three actors was excellent! The
movie keeps you going because it is mostly filled with
jokes that make you laugh all the while! A special mention
about the song ' woh ladki hai kaha ' picturized on
saif and sonali was really fabulous!
Khanna is back with a bang and he is making his presence
felt despite two other actors present in the film. It
seems he is so natural and at ease wit himself that
he will take the cake from right under Aamir and Saif
Ali Khan's noses.
Khan does looked very comfortable performing the guy
with an attitude up his collar. The cropped hair, goatee
and earrings are absolutely unlike what the Khan Baba
has done till date, but certainly worth applause.
Akhtar is terrific with dialogue and has a remarkable
feel for humour, it's just that he can't handle emotions
and melodrama (a bit of which seems inevitable in Hindi
films) as comfortably. Farhan Akthar's direction
is simply impeccable. He carries the movie with ease,
and looks as if he were directing his tenth film, even
though this is his first! The comedy is handled brilliantly,
and it is not slapstick comedy. Its cool, intelligent
comedy, and this is what makes for a good entertainer!
film is beautifully shot (Ravi Chandran) and designed
(Suzanne Caplan Merwanji); the music (Shankar Ehsaan
Loy) does not grab one instantly by the collar, but
it suits the film.
backgroud score is good though quite less in the movie.
The Look of the movie is very posh and modern. The dresses
are amazing...and the hair-dos of each hero is unique
and stylish! the choreography on Woh ladki..
is innovative and beautiful. Cinematographer also has
managed to capture Sydney beautifully.
is just great, and suit the mood of the movie. They
are very well written too. The title song, and Woh
Ladki hain kahan are very good. Check out the picturizations
of these songs, especially the Woh Ladki and
it is the acting that is a highlight of the film, with
Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan walking
off with all the honours. Aamir is expected to give
a good performance, but it is a pleasure to watch Saif's
impeccable comic timing and Akshaye's mature and talented
performance. Too bad the women were given short shrift
as always. But Preity Zinta was very pretty and beautiful.
Sonali was certainly not worth watching in the movie.
Dimple, after all this years is still a very beautiful
lady with a lot of class and grace.
wanted to write some more about the movie, but decided
against it! Instead i would ask you to rush to the nearest
theatre, and enjoy the movie! Do watch this movie at
least once. This movie is a toast to friendship and
love. It's a beautiful lesson on Friendship and Love!