It’s the nakedest moment in Hindi cinema with clothes on.
– Fab article recalling the Fab ‘Dil Chahta Hai’

Baradwaj Rangan

‘Dil Chahta Hai’ is the ultimate male-bonding movie, but today, the females seem more fascinating.

So Dil Chahta Hai turned 15 this year. It hasn’t aged all that well. That’s the thing about being such an embodiment of your era that mere English words cannot do justice to what you captured. You need something heftier, something more German. You need a word like Zeitgeist. If Farhan Akhtar’s first film were a perfume, you could spritz it and the air would smell like 2001, like urban India 10 years after liberalisation. Even if we weren’t like Akash (Aamir Khan), Sid (Akshaye Khanna) and Sameer (Saif Ali Khan), they made us feel they were cool people to aspire to be. I remember the oddest bits about the film, like how Akash has a salad for lunch. A salad. That sound you hear is Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan scratching their chest…

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