Dil Chahta Hai may have a sequel

By admin, August 31, 2016

Is a sequel to Dil Chahta Hai in the works?

We know that fans of the iconic film desperately want there to be one.

Earlier this month, Dil Chahta Hai — which marked Farhan Akhtar’s debut as a director — celebrated its 15th anniversary (it was released in August of 2001). In the run-up to the anniversary, there were a slew of reports wondering if Akhtar would revive the film and come up with a sequel.

Dil Chahta Hai starred Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan as three friends (Aakash, Sid and Sameer) navigating their work and love lives post-college. Preity Zinta, Dimple Kapadia and Sonali Kulkarni played their love interests, and also the women who help each of the men truly ‘grow up’.

Akshaye Khanna, who marked a comeback to films with the action flick Dishoom, was recently asked if he would consider being involved in a Dil Chahta Hai sequel. Khanna replied in the affirmative — adding however, that a sequel would only work if the entire original team would come on board.

Not just Khanna, Farhan Akhtar too has been inundated with queries about a DCH sequel.

When he tweeted out his thanks for all the wishes on the film’s 15th anniversary, a fan group for Aamir Khan posed the question that was on everyone’s mind:

Was a sequel to DCH in the works?

Akhtar replied with a cheeky: “Watch this space”.

In the years since DCH, Akhtar has established himself not just as a successful director, but also as a leading producer (with Excel Entertainment) and of course, a gifted actor.

His leading men — Aamir, Saif, Akshaye — have also moved in different directions. DCH propelled Saif, whose biggest successes prior to that had been as Akshay Kumar’s sidekick into viable solo star status. DCH — which played to Saif’s strengths arguably made films like Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste, Kal Ho Na Ho possible. For Aamir, it was one more high point as the thinking man’s (or woman’s) superstar; and while Akshaye Khanna continued with his sporadic film appearances, this is definitely counted among his most memorable performances.

Dil Chahta Hai was among the most relatable portrayals of the yuppie, upwardly mobile, urbane Indian youth that Hindi cinema had come up with in years: their concerns, their lifestyles, the way they dressed and spoke.

Hindi films have grown up since the time that Dil Chahta Hai released. It was a path-breaker in its time, but other films have come in the time since, that have paved the way ahead with (as much?) dexterity. Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara took the buddy bonding movie to another level — where Aakash, Sid and Sameer were content with a road-trip to Goa, Kabir, Imran and Arjun jetted off to Spain.

So why are we still hoping for a Dil Chahta Hai sequel?

Perhaps it’s the nostalgia, perhaps it’s because we’re genuinely interested in seeing how Aakash, Sid and Sameer turned out, 15 years since we last saw them.

As for Farhan Akhtar himself, the actor-director-producer doesn’t seem to have a clear idea just yet about what a sequel to DCH may entail, if it does get made.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview Akhtar had with Hindustan Times:

Recently, you tweeted about the possibility of a sequel to Dil Chahta Hai

I thought, “Let me add something to go along with my Don 3 and Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara 2 [queries].” Now, I will just keep throwing out [stories about my] sequels (laughs). It (a sequel to DCH) is something that I would like to do. I actually mentioned this earlier this year too. It is too early to say if anything is happening or not, only time will tell. I have a lot on my mind about the sequel, but I don’t know what to say about when it is going to happen.

In the same interview Akhtar also describes how working on the sequel to Rock On!! (he’s currently filming for it in the Northeast) felt like returning after a long while to a rented home one lived in for a few years, to find that one still remembers where all the fixtures are, the layout of the rooms.

For the audience, a Dil Chahta Hai sequel would be a homecoming of the sweetest sort — revisiting a terrain at once familiar and comforting, even while holding out the possibility of something new.


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