Do mates should be alike to get alongside? Do they should at all times agree with one another? Do they should have frequent objectives, ambitions, likes and dislikes? The reply to all these (primary) questions is a convincing NO. In contrast to romantic relationships, friendship works on a very completely different tangent – you will be as completely different as chalk and cheese, and but get alongside like a home on fireplace – a proven fact that Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai (2001) deftly portrayed.
For his (shock shock) debut film, Farhan confirmed excessive ranges of finesse in portraying millennial friendships as they’re, even when the film is now greater than 20 years outdated. Initially touted as too ‘westernised’ and ‘forward of its time’, the friendship saga that Farhan additionally wrote, has achieved a cult standing over time, setting the benchmark for millenial friendships for many years to return.
The city story, happening by means of flashbacks, narrates the story of Akash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) and Sid (Akhaye Khanna), who’ve been finest mates since faculty and navigate life collectively. Although they share a powerful bond, the three couldn’t have been extra completely different from one another. Akash is footloose and immature, typically inviting the ire of his well-to-do dad and mom, who need him to face on his personal two ft. Sameer is confused, geeky and wears his coronary heart on his sleeve, falling in love and getting his coronary heart damaged a number of instances (even hilariously and tragically getting conned by a white lady and her boyfriend in Goa). Lastly, Sameer towers (actually as nicely) because the ‘father determine’ within the group, an artist and dreamer, whose stoic silence and mature tackle life typically falls exterior the realm of his in any other case well-meaning, however emotionally restricted mates.
The three include their very own quirks and take a street journey to Goa and reminisce about life on the iconic Goa fort scene that set the tone for all the movie. As Akash and Sameer plan to go to Goa annually, the sensible Sameer offers them a actuality verify, saying ‘saal mein 1 baar toh chodo, 5 saal mein 1 baar mein milna mushkil ho jayega‘, (overlook every year, even assembly as soon as in 5 years will grow to be troublesome), as he foresees getting caught into the rut of getting out on the planet and making a dwelling.
Even with all their variations, the trio are immensely thick, that’s till Sid falls in love with the a lot older Tara Jaiswal, his neighbor who’s divorced, and has an alcohol drawback. When he confesses the identical in entrance of his mates, Sameer, initially shocked, decides to take a backseat, considering he has restricted data on the matter, nevertheless Akash doesn’t maintain again in displaying his disapproval.
When issues get too heated, Sid slaps Akash throughout the face saying, ‘har dosti mein ek hadd hoti hai jise paar nahi karna chahiye, aaj tune vo hadd paar kar di‘. (there’s a line in each friendship, at the moment you will have crossed that line). The three of them go their separate methods, with Sameer because the frequent thread between the estranged Akash and Sid, however the friendship, it appears to be like like, has been broken past restore, or has it?
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A far cry from ‘Yari hai imaan mera’ narrative, the film deftly paints a sensible image of friendship, that’s replete with misunderstandings, arguments and many ego clashes. Millennial friendships do not work on the ‘that is my finest pal’ lingo anymore and woke adults aren’t afraid to name out their mates and provides them a actuality verify once they have screwed up.
Like defined earlier, in contrast to romantic relationships, you and your pals do not need to assume alike as a way to type a bond. You’ll be able to take pleasure in (or dislike) fully various things and but, get alongside. Nevertheless, elements like respect, understanding, giving one another area are non-negotiable and as soon as sure strains are crossed, the bond will flip bitter, like every other relationship.
For his debut film, Farhan exhibits immense restraint in depicting city male friendships as they stand, with out going excessive. The romcom, breezy affair is stuffed with hilarious moments (learn Sameer’s half-baked dialog together with his girlfriend over the telephone, getting conned in Goa after which hitchhiking with a truck proprietor, and to not miss the inimitable Subodh!) Nevertheless, when precisely wanted, the film offers us a actuality verify because the mature Sid and the carefree Akash conflict, whilst a helpless Sameer appears to be like on, having neither the emotional maturity, nor the gumption to type this out.
In fact, the core message aside, the film was extraordinarily nicely packaged, and shot the already common vacation spot Goa by means of the roof within the tourism division, coupled with fab cinematography and peppy music. The ladies, although not the pillars of the film, lend great help, together with Sonali Kulkarni and Preity Zinta. Dimple Kapadia, in an prolonged cameo, aces her position to the T and is a breeze to observe.
To say that everybody wants mates in life is each an understatement and gross cliche. Positive, people are wired to mingle with individuals their very own age (aside from household/siblings), however discovering your ‘breed’ amidst the combination turns into a problem. The superlatives aside, grownup friendships are much more troublesome to know, as we transfer out of playdates and college crushes, as an alternative navigating points like profession stress, heartbreaks, marriage and the like. Amidst all this, discovering just a few elusive ones is a blessing, somebody who permits you to be, just isn’t afraid to name out your bulls**t and somebody you may choose up the threads with even after years of assembly. In any case, it’s all in regards to the little issues, proper?
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