Dil chahata hai – Shankar Mahadevan – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy | Dil Chahata Hai (2001)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2001 Excel Entertainment’s National Award Winning comic drama Dil Chahta Hai (The Heart Desires) directed by Farhaan Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani. The movie starred Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Kulkarni, Akshaye Khanna, Dimple Kapadia, Suchitra Pillai, etc.

The story of the movie involves 3 childhood friends – Akash Malhotra (Aamir Khan), Sameer Mulchandani (Saif Ali Khan) and Siddharth Sinha Aka Sid (Akshaye Khanna). Akash is a non-believer in love and does not have any relationship that lasts beyond 2 weeks. Sameer is an amiable well-meaning, desperate romantic. He is also a confused person, who is prone to romantic infatuations. Every time he finds a girl, he thinks that he has found his soul mate. Sid is a painter by profession and the most mature of the 3. He is not interested in trivial romances and is dedicated to his work.

When he sets his eyes on Shalini (Preity Zinta), during a college party, he sings a song to impress her. He gets beaten up by her fiancée Rohit (Ayub Khan). Akash engineers a breakup between Sameer and his current girlfriend Priya (Suchitra Pillai). After the fiasco, the 3 friends go for a holiday to Goa. This song is heard in the background.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Javed Akhtar and the music was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

The gist of the song is, “The heart desires that these good days should not get over. The heart desires that we should not remain without our friends. We should keep talking good things during happy evenings and singing nights.”

Video: Cinematography is by Ravi K Chandran. Dance choreography is by Farah Khan.

The video opens with the shot of the car moving and the road passing by. The music has already begun. Aamir Khan is driving the car. Saif Ali Khan is sitting in the passenger seat. Akshaye Khanna is reclining in the back seat. A male voice is heard singing in the background.

They stop the car and stretch their legs. Akshay Khanna begins to drive and the others exchange places. They look at some fantastic scenery of the mountains. They also try to race with a train. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as they watch the sea, sitting on a ruined brick wall.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Shankar Mahadevan and the onscreen performances are by Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna and others.

Cultural Influence: There is not much cultural influence on this typically filmi song. It depicts the young energy bubbling to do something new. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for them and the choreography by Farah Khan.

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