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When Four Friends Meet +
Heart's Desire/Dil Chahta Hai
D: Rahul Roy,
+ Farhan Akhtar
Admission: 5 , concessions 3
love, pop-culture, urbanity
Heart's Desire
India 2000, 43 min., Hindi with Engl. subtitles, Documentary,
India 2001, 183 min., Hindi with Engl. subtitles, Bombay/Mumbai mainstream

"When four friends meet", they share with the camera their secrets, sex and girls; youthful dreams and failures; frustrations and triumphs. Bunty, Kamal, Sanjay and Sanju, best of friends and residents of Jehangirpuri, a working class colony on the outskirts of Delhi are young and trying to make their lives in an environment which is changing rapidly girls seem to be very bold stable jobs are not easy to come by sex is a strange mix of guilt and pleasure families are claustrophobic and the blur of television the only sounding board.

"Dil Chahta Hai" is woven around the love and life discovering experiences of three young friends. Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) is the sort of chap who wears his heart on his sleeve, and lets the ladies walk all over him, dominating each and every aspect of his being. Siddharth (Akshaye Khanna) is an introverted artiste bottling up himself, his dreams and aspirations for that one true person who's willing to understand all that he is about. And Aakash (Aamir Khan) is the mandatory non-believer in hard-work and love. Director Farhan Akhtar has fashioned a film that pitches itself to `a cool yuppie audience', to use his own words. Akhtar used a carefully written script, a rarity in Bombay mainstream cinema.