Dil Chahta Hai back on the big screen
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; August 28, 2012)
Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai will soon be back on the big screen. No, the producers are not planning to re-release the film, it’s just that the Aamir Khan-Saif Ali Khan-Akshaye Khanna starrer forms a crucial part of a scene in Chal Pichchur Banate Hain. The lead character, Suraj Kumar (Rahil Tandon), wants to make it big in the movies and is shown to be a hardcore Aamir fan who does not miss any of his movies. He makes it a point to watch them first day first show. The character is even shown to give up a high profile job offer in the UK to pursue a career in films.
One particular scene features Suraj taking his childhood sweetheart Melrena (Bhavna Ruparel) to watch Dil Chahta Hai. For the particular sequence, the producers needed permission from DCH producer Ritesh Sidhwani to use the clips of the cult friendship flick in Chal Pichchur…. They approached Farhan and Ritesh who promptly agreed. In fact, the producer duo were highly cooperative and even squeezed out time to watch a few portions of Chal Pichchur….
Confirming the same, producer Madanlal Jain said, “The reason Suraj is shown as an Aamir fan is because the star is a youth icon, who is looked upon as inspiration by them. We used clips where Aamir, Saif and Akshaye are cutting one-liners together. There is another scene featuring the three together with a song playing in the background.”
Stressing on the need to take Farhan and Ritesh’s nod, Jain added, “The clips of DCH, used in the film, make an important part of the plot and I am thankful to Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani for promptly granting us permission to do so.”
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