12 Unknown Facts about “Dil Chahta Hai”

Released in July 2001, Dil Chahta Hai is regarded to be a cult classic even to this day. Starring Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna in lead roles, the movie formed a new level of creativity in Bollywood. Here are few unknown facts about this blockbuster hit.

  1. When Preity Zinta came to Mumbai for the auditions of Kya Kehna, Farhan Akthar met her and told her that whenever he makes a film he wanted her to act in it.

  2. The screen test of Preity Zinta was with Akshay Khanna.
  3. Instead of Aaamir and Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik and Abhishek Bachan were supposed to act in the lead roles of this film.
  4. After they walked out of the project, Farhan Akthar waited for the dates of Aamir Khan.

  5. Akshay Khanna was supposed to act as Aakash. But when Aamir was into the project, they swapped the roles.

  6. Even Saif Ali Khan was supposed to walk out of this project because they were not getting the actors to dub the lines, but rather it was made with sync sound.

  7. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Farhan Akthar and Javed Akthar travelled to Lonavla and wrote and composed the entire soundtrack in 4 days.

  8. Only the opening line “Dil Chahta hai” was composed initially. Shankar Mahadevan realised that these opening lines would fit into the same tune, and he ran back to Farhan Akthar’s room to explain to him the same.

  9. Shankar Mahadevan’s song “Breathless” was directed by Farhan Akthar.

  10. Arjun Bhasin, costume designer for this movie had given the idea of making a movie within a movie to Farah Khan.

  11. Preity Zinta loved the song “Koi kahe kehta rahe” and insisted being a part of this song, even though she didn’t get much fame as the three lead actors (Aamir Khan, Akshay Khanna and Saif Ali Khan).

  12. For Akshay Khanna’s debut film, Farhan Akthar worked as an Assistant Director.

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