The cult film "Dil Chahta Hai", who is friends with Aamir Khan, Akshay Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta, turns 20 today. This film is perfect in every sense and any actor is suitable for this role. It's hard to imagine other actors these days playing Akasha (Aamir Khan), Sida (Akshay Khan) and Summer (Saif Ali Khan). However, director, screenwriter and producer Farhan Akhtar said in an interview with Rajeev Masand in his audio show "Picture Ke Peeche" that the original lineup was different.
“When I first wrote Dil Chakhta Hai, the actors I wanted to play were Akshay Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan,” Farhan said. The first names that came to mind were three. I just debuted, but I thought I was the right age for the character. And Akshay was the first person I actually met (for the film). When he heard the project, he immediately said: "I will also participate." And I met Amir in the role he was supposed to take. I want him to be Akash, Hrithik to be Samir, Abhishek to be Sid. " Farhan Akhtar said: “When Akshay said:“ I am doing this, ” I thought:“ My God, making a film is so easy! "" Finally, the first actor I met said yes, and the other two people I wanted to meet (Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan) were my friends. We all grew up together, and it will be great. But life has other plans! "
Later, Farhan Akhtar spoke about the difficulties she faced when looking for an actor for Dil Chakhta Hai: The end of the 90s was a love triangle. So everyone wants to create a triangle so that there is at least a little (meat) left, even if you are the one who sacrifices love. Some songs belong to this actor ... It all happens. Moreover, in the film itself, there is no action and nothing happens. Therefore, it is natural for people. Farhan said: “I have a suspicion that there will be no 'film'. During this time, I met Ritesh Sidhani. He stood on the board and it gave me confidence. "
Fortunately, he found a ray of hope in him. “I met Saif Ali Khan. He liked the script and asked if other actors were filming the film. I told him that Akshay had joined him, and he was going to meet with Aamir Khan. I keep these names. Last but not least, I had a feeling that they were not going to make a film. They all refused. So I had no choice but to go see these guys! "He will."Interestingly, Farhan Akhtar met Aamir Khan 10 months after Saif and Akshay became interested in filmmaking. “I have to thank Saif and Akshay for their patience. They were not like, "Hey, we haven't heard anything about you." chal bye!
Farhan Akhtar then takes a step back and explains how the culinary actress was chosen for the role of Shalini. An audition happened to us. Then I first met you. He asked me what I was doing, and I told him that I had just started writing the script. At the time, he was not making films and casually said that if I made a film, he would do it. Farhan said: “I met Akshay Khanna after signing the contract. It's amazing to remember his promise and say that he fulfilled it. Thank you very much".
Returning to the main plot, Farhan Akhtar said: “Finally I met Aamir Khan. He read the English draft and asked for a Hindi version. Several months passed. He also said that he was not sure if it was me. I can understand. “At that time, Farhan Akhtar said:“ Amir told me that I worked on this film Sarfarosh (1999) and worked on this film after Mann (1999). The two characters in this film are very serious. I want to play a funny character. Are you okay? “I played the part of Akasha? I have no doubt that he will succeed, ”he said.
Was Akshaye Khanna annoyed when asked to change roles? Farhan replied: “I cannot explain how much I love him, because he did not move when I spoke to him. This is amazing". He said, “I think Akshaya Khanna is the cycle that I told Amir. When I asked him for the role of Sid, he said, "Look, I want to make a film." Then I'll do it. "
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