Dil Chahta Hai is a 2001 Indian coming of age film starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, and Dimple Kapadia. The first film written and directed by Farhan Akhtar, it is set in modern-day urban Mumbai and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends. The film was critically acclaimed, winning that year's National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. It was also a moderate commercial success doing average business, though it performed better in the urban areas of the country compared to the rural areas, which was attributed by critics to the city-oriented lifestyle depicted in the movie in which all the characters are, without exception, from rich or upper-middle-class families. Over the years, it has attained a cult status. Akash (Aamir Khan) does not believe in love, so he does not keep girlfriends for more than two weeks....
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