The Beauty of the Brooder in Dil Chahta Hai

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The Beauty of the Brooder in Dil Chahta Hai

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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he movie that introduced a generation of actors to good haircut and made spontaneous road trips to Goa legit adult behaviour, came at an interesting time in Hindi cinema. Karan Johar was mobilising the trifecta of A-listers to remind us that life is all about “loving your families”, Sunny Deol was wielding his vocals and his “dhai kilo ka haath”, and historical epics around “teen guna lagaan” were being spun. It was a time for big, ambitious, blockbuster movies — big on drama, movie stars, and glycerine.

And then came a movie about three friends that had none of the above.

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