Koi kahe, kehta rahe, kitna bhi humko deewana 

Hum emblem ki, thokar mein hai yeh zamaana

The yr was 2001. A gaggle of younger youngsters received collectively in a room, with glasses of cola float, and headbanged to this track, because it was was the live performance of a lifetime. For them, it was. 

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As a result of that track, very similar to Dil Chahta Hai’s total soundtrack, grew to become the sound of freedom, love, and friendship for an entire technology.  

19 years in the past, when Dil Chahta Hai launched, it was definitely not the primary Hindi-language movie on friendship. However, it was uncommon in its remedy of the friendship, craziness, and the riot of feelings, that encompasses our youth. 

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Over time, as generations modified from ‘Gen X’ to ‘millennials’, the emotions that the movie captured, by means of intelligent writing and nice music, continued to resonate with the youth.

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Music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyricist Javed Akhtar gifted the viewers an album that captured the spirit of journey that’s frequent to all 20-year-olds, whereas nonetheless retaining the person rhythms that made every of the three leads – Sid, Sameer, and Aakash. 

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Here is a take a look at the songs that we listened to on our walkmans, ready dances on, and even immediately, play on lengthy drives and late nights: 

Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe

The primary track within the movie, Koi Kahe, captured the sheer optimism and abandonment of our youth and introduced singers, Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, and KK, collectively for the primary time. It is a reflection of the time the place we really consider the world is our oyster, and aren’t disillusioned by harsh realities.  

Even immediately, each time this track performs, most of us are transported to the time the place we had extra confidence than sense. To be sincere, generally, that is an excellent factor.

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The title observe of the movie is an ode to street journeys, friends-like-family, and the ‘good, previous, days’. Truthfully, if there was a track that summed up our sense of nostalgia and our fondness of youth, it is Dil Chahta Hai

It fantastically captures the inconceivable but plain need to cease the passage of time, and keep in limbo, surrounded by nice adventures and even higher pals. Additionally, are you even a 2000s child if this track doesn’t play throughout a street journey? 

Woh Ladki Hai Kahan

Lengthy earlier than ‘viral dance strikes’ was even a factor, choreographer Farah Khan gave us the long-lasting hook step of Woh Ladki Hai Kahan. 

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This was the track for the hopeless romantic – Sameer. A man who spent years being in love with the thought of affection, earlier than lastly discovering ‘the one’. 

Not like Bollywood’s Romeos, Sameer did not mope his approach by means of life, however somewhat, seemed out for every new love journey with renewed ardour and romance. And that is the spirit of the track. 

Kaisi Hai Yeh Rut

Kaisi Hai Yeh Rut was an expression of affection’s first contact. And it stays a reminder of the sheer pleasure of being in love, when your coronary heart appears to swell in dimension, a relentless smile is fastened in your face, and you are feeling like floating on air. 

The love track for Sid was as lovely and ethereal as the person it was picturized on – as a result of really, males like Sid are nearly a dream in immediately’s day and age. 

Jaane Kyun

The track that turned even a cynic right into a poet – Jaane Kyun tells us the story of Aakash and Shalini. It is the quintessential story of opposites entice. However below Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s skillful composition, even the age-old enemies-to-lovers story received a contemporary new lease of life. 


Tanhaai is an expression of Aakash’s intense damage. As a result of, for a man who did not consider in love, the helplessness and anguish of heartbreak are much more acute. 

Although Kaisi Hai Yeh Rut is way extra expressive in its lyrics, Tanhaai–the solely ‘unhappy’ track from the album–feels much more evocative and highly effective, due to Sonu Nigam’s highly effective vocals. 

It is a testomony to the composers and lyricist, that Dil Chahta Hai gave us three love songs, as distinctive because the characters they targeted on, and but, relatable AF. 

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Few songs have come near understanding and expressing the bonds of friendship just like the album of Dil Chahta Hai. So, here is to ceaselessly headbanging to Koi Kahe, enjoying Dil Chahta Hai on street journeys, dancing to Woh Ladki, and crying on Tanhaai. 

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