‘Dil Chahta Hai’ made waves when it came out fifteen years ago. It blurred the distinction between reel life and real life. It made every guy believe he could up and leave on a road trip with his closest friends. It tackled prickly subjects like a May-September romance, love marriage versus arranged, and the internal struggle between following one’s heart and doing one’s duty.
‘Dil Chahta Hai’ made Farhan Akhtar the director to beat. And as far as telling the stories of disgruntled men goes, Akhtar still holds the record. Let’s face it, DCH was a lot of things, but it wasn’t really a story women could relate to.
So, when Zoya Akhtar decided to make ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, there were those of us who hoped that because the brother had told the story of three guys, the sister might take it up a notch, and tell stories of/for women. It seemed only fair. But, no such thing happened. Farhan sent three boys to Goa. Zoya sent three boys to Spain. And that was that!
During a recent interview, Farhan mentioned what a great idea it would be to make a sequel to ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, this time with female protagonists. Rumor has it that Alia Bhatt might just be one of the actors to play the lead in said sequel.
Given the kind of phenomenal work the likes of Alia, Kangana, Vidya, and quite a few other “leading ladies” have been doing over the years, Farhan’s timing for a DCH 2.0 may just be spot on.
Here’s hoping something actually comes of all this talk! There are a lot of people who would love to see Bollywood’s narratives finally break the glass ceiling!