Dil Chahti Hai
A girlie group of close friends, who are just about to be eligible electoral voting, and going through routine hassles of inter-personal relationships. Predictable but interesting premise that is…
Pari (Ntasha), Rakhi (Maanvi), Sanya (Anchal) and Jiya (Vega) are final year students in their school and even with social and economic barriers between their families; they are tightly bound with the thread of their friendship. Pari is from an ultra rich builder family, Rakhi’s family is in restaurant business, Sanya is from well to do Parsi family and Jiya from a lower middle class family headed by her mother. The capable three make sure to include Jiya in all their outings and fun events, and Pari or Rakhi arrange for her funding. Pari also maintains an authoritative control over Jiya.
Cracks appear in the relationship when, during a picnic, Pari is duped nastily by her boyfriend and Jiya gets close to her new found friend, the tour guide Johnny (Ajay Singh). Pari does not appreciate Jiya getting more than her, and ensures to pull her down every time possible. Rakhi and Sanya understand this but are not able to pacify Pari. How they cope up with the mistrusts and win over the situations to get back the warmth of their friendship is the rest of the story…
It’s a light weight story, told in simplistic manner. The scenes (most of them) between the four protagonists and the ones involving Rakhi’s parents (Vikram Kapadia and Usha Bachchani) and Jiya’s mother (Sukanya Kulkarni) are well written and enacted. However, it fails to hold the grip on rest of the characters, and in a way, the narrative of the second half. It goes slow and more dramatic later and the freshness and energy of the first half goes missing.
Dialogues and camerawork are alright. Scenes involving Ashish Choudhury / Reema Lagoo, Ajay Singh and the ones for the art competition could have been edited out more.
Performances: All the four girls do well in their roles, Vega and Maanvi specifically for sympathy and comedy respectively. Vikram Kapadia, Sukanya Kulkarni and Usha Bachchani are also good. Zarina Wahab and Reema Lagoo are alright but their roles are not important. Rest all are average.
Music: “Chhote Chhote Pairon” is a nice song by Kailash Kher. The ex-Viva girls (minus Neha) come together for “We Are The Teen Queens”, and Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa / Voice of India contestants Sumedha / Sumitra get a peppy “Jab Se Hum Hue Jawan”. Overall an above average album by Tabun and Shamir Tandon. It would have been more interesting if Rupali had roped in Yogesh and Sanjoy Choudhury for the music – just as a tribute to Salil da and Basu da, and recreate the old magic.