By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on March 16, 2016
Dil Chahta Hai is a film we love. It launched the career of one of the most talented men in Hindi films today, Farhan Akhtar, it gave Saif Ali Khan's career a new lease of life & showed a side of Aamir Khan that hadn't been explored. There was a freshness about that film which stole the hearts of the youth and the film has gone on to achieve the status of a cult classic through the years. It has become the benchmark against which all the 'youth' films are judged.
The debut film of Farhan Akhtar broke conventions in more than one ways. It reached out to the large urban youth audience & showed them a slice of their lives, in a way that wasn't done in Bollywood till then. The film was rooted in the urban upper middle class sensibilities, it wasn't about extravaganza of the super-rich or the poor man's struggle against the system, two themes that used to excite Hindi film producers in the late 90's.
It had unconventional romances- at least unconventional approaches towards romance and love which were presented from the perspective of each character.
Siddharth, played brilliantly by Akshay Khanna, had a unique perspective towards love. A highly self-aware person, he fell in love with a divorcee woman much older than himself and was okay with his love not being requited. Aamir Khan's Akash, on the other hand, was someone who didn't really deal with his emotions and chose to run away from them instead. We see him deny the existence of the phenomenon called true love throughout in the film. Sameer, played by Saif Ali Khan, was another believable and relatable character, who was constantly swinging between love and infatuation.
There's much written and said about this beloved film, but we found something really unique on Cinema Beyond Entertainment's YouTube channel. This interesting analysis by Vinit Masram uses psychoanalysis to analyse Dil Chahta Hai. Why psychoanalysis? Well, if we look closely and as Masram explains in this video, the three lead characters of Dil Chahta Hai, Akash, Sameer & Siddharth are actually the abstract representations of Freud's Id, Ego and Superego.
Freud stated that any person's psyche consists of three aspects, which he called the Id, the Ego and the Superego.
The id is the primitive and instinctive component of a person's personality. It's the unconscious part of the mind and mostly works on pleasure principles- food, sex and aggression being the main component. The superego consists of the set of values and morals of society. The superego is constantly in struggle with the Id's impulses. Ego is the realist among the three and develops in order to mediate between the constantly conflicting unrealistic id and the real world.
Masram explains through his analysis how the characters of Dil Chahta Hai embody the traits of Id, Ego and Superego. Check out this interesting video here and let us know whether you agree or not!