Dil Chahta Hai | Through the Lens of Psychoanalysis

Dil Chahta Hai | Through the Lens of Psychoanalysis


What are you doin’ man? Even the second eye would have got screwed! Dude I’m not afraid of her, I love her! And I don’t wanna hurt her. I don’t wanna loose her! Ma, I’m telling you, you won’t understand. What is it that won’t understand!? I’d already decided that I won’t destroy my life by falling in love. She challenged your ego man. What are you doing? Be a Man! You’ll never change, right?

100 thoughts on “Dil Chahta Hai | Through the Lens of Psychoanalysis

  1. Even Freud never understood human behaviour the way you seem to have dissected in this analysis dude. Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe magar Jaane Kyu Kaisi Hai Ye Ruth K Jisme Tanhaie toh baakaayda filmei le aati hai magar Dil Chahta Hai iss film ko

  2. I find the clothes worn by the actors seem to be evergreen….I mean just look at them they still don't seem to be out of fashion..This also the reason that the movie feels always fresh

  3. Prior to this movie people with money were shown to be villain or philanthropist. This movie was beginning of movies showing that there is nothing bad about being rich

  4. The same case is with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

    Here, Arjun (Hrithik Roshan) is the Superego; he is living the ideal life i.e. a high-paying job and a rich house all because his moral senses are superiorly good. And he refuses any sorts of pleasures that the Id loves, hence he doesn't like to play pranks.

    Imran (Farhan Akhtar) is the Id; he gains pleasure by making fun of and joking with his friends, sometimes not realising the reality of the situation. That explains why Arjun slaps him.
    &
    Kabir (Abhay Deol) is the Ego; the one struggling to keep a good bond between the Id and the Superego. He is seen hanging around more with Imran than Arjun because it's the Ego's job to sometimes even satisfy the Id's pleasures along with its reality principle.

  5. My mother teaches psychology. This video will be a most wonderful educational tool for her young students! Their next chapter will probably be taught by a film critic, how extraordinary!
    You're an independent filmmaker for now, but I really hope you keep making more of these as well. You are a great teacher, and it's one of the highest compliments a person can get.

  6. Your analysis is very good. I have seen a couple more of you videos. But sometimes i just think they're being over analysed. Good job anyways

  7. Great analysis dude. I think the mind iceberg is similar to Maslow's hierarchy of needs in many manners but the mind iceberg better portrays most human behavior patterns. Looking forward for many more videos.

  8. If your filmmaker! I hope you get to direct one of the Bollywood movies. It would be interesting what you can come up with. Why not leverage this channel work into getting production meeting to get film??

  9. Do you research this much every time you produce a video, or do you have this much knowledge of film-making and philosophy? Either one is fucking impressive.

  10. great review but Dil Chahta Hai had a lot of close up shots. Rewatch the scenes of amir, Preeti and the final wedding scene.

  11. This video is amazing. Superb analysis, and of course it's enormously meaningful for me because Dil Chahta Hai holds an important place in my mind and heart. You said it – the film that captured our imagination.

  12. You used this phrase in this one .. and for Sairat too…. "Capturing the attention/imagination of a whole generation..". Is it your own phrasing? It gives me goosebumps every time…."….he does not do it by accident.. he does it by design❤"

  13. I am from small town and I watched this movie with my friends when I was in 12th std. I was the only one who loved this movie among my friends at that time. After watching your analysis I can say we subconsciously try to relate ourselves when we find something we wish to be or believe we are belong to it.

  14. You Sir I guess have forgotten about your wonderful and interesting youtube channel.
    I mean.. How?

  15. 6:37 have a look at the horrible cinematography. Emmanuel Lubezki would've killed himself if he had seen it.

  16. Surely going to discuss this in my class. I am going to study psychoanalytic theory in literature.
    Thanks a Million.

  17. Waaahooo!!! What a wonderful explanation. I have a question – does a director and writer consider all the aspects shared? Or is it more intuitive and they are inspired characters from real life? Please do share a video on the character development process from a writers room. Thanks a lot.

  18. Really interesting work Vinit! Pls have a look at South Indian Movies Super Deluxe by Kumararaja and Kumbalangi Nights!

  19. I always rated Dil Chahta hai over Lagaan. Its just that the word cricket make all Indians go gaga and they fail to appreciate nuances over emotional orgasm.

  20. Watched this movie yesterday and idk what the hype was or is about… I skipped most of the movie because it’s just stupid

  21. Dil Chahta Hai was significantly ahead of its years. Very accurate and incisive analysis. Keep it up! Please do the increase the volume of audio or add subtitles the next time, please…🙏🙏
    The comparison of Akash, Sameer and Sidhharth to Freud's Id, Ego and Superego was absolutely brilliant. So insightful! The dynamic and conflict-filled relationships between the 3 main male characters and their respective parents is yet another example of the complexity of this film. It serves to add to the characterisation of the central male trio. Akash is always shown to be emotionally distant from his parents just as the Id is so distant from the conscious mind. But that much needed father-son bond is certainly present in the depths and comes to surface when Akash talks to his father on the phone from Sydney and his father senses the disturbance in Akash when his voice breaks. Akash is never shown to have spoken seriously and openly about his deep-seated feelings, he rarely addresses his emotional issues, which really makes his character represent the Id which is like a vast ocean of all those unaddressed and unconscious emotions. Only an internally conflicted and dilemma-ridden girl like Shalini can be suitable for Akash, who is capable of bringing out the his emotional depths to the surface. If one were to search in the Id which is a storehouse of the most basic and primal elements, the unconscious and the hidden, it would be quite a quest. Akash's initial refusal to accept the existence of love and the refusal to believe that he too is capable of falling in love and the later admittance that he has fallen for Shalini represents that very quest and search within the vast emotional storehouse of Id. Akash, on the surface, appears to have it all, the wealthy background, the good looks, the charming personality, the sassy wit and the popularity in college years. But there is something missing and only the audience is made to sense that. His unconscious quest for that hidden, missing element of himself which he, envitably, finds in Shalini symbolizes, all the more, why he represents the Id. The bond with Sameer and his parents is funny and cute to watch but also highlights the practicality of his parents' perspective of life. Sameer's mother wants Sameer to get married to the daughter of the old couple who are their long-time friends and who come from the same social circle as them. Sameer's mom casually retorts "toh kya hua? Tumhare dad aur meri shaadi bhi toh arranged thi." Since the ego is less passionate and more practical than the Id and the superego, we get a glimpse of how Sameer's character has been raised in a practical environment that emphasizes the realistic aspects of life. Siddharth and his mother on the other hand, share a prickly yet a strong bond. His mother is always concerned about him and time & again, this concern changes to unwanted prying and probing on his mother's part as Sid irritatedly says "Haa Maa lekin kuch baatein aise hoti hai jo share nahi kii jati."
    My favorite part of the movie is when Tara analyzes his paintings and manages to hit the nail on the head and discovers things about Sid which his own mother was unable to do. This, further, clinches in how Tara and Siddharth's relationship is perfect. But perfectionism itself is an ideal that can never be reached just as the idealistic realm of the Superego, thus, resulting in a heart-wrenching end when Tara dies. Sid's unconditional love for Tara, the nature of their idealistic and "un-named" relationship, Sid's love of art and painting all show how Sid represents the Superego. It's all so beautifully intricate. So much so that even their bedrooms, costumes, choice of women, over-all lifestyle, etc. highlight the differences in their characters. Sameer being the ego plays a more balanced role of the mediator between the ever-conflicting Id(Akash) and Superego(Sid).
    So the three psychological agents of Freud are represented in the movie by the main trio(Akash, Sameer & Sid) to not only carry the plot of this character-oriented movie forward but to also highlight the humaneness of the male camaraderie that the 3 of them share which is becomes absolutely essential to bring about a sense of completeness and balance. Even if a single friend of trio were to disappear, there would be incompleteness. We see that imbalance occuring due to the constant ebb and flow in the friendship that the 3 share, we sense the imbalance when they fight, have disagreements or go apart just as the normal human individual would be incomplete if one of the 3 principles (Id, ego and superego) were to disappear. In that sense, this movie is also a coming-of-age or bildungsroman.

  22. मुझे याद है वो दिन जब दिल चाहता हे के बाद लक्ष रिलीज होने वाली थी कितनी उम्मीद लेके हम मूवी देखने चले गये और मिल गयी pure frustration.. किसिने मूवी की आत्मा निकाल दी थी. आज तक वो धक्का भुला नही हू।

  23. The person doing voice over of this review, he just ruined this a beautiful content.
    No energy in his voice, no warmth & excitement feeling while speaking about this energetic & fun movie.
    Get some energy man, you could have made a really awesome video talking about this film but u didn't.

  24. Man o Man!! I am sure this brother studied proper film and media in film schools. So detailed for an Indian movie. Never ever heard analysis like this. Great stuff! Brilliant!

  25. Great stories are made from the very essence of life. Therefore it includes real characters that we encounter in real life, making it more appealing & relatable. There's not much need of psychoanalysis here. We've all seen many characters & characters like these in our lifes, so does Farhan. Only difference is, everybody SEES but an artist OBSERVES. The talent of keen observation is the golden quality for anybody that deals with art & Farhan is definitely one of those. Anybody who've the ability to go into details & analyse deep is a powerful creator, including the guy who made this video. After all the one who dig deep is the one who finds the treasure. Good luck to all art lovers, deep thinkers. Keep analysing, keep observing.

  26. Superb film analysis, Vinit! I am so sorry that I watched your video so too late. Like many, I was always fascinated by DCH and used to talk a lot about it in my film classes. But honestly, your review of this landmark movie has added a lot of value and layers to my perception of this piece. I would definitely recommend all of my students to watch this wonderful critique by you. Besides, I want to mention that you have a very neat, clean style of constructing and speaking your comments- something that is in want in many Indian YouTubers. Congratulations. Thanks, and keep making such videos.

  27. Another observation I made about the movie that underscores that all the 3 characters are different and important in their own ways are their names: Akash (meaning sky), Sameer (meaning air) and Siddharth (the closest name to dharthi, meaning earth)

  28. You are absolutely correct when you say Farhan Akhtar has that potential to capture the imagination of whole generation of the country… Waiting for some magic to come out from his Magic Lamp…🤔🤔🤔

  29. Hey there!! Just wanna know that why don't you analayse series(both tv and web)… I'm curious that whatya think abt them… I want you to analyze And better call saul, la casa de papel and others but specially "PEAKY BLINDERS" 😅

  30. This is my favorit movie.when i watched it first time i was only 11 from that day it became my favorit.this movie is beyond time.

  31. This movie is one of the best in hindi cinema ..millennial movie..

    That Dil Chahta Hai theme.. its like a train of nostalgia(listen the background sound)….06:58 S-E-L created magic with their music.

  32. Freudian psychoanalysis is a very very low hanging fruit. It would have been more engaging if the individual character's psyche be analysed by using not just Freud but Jung, Marx, and even Deleuze and Guattari. Watch Nerdwriter (I am sure you have) and especially watch his series on art and films. It's brilliant. It's actually soothing. It was refreshing to see you characterise each character as one aspect of the Freudian triad, but that's undergraduate level stuff…

  33. The shot length is because they used film stock and had to follow a linear editing. In today's non linear editing, they cut too much because they have a lot of shots taken from different angles and stored in digital storage devices, contrasting to physical film reels that needed to purchased.

  34. This film is a trendsetter of hair styles which changed all over India after the release. Also, a must watch Bollywood films of all time.

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