Not Aamir but Hrithik was the first choice for Dil Chahta Hai : Farhan. Farhan Akhtar talks about Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Dil Chahta Hai casting process.
On Neha Dhupia’s No Filter with Neha Season 2, her recent guest Farhan Akhtar spoke on a lot of things. His iconic film ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ which is loved by people even today, was the topic of hot discussion.
Farhan Akhtar, who directed the coming-of-age film spoke about the casting of the film. He revealed that Aamir Khan was not the first choice for the role of ‘Akash’.
“Akshaye Khanna was always the first choice. He was the first guy I ever met for that film. And I actually met him at that time because I wanted to cast him in the role that Aamir eventually played. So I spoke to him about the role that was Akash.
I wanted him (Akshaye Khanna) to play Aakash. I wanted Hrithik Roshan as Sameer and I wanted Abhishek Bachchan as Sid. That was my ideal casting”, says Farhan Akhtar
Dil Chahta Hai is considered to one of cult films on modern Bollywood era and Indian cinema overall too. It ushered the trend of youth oriented films and a different narrative as far as Hindi cinema goes by. The music is still quite popular and Aamir Khan’s uber cool goatee look became a rage in those days.