Dil Chahta Hai (soundtrack)

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Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Haialbum.jpg
Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Released 22 June 2001 (India)
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 38:57
Label T-Series
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Mission Kashmir
(2000)Mission Kashmir2000
Dil Chahta Hai
Aalavandhan and Abhay
(2001)Aalavandhan and Abhay2001
Singles from Dil Chahta Hai (soundtrack)
  1. "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan"
    Released: 22 June 2001 (India)

Dil Chahta Hai is the soundtrack album to the 2001 Hindi film Dil Chahta Hai, directed by Farhan Akhtar, starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna. Since its release, the music has received widespread critical acclaim and is considered a milestone in the history of Bollywood film music.[1] It was featured in the BBC Asian Network's Top 40 Soundtracks of All Time list[2] and Planetbollywood's 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks list.[3]


Initially, director Farhan Akhtar had approached A. R. Rahman for composing the music. But since Rahman was busy with other engagements, he did not accept the offer.[4] Later Rahman commented that he was glad that the project went to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and he personally loved their work in the film.[5]


The album has a universal sound, unlike other Bollywood soundtracks of the time. The trio had various influences, including Irish and ethno. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy along with Farhan Akhtar, Javed Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani went to Khandala to finalize the songs, which took a mere three and a half days. When they came back, they booked a studio and completed the recording in three weeks.[6] They also used the Australian instrument Didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia at least 1,500 years ago[7] for the song "Jaane Kyon".[8] They've also used various other traditional instruments like Dholak, Kanjira, Tabla and Flute.

Track list[edit]

All lyrics written by Javed Akhtar; all music composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Dil Chahta Hai" Shankar Mahadevan, Clinton Cerejo 5:11
2. "Jaane Kyon" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Caralisa Monteiro 4:49
3. "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy 5:06
4. "Kaisi Hai Yeh Ruth" Srinivas 5:29
5. "Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe" Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, KK 5:46
6. "Akash's Love Theme" Michael Harvey 2:10
7. "Tanhayee" Sonu Nigam 6:10
8. "Dil Chahta Hai (Reprise)" Shankar Mahadevan, Clinton Cerejo 4:18
9. "Rocking Goa" Chorus 2:06


Year Nominated work Category Award Result Notes Citation
2001 Udit Narayan for "Jaane Kyon" Best Male Playback Singer National Film Awards Won
2002 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy RD Burman Award for New Music Talent Filmfare Awards Won [9]
2002 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Best Music Director Filmfare Awards Nominated
2002 Shaan for "Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe" Best Male Playback Singer Filmfare Awards Nominated
2002 Alka Yagnik for "Jaane Kyon" Best Female Playback Singer Filmfare Awards Nominated
2002 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Screen Award for Best Music Director Screen Awards Won [10]
2002 Javed Akhtar Screen Award for Best Lyricist Screen Awards Won [10]
2002 Shankar Mahadevan for "Dil Chahta Hai" Best Playback Singer Male Bollywood Movie Awards Won
2002 Javed Akhtar Best Lyricist Zee Cine Awards Nominated
2002 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Best Music Director Zee Cine Awards Nominated
2002 Shankar Mahadevan for "Dil Chahta Hai" Best Playback Singer – Male Zee Cine Awards Nominated
2002 Sonu Nigam for "Tanhayee" Best Playback Singer – Male Zee Cine Awards Nominated

Reception and legacy[edit]

Dil Chahta Hai is considered to be pathbreaking and one of the best soundtracks to have emerged in contemporary Indian music.[1] The soundtrack stayed away from traditional Bollywood sounds and instead set a new standard for edgy, rock-influenced sounds.[11] The way Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy used thickly layered orchestration and conveyed meaning through Timbre, Pitch and Melody rather than text, was then, probably new to Bollywood.[12] Planet Bollywood's 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks Ever read, "What made Dil Chahta Hai album special at that time was that it was an experimental album and it worked a huge way."[3] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 20,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's eighth highest-selling.[13]


  1. ^ a b Stithaprajna (30 January 2002). "New wine in old bottle". The Music Magazine. 
  2. ^ "BBC - Asian Network - Top 40 Soundtracks of All Time". The BBC Asian Network. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks Ever - Part 2 - Planet Bollywood Features
  4. ^ Shahrukh in Farhan's 'Oye! ... It's Friday.'(merged threads) [Archive] - Shah Rukh Khan Forum
  5. ^ rediff.com: 'I was very surprised with the three Oscar nominations for Slumdog'
  6. ^ rediff.com, Movies: Dil Chahta Hai was 35 % work, 65 % fun!
  7. ^ “I have to compliment Himesh. If we have 2 hits a year, he has 20” - Ehsaan[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Screen The Business Of Entertainment-Music-Cover Story
  9. ^ "R.D.Burman Award Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy". Filmfare. April 2002. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Best Playback Singer (male/female)/Music Director/Background Score/Lyrics/Story". ScreenIndia. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Top 10 Shankar Ehsaan Loy albums". MTVDesi. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ Kavoori, edited by Anandam P.; Punathambekar, Aswin (2008). Global Bollywood. New York: New York University Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-8147-4799-5. 
  13. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2017.