Travel Shots 4: Dil Chahata Hai


Year of release: 2001

Director: Farhan Akhtar

Actors: Amir Khan. Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, Dimple Kapadiya

This is a story of three best friends Akash (Amir Khan), Siddharth (Akshay Khanna) and Sameer (Saif Ali Khan). The story revolves around their open and free bachelor life, their love interests, passions and relationships with each other and family. The director focuses on all elements of their lives including their family. That’s why the movie just not limits itself in circle of being happy and sad. It’s more than that.poster

The movie inspired a huge number of youth to travel to Goa in their spare time. The three musketeers from the movie go to Goa in a Mercedes and enjoy their stay there with beer and pranks. The movie is still remembered for this trip and even today many hoteliers from Goa thank Farhan Akhtar for the extra bank balance they got after the movie was released. The movie was shot extensively in Mumbai, Goa, Sydney and Mahabaleshwar.

Chapora Fort:

Akash, Siddharth and Sameer are seen sitting and chilling on the Chapora Fort. This specific spot became so famous that even today it’s crowded on weekends and holidays. Earlier when people didn’t know the specific name of the fort, whenever they land in Goa, they use to ask the hoteliers about the Dil Chahata Hai fort. In the beginning hoteliers found the question really stupid but now they themselves insist people to visit this location. The spot is nicknamed after the film.

The Chapora Fort is located near Vagator Beach. It’s 22 km away from Panaji. Parking is available outside the fort but there aren’t any amenities. So if you think that there will be tents for the tourists as they have shown in the climax scene, then you are wrong. Be prepared for a mini-trekking experience as you will have to walk on slippery and tippy stones. Make sure you have ample amount of water and food and the weather is favorable.

The Cliff of Chapora Fort


The spunky number between Sameer and Pooja ‘Woh Ladki Hai Kahaa’ was shot here in bits and pieces. The song was a tribute to Bollywood which had spoofs from 60s, 70s and 80s. The part where Sameer and Pooja are picnicking (Rajesh Khanna style) and the part where the duo is dancing on the edge of the cliff (inspired from Shridevi and Anil Kapoor) was shot here.

Titanic Pose in Anil-Shridevi attire

Sosa’s, Panaji

Sosa’s is great shop if you want to buy some unique Indian clothes. Some shots from the title track of the movie were shot right outside this shop. The 2011 movie Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl was also shot here.

dil chahata hai sosa
The Gang outside Sosa’s


Wilson College

The pre-climax scene where Akash goes through his small flashback was shot here. In the scene he sees the younger version from the past with his friends giggling on the stairs of Wilson College.

Wilson college
Wilson College

The Waverley Cemetery

Opened in 1877, the cemetery is on the top of the cliffs at Bronte, eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Many famous Australian citizens were buried in this cemetery. It’s famous for its Victorian and Edwardian monuments. A piece from the ‘Tanhayee’ song from the movie was shot here. In the song we can see Akash walking through the pathway, standing near a grave helpless. The grave in this song is used very symbolically. He has lost the person whom he loves and don’t know what to do. He is unhappy with his life but he have to live with this sorrow. He doesn’t know how to get away from this pain.

The Waverley Cemetery

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The all in one Sydney Harbour Bridge which carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic can be seen many times in the film. Once in the song ‘Tanhayee’, where Akash is sitting on railing and the bridge is right behind him. The view from his office window also gives a sneak pick of the bridge. Also Shalini and Akash are shown admiring the bridge in the song ‘Jaane Kyu’.

the vridge

Milsons Point Railway Station

The 2 tracked railway station is located on the north shore line of Sydney suburb. The station shots of the song ‘Tanhayee’ were shot here.


Macquaire Lighthouse

The Macquire Lighthouse is also known as the South Head Upper Light. It’s the first and longest serving lighthouse in Australia. It is located on Dunbar Head, Vaucluse about 2km south of South Head near the entrance to Sydney Harbour. A shot from the song ‘Tanhayee’ was taken here.

Macquaire Lighthouse

light house

Fox Studios, Moore Park

Founded in 1998 the studio is one of the biggest Australia. The outdoor street scenes in Sydney were shot here. One can identify the scene where Akash, Shalini and her uncle are walking on the street talking about the movie they recently saw.

Fox Studios, Moore Park

Hyde Park, Sydney

The oldest parkland in Australia is located in the heart of Sydney. Established in 1878, the park holds the area of 40acres. The park is named after the Hyde Park in London and is famous for hosting various sports. Shalini and Akash are shown picnicking in the garden and dancing on the tunes of ‘Jaane Kyu’.

Jaaane kyon spot
The Bench where Shalini sat
hyde park, sydney
Hyde Park, Sydeny

Luna Park, Sydney

We all have a friend in our group who is afraid of going into a roller coaster rides at theme parks. So was Shalini. Akash teases her and connivances her to get on the ride and they are seen enjoying it to the fullest. The ride they took was at the Luna Park located in Milson Point. The multipurpose park allows you to have fun with friends and family, organise kids’ parties and also you can have your dreamy lavish wedding.

Luna Park
Luna Park, Sudney

Sydney Opera House

Shalini and Akash were seen enjoying the Arial view of the famous Sydney Opera House. It was built in 1973. Many people think that it’s a building with a single venue but actually it comprises multiple performance stages. It has been identified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

In one incident, Shalini invites Akash to watch the Troilus and Cressida opera. The whole opera sequence was shot here with special permission.

Talking about the Arial view, if you want to re-live the fun Akash and Shalini had in the helicopter over Sydney, you totally can. There are many helicopter rides available in the city for tourists ranging from 700$ to 1500$. You can enjoy the view, do some photography or can make your own short film.bridge




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