Aamir Khan and Preity Zinta in Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Aamir Khan and Preity Zinta in Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Though it's over 16 years since its release, Dil Chahta Hai is still one of the most loved coming-of-age dramas. But director Farhan Akhtar is currently in no mood to take the story of the buddy trio forward.

Two years back there were reports about a sequel being planned, but Akhtar says, "I have not considered taking the film forward. I feel there was a certain energy, mood and a time in my life when Dil Chahta Hai's story happened and that's why I wrote it."

The filmmaker adds, "Now if I think of [a sequel], I will be forcing the issue. It will be a case of what more should I say now. What was great about the film, when it happened, that here was no design."

To take the film forward, he would have to come up with a template, which would go with the organic feel of the movie.
According to Akhtar, Dil Chahta Hai is a character-driven film. "The minute we start thinking seriously that I have to do a sequel to it, then design comes into play. That is something I want to avoid."

Dil Chahta Hai starred Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta and Sonali Kulkarni.