Dil Dosti Etc Synopsis
Dil Dosti Etc is a fresh, unabashed, no holds barred look at how young men of today think and choose to live their lives. Dil Dosti Etc is set around students in Delhi University. Through two university hostellers, Apurv (Imaad Shah), a rich cosmopolitan guy and, Sanjay (Shreyas Talpade), an old-fashioned Bihari guy, the film juxtaposes the ‘new/ liberal’ and the ‘old/ conservative’ in our society. Sanjay is an ambitious and focused Bihari student-politician in Delhi. He represents the romantic and the idealist who steadfastly pursues his political goals. On the other hand, Apurv’s life is directionless. With the abundance of time and money in hand, he searches for meaning in life through amorous escapades with various girls. The three female leads that of a prostitute, a schoolgirl and a rich model, provide a myriad of social and emotional backdrops to the film. Vaisali (Smriti Mishra) plays an attractive but sharp-tongued prostitute. She claims never to get emotionally attached to her customers. Then there is the vibrant and flirtatious schoolgirl Kintu (Ishitta Sharrma), who coquettishly remains noncommittal and always plays hard to get. Prerna (Nikita Anand) is the rich South Delhi babe who aspires to become an international model, and yet finds herself attracted to the earthy and charismatic student-politician, Sanjay. Dil Dosti Etc uses a rich ensemble of characters, stories and themes to explore the very nature of friendship, male bonding, voyeurism, sexual perversion, love and betrayal. The film, based on an original screenplay, is full with realism and black humour and shows the coming of age of not only a young man but also explores the ambiguities and pre-occupations of an entire generation. Dil Dosti Etc has mainly been shot in real locations in Delhi. Through the corridors of a Delhi University college hostel, the buzzing college canteen, idol school bus chatter, the streets of Delhi, ruins of an old fort, the gallis of purani Dilli, the colours of a GB road kotha, south Delhi cafes and malls, sprawling Mehrauli farmhouses and Karol Bagh residential colonies, Delhi comes to life in its myriad hues and sounds. As for the music, it ranges from a raw song with drunk hostellers out for a night-out, to an upbeat party number, a Punjabi night-club track, a refreshing song about the youth to a thumri... there is great variety and freshness.