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Dil Dosti Etc

Release Date : 28 September 2007
Year : 2007
Producer : Prakash Jha
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Genre : Romance | Social
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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.

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An Engaging Coming of Age Saga

By MovieTalkies.com, 28 September 2007 3.5 / 5

Debutant director Manish Tiwary's Dil Dosti Etc is a beautiful comment on the pangs of growing up. It is a coming of age movie, but a coming of age into a cynical world where there are more questions than answers and a feeling of regret almost, for things done, because all that is good and pure is lost. The film is narrated through the consciousness and experiences of Apurv (Imaad Shah), a cynical 18-year old young man, who has just entered college. Set against the backdrop of Delhi University with its student politics and a typical hostel life, it follows Apurv's journey into manhood in the truest sense. Through Apurv, the director portrays the ambiguity of life as seen through the eyes of the protagonist. Juxtaposed against the aimlessness of Apurv is the story of Sanjay Mishra (Shreyas Talpade), a very ambitious young man, very active in student politics. The film is not just about these two characters but also deals with the larger questions of friendship, trust, love, sex and finally betrayal as seen through the life of these students. Such is the canvas of Tiwary's Dil Dosti Etc. The director has got his characters down pat as also the hostel life with its ragging of juniors and the typical obsession with sex and love. Sanjay is a character who is so typical of the Delhi campus. Hailing from Bihar, politics is in his blood. Life is a serious business for the Sanjays of this world. But for the Apurvs, life is a mystery with too many questions and too many answers. He just lives. Obsessed with trying to find meaning in his existence, Apurv belongs to that class of upper middle class, who can perhaps afford to indulge in this pastime. He tries to find meaning in his relationship with a prostitute, played by Smriti Mishra. He spends his days sleeping and nights carousing. He plots and plans how to take Kintu, his school-going girlfriend to bed, but he needn't have as she is also quite typical of today's youth, adult before their time in matters of sex and love. It's all about having a good time and Apurv has plenty of them. Sanjay, on the other hand, has a tough time understanding the casual approach to sex and love that Apurv and his own girlfriend have. Everything here is for keeps. Apurv and Sanjay quickly become friends, with not much in common. Apurv kind of secretly admires Sanjay because he has beliefs, however chauvinistic and parochial they may seen. Sanjay, on the other hand, takes him under his wing like a younger brother. The stage is set for the elections on the campus and with it begins the campaigning which often takes a violent note. Politics is politics, whether it is played on a college campus or on the national arena. Money and violence are all a part of it. Sanjay, strangely has no qualms about playing this game. There is absolutely no conflict here. But his ideals and traditional way of thinking come into conflict with his girlfriend's decision to take part in a beauty pagent. He has problems accepting the fact that she will take part in a bikini round. That is the point which marks the break between Sanjay's relations with his girlfriend, who finds more in common with Apurv. They do, after all, belong to the same class, with more or less the same kind of values. Set against this is a silly wager that the two men engage in—Sanjay will win the elections and Apurv will manage to have sex with three women. Apurv actually takes the wager very seriously. He already has his prostitute lover and Kintu is all to eager to play the game. He needs a third girl to win his wager. Sanjay ultimately wins the elections and Apurv too finds the third girl to complete his part of the wager, but it all comes at a heavy price. Tiwary manages to show two divergent views. There are two Indias here in his movie. One is the India that lives in the metros, pampered existences and the other is the small town mentality. Sanjay and Apurv are very typical of their mileu and are content to live there. Sadly, there is no meeting of the two. But with Sanjay's death, the director makes a powerful statement of the inevitable collapse of a certain way of life and thinking. Sanjay's death, is in a sense meaningless. It does not impart and lessons but just leaves behind more questions which continue to plague Apurv. Tiwary's film is an absorbing encounter with Sanjay and Apurv. The unfortunate part is that the both are unable to co-exist together. The film has been written and directed by Tiwary himself, who reveals a mastery over his subject. The characters are sketched very life-like. His actors too have excelled in playing out their characters with great integrity and finesse. Talpade has already made a name for himself where acting is concerned. And he gives another fine performance as Sanjay Mishra from Bihar. Imaad Shah, who makes his debut here, shows that he has what it takes to be a good actor, besides his genes. He has a certain charm about him and he plays the passive rebel very well. The girls, Nikita Anand and Ishita Sharma too, fit into their roles with ease. Smriti Mishra makes a come back with this film, she delivers a nuanced performance as the hardened yet vulnerable prostitute. The music complements the mood of the film and Dum Laga, should definitely do very well. It has a wonderfully rowdy feel to it, which is quite irresistible. The film has been shot well by Arvind K. The art direction too is quite commendable. As a first film, Tiwary has proved that he has a story to tell and that he also has the ability to tell that story well. He seems to have lived his characters life for them. He carries you through the film with the easy flow of the narrative. Definitely a commendable first effort.

Different Sounds of Youth

By MovieTalkies.com, 18 September 2007 3 / 5

Dil Dosti Etc, which is a Prakash Jha production directed by debutant director Manish Tiwary, is an interesting album. The music of the album has been given by Siddharth-Suhas and the band called Agnee. There are new faces in the film as well and the musical tracks of the film carry this novelty through. The album opens with Dum Laga composed by Siddharth-Suhas and sung by Suraj Jagan and Hamza and the composers. The number is a very typically college campus kind of song. It's been written more like a tale about college from a student's point of view. The number has been written by Ram Goutam, Prashant Pandey, Siddharth and Suhas, and seems to be quite situational. It has a wonderful carefree feel about it which is brought in by the strumming of the guitar in the beginning. Suraj's voice does the rest. The contents of the song are such that anyone who is in college or has been in college, will immediately take to it. It is part gossipy and is all about love and love affairs among other things. The lyrics are quite clever and capture a certain mood and time in the life of a youth. The rhythmic number expresses it quite well. The number has a remix version done by DJ Phat, which is quite like the original, except for a few additional dialogues woven into it. This is by far the best song in the album. Agnee composes the next number called Lamha Ye Jayega Kahan, which is sung by K Mohan. He has a soft, melodious voice and manages to carry the song through with his soulful rendition. The number is not your normal filmy number. Lamha and Dum Laga are diametrically opposite numbers but complement each other very well. Lamha is stronger on melody while Dum Laga has a stronger rhythmic quality to it. But the numbers do complement each other as they can be seen as different phases of a journey. This is another number which lingers on in memory. Sunidhi Chauhan makes her appearance in this album with Siddharth-Suhas' Sambhalo Dil Ko. Sunidhi's vocals are used to good effect by the composers in this song which is strong on rhythm and funk. Sunidhi's voice lifts the song and gives it a slightly out-of-the-ordinary touch. The next number composed by Agnee is a surprise. You don't expect to find a classical number in a young, contemporary album like Dil Dosti Etc. This is an absolutely different genre and Agnee has got it right with their choice of singer. Aarti Ankalikar's deep, resonant, husky tones give More Baanke Chhaliya a truly authentic mujra feel. The singer last created the same magic in Shyam Benegal's Sardari Begum under the composer Vanraj Bhatia. A situational number, this has been flawlessly rendered by Ankalikar but will probably have very limited appeal. Siddhart-Suhas's club-bhangra number Man Moniye, is the last in this album. The song begins on a high and continues in this vein throughout. What is refreshing about Man Moniye is that despite being a typical bhangra number, the young composers are able to inject a fresh effervescence quality to it. Siddharth-Suhas are able to take the conventional bhangra and tweak it ever so slightly to get a punchy Man Moniye. This number should have you wanting to hit the dance floor with a vengeance. This too has a remixed version, tweaked by DJ Phat again. The remixed version keeps the fun going. The music of Dil Dosti Etc is catchy, young and should do decently well if promoted properly. It truly sounds fresh and youthful. This album has something going for everyone, beginning with Dum Laga and culminating in Man Moniye.
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