The main reason I moved to Sydney was that Farhan Akhtar made it look so beautiful in Dil Chahta Hai. It was stunning and so green in this song Jaane Kyun. I imagined myself grabbing lunch in a cafe, enjoying a picnic and walking on the top of Harbour Bridge.
Cut to 6 years later when moving to Australia, I chose Sydney for practical considerations like job but didn’t think twice about the city and livability. The visuals of this song had a lot to do with it. I kid you not. There were cafes, they had parks, trees, water views, the Harbour Bridge, an Opera House… what else was needed?
I remember the exact feeling and moment when my flight was descending into Sydney, it was a mix of curiosity and fear. And then, as it landed, I saw beautiful green on one side and water on the other. I was sold!
No regrets and yes, I have been to all those places that Farhan showed in the movie and the other song Tanhaai. Including the station and exact spot from the scene where Preity is left behind and Aamir boards the train. The only thing remaining is the helicopter ride because it is scary!
Thankfully, Sydney worked out pretty well for me. Farhan moved on to other things, and I am here.
About Jaane Kyun Kog Pyaar, what else is there to say? I love the interplay between the two. It conveys the states of mind of both Aamir Khan and Preity Zinta fabulously. I love, love everything about it: Farah Khan’s refreshing choreography, the lyrics, the outfits, the casual demeanor of both actors, the music, the singing.
Today, having lived in Sydney for 8 plus years, I can vouch for Farhan and say he captured the spirit of the city perfectly.
Movie: Dil Chahta Hai
Song: Jaane Kyun Log
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
Choreography: Farah Khan
Cinematography: Ravi K. Chandran