Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2016

Dil Chahta Hai represents Freudian iceberg theory



Bollywood Mr. Perfectionist Amir Khan never made a movie without any purpose. The superstar always tries to give a film with lesson and his 2001 hit Indian comedy-drama movie Dil Chahta Hai starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, in lead roles with Sonali Kulkarni, and Dimple Kapadia, was also has a lesson along with entertainment. It has been 15 years since Dil Chahta Hai hit theaters and redefined friendship goals for all of us.

To date, the movie remains as full of impact since it was back in 2001 with characters Akash, Sameer and Sid imprinted in everyone’s memories. They were and are still significant.

Recently, a Youtube channel, Cinema Beyond Entertainment, has psychoanalyzed the Bollywood film and discovered an amazing detail employing Freudian theory.


Sigmund Freud, the father of Psychoanalysis, focuses on the unconscious aspects of personality. In Freud perspective the human mind is like an iceberg and the Freudian theory is about the three states of your mind — the id, the superego, and the ego.

According to him the id is the evil spirit that deals with impulses and pursues the code of instantaneous satisfaction, food, sex and aggression.

The second stage is superego which is the angel that is all the time want the thing which is morally right.

The third stage ego is what hits a balance amid the two extremes and makes decisions making efforts to please both.

And the characters of the film were representing these three as Akash represents id, Sid represents superego and Sameer represents the ego!

So, the movie is not only regarding youth, friendships and the alterations of your life when you grow up. There is a very profound description rooted in the film that makes it so applicable to each individual, the effort to balance your longings with what’s right.


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.