“All we wanted to do was do Dil Chahta Hai”: Farhan Akhtar celebrates 20 years of Excel Entertainment
Actor-director Farhan Akhtar shared a post on Instagram to celebrate the 20th anniversary of not only his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai, but also production company Excel Entertainment. Founded by Farhan and his friend, producer Ritesh Sidhwani, Excel Entertainment’s debut project was a huge critical and commercial success and also became a beloved cult film that captured the zeitgeist of the early years of youth. 21st century.
The coming-of-age romantic comedy starred Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia in the lead roles.
Akhtar shared a video montage of various company projects and wrote in the caption, “20 Years Of Excel. And to think that all we wanted was just to do Dil Chahta Hai. The edit included the films made. by the production company over the years including Lakshya, Rock On !!, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Gully Boy, among others.
He added, “Thank you, life, for having other plans. Thank you to all the actors, screenwriters, directors, technicians, musical directors, lyricists and everyone from all the creative departments and production teams who have accompanied and sometimes carried me on this journey. None of this was possible without you. And none of this was possible without the love of you, the audience. It is your support that has given wings to our dreams. Thank you.”
Ritesh Sidhwani shared on his own Instagram account: “The past two decades have been extremely humbling and rewarding. We are deeply grateful for all the memories, experiences and friendships we have forged along the way. Thank you all for standing by our side and showering us with love. Let’s go for the next 20 years together!
Zoya Akhtar, the director of Zindagi Na Milega Dobara and Gully Boy and Farhan’s sister, called Excel Entertainment “the most comfortable home a girl can have.” She added, “Thank you for supporting my crazy ideas. Thank you for throwing a party to my smallest success and only throwing encouragement at my biggest failure. I can’t imagine this trip without you. Farhan and Ritesh – Brother friends rockstar partners – Love you both mucho ♥ ️ Congratulations on 20 years, I wish you 120 more. Keep telling them stories⭐.
Besides Dil Chahta Hai, Excel Entertainment is also behind popular films such as Rock On !!, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Talaash, Fukrey, Gully Boy, among others.
Excel Entertainment initiated the first Indian web series project – Inside Edge – in 2017. Since then, the company has funded hit series like Mirzapur and Made in Heaven.
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