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‘All we wanted was to make Dil Chahta Hai’: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Zoya celebrate 20 years of Excel Entertainment

Starting with Dil Chahta Hai, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment made a number of beloved films such as Rock On!!, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Lakshya, Fukrey and Gully Boy.

farhan akhtar, ritesh sidhwani"Thank you life for having other plans." wrote Farhan Akhtar. (Photo: Farhan Akhtar/Instagram)

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar has shared a post on Instagram to celebrate 20th anniversary of not just his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai, but also production company Excel Entertainment. Founded by Farhan and his friend, producer Ritesh Sidhwani, Excel Entertainment’s first project was a huge critical and commercial success and has also become a beloved cult film that captured the youngsters’ zeitgeist of early 21st century.

The coming-of-age romantic comedy starred Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, and Dimple Kapadia in lead roles.


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Akhtar shared a video montage of different projects from the company and wrote in the caption, “20 Years Of Excel. And to think all we wanted was to just make Dil Chahta Hai.” The montage included the films made by the production company over the years including Lakshya, Rock On!!, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Gully Boy, among others.

Aamir Khan, talaash Aamir Khan in Reema Kagti’s Talaash. (Photo: Excel Entertainment) Farhan Akhtar Farhan Akhtar in the recently released sports drama Toofan. (Photo: Excel Entertainment) Shah Rukh Khan, raees Shah Rukh Khan in 2017’s Raees. (Photo: Excel Entertainment)

He added, “Thank you life for having other plans. Thank you to all actors, writers, directors, technicians, music directors, lyricists and every single person from all creative departments and production teams that walked alongside and sometimes carried me on this journey. None of it was possible without you. And none of it was possible without the love of you, the audiences. It’s been your support that’s given wings to our dreams. Thank you.”

Ritesh Sidhwani shared on his own Instagram account: “The last two decades have been extremely humbling and fulfilling. We are deeply grateful for all the memories, experiences and friendships we have forged along the way. Thank you all for standing beside us and flooding us with love. Here’s to the next 20 years together!”


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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 could have.” She added, “Thank you for supporting my crazy ideas. Thank you for throwing a party at my smallest success and throwing only encouragement at my biggest failure. Can’t imagine this trip without you. Farhan and Ritesh – Brothers friends partners rockstars – Love you both mucho ♥️ Congratulations on 20 years, I wish you 120 more. Keep telling them stories⭐.

Apart from Dil Chahta Hai, Excel Entertainment is also behind such well-appreciated films such as Rock On!!, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Talaash, Fukrey, Gully Boy, among others.

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Excel Entertainment is behind the first Indian web series project — Inside Edge — in 2017. Since then, the company has bankrolled hit series like Mirzapur and Made in Heaven.

First published on: 09-08-2021 at 12:13:41 pm
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