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Genre: Bollywood / Theatrical Release: 1998 / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Karan Johar / Actors: Kajol, Rani Mukerji & Salman Khan Shahrukh Khan ...

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      29.11.2011 18:59
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      Although just over 3 hours, a recommended watch

      Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (in English: Something Happens) is a Bollywood (Hindi language) film stargin Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji in an emotional love triangle.


      *Plot*

      Tina joins a college where her dad is the principal after having studied in London. Rahul and Anjali are best friends at the college but Rahul falls for Tina as soon as he sees her which makes life hard for tomboy Anjali as she realises that she's actually in love with her best friend. Anjali tries to be more girly but no one takes her seriously and she leaves college much to Rahul's dismay as she doesn't stay in touch with him. Rahul and Tina get married but sadly Tina dies shortly after giving birth to their daughter who she insists is named Anjali. Tina leaves letters for her daughter to be read each year on her birthday and by the time little Anjali is 8 she reads that Tina knew Anjali was in love with Rahul and asks that little Anjali seeks out grown up Anjali to do her mother a favour. Where does the story go from here?


      *Analysis*

      The film opens with Rahul at his wife's funeral pyre with flashbacks to his romance with his wife Tina, the birth of their child and him being told that she knew there would be severe complications with the birth. Just before she dies she leaves a series of letters with her mother in law to give to her daughter on each birthday finishing with her 8th birthday. Fast forward to 8 years later and a cute little 8 year old is recording herself on video talking about her hobbies of eating chocolates, beating up boys, annoying her grandmother and reading her mother's letters. Within minutes we see a cute father/daughter scene where Rahul turns up 2 hours late to meet his daughter followed by yet another cute scene where granny is lecturing (in a nice way) her friends about the importance of praying as it's a good example to set the younger generation when young Anjali runs in greets her granny with a "Hi Sexy!" much to the amusement of the older women present. In the next scene we see Rahul and his mother in the audience at a school function where the kids have to pull a random topic out of a bowl and talk about it for one minute. Poor little Anjali's topic is to talk about mothers but she dissolves into tears due to not having known her mother in person.

      These initial scenes of family love, gentle banter and tear-jerking moments set the scene for the rest of the film. Rahul's mother talks to him about getting re-married as she finds the family incomplete, even if her friends always slate their daughters-in-law and she can't join in. She's a good mother who wants her son to move on and find love again and a mother for young Anjali. So on young Anjali's 8th birthday she rushes down at midnight to shove all her boxed presents aside to find her mother's final letter. A letter which takes her back to the past when Rahul and Anjali were best friends at college before Tina came along and Rahul fell for her hook, line and sinker!

      This was only 20 minutes into the film and I was quite hooked by this stage. It did help that Shah Rukh Khan is a fabulous actor as well as Rani Mukerji and Kajol. Farida Jalal as Khan's mother was superb as well.

      Anupham Kher is quite amusing in her role as Tina's father and he's first seen on screen scolding college students for wearing such short skirts (even though his daughter arrives not long after wearing skirts which barely cover her underwear) then having to scold a teacher for wearing a short skirt too which was quite funny as he gets himself in all sorts of bother saying it's not a good example for the youngsters and the teacher asks if she's not young too! This is a good example of where Bollywood can do comedy in small doses successfully. Of course, when comedian Johnny Lever appears on screen, it almost makes me blood boil as I rarely find him amusing. Some inconsistencies come up in these early scenes such as why a Principal would call a female student "Darling" and why Tina would leave Oxford University to come back to study at her father's college. Also as per many Hindi films, they keep referring to Tina being from London when she was in Oxford! The English teacher Ms Braganza seems to wear shorter skirts than the students and seems more interested in flirting with the male students and the Principal than actually teaching. Oh and not forgetting the fact that she calls the Principal just Malhotra as opposed to Mr Malhotra which one would assume would be the correct form of address for one's senior (especially in India)! Add to all this, Kajol wears a shocking wig in the first half of the film which is all too obviously a wig, and we have some rather glaring inconsistencies which the production team didn't seem to notice or really care about.

      Santosh C Thundiyil's cinematography deserves a mention as does Sharmista Roy's art direction. This is an example of a Bollywood film which looks so great visually making the viewer want to visit the locations used during filming as they look so picturesque.

      The story itself takes a natural flow and some of the scenes are so beautifully and convincingly acted that I found myself welling up, especially the scene in college when Anjali decides she has to tell Rahul she loves him and they run towards each other. With both of them out of breath Rahul declares "I love you!" and Anjali seems over the moon till he keeps repeating it saying he doesn't know how he's going to say those three words to Tina. The look of pain on Anjali's face is heart-breaking and it makes one wonder why, as her best friend, Rahul doesn't notice. This scene is followed by a very sad ballad visualised in the rain with dancing girls in colourful costumes outside a temple. The chemistry between Khan and Mukerji were superb as it always is when they play opposite each other, as was the chemistry between Khan and Kajol. The few scenes between Mukerji and Kajol were well done too and the scene where they see each other for the last time at college was amazing as there were no words but their facial expressions and body language said so much more than words could have. It is interesting to note that Rani Mukerji and Kajol are cousins in real life.

      Salman Khan appears in the film as a special guest star and did his role credit. His chemistry with fellow actors was good enough but telling you who he appeared with would give away too much of the story!

      The songs overall in the film were quite catchy such as Koi Mil Gaya and and I recall several of them being hits in the Indian music charts at the time the film was released, including the title song "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai". With the magnificent Farah Khan as the choreographer, the dance scenes were very entertaining to watch as well as being very colourful.

      Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was one of Bollywood's biggest hits of 1998 and the highest grossing film of that year, winning a host of awards including Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor (Shah Rukh Khan), Best Actress (Kajol), Best Supporting Actress (Rani Mukerji), Best Art Direction and Best Screenplay at the Annual Filmfare Awards and many other nominations. Within Bollywood Kuch Kuch Hota Hai also won Best Film at the National Film Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Star Screen Awards and Bollywood Movie Awards.

      Karan Johar directed this hit film as well as writing the story and screenplay and dialogue. His father, Yash Chopra is a film producer. Johar has had 4 Bollywood mega hit films starring Shah Rukh Khan in the leading role all beginning with the letter K!

      My rating of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a strong 5 out of 5 stars. If you've never watched a Bollywood film, this might be a good one to start with if you like love stories!


      *Technical*

      Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Farida Jalal, Reema, Johnny Lever, Anupam Kher, Sana Saeed
      Producer: Yash Johar
      Director/Story/Screenplay/Dialogue: Karan Johar
      Art Director: Sharmista Roy
      Cinematogrphy: Santosh C Thundiyil
      Choreography: Farah Khan
      Music: Jatin-Lalit
      Playback Singers: Alka Yagnick, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadevan, Manpreet Akhtar
      Duration: 180 minutes
      Certification: U


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        06.02.2010 20:11
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        Between love and friendship

        This movie is quite simply the blockbuster in Bollywood Cinema. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is one such movie that blends all the necessary ingredients for amazing cinematographic entertainment. The mélange of laughs, sadness, love, friendship as well as family ties really meshed extremely well together. That's not to mention the amazing performances delivered by the three lead actors- including the sub characters. This is a film that came out long ago, and that I watched three years back. But it is also one that I have to say I'm still watching today, for the sheer mastery of it all.


        Plot:

        Rahul and Anjali are best friends. They fight almost everyday but share a bond like none other. One day, a stunning young woman named Tina joins their college. Rahul instantly falls for her. It is at that very moment that Anjali realizes her love for him...


        The basic plot is quite simplistic but there are quite a lot of subplots and twists give this amazing zest to the movie as a whole. I can quite simply describe Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as being one of the rare movies that genuinely make you laugh- then cry within a couple of seconds. The sheer artistry of the movie lies mainly in the incredibly powerful chemistry between the three lead actors, especially between Shah Rukh Khan (Rahul) and Kajol (Anjali). There is one particular gazebo scene between the two of them that is extremely sizzling and powerful. I have watched numerous Bollywood movies starring these two actors and I can quite honestly say that these two were really made to play together. The chemistry between them was nearly tangible!


        In addition, I was also left bowled over by Rani Mukerjee's (Tina) performance. She had to enact the exact opposite of Anjali's tomboyish attitude and I believe that she really played the sexy siren part perfectly. I was getting quite ready to hate her stereotyped character but I have to say that I was quite stunned to see that the director managed to breathe quite a strong personality into her character. More than the "femme fatale" that comes between two best friends, Rani managed to depict someone who just couldn't help but fall in love with Rahul. While she was undeniably overshadowed by Kajol's performances, I would say that considering the fact that Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is Rani's grand debut, she delivered quite a good performance.


        The songs were wonderful. While they had quite a modern and less-colorful touch to them, especially in comparison to other Bollywood movies, they were really relevant to the message of the film as a whole. I was lucky enough that my songs were subtitled and I can easily vouch for the fact that a few of them were simply heartbreaking to listen and watch. The emotions in the songs were quite strong and clear.


        DVD Extras:
        I loved all the DVD extras! They were really entertaining, fun and informative, with a lot of commentaries from the producer Karan Johar. The extras included:


        * Deleted Scenes with commentaries
        * Filmfare Awards Ceremony (Where Kuch Kuch Hota Hai swallowed all the awards!)
        * Interview with Karan, Shah Rukh and Kajol


        Main Cast List includes:
        * Sharukh Khan
        * Kajol
        * Rani Mukerji
        * Salman Khan


        Overall, this is an extremely highly recommended movie that I would have awarded 10 stars to (had this been possible!).


        Thanks for reading!

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          07.08.2009 19:02
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          Bollywood's favorite romantic couple gets lovey-dovey!

          Kuch kuch hota hai,karan johar's debut film is his tribute Archies comic series. Starring his best buddy Shahrukh khan, Kajol and Rani Mukharjee it is certainly a crowd puller and a film high on entertainment.

          A simple and basic plot revolving around Raj and Anjali(who are best of friends), it starts off as Raj's daughter grows 10 and is presented with his late mother's letters to her. She comes to know of her dad's best college friend Anjali(she is also named Anjali after her). The story moves forward with the daughter trying to reunite her dad with Anjali,only to know she is about to get married to another guy.

          While the first half is essentially a college romantic kind of a film, the second tries to be a bit more mature in its treatment. What really works for this film is that it doesn't follow the subtle and mature path, it sticks to its strength- entertainment value and star presence.It is mostly cliché but you wont bother much because you will enjoy yourselves for sure.

          Shahrukh khan takes centre stage(as it is with every karan johar film) but it is actually kajol who is the best performance wise. This is a film high on entertainment value with a superb starcast which will keep you content.

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          05.04.2009 15:47
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          A very sweet love story

          I can still remember that when I was in college, and was dating my wife, and we watched this movie for the first time together. And this movie was excellent. And we enjoyed it together. This movie has a very sweet love story, and I can say a very sad love story. We both cried watching this movie. The story of this movie has touched my heart too much. Shahrukh Khan, and Kajol did a wonderful job. And Rani got a big break in her carrier from this movie, and I have to say that she also did a wonderful job in this movie. This movie was the debut movie of Karan Johar, and now we all know him, and his awesome works. I liked his direction in this movie, it was new, and the whole movie has been well organized. After sawing this movie me and my wife fall in love again with each other, and till now whenever this movie telecasts on channels, I watch it with my wife, we just love to watch this movie again and again, it never becomes old for us.

          People who doesn't saw this movie till now, I can say to them that you are missing a good movie, specially people who are in love should watch this movie. This movie is all about love, friendship ,and sacrifice. I love the songs of this movie, all of them are my favorite, but I like the title track called "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" more than other track. Overall I have to say that it is the most romantic film in Indian cinema.

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            13.03.2009 21:33
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            Overall I loved this movie

            Well the movie "kuch kuch hota hai" is one of the superhit movies. It was directed by Karan Johor, he was newbie in the field of direction at that time. The cast of this movie is very powerfull. All the superhit stars could be seen in this movie Leading star is Shahrukh Khan and the co-stars are Rani Mukharji and Kajol.
            Well the story is basically about two college friends Kajol and Shahrukh.They were very best friend and then another lady stepted in their life , Rani Mukherji. Shahruk never took Kajol as a girl friend, he used to take her as a boy friend. When Rani and Shahrukh get closer to eachother then Kajol realises that she is in love with Shahruk.
            So it is basically a triangular love story. In which Shahrukh and Rani loved eachother and Kajol loved Shahrukh. Songs are superb and very soft romantic no.s. Theme of the moive is very close to the reality of life.

            Acting of the actors is also very good and I think each and every character in the movie has played superb role. I think you should watch this movie if you like soft romantic stories.

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              04.03.2009 12:29
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              A love triangle... a tale of two phases of life... A fun-filled flick

              Producer : Yash Johar
              Director: Karan Johar
              Staring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Sana Saeed, Anupam Kher, Farida Jalal & Salman Khan (sp. appearance).
              Music: Jatin Lalit

              Kuch kuch hota hai... Released in the end of 1998... It was Karan Johar's Directorial debut , Karan now know for his movies having a 'larger than life' impression and his value for family. Had done a fantastic job even in his first attempt... This movies is par with the all time favorite DDLJ & the Record breaker Hum Aapke hai kaun.

              Now the movie plot It's a story of two friends...actually best friends... realizing they are in love... (Another close one to the plot is - jaane tu yaa jaane naa) but as usual... One realizes before the other and that's how the story swifts from a fun-filled college n young life to an sincere family class.

              The story commences with the funeral of Tina (Rani Mukherjee). She dies right after giving birth to a new born girl whom she names Anjali after the name of her pal in college Anjali (Kajol). Though shes not going to be alive anymore she wants her daughter to know her and so writes 8 letters to her daughter... as a gift for her first 8 birthdays. The daughter on her 8th birthday get the 8th letter from where the movie goes in to a flash back...

              The first half is a flash back of the College life of Rahul (Shahrukh), Anjali (Kajol) & Tina (Rani). It has all the fun, excitement and enjoyment a regural college life has... N its has been very well presented by Karan(Direcotor) And with lot of style. In the first half Rahul and Anjali are best friends and are the most popular in the college... Very happy, always fighting best friends... Rahul is always after the girls (but as he says "Main ladkiyon ke peeche nahi, 'adkiya mere peeche bhagti hai" that mean I am not after gals but gals are after me) and Anjali being Tom-boy is one the guys. In the last year of the college comes in the Principle's daughter Tina... Rahul falls for Tina and Anjali starts realizing that shes in love with Rahul but since he likes tina... She decides to leave college and go in the mid of the term.

              Cut -2...Second half... the girl (tina's daughter) has finished reading the letter where she has been instructed by her mother to bring together the long aparted friends - Rahul & Anjali. On the other hand... Anjali (kajol) has got engaged to Aman (Salman Khan). Now for the further story you gotta watch the movie... Did that little Anjali manage to bring together her father and his friend Anjali. What all problems she had to go through in the process.

              Over all the movie is good... A tale of two different phases of life... A super hit movie of its time. The entire look of the movie is very classy and stylish, something that Karan johar is known for (making his moives in STYLE). Shahrukh play a fatherly role for the first time, and hes damn good in it. Rani plays a short & sweet but winning role, for which she gained a lot of popularity in short time. As for Kajol, she is the one who should get most of the credit (after the director) for this film. Her outfits, her versatility, her looks... Everything is just perfect. Even Salman looks sweet in his even shorter role than Rani.

              I am sure if you watch the movie... you wont forget the dialogues like... "Rahul Khanna kissi se nahi darta" & "We will See"

              HaPpY Watching!! =)

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                10.12.2008 01:14

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                What happens when you fall in love?

                Kuch Kuck Hota Hai is a bollywood favourite starring Bollywood's favourite star couple: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.
                The first half of the film is Tina's memory. Tina is played by Rani Mukherjee who married Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) but died after giving birth. Her daughter anjali opens her mums letter on her 8th birthday and reads....
                Rahul was best friends with a girl called Anjali (Kajol) in college. Tina was the principles daughter who had just come from London. Rahul falls for her and anjali runs away to her mothers house. Tina tells her daughter anjali that she needs to reunite rahul and anjali once again and get them married as their love is true.
                Anjali decides she will fulfill her mothers wish and runs off to summer camp with her nani (Farida Jalal) where the older anjali helps out. Rahul follows her and as he meets anjali again, it is just like old times except that he has to find his anjali again as this new one is nothing like the on he used to know. She is also engaged but as normal bollywood films, there is a happy ending.

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                05.12.2008 14:17
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                A triangular sensitive love story on the definition of love

                This poignant triangular love story, shot in Mauritius, written and directed by the debut director, Karan Johar makes us reflect on the definition of love-chemistry, rapport or friendship? In this case, Rahul ( Shah Rukh Khan ), Anjali ( Kajol ) are the best of friends in college. Comes Tina ( Rani Mukherji ), the Principal's daughter, glamorous and feminine, the antithesis of Anjali. Subtle touches, exchange of coy glances and touching incidents. Rahul expresses his love for Tina first, leaving behind a stunned Anjali who had just realized that she loved Rahul. She leaves college wishing Rahul all the best. Karan surpasses himself in the scene at the railway station, a confused Rahul, a matured Anjali and an enlightened Tina. Before her premature death, Tina expresses her desire to see Rahul and Anjali united in a letter to her daughter (little Anjali). Whether the daughter is able to take the story forward forms the second half of the film. Anjali's fiancé (Salman Khan) plays the beautiful guest role to perfection.
                Their runaway hit won all major awards - Filmfare, Lux Zee Cine and at the national level too. The intelligent actors, Kajol and SRK shared a perfect on-screen chemistry, as usual. Karan, with his sensitive handling of every scene, touches a raw nerve in every viewer making us shudder with waves of emotion.
                It was just as well that Saif Ali Khan turned down the role of Aman before Salman. As did Urmila, Aishwarya, Raveena, Shilpa and Karishma before the livewire Rani Mukherji accepted her role of Tina. The rest is history....
                SRK and Johar later pulled Kajol's leg in a TV show and reminded her about her fall and knee injury during the bicycle sequence in one song number. The songs by music directors Jatin-Lalit sung by Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Alka Yagnik turned out to be the strength of the movie.
                This romantic film put director Karan firmly on the success chart and established him as an intelligent and sensitive director par excellence.

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