It's very rare that commercial films with no storyline to speak of start off
to rave reviews from the fiercest of film critics, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is
one film we're bound to discuss for years to come. With the right mixture of
emotion, love and relationships (not to speak color and fashion), the film set
box-offices across the country dancing away to the sweet jingle of pouring mammon.
You could summarize the story in two sentences, but it was the presentation,
the emoting, the star cast and the vibrancy that made all the difference. It
was all the small things of boy-girl friendship in a campus that can only be
imagined that got people in droves to the theaters to vicariously live out their
favorite fantasies. The country went ga-ga over the songs and the stars, and
Shahrukh became a true superstar. (And, as we write this, it was also Shah Rukh's
Rahul (Shah Rukh) and Anjali (Kajol) are the best of friends and have their
regular dose of fighting and making up. But then young hearts can't keep quiet
for long, can they? So, Anjali falls in love with Rahul and he in turn with
Tina (Rani). Tina is sexy but not indecent, and sweet but mature unlike Anjali
who is a bit childish and more than a bit boyish. So, Anjali goes backstage
as Rahul proposes to Tina. She comes out eight years later engaged to Aman (Salman)
only to meet Rahul again and to discover that Tina's no more.
Shah Rukh is brilliant as the young widower and a single parent with a child
to care for. The first half of the movie has him jumping and running behind
babes, and later you see him playing Mr. Responsible with all the dignity it
calls for. And the, when he meets Anjali again, the college boy comes out, only,
this time, clad in designer wear. He brings out the emotions of love and the
awkward moments of the reunion of estranged fast friends in a touching manner,
and is sure to take your heart away.
Kajol's histrionics need no introduction. You can almost feel Anjali's pain
when she is rejected in love. KKHH is perhaps going to stay Kajol's most memorable
performance. Rani is someone you should watch out for, she just takes your breath
away in those skimpy clothes! Yet, despite coming in as a glamour doll, she
performs well for a (then) newcomer.
Karan Johar has written the dialogues, scripted the story and directed the movie,
and, needless to stay, has done an amazing job of it. He lived up to all expectations,
and, true to his family name, made a movie that touched millions of hearts.
The music is foot-tapping and has captured the imagination of the youngsters.
If you haven't seen this movie as yet, then you have missed something.