Bollywood is known for it’s 3 hr plus movies. All the big budget films in this industry seem to go for that kind of length. That’s how you get all the melodrama, sentiment, comedy and romance. And it works, if you want to be drowning in a vat of boiling emotion. That’s Karan Johar and his blockbuster hit: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which means Something Happens. It stars SRK, the Bollywood badshah, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee and Salman Khan.
KKHH is a typical Bollywood in emotion and formula, but the way the movie plays out is straightforward and the story is cute. It’s about five main characters: Rahul Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan), Anjali Sharma (Kajol), Tina Malhotra (Rani Mukherjee), Aman Mehra (Salman Khan in an extended cameo) and Anjali Khanna or Anjali Jr. The story starts at Tina’s funeral, who was married to Rahul, where Rahul has a flashback of him with Tina before she died (about their daughter. We then move 8 years later, where we are introduced to Anjali Jr., Rahul and Tina’s daughter and their life in Mumbai. On Anjali Jr.’s 8th birthday, she reads a letter written to her by her late mother (written before she died), about her father and his relationship with his best friend, Anjali Sharma and Tina herself. A (very long) flashback takes place. Tina then instructs Anjali to find the other Anjali and reunite the lady with her dad. The rest of the movie is how Anjali Jr. reunites her dad and Anjali Sr., who is engaged.
Karan Johar uses the themes of friendship, love and destiny to create a story that ties the past to the present. The story is typical Bollywood, but it infuses the Indian culture of the 90s. But he uses too much sad music, all the ladies crooning when someone’s sad… He also uses motifs that act as links between the past and the present. Great way to link time frames. Karan Johar is a good director for this genre: the SRK emotional rollercoaster. All the acting works, especially SRK and Kajol. The grandma does comedy and the girl is cute. This is a great family film and can be watched once a month, when edited every time. The whole aspect of love razed by time is another factor that makes this movie stand out. It’s just a movie you should see if you’re depressed or you like Bollywood or your family wants you to see a movie that is free or violence and sex. No complaints except for extra songs and time!!!!!!
Thing is Bollywood formula doesn’t work for me all the time, so it loses a couple of points…