Movie Review: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

What? No Arjun Rampal?

Sorry, no. But you get Shah Rukh Khan and he is pretty darn awesome.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

This movie was two, two movies in one. The first half is the absolute silliest most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in a while. It’s 10 years or so before the main story and everyone is in college and they’re wearing these WTF outfits and acting like they’re in Welcome Back Kotter, I swear to God. There’s a whole trainwreck sub-plot theme that suggests it’s just fine to harass women — they like it! It makes them hot!

Oh Lord, I wasn’t sure I could survive it other than the whole rubber necking thing. But the singing and dancing was GREAT and that helped a lot. Plus SRK is smoking hot.

Anyway, Rahul (SRK) is best buds with Anjali, this girl in college — really truly best buds, only she realizes she’s in love with him and he does not get it even a bit. Instead he falls for this hot babe and they get married and are happy and have a daughter while Anjali leaves and, we presume, goes on with her lonely life . . .

Back to the Future

Rahul’s wife has died and his 8 year old daughter, also named Anjali (NOT a coincidence!) through letters left by her mother now has the task of finding his best college buddy Anjali. At this point, the movie turns amazing. It’s really good, if a bit contrived but who cares! Rahul and Anjali have astonishing chemistry and did I mention SRK is smoking hot? It’s just so sweet and she almost marries the wrong man and and wow.

The Take Away

The power of the performances and the romance in the 2nd half of this movie completely make up for the ridiculous beginning.

My vote for best caress ever in a movie. If you love romance in movies, this scene is amazingly hot and sexy.

Highly recommended.


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10 Responses to “Movie Review: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”

  1. Julie Anderson says:

    Are you talking about the gazebo scene? LOVE it! Just like the scene when Mr. Darcy (in the Colin Firth version, of course) looks at Elizabeth across the room, I got goose bumps.

    I completely agree with your review the first interval is cheesy, but right from the moment when he yells, “AN-JA-LI!” I thoroughly the ride. Aah! Romantic bliss. Kajol is gorgeous in her saris.

    Have you seen Dostana? There’s a nod to the gazebo scene in it.

  2. Yes, I am talking about the gazebo scene. Beautiful sari, incredibly hot caress.

    Dostana has been recommended to me, but I heard it was sad so I’m afraid to get my hands on it and watch. I will one of these days and probably kick myself for not watching it sooner.

  3. Julie Anderson says:

    Dostana is a total laugh fest. You must be thinking of some other movie. I don’t love the second half, but overall it’s a lot of fun. I hope you see it.

  4. Are you, by any chance, a John Abraham fan? Just asking. I have the movie ordered. If I end up crying, I’m coming after you for the cost of the tissues.

  5. Suleikha says:

    Dostana isn’t sad at ALL. There’s a bit of conflict, but at no point will you need tissues!

    Also: KKHH is my favorite movie of all time, including the silliness in college. I’m guessing that there’s just stuff that does not work for people who didn’t grow up in the culture.

  6. I’ve ordered Dostana and saw from the description that it isn’t sad at all. Whew!

    In KKHH, the college part was often silly but it was also fun and just incredibly cute. The actors did a fabulous job. But I confess I had a lot of trouble with the University President and his attitudes, and the woman professor and hers. Hers in particular struck me as an overlay of what men would like to think woman are like. Those attitudes are easily found in US books and movies from the 1980s and before (possibly into the 1990’s) and they bother me too.

    I did not grow up in an Indian culture so I have to defer to your assessment of the impact on someone who did. I am, by definition, an outsider in respect of that.

    Between this one and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, I think I like RNBDJ better, but I tell you, most of KKHH is just wonderful and the part where he’s finding Anjali again is just spectacular cinema.

  7. Julie Anderson says:

    Guilty as charged…John Abraham was what first brought me to India cinema in the first place. I too like looking at beautiful men, and in my opinion, he is even better than Michelangelo’s David. I’ve never been so enamored with a celebrity before. Unless you count being obsessed with Frank Sinatra’s voice when I was younger. Seriously (I know, call me old-fashioned). I do know some people who know him, John Abraham, not Frank Sinatra, personally and they say he is a true gentleman and an unusually sincere human.

  8. I know JA is a hottie. Am looking forward to seeing him in movie!

  9. Suleikha says:

    John Abraham’s a doll. I was at a Q&A he, the director of Dostana and some other cast mates did, and he was gracious, articulate… and, yes, incredibly gorgeous!

    Carolyn – I think it’s great that you’re becoming so immersed in Indian film, but I do think there’s a certain amount of “bring your own subtext” that we all have to put aside when we’re navigating unfamiliar territory.

    Look at it this way: What if I were a native Indian who began watching American cinema solely because of Ryan Reynolds, watched primarily his films and formed my view of both American cinema and American culture by what I saw in something like The Proposal? That’s not a 1980s or ’90s movie and, yet, it’s an incredibly sexist narrative, where this man basically successfully turns his bitch of a boss into a kitten by the end of the film. And there are infinite numbers of U.S. romcoms and dramas that work with similar themes.

    • Suleikha: I’m not sure about the immersion thing. I’m a huge fan of Martial Arts films, as an example, and have probably by now seen over a hundred of them. I’ve gone back to re-watch several of the films I saw earlier because after a bit, I picked up on certain (mostly Chinese) themes that pop up in historically set Chinese Martial Arts films and certain events mean something a bit different once you know about those themes.

      I would never argue that US culture doesn’t have sexist narratives because Lord knows it does. But there’s a vocal counterpoint to all the male voices that used to completely dominate the landscape. However, I wouldn’t say there’s no counterpoint in India film. In The Last Lear, for example, there are fairly long scenes when the female characters are talking to each other about the ways in which men are controlling and disrupting their lives. They weren’t just complaining, they were talking about the ways in which they counter that behavior. I found that to be wonderfully subversive.

      Lastly, of course, in putting together a review for this blog, I’m not attempting to fully analyze or dissect. That would take hours and hours and I’d still fail at it. I leave out broad swathes of what I thought and that act probably gives undue emphasis to some of the things I do say. They’re all first and only drafts.

      I totally get that I am very uninformed.