Has quarantine been treating you well? It is certainly not doing us any favors. The extraordinary boredom caused by being stuck in our homes led us to do a re-watch of one of bollywood’s most iconic films i.e. “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. Although in hindsight, that was definitely not the best way to cure the boredom. Wondering why? Well…..the movie is NOT as great as you might remember.
Here’s Everything Wrong With “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (Spoiler Alert: There’s a LOT)
Where to even start, from the countless questionable plot decisions to the controversial dialogues, there’s a lot to cover. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
1. Rahul chooses Tina over Anjali
Ah, the usual “exchange student” cliche. What’s worse is that it is handled more poorly than even the worst of them.
Rahul (Shah Rukh) and Anjali (Kajol) are best friends – minus that Anjali has a one-sided crush on the play boy (Rahul). He is practically dating half the college and suddenly stops this douche-y behavior when he lays eyes on Tina (Rani Mukerji) – a UK return who is coming to a college in India to finish her last year for whatever reason.
They spend time together and fall in love, because why not. Screw the best friend that has been with you from the beginning with no regards for her feelings, am I right?
2. Looks Are EVERYTHING
Whether the intent was to highlight the societal issues or just banking on them, this was one of the most disgusting things from the movie. Consider this: You are a boy’s best friend, have been beside him always, have feelings for him and he just dumps you for someone else because you aren’t “hot” enough!
The worst part? Anjali tries to change her entire personality and looks to “appeal” to Rahul. And, instead of being considerate and thinking about her side of the story, he makes fun of her. Like, what were they even thinking making this?
3. Anjali Runs Away!
Yeah, you read that right. Upon knowing about Rahul’s confession to Tina, Anjali drops everything, college studies and all and just decides to run away. Basically just teaching everyone who watches this to run away from your problems just because ONE guy is a douche bag.
4. Tina leaves behind eight letters for her daughter
This entry wouldn’t have been here if it were not for how the film makers went about it. Tina, who is about to die because of internal bleeding and stuff, leaves behind eight letters behind for her daughter, one for each birthday till the age of eight.
So, she expects her daughter to start reading those letters from the age of one?? Everyone is on something else in this movie lol.
5. 8-year-old Anjali goes to meet her dad ALL BY HERSELF
If the movie wanted to portray adults as being absolute idiots, it definitely succeeded. Tina, who is now dead, and Rahul’s 8-year-old kid goes to meet her father all by herself. What’s more that Rahul decides to make his daughter wait for 2 whole hours for him all alone. Man that’s a bad parent if I have ever seen one!
6. Principal Malhotra
This guy alone became the embodiment of the biggest problems with the film. From banning girls from wearing skirts because ‘they provoke boys’ instead of telling the boys not to act inappropriately to acting like a complete hypocrite and “enjoying” it when Miss Braganza rocks the same look, Principal Malhotra promoted everything wrong with society in his college. No wonder Rahul was such a douche!
7. Dead Tina orders Anjali to reunite Rahul with older Anjali
Way to put pressure on a naïve 8-year-old child and asking her to fulfill your dying wishes! Like seriously, what’s with adults acting so irresponsible in this movie? Asking your 8-year-old daughter to do something like that could drive her to do something very stupid.
Also, only adding to the unnatural and inorganic way the movie uses it’s plot points, the 8-year-old was “moved” by the tragic love story to the point of going through with it. What sort of TV shows did she watch growing up lol?
8. “Zindagi mein pyaar ek bar hota hai, shaadi ek bar hoti hai”
Rahul, the man who talks about how he will never love again or remarry multiple times during the run of the movie gets back to his origins and falls in love when she sees Anjali now that she is “hot”. Not even kidding, Rahul’s realization about having feelings towards Anjali is accurately timed with her ‘Pallu’ being blown away by the wind, exposing some of her skin.
To add to this, the already engaged Anjali and the “Hum pyaar sirf ek baar karte hain. Shaadi bhi ek baar hoti hai” Rahul perform an item dance-esque routine in the rain. Seriously, what’s even happening in the movie at this point?
9. Rahul finally decides to man up and confess his feelings to Anjali……ON HER WEDDING
The nail in the coffin for the total nonsense this film has been up till now comes with Rahul finally deciding to man up and confess his feelings to Anjali. Rahul – the guy who was inconsiderate of Anjali’s feelings throughout the movie and only realized his “LOVE” after seeing her with exposed skin is such a great guy for confessing his love, am I right? Anjali seemingly falls out of love for Aman after the little dance routine with Rahul.
10. The Good Guy Loses In The End
Aman – the nice guy all set to marry Anjali before Rahul crashes the party – gets to dance for Anjali and Rahul at his own wedding ceremony. Rahul took a decade to realize that he loves Anjali and he got chosen over Aman, who never judged Anjali for how she looked but how her personality was.
They make everything even worse in the end when Aman, for whatever reason, decides that Rahul is the “ONE” for Anjali and just gives her up like that. Took the nice guy persona so far, huh.
11. Karan Johar’s Impressions on the Film
Despite its massive success and it being the reason for Karan Johar’s breakthrough in the industry, it is clear that he is not happy with how “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” turned out. This is evident by film director, Karan’s statements about the movie at a Film Festival, where the filmmaker said;
“Actually, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a very unusually silly theme. Don’t know what the mother wrote in those eight letters, how can an eight-year-old read that? Rahul says, ‘Zindagi mein pyaar ek bar hota hai, shaadi ek bar hoti hai’, but he himself has fallen in love twice, got married twice. Everything was wrong, but it was written with so much conviction that it made sense”
Moreover, talking about how he would do the film very differently or not at all if he were to make it now, he added;
“I was 24 when I wrote that film. But I can’t write the same film now. When I see films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, I wonder, why I wrote this, how did I write this and from where did these thoughts came to my mind?”
There’s that. It seems even the creator himself doesn’t like the film all that much. So much more questionable stuff can be pointed out by diving deeper in to the movie, but that’s it for now!
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