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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai





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Translated into English as "Something is Happening," this Hindi-language Bollywood film tells the story of two close friends at college, male Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) and tomboy-ish female Anjali (Kajol). Seemingly proving the age old theory that men and women can never be platonic friends without complications, Anjali falls in love with Rahul, without his knowledge. Rahul then tells the poor girl that he's fallen for Tina (Rani Mukherji), and Anjali flees the college. The tale then cuts to a point in time years later, after Tina has unexpectedly died, leaving Rahul as a single parent, free to meet Anjali again.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Karan Johar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2003
Dharma Productions


Shah Rukh Khan
as Rahul Khanna
as Anjali Sharma
Rani Mukerji
as Tina Malhotra
Farida Jalal
as Mrs. Khanna
Reema Lagoo
as Mrs. Sharma
Archana Puran Singh
as Ms. Briganza
Johny Lever
as Col. Almeida
Anupam Kher
as Principal Malhotra
Sana Saeed
as Anjali Khanna
Parzaan Dastur
as Silent Sardarji
Salman Khan
as Aman Mehra
Farah Khan
as Woman on the Neelam ...
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Critic Reviews for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

For well over two hours the film is hectically entertaining, its performances, camerawork, storytelling and extensive musical numbers all energetically colourful.

Full Review… | May 5, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

There are no prizes for guessing exactly how the film concludes, but all that really matters is that we enjoy getting there.

Full Review… | May 15, 2015

Karan Johar's directorial debut was much hyped before its release, but it offers little to distinguish it from the average Bollywood melodrama.

Full Review… | May 5, 2015
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a romance that stands out from the typical Hollywood love story -- paying attention to detail and character development in a way in which I've rarely seen before. Great melodies, especially the title song. Shahrukh Khan and Kajol are the best pairing in modern day's hero's and look wonderful together. I recommend this to anyone who wants to be swept away by a good story and great actors.

Steven Vincent Gee

Super Reviewer


Great movie with an amazing story plot by Karan Johar. Great cast-Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, and Rani Mukherjee are all phenomenal!! Great love story about two college pals (Rahul and Anjali) who do just about everything together, until the principals's daughter (Tina) arrives and Rahul quickly falls in love with her. It is then, that Anjali also begins to realize her love for Rahul, but is suddenly too late to confess her love. Eight years after, Rahul loses Tina after childbirth and raises his daughter (named also Anjali) with his mother. On her 8th birthday, young Anjali realizes her mother's greatest wish to reunite both Rahul and Anjali.
Fantastic music, sweet songs!! Definitely worthy.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

Bad dialogue and effective storytelling come to an intense confrontation in this long, star-studded Bollywood Hit about friendship and college romance. I'm going to be frank here: This movie possesses some of the most painful and hard-to-sit-through moments I have ever watched in a motion picture --- at least in its first 45 minutes. The overly goofy and silly dialogue combined with the cheesy performances from actors Shahrukh Khan and Kajol all the way to the stage dancers make KKHH feel as downright offensive to my intelligence as this run-on sentence. But once again, I digress...it's really about love, right?

And what love there is, in the juicy, melodramatic plot. KKHH runs on the love triangle formed by the three central characters who meet during college. Needless to say, many things go awry and plenty of volatile emotions are stirred --- so many emotions!

What I like in KKHH is the clever use of flashbacks/back-stories to make it one of the few Bollywood films that actually justifies its two-act structure. The melodic songs were also strong. What I found tedious was the cheesy dialogue, acting, and rather bland dance sequences, the latter of which were surprisingly weak for a Hindi film, especially when compared to the fantastic set pieces of a film like 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.'

Altogether, this is one of the weaker Bollywood "hits" I have seen. It ends in a pretty satisfactory way, but that alone cannot make up for its mind-numbing, juvenile acting and dance scenes that don't deliver the goods. But the main culprit here is once again the poor dialogue. Viewers can either choose to educate themselves on this issue or live in fanboy denial. I maintain that there are two kinds of people in this world --- people that understand what I'm saying, and people that like this vomit-inducing colloquy.

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