Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
|Kuch Kuch Hota Hai|
|Directed by||Karan Johar|
|Produced by||Yash Johar
|Written by||Karan Johar|
|Starring||Shah Rukh Khan
Santosh Sivan(Additional Shots)
|Edited by||Sanjay Sankla|
|Distributed by||Dharma Productions
Yash Raj Films
|Budget||₹100 million (equivalent to₹320 million or US$4.7 million in 2016)|
|Box office||₹1.06 billion (equivalent to₹3.3 billion or US$50 million in 2016)|
kabhKuch Kuch Hota Hai (English: Something Happens) also known as KKHH, is an Indian Hindi coming-of-age romantic comedy drama film, released in India and the United Kingdom on 16 October 1998. It was written and directed byKaran Johar, and starred the popular on-screen pair of Shah Rukh Khan andKajol in their fourth film together. Rani Mukerji featured in a supporting role, while Salman Khan had an extended guest appearance.
Filmed in India, Mauritius, and Scotland, this was Karan Johar’s directorial debut. One of his goals for the film was to set a new level for style in Hindi cinema. The plot combines two love triangles set years apart. The first half covers friends on a college campus, while the second tells the story of a widower’s young daughter who tries to reunite her dad with his old friend.
The film was extremely successful in India and abroad, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film of the year and the third highest-grossing Indian film ever behind Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. The film was also the first Bollywood film to enter the UK cinema top ten. Outside India, the film was the highest grossing Hindi film ever until its record was broken by Karan’s next directorial, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001). Kuch Kuch Hota Hai received a positive reception from critics, with special praise directed to Kajol’s performance. The soundtrack also became the biggest seller of the year. The film won many major awards including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and the “Best Film” honor at the Filmfare Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Screen Awards, and Bollywood Movie Awards. The film won 8 Filmfare Awards and is the only film in history to win all the four acting category awards at the ceremony. The film remains highly popular on Indian television and has achieved a cult classic status.
The film starts with Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) standing by the funeral pyre of his wife Tina (Rani Mukerji). A series of flashbacks is then shown with Rahul & Tina’s marriage, their honeymoon, Tina pregnant with her baby girl and, in a year of marriage, Tina gives birth to the baby girl. Tina was told that she would have complications in her pregnancy earlier but decided not to tell Rahul as she knew how much he wanted the child. Tina, who also loved the baby more than her life, has little time left, so she had previously written eight letters to her daughter (one for each of her first eight birthdays) and gives them to Rahul’s mother (Farida Jalal) so that she will know her mother. Before dying, Tina asks Rahul to promise her to name their daughter Anjali.
Eight years pass, and Rahul is a single parent living with his daughter Anjali Khanna (Sana Saeed) and loving mother. On her eighth birthday, little Anjali reads the last and most important letter that her mother left her; it tells the story of how Rahul met Tina.
We are then taken back in time: Rahul Khanna and Anjali Sharma (Kajol) were best friends in St. Xavier’s College. The college principal Mr. Malhotra (Anupam Kher) had a beautiful daughter Tina, who came to St. Xavier’s from London to finish her degree. She became friends with both Rahul and Anjali. When Anjali realized that she was in love with Rahul, she was encouraged by her motherly guardian Rifat Bi (Himani Shivpuri) to tell him so. Instead, Anjali was left heartbroken when Rahul told her that he loved Tina. Anjali decided to leave college and shared a tearful goodbye with Rahul, going away from Rahul and Tina’s lives forever. Tina then realized that she came between two best friends. Back in the present, Tina explains in her letter that Rahul always said that love is friendship, and without friendship there can be no love. Rahul is a single parent and lacks a friend in his life, so Tina gives her daughter the mission of reuniting Rahul with Anjali Sharma and bringing back Rahul’s lost love.
The next day, Rahul, little Anjali and his mom head to Faridabad where they meet Mr. Malhotra for Tina’s death anniversary. Anjali Sharma is no longer the tomboy she was in college; she is now more feminine, and is engaged to Aman Mehra (Salman Khan), an NRI living in London. However, she explains to her mother (Reema Lagoo) that she does not really love him and is marrying him as a compromise as she feels she can never love again after losing Rahul. Aman also suspects that she does not really love him. Anjali Khanna and her grandmother search for Anjali Sharma and soon learn that she is going to be working at a summer camp. Rahul tells Anjali that she is not going to summer camp and heads to a conference, only to find out that his mom and daughter went without telling him but Anjali left a letter. They travel there, with a plan to later lure Rahul to come as well, and the two Anjalis meet each other. One night while watching television, Anjali Sharma realizes she has met her best friend’s daughter, and that Tina is dead. Rahul soon arrives at Camp Sunshine when his daughter Anjali fakes a cough, where he and Anjali Sharma are surprised and delighted to see each other again, sharing a sweet reunion. Throughout the days spent at the camp, Rahul and Anjali feel themselves falling in love. However, Anjali remembers that she is engaged and feels guilty. Aman arrives and tells Rahul that he is Anjali’s fiancee. Rahul is heartbroken but congratulates Anjali. She takes this as him rejecting her again, so she leaves summer camp and decides to get married to Aman as soon as possible.
After seeing Tina in a vision, Rahul and his family go to Anjali’s wedding, where Rahul silently confesses to Anjali that he loves her, and watches in tears as she is brought forth for the wedding. Realizing this, Anjali is hesitant to go on with the marriage, and stands weeping. Aman notices the tears in her eyes and realizes that she has always been in love with Rahul. He releases Anjali from the engagement and tells her to marry Rahul. Rahul and Anjali have an emotional hug and as the two marry, little Anjali sees a vision of Tina, who is smiling and giving her the thumbs up.
The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai soundtrack was composed by Jatin-Lalit and the lyrics were penned by Sameer. It was released by the Sony Music label on 13 August 1998. Mukul Deshpande of Planet Bollywood rated the soundtrack 8.5 out of 10 stars although he did not like all of the songs. The album became the best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year. The title song remained on the Indian music charts for over a year, and the album peaked at number 2 on the Malaysian albums chart (RIM) in 1999. In 2012 it was voted as the most popular film song of the previous decade by NDTV. The full soundtrack came in second place in a similar poll conducted by the BBC.
|Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: Track listing|
|1.||“Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” Free Download||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik,||4:56|
|2.||“Koi Mil Gaya” Free Download||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||7:16|
|3.||“Saajanji Ghar Aaye” Free Download||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik,||7:14|
|4.||“Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Sad)” Free Download||Alka Yagnik||1:26|
|5.||“Yeh Ladka Hai Deewana” Free Download||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||6:36|
|6.||“Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayee” Free Download||Alka Yagnik, Manpreet Akhtar, Udit Narayan||7:03|
|7.||“Raghupati Raghav” Free Download||Alka Yagnik, Shankar Mahadevan||2:05|
|8.||“Ladki Badi Anjaani Hai” Free Download||Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik||6:23|