Retro Review: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

BollyCurry is back to its readers with another retro review. Today's hot cake is a family drama which has two love stories embedded in its deeper roots.

BollyCurry is back to its readers with another retro review. Today's hot cake is a family drama which has two love stories embedded in its deeper roots. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a movie that emits the finesse of the entire cast and crew, and to this day, it is still a story close to the hearts of the people, thus making this film set many milestone with its legendary presentation.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, or K3G as it more fondly known, released in 2001 under Dharma Productions, with Karan Johar as the director and Yash Johar as the producer. Compromising of a stellar star cast that included of Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol Devgn, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor Khan playing in the lead roles. While Rani Mukherjee swept in for a cameo, Farida Jalal, Simone Singh, Alok Nath, Achala Sachdev and Sushma Seth played other important roles.

The story revolves around the wealthy yet traditional Yash Raichand (Amitabh Bachchan) and his family. Yash desires his eldest son, Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), to get married to Naina (Rani Mukherjee) who is a friend's daughter. Rahul is already in love with Anjali (Kajol) and circumstances lead him to get married to her, despite Yash's disapproval. In a fit of anger, Yash banishes him from his life, which leaves his wife Nandini (Jaya Bachchan) heartbroken. When Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) returns from boarding school and learns of how his elder brother left home, he vows to bring back his mother's smile by reuniting his father and his brother. Rohan goes to London, where Rahul now resides with his family, and stays there as an unknown guest. On learning of Rahul's real identity, Pooja (Kareena Kapoor), who is Anjali's younger sister, agrees to help him to get their family back together. From here on, the story progresses of how a father, who loves his son unconditionally, admits being unable to confess the same.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was hugely appreciated by the public and went on to become one of the year's largest grossing film. It was nominated for fifteen Filmfare Awards, out of which it won five. It received eight awards at the IIFA ceremony, and a few more at the Zee Cine Awards, Screen Awards, etc. Kajol and Jaya Bachchan won most of them respectively for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Kajol's acting was also immensely appreciated by the critics and Hrithik Roshan was highly praised for his work.
 Fun Facts:
  • Aryan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan's real-life son) played the role of the young Rahul Raichand.
  • This was the first Indian movie to shoot a song ("Deewana Hai Dekho") at the Great Court of the Blenheim Palace, UK.
  • In the flashback set in 1991, Yash Raichand talks to Rohan, who is at boarding school, through a Nokia 9000 Communicator phone, which was actually released in 1996.
  • Yash Raichand sings "Aati Kya Khandala" on his anniversary, again in the flashback in 1991, whereas Ghulam was released in 1998.
  • When Pooja leaves for the prom night, she has a red scarf with her dress, but at the venue, it magically transforms into a red coat. Also, she has two different sandals, which was a major highlight of the scene. But at the party, she has the perfect , matching footwear.
  • Rohan has a red convertible Lamborghini Countache when he first enters the college. But when it comes to giving his elder brother a ride, his car changes to a silver Mercedes.
Writer: Pooja B.
Editors: Fariha L. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Saraa K.

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