Kabhi Gham Movie
The year 2001 has proved to be disastrous for
the film industry!
Earthquake, threats from the underworld, the
biggest of films falling like a pack of cards,
the Overseas market going bust, the war
directly or indirectly took a heavy toll on the
The million dollar question is, will KABHI
KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM bail out the film industry
that finds itself in dire straits? Will it prove
the saviour for an industry that's
thirsting for a hit?
Dharma Productions' KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM,
written-directed by Karan Johar, is one film
that strikes the right balance between form and
content. The final outcome A winner all the
Yashovardhan Raichand (Amitabh Bachchan) and his
wife Nandini (Jaya Bachchan) have raised their
sons Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Rohan (Hrithik
Roshan) showering them with love and affection.
Yash has tried to pass on to his sons the
values, the heritage and the rich traditions of
his family, which he cherishes and holds in
On the other hand, Nandini has different dreams
and aspirations for her two sons. But she shares
a special bond with Rahul, the eldest son, who's
an adopted child.
Rahul's adoption has always been kept a secret.
But ever since Rahul himself found that out at
the tender age of 8 years, it has been the
reason for his unending devotion and gratitude
for his parents especially his father. His
father's every word, every wish becomes an
unwritten commandment for him. One that he would
never break, but unfortunately he does.
Because Rahul falls in love!
Rahul falls in love with Anjali (Kajol), a
bubbly girl from Delhi's Chandni Chowk, who
dotes on her younger sister Pooja (Kareena
Kapoor) and cares madly about her ailing father
Bauji (Alok Nath). A simple girl who Rahul
marries and brings home. A girl that makes a
proud stubborn man forget that he is a father
and reminds a son that he is adopted.
Rahul decides to leave the mother who taught and
encouraged him to fall in love and whose every
waking moment henceforth will be spent waiting
eagerly for her elder son to return home.
But Rohan makes a promise to re-unite the
Assembling a mammoth star cast like this must've
been a Herculean task. But justifying each of
the characters merits the highest praise. With
KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM, Karan Johar proves
that KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI was no flash in the pan.
With KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM, the young
director confirms the fact that he is the
brightest in film firmament.
The premise of KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM is
simple, but it is the storytelling that deserves
the highest marks. Actually, the very start of
the film makes you sit up and look forward to
this thoroughly entertaining ride that lasts
Handled with utmost sensitivity, the subject
slips between emotional sequences to dramatic
confrontations to light moments [aplenty in the
second half!] with utmost ease. There are
several sequences that leave an indelible
impression and remain etched in your memory even
after the show has ended. Some instances:
In the first half
1. SRK's introduction [at the end of the title
track], with Jaya Bachchan staring anxiously at
2. The emotional scene between SRK and Rani
Mukerji, soon after Amitabh announces their
3. In the Chandni Chowk mela, SRK making
Kajol wear the bangles, while admitting his love
4. Alok Nath's demise on a rainy day and SRK
marrying Kajol soon thereafter.
5. The confrontation sequence between Amitabh
and SRK when the former states that by marrying
Kajol, he has proved that he is an adopted son.
6. Jaya Bachchan giving kangans to her
newly-wed bahu Kajol, after both SRK and
Kajol have been turned away by Amitabh, and then
asking the couple to leave the house.
In the second half
1. Kareena's introduction and the subsequent
sequences with her friends and college mates.
2. The rendition of the national anthem by SRK
and Kajol's kid in London.
3. The telephonic chat between Jaya Bachchan and
Kajol just before the karwa chouth
4. The shoe lace sequence between Hrithik Roshan
and Farida Jalal.
5. The emotion-charged sequence between the two
brothers SRK and Hrithik when SRK learns of
Hrithik's true identity.
6. The scene towards the pre-climax, shot in a
shopping mall, when Jaya Bachchan and SRK meet
after a gap of nine years.
7. In the same shopping mall, Kajol coming face
to face with Amitabh.
8. Jaya Bachchan's 'pati parmeshwar' scene with
Amitabh giving vent to her pent up feelings.
9. The confrontation sequence between Amitabh
and Hrithik Roshan towards the climax.
10. The very last scene, when Amitabh re-unites
with his estranged son, SRK, and asks for
These are just a handful of sequences that
display the masterly touch of a craftsman
Karan Johar whose labour is visible in every
frame. He is the actual hero of the film. The
USP of the film, besides the star cast of
course, are the emotional moments and scenes
soaked with values, which are undoubtedly heart
rending. Moreover, the director has very well
justified all the six principal performers. The
first half has its moments of glory, although
the pace drops slightly, but it is the second
half that keeps you spellbound.
Besides the above-mentioned well-written and
brilliantly executed sequences, the film is also
embellished with stunning choreography (Farah
Khan), opulent sets (Sharmishta Roy), trendy
outfits (Manish Malhotra, Shabina Khan, Rocky
S.) and outstanding visuals (Kiran Deohans).
Musically (Jatin-Lalit and Sandesh Shandilya),
the score ranges from the upbeat ('You are My
Soniya') to the mesmerising (the title track) to
the soulful ('Suraj Hua Maddham') to the catchy
('Bole Chudiya'), offering a wide variety to the
viewers. The 'Shava Shava' track (Adesh
Shrivastava) will be loved by the masses, more
so when Amitabh breaks into the 'Aati Kya
Khandala' jig immediately after this song.
And now to the performances!
It's indeed difficult to pinpoint the best
performer of the lot. Footage-wise, SRK
dominates the first half, while Hrithik
dominates the post-interval portions. Amongst
leading ladies, Kajol towers in the first half,
while Kareena displays histrionics in the second
Amitabh Bachchan delivers yet another
power-packed performance, although his role is
similar to the ones in MOHABBATEIN and EK
RISHTAA. The sequence in the end, when he
re-unites with SRK, is simply fabulous. Only a
seasoned actor could've enacted this lengthy,
Jaya Bachchan delivers a performance that will
win her laurels and accolades. She contributes
enormously to the emotional moments in the film.
Her 'pati parmeshwar' sequence is simply
Shah Rukh Khan sparkles yet again. His character
is such, you can't help but fall in love with
this selfless man. And the actor performs it
with amazing poise, class, honesty and maturity.
His re-union with his mother and the father
subsequently will prompt people to shed
bucket-full of tears.
Kajol is first-rate in the role of a typical
Chandni Chowk lass. Her Punjabi dialect will win
her immense praise. The sequence when she seeks
Amitabh's aashirwad, without him knowing
about it [in the shopping mall], is terrific.
Hrithik Roshan looks dashing and handles the
delicate moments with admirable ease, proving
yet again that he is not merely a excellent
dancer and a great looker, but a superb
performer as well. The confrontation with
Amitabh in the concluding reels is ample proof
to substantiate this statement.
Kareena Kapoor is one of the main the highlights
of the film. She provides the much-needed fun
and entertainment in the second half; her
performance will be loved by the youth. Playing
a cosmetic beauty to the hilt, she is simply
Rani Mukerji leaves a mark in a small, but
significant role. Farida Jalal, Achla Sachdev,
Sushma Seth, Himani Shivpuri and Johny Lever
lend admirable support.
On the whole, KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM will
re-write box-office history. Its massive star
cast, historic opening and extra-ordinary merits
will unquestionably make it one of the biggest
grosser of all times. For the drought-stricken
film industry, the film will prove to be
khushi, more khushi and only