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Sujata C J
Disappointing isn't the word. All that hype has proved to be little more than -- hype.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is set to slam its face on its nose for want of a storyline. And to rub
it in, it was even pegged by Shah Rukh Khan as the film to revive his career. Well, wish
him luck then.
Debutant writer-director Karan Johar obviously had no standard to go by while making Kuch
Kuch Hota Hai. All he has done here is string together theatrical vignettes from a formula
film booklet he might have found lying around. The sketchiest of plots -- and very like
Hum Aapke Hain Koun at that -- emerges only after the interval. But by then it's too late.
Cliches are piled atop cliches in a mound of aphoristic excess. And so you find lines
being repeated about who is the ideal girl to take home to mummy or about falling in love
just once in a lifetime.
Carry the formula further. There's one good Muslim, one patriotic song, a few wedding
scenes -- we live in the days of painful political correctness. And you'd think the world
was keen to break its rules for the loving triangle, be it college or a summer camp for
Anyway, now that you know what to expect, the story: Tina (Rani Mukherjee) and Anjali
(cousin Kajol) are in love with Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan). Rahul marries Tina, bears his
child, and dies. But she provides epistolary instructions to her daughter who is also
called Anjali (Sana Saeed,) to ensure that daddy marries the other Anjali.
And so the babe decides to play Cupid. The only hurdle in the way of this marriage is
Salman Khan, who is getting uncomfortably close to Anjali, but a skewed horoscope and the
kid's manipulation come in handy... And Shah Rukh, for some odd reason, keeps saying Pyar
ek hi baar hota hai.
Shah Rukh fails for want of having something sensible to say and do. Wonder what made him
say this flat character is the best he's played so far. Kajol's enthusiasm is not very
attractive here, and she looks best when she isn't in her boyish, aggressive avatar. Rani
Mukherjee is a pleasant surprise -- totally comfortable, clearly having suspended all
Neelam makes a cameo appearance as the VJ of a TV show. And that makes you think of the
pleasures of television, particularly the joys of the remote. Anupam Kher and Farida Jalal
are wasted in inconsequential side roles.
Santosh Thundiyil and Sharmishta Roy are the only ones of the crew to deserve
congratulations: the first for his brilliant camerawork, especially his overhead and
aerial shots; the other for her art direction, wherein she has used bright colours to good
effect to lend warmth to the shots.
But of course, their efforts aren't enough to save the film. They have their limitations
too. You see, they too are only human
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai released worlwide on the 16th of October 1998.
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