When we look back at the 90s cinema, we see Bollywood drenched in the rich-girl-in-love-with-poor-guy plot but back then, there were few films that really reached a cult status. And one of them was Karan Johar’s star-studded film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. It’s cutesy college romance, the famed catchphrase ‘love happens only once’ and a moving storyline touched our hearts.
There was a certain goodness and honesty in its characters to which we all connected with.
Now, the meaning of friendship and love has completely evolved and when we look back, the movie seems a bit melodramatic and a far-fetched love story. Even Karan Johar feels the same, he boldly confessed in an interview that movie had flaws but its convincing direction and gripping dialogues overshadowed it.
He starts off by saying that movie had conviction but no logic:
“Actually, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ is a very unusually silly theme. Don’t know what the mother wrote in those eight letters, how can an eight-year-old read that? But it was done with so much conviction, a mother has left eight letters, but kya likha hoga pehli, dusri chhitti may ki woh bachcha padh sake?”
On why the definition of love in the movie was quite bemusing:
“He (the hero) says, zindagi may pyaar ek bar hota hai, shaadi ek bar hoti hai, but he himself has fallen in love twice, got married twice. Everything was wrong, but it was written with so much conviction that it made sense,”
But he also believes that film worked back then because of a genuine reason:
“There was some innocence in films of those times, when we used to say ‘pyaar dosti hai, love is friendship’. I have made a film on the same theme but have updated its tonality… That film (‘Kuch Kuch…’) had an organic innocence,”
He also accepts he was a bit naive then:
“I was 24 when I wrote that film… But I can’t write the same film now. When I see ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ today or ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ I myself wonder, ‘Why did I write this, how did I write this, from where these thoughts came to my mind?”
Well, it takes a lot of courage to criticize your own creation and Karan did that with upright honesty. Do you guys agree with his points?