February 20, 2005

Bollywood Film Review: Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham is first-class modern Bollywood. Its producer, Yash Johar is responsible for three of the most well-made, best-grossing Indian films in the last decade. Yash Johar films have excellent casts, infectious modern Indian music and dancing, and great costumes, but this one is his masterpiece.

K3G (as the kids call it) is about the tragic break-up of the ultra-rich Raichand family. Rahul Raichand (Shah Rukh Khan) is the eldest son of Yash and Nandini Raichand (the great Amitabh Bachchan and his real-life wife, Jaya Bachchan - a legend in her own right). Yash wants Rahul to marry his best friends daughter, Naina (the lovely Rani Mukherjee), but Rahul has fallen in love with the nanny's niece, Anjali (the versitile Kajol), who lives in a poor part of town and Yash says isn't refined enough to be part of his family. Despite this, Rahul marries Anjali in a small, informal ceremony and Yash disowns him.

Jaya and Amitabh.jpg
Jaya and Amitabh at Diwali, Rani's big number

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Comments

Best movie in the bollywood movie. has my fav. actress too.. (def. not rani nor kareena)

Posted by: joojip at April 7, 2005 02:54 PM

what does the title mean?

Posted by: kati at April 8, 2005 01:35 PM

The English subtitle on the DVD case says "Happiness & Tears." However, since the movie title is also the title of the main song in the movie, I think it means "Whether/Through Smiles or Tears" because that's what the translation the subtitles give during the chorus. I like the latter translation better because it better conveys the main theme of the movie, which is that families must remain together through good times and bad.

Posted by: Kristina at April 9, 2005 10:06 AM

i didn' really like hind films until i watched this one!

Posted by: mandip kaur at April 14, 2005 04:01 AM
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