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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Sana Saeed, Farida Jalal

Director: Karan Johar

Music: Jatin, Lalit

Lyrics: Sameer

Capsule Review: A simple stylish, sensuous and ambrosial love story about three college friends, the film’s uniquely colourful though tasteful styling by art director Sharmista Roy and costume designer Manish Malhotra furnished Johar’s ultra-chic narrative with a feeling of ultimate cool with Shah Rukh Khan as the campus dude in the first half and the widower-dad in the second half. Romancing the campus siren Tina (Rani Mukherjee) or fathering the little prim-and­ serious Sana Saeed, Khan’s energy irrigated the roots of Johar’s extremely endearing narrative. Kajol’s tomboyish act took thenarrative over to its second half where her character blossomed into a sari-clad seductress engaged to marry the prankish Salman Khan (in a special guest appearance) though her heart still beats for her college pal Shah Rukh Khan. Karan Johar’s super-smooth treatment gives the narrative a constant flow and energy. Most of all, there’s the unbeatable chemistry between Shah Rukh and Kajol. Rani Mukherjee dressed in the micro-minis sauntered her way into stardom. The packaging and projection of star charisma was unbeatable. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai marked the arrival of a director whose creative vision matched the size of his audience.

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