Saturday, August 12, 2006

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Fun times with Kajol!
I liked her better in this than K3G. I can see why this film was such a big hit. It's like The Parent Trap without the evil stepmother. Ok, or a twin, but you get what I mean...

The movie is fun if you can take it as "fun and fun only" without reading into the subconscious messages in the film like:

  1. If you have short hair and sporty clothes, boys will never like you.
  2. Unless you allow yourself to be "conquered" by the man of your interest, he, in fact, will not be interested. [I mean, seriously, what's up with trying to play basketball in a sari anyways AND when you're stupid boy-friend beats you, giving up because some kids laughed at you?! Did that much change in 8 years?! Arrgggh!]
  3. If you are a really big Western designer, Sharukh Khan will wear your brand name on his chest.
  4. A woman and a man can never be best friends because there's always something brewing beneath the surface. [Oh wait, 3 &4 are actually true...]
I like Kajol's character in the first half. She's a little over the top at times and remarkably awkward but face it, she gets her man in the end.

Somehow or another, this is the first film in which I've seen (noticed?) Salman Khan. Unfortunately, I have no frame of reference for this character or his acting so I shall maintain silence. Otherwise, I would probably say something along the lines of "unimpressive, vain performance" but that wouldn't be fair...

I have a question for those in the know: During the song Tujhe Yaad Na, I immediately had a flashback to Chaiya Chaiya from Dil Se. A couple of the dance moves looked remarkably familiar and the outfits do echo of similiarity. Was that merely a coincidence or a significant reference to a particular people group or region?

8 comments:

Beth said...

I'm with you on the annoyingness of the tomboy makeover. And good call on the song similarities. Both movies were choreographed by Farah Khan; whether there is cultural relevance, I don't know. That song in KKHH always makes me bawl. Kajol looks so sad and the singer sounds distraught and it just makes me feel.

Vick said...

yeah it has to do with the region. rajashthani folk dancers(specially Kalbeliya), which both the dancers in these songs depicts mostly dress like that. And yes Red and black are quite popular colors among them.

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Velu Nair said...

more than the region, i guess it has to do with 'inspiration', if u know what i mean.

am just back from the latest karan johar flick. so cant comment any more, hehehe!

:)

tanyapalta said...

Velu is right, its gotta do with the fact that we have a limted set of dance directors so I guess they run out of moves. KKHH was a sweet movie and the main inspiration was the archie,veronica, betty trainagle. KJ wanted to create an Indian Riverdale cos believe me no Uni in India looks like this!

Ah SRK's designer phase! I am so glad he's over those! SRK was totally redeemed in my eyes after Swades!

t.HYPE said...

Hmmm. Swades! Yes. I liked that one very much. I haven't bought it yet but it really is one of my favorites!

Maybe I should do a favorites list...

Anonymous said...

a related post; you might be interested in Karan's interview; director of Kuch Kuch Hotha Hay; and how he got the inspiration for the film;
http://truckandbarter.com/mt/archives/2006/08/the_secret_of_m.html

yves said...

Hi,
I'd like to be able to tell you, but I can't, sorry! Yet you're right, on first viewing this picture, I said to myself, hey isn't this out of Dil se?
So anyway, I just wanted to say hello and that I appreciated my skim through your nice blog.
Cheers