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|KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM... (director/writer: Karan Johar; screenwriter: Sheena Parikh; cinematographer: Kiran Deohans; editor: Sanjay Sankla; music: Babloo Chakravarthy/Sandesh Shandilya; cast: Amitabh Bachchan (Yashvardhan Raichand), Jaya Bachchan (Nandini Raichand), Shah Rukh Khan (Rahul Raichand), Kajol (Anjali Sharma), Hrithik Roshan (Rohan Raichand), Kareena Kapoor (Pooja Sharma), Rani Mukherji (Naina), Simone Singh (Rukhsaar), Johnny Lever (Haldiram), Himani Shivpuri (Haldiram's wife), Ashutosh Singh (Ashfaque); Runtime: 210; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Yash Johar; Yash Raj Films; 2001-India-in Tamil with English subtitles)|
|"It's one of the best Bollywood
films I've seen."
by Dennis Schwartz
Karan Johar ("Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ") masterfully directs this colorful Bollywood spectacle, that's 'all about loving your parents'. It's one of the best Bollywood films I've seen. Writer Sheena Parikh provides a decent enough but stale soap opera story, the talented popular stars all give great performances, the almost non-stop music is mesmerizing, the energy level leaves one spellbound and the costumes and sets are visually grand.
Bachchan) is the proud billionaire
business tycoon patriarch, who lives in a
mansion on a vast estate and dedicates his life
to preserving the esteemed family name inherited
from his wise ancestors who started the
lucrative business and provided him with his
life philosophy and silver spoon start in life.
The authoritarian Yashvardhan
deeply loves his wife Nandini
Bachchan), his handsome adopted at
the age of 8 charming and likable cricket star
son Rahul (Shah
Rukh Khan) and his biological obese
adolescent son Rohan (Hrithik
Roshan), and showers all of them
with his love and material comforts.
expects his oldest son to always obey him, which
he does until he disappoints by falling in love
with a completely mad energetic chatterbox
misfit from the lower-class, whose
provincial father owns a sweetmeat-shop, named
The son rejects dad's choice of bride--the sweet
girl he knows from childhood from his same
named Naina (Rani
Mukherji). Dad believes his son has
insulted the family with this outlandish choice
and when his son refuses to back down, he gets
disinherited. Rahul reacts by fleeing to London
with Anjali and her
adolescent sister Pooja (Kareena
Kapoor). This upsets Rahul's loving
mother, who worships her son and feels lonely
with him gone. Rohan is anxious to help his
distressed mom and goes to London to try and
reunite the once harmonious loving family.
film reflects the powerful role the traditional
family plays in the lives of the aristocratic
class in India, and how the elders can become
sometimes too rigid in forcing their will on
their children even if they mean well. I can't
help saying that I agree with dad, that Naina is
a better choice, at least from my POV. But not
because of her privileged class status, but
because I thought her better looking and with a
more agreeable personality. But that's not
what's wrong with the film, that arises when it
goes on for too long and the last half-hour the
dragged-out predicable story loses its earlier
pep and starts getting tiresome.
The film's title is derived from its title song, that translates as “Sometimes Laughter, Sometime Tears.”
REVIEWED ON 1/18/2013 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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