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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 16 October 1998 (India)
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During their college years, Anjali was in love with her best-friend Rahul, but he had eyes only for Tina. Years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina's eight-year-old daughter attempts to reunite her father and Anjali.

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Karan Johar

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Karan Johar (dialogue), Karan Johar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Rahul Khanna
Kajol ... Anjali Sharma
Rani Mukerji ... Tina Malhotra (as Rani Mukherji)
Sana Saeed ... Anjali Khanna
Reema Lagoo ... Mrs. Sharma (as Reema)
Farida Jalal ... Mrs. Khanna
Archana Puran Singh ... Ms. Briganza
Himani Shivpuri ... Rifat Bi
Johnny Lever ... Col. Almeida, Camp Manager (as Johny Lever)
Anupam Kher ... Principal Malhotra
Parzaan Dastur ... Silent Sardarji
Salman Khan ... Aman Mehra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geeta Kapoor ... Dancer
Farah Khan ... Woman on the Neelam show
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Storyline

Rahul Khanna and Anjali Sharma were best friends at college. Anjali realizes that she has fallen in love with Rahul but she's too late because Rahul has already fallen for Tina Malhotra. Heartbroken, Anjali leaves the city. Tina and Rahul get married and soon Tina becomes pregnant, giving birth to a daughter which they call Anjali. Due to complications during pregnancy, Tina passes away. Anjali is brought up by her father, and each year on her birthday he allows his daughter to read one of her mother's letters. Through these letters she learns that her mother (Tina) knew that another Anjali was in love with Rahul, and vows to bring them together again. Written by Soumitra

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You know you're in LOVE when... See more »


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Country:

India

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Release Date:

16 October 1998 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Algo sucede en mi corazón See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,100,000
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Dharma Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name for the character Tina came from Twinkle Khanna who has the same forename. See more »

Goofs

Rahul reaches the summer camp and runs to where the kids etc are doing prayers, his black bag in his left hand. When he arrives at the door, the bag is in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

[On "The Neelam Show," the subject is love messages]
Neelam the VJ: And his message is for...
Rahul Khanna: For Anjali. I love you, Anjali.
[a shocked Anjali Sharma turns around to see Rahul on the TV]
Rahul Khanna: I love you very much. Why have you left me and gone? You know I feel lost without you. Come back or else... Just come back. I really love you, and I miss you very much. Please come back.
Neelam the VJ: Who is Anjali?
Rahul Khanna: She's my 8-year-old daughter.
[Anjali looks back at the TV, even more shocked]
Rahul Khanna: She's gone to some camp in Shimla. Hey, Neelam, ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayee
Written by Sameer
Composed by Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit
Performed by Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Manpreet Akhtar
Courtesy of Sony Music India
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Heartwarming entertainment
6 July 2009 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

Karan Johar's directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is one of those films you can always watch and enjoy with your family and friends. In spite of being a bit of a fairy tale, it works very well within its limitations. It is one of those beautiful Hindi romantic comedies that actually form the unique cultural and artistic style of Bollywood's most famous mainstream flicks. This is an enjoyable and charming picture which can make you laugh, cry, at times even cringe with annoyance, but then it will keep you consistently entertained.

The film introduces Johar's famous statement that the first step towards love is friendship and does it in a slightly cheesy yet rather convincing way. The film is a poignant story of two friends, a guy and a girl, who understand they actually love each other perhaps too late. And that's how it goes on. It flows well, with wonderfully composed songs, nicely written characters, several clichés here and there, many comic sequences, some melodramatic ones as well, but more importantly, a lot of Bollywood-style colour and fun.

Shahrukh Khan and Kajol work with electrifying chemistry. Their scenes together are pure magic. Both give crafted performances. Kajol is more impressive as the cool tomboy who transforms into a womanly, attractive and sensitive Anjali. She displays the pain, joy, happiness and confusion that her character goes through with great conviction. Shahrukh is fantastic as the young, cool guy, friend and boyfriend and later on as a loving and caring father who has lost his wife and suffers her loss.

Rani Mukherjee is beautiful and vibrant and makes for a very effective intelligent and dreamy girl. This is not an accomplished but very sincere performance which deserves full praise. Salman Khan is very good and surprisingly enough, manages to impress even in a brief, seemingly insignificant appearance. It may be because his character makes a great impact on the film's story and on the viewer.

I really liked the film's music, the title song being my favourite, and among other songs, the melancholic "Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayee" is very beautiful. Towards the end, there are some overly melodramatic sequences but they flow well enough to bring the long-awaited ending. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is overall great entertainment and a must-watch for lovers of Hindi cinema and its films. It is compelling, moving and memorable, and is always fun to revisit. I recommend.


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