Released in 2001, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
("Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sadness") was a commercially successful Bollywood
film with an all-star cast, directed by Karan Johar. The film deals with the wealthy Raichand family. The oldest son, Rahul (who is adopted and has much angst
about this fact), is disowned after eloping with an unsuitable girl. Ten years later, the younger son, Rohan, learns the truth about his brother's disappearance and sets out to reunite the family.
Opinions on this movie are sharply divided
. For some it's quintessential Bollywood
, while for others it's a wangsty Cliché Storm
. Either way, it's worth a watch.
This film provides examples of:
- All-Star Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan...need we say more?
- Beta Couple: Pooja and Rohan.
- Chorus Girls: Show up in Say Shava Shava.
- Crowd Song: Most of the songs in this movie are this.
- Extreme Doormat: Nandini, though she gets her Silk Hiding Steel on towards the end of second half.
- Fan Nickname: "K. Jo" for director Karan Johar.
- Fanservice: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol dancing by the Pyramids of Egypt in see through shirts and wet saris, respectively.
- Forgiveness: The climax is rife with apologies.
- Genki Girl: Anjali. In the second half she becomes a a bit too extreme for some.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: As Rahul buys bangles for Anjali, they have a UST charged conversation. Cut to ''Suraj Hua Maddham''.
- But he just wants to 'raid her sweet shop'!
- Hell-Bent for Leather: See You Are My Soniye.
- High School Dance: Pooja and Rohan go to the prom and declare their love for one another. They're in college, not high school, but the prom isn't so different. They're also in England, not in America, but whatever.
- How We Got Here: First half of the film, as Rohan's grandmothers confess the circumstances of Rahul's disownment.
- I Have No Son: Impetus for much of the plot.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Rohan and Pooja are victims of this.
- Long Lost Sibling: Rahul and Rohan.
- Meet Cute: Rahul meets Anjali as she is dancing in the street, celebrating a cricket victory. She then mistakes him for her best friend's fiance.
- Melodrama: It was touching the first time Rohan's or Rahul's eyes filled with tears...
- Mistaken Identity: Rohan actively encourages this, as he tries to bring his family back together.
- Mood Whiplash: After Rohan solemnly promises to reunite his father and brother the film cuts to Pooja ... dancing to It's Raining Men.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Rahul arriving by helicopter. Deewana Hai Dekho also qualifies.
- The Musical: Of course.
- Mythology Gag: The theme song of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (also directed by Karan Johar) makes an appearance during Suraj Hua Maddham. Which features the actors who portrayed the One True Pairing in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
- And again in the Dharma Pictures (Karan Johar's production company) Vanity Plate.
- Parental Favoritism: Rahul frequently says that Nandini prefers him over Rohan. And no one corrects him on this.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Yashvardhan Raichand does not approve of Anjali.
- Sad Bollywood Wedding: Rahul and Anjali's wedding takes place in the shadow of her father's death and his father's disapproval.
- She Is All Grown Up: Rohan is a male example of this trope.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Firmly on the idealistic side.
- Something Only They Would Say: Younger Pooja teases Younger Rohan about a tongue twister that he can't say. When they meet 10 years later, him correctly saying the full sentence is the way that Pooja identifies Rohan.
- The Ditz / Genius Ditz: Grownup Pooja is mostly the first and occasionally the second-she helps Rohan in his scheme to reunite the family, and she requires MUCH less prompting to figure out Grownup Rohan's identity than his own brother and childhood nanny.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Naina.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Rahul and Yash. There are hints of this in Rohan's relationship with his parents, too.
- The Wise Prince: Rahul.