Released in 2001, ''Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham'' ("Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sadness") was a commercially successful UsefulNotes/{{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 UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}}, while for others it's a {{wangst}}y ClicheStorm. Either way, it's worth a watch.
!!This film provides examples of:

%%* BetaCouple: Pooja and Rohan.
* ChorusGirls: Show up in ''Say Shava Shava''.
* CrowdSong: Most of the songs in this movie are this.
* ExtremeDoormat: Nandini, though she gets her SilkHidingSteel on towards the end of second half.
* {{Fanservice}}: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol dancing by the Pyramids of Egypt in see through shirts and [[WetSariScene wet saris]], respectively.
* {{Forgiveness}}: The climax is rife with apologies.
* GeniusDitz: 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.''
* GenkiGirl: Anjali. In the second half she becomes a [[{{Jerkass}} a bit too extreme]] for some.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As Rahul buys bangles for Anjali, they have a {{UST}} charged conversation. Cut to [[{{Fanservice}} ''Suraj Hua Maddham'']].
%%* HellBentForLeather: See ''You Are My Soniya''.
* HighSchoolDance: 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.
* HowWeGotHere: First half of the film, as Rohan's grandmothers confess the circumstances of Rahul's disownment.
%%* IHaveNoSon: Impetus for much of the plot.
%%* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Rohan and Pooja are victims of this.
%%* LongLostSibling: Rahul and Rohan.
* MeetCute: 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...
* MistakenIdentity: Rohan actively encourages this, as he tries to bring his family back together.
* MoodWhiplash: After Rohan solemnly promises to reunite his father and brother the film cuts to Pooja ... dancing to ''It's Raining Men''.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Rahul arriving by helicopter.
%%** ''Deewana Hai Dekho''.
* TheMusical: Of course.
* ParentalFavoritism: Rahul frequently says that Nandini prefers him over [[TheUnFavorite Rohan]]. And ''no one corrects him on this''. However, unusually for both of these tropes, Rohan uses this as motivation to restore his broken family and carve out his own niche, instead of becoming bitter and vindictive or just leaving altogether. See SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism below.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Yashvardhan Raichand does ''not'' approve of Anjali.
* ProductionThrowback:
** The theme song of ''Bollywood/KuchKuchHotaHai'' (also directed by Karan Johar) makes an appearance during ''Suraj Hua Maddham'', which features the actors who portrayed the OneTruePairing in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. And again in the Dharma Pictures (Karan Johar's production company) VanityPlate.
** [[Creator/ShahRukhKhan Shahrukh Khan's]] and Kajol's characters in this movie are named Rahul and Anjali, respectively, which were also the names of their characters in ''Bollywood/KuchKuchHotaHai''.
** After Anjali punctures Rahul's car's tire because [[ItAmusedMe she thought it was funny]], this conversation ensues:
--->'''Rahul:''' Was that a joke?
--->'''Anjali:''' So what if it was?
--->'''Rahul:''' I don't like jokes.
--->'''Anjali:''' I don't like ''you!''[[note]]This same conversation occurred between the characters named Anjali and Rahul in ''Bollywood/KuchKuchHotaHai'', the only difference being that Anjali said Rahul's lines, and vice versa.[[/note]]
* RuleOfCool: Wherever Pooja ('Poo') goes, there always seem to be a fan blowing at her, making her hair dance. Especially when she is supposed to look beautiful. Even when she's in house and normally there wouldn't be a fan in the neighborhood. But who cares?
* SadBollywoodWedding: Rahul and Anjali's wedding takes place in the shadow of her father's death and his father's disapproval.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Rohan is a male example of this trope.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Firmly on the idealistic side. Very, very firmly.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: 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.
%%* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Naina.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rahul and Yash. There are hints of this in Rohan's relationship with his parents, too.
%%* TheWisePrince: Rahul.