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Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
KabhiKhushiKabhiGham Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Karan Johar
Produced by Yash Johar
Screenplay by Karan Johar
Sheena Parikh
Story by Karan Johar
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Jaya Bachchan
Shahrukh Khan
Kajol
Hrithik Roshan
Kareena Kapoor
Music by Songs:
Jatin Lalit
Sandesh Shandilya
Aadesh Shrivastava
Background score:
Babloo Chakravarty
Cinematography Kiran Deohans
Editing by Sanjay Sankla
Studio Dharma Productions
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release dates 14 December 2001
Running time 210 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR400 million (US$6.7 million)[2]
Box office INR1.17 billion (US$20 million)[3]

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (English: Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sadness), also known as K3G, is a 2001 drama film written and directed by Karan Johar and produced by his father, Yash Johar, under the banner of Dharma Productions. Written specifically to evoke nostalgia among the expatriate Indian audiences, the film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor in leading roles, with Rani Mukerji appearing in an extended cameo appearance. The music was composed by Jatin Lalit, Sandesh Shandilya and Aadesh Shrivastava, with lyrics penned by Sameer and Anil Pandey. The background score was composed by Babloo Chakravarty. The film tells the story of an Indian family, which faces troubles and misunderstandings over their adopted son's marriage to a girl belonging to a lower socio-economic group than them.

Development of the film began in 1998, soon after the release of Karan's debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). Principal photography began on 16 October 2000 in Mumbai and continued in London and Egypt. Initially scheduled to release during the Diwali festivities of 2001, the film eventually released in India, United Kingdom and North America on 14 December 2001. In 2003, it became the first Indian film to be given a theatrical release in Germany. Upon release, the film met with mixed reviews from film critics and received polarising reactions to Karan Johar's "larger-than-life" directorial style. Certain academicians criticised the portrayal of a "morally corrupt" British society against an "idealist" Indian society.

Made on a budget of INR400 million (US$6.7 million), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... emerged as a major commercial success, both domestically and internationally, with a lifetime gross of INR1.17 billion (US$20 million). Outside India, the film was the highest grossing Indian film ever, until its record was broken by Karan's next directorial, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... won several awards at popular award ceremonies the following year, including five Filmfare Awards.

Plot[edit]

Yashvardhan "Yash" Raichand (Amitabh Bachchan) is a rich businessman, living in India with his wife Nandini (Jaya Bachchan) and two sons Rahul and Rohan. Rahul is the elder son and was adopted by Yash and Nandini when he was first born. At the age of eight, he learns of this and as a result feels obliged to them. This truth is known to everyone in the Raichand household, with the exception of Rohan.

Years later, a grown Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) comes across the beautiful and vivacious Punjabi-speaking Anjali Sharma (Kajol). The two become friends and eventually fall in love. However, their love is forbidden, because Anjali is from a working-class background. Yash and Nandini soon send Rohan off to Boarding School, somewhere all the males in their family have attended. Yash announces his desire for Rahul to marry Naina (Rani Mukherji), the daughter of his closest friend. Naina learns however that Rahul is in love with Anjali, and encourages him to follow his heart. When Yash comes to know of Rahul's love for Anjali, he is enraged and hurt. Rahul promises his father that he will not marry Anjali. When he goes to tell her that he cannot marry her, he is shocked to discover that her father (Alok Nath) has passed away. Unable to see the woman he loves in pain, he decides to marry her despite his father's hostility. Yash learns of the marriage and is furious. He disowns Rahul, saying he no longer considers him his son. Nandini and Rahul share a tearful goodbye. Nandini sends Sayeeda (Farida Jalal), Rahul and Rohan's nanny, to watch over her son so that he will never feel apart from a mother's love. Rahul visits Rohan in Boarding School and tells him that he is leaving home forever. He begs Rohan to never ask where he went or why he left and also asks that he take care of Nandini.

Ten years later, Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) returns home from Boarding School. He learns from his grandmothers (Achala Sachdev and Sushma Seth) that Rahul was adopted, and the reason why Rahul left the house. Rohan vows to reunite the family. He travels to Chandini Chowk, where Anjali used to live and learns that Rahul, Anjali, and her younger sister Pooja moved to London. He tells his parents that he wishes to do some further studies in London; his parents agree to let him go. In London, Rahul is now a wealthy businessman. He and Anjali now have their own son, Krish. Pooja (Kareena Kapoor) now a popular fashion-obsessed diva, is a student at King's College London. Rohan enrolls there too. He and Pooja meet again and he tells her that he has come to London to bring his brother and sister-in-law back home. Pooja tells Rahul that Rohan is her friend's brother who currently has nowhere to stay. After some persuasion, Rahul agrees to let Rohan stay. Rohan constantly drops the family hints as to who he is. At Krish's school function he leads his class in singing the Indian National Anthem. Later, Krish recites advice which Rohan had given him. Rahul had given Rohan this advice 10 years back, so he now realises that he has been reunited with his brother all this time.

Rohan begs Rahul to come back home, but he refuses as he believes his father will never accept him. Pooja convinces Rohan to invite his parents to London and have them meet Rahul, hoping this will encourage them to patch things up. Rahul and Nandini are overjoyed to see one another, however Rahul still refuses to talk to his father. Yash learns about Rohan's true intentions and is livid. Soon, Yash receives a phone call and learns that his mother is on her death bed; her last wish being for Yash, Rahul and Rohan to light her funeral pyre together. Although Yash does not want this, all the family attend the funeral together. Nandini now plucks up the courage to tell Yash that she thought he was wrong for disowning Rahul, whom he had brought up with so much love. Rohan and Pooja now talk to Rahul and convince him to talk to Yash. Yash now acknowledges his mistake and shares tearful greetings to Rahul and allows him and Anjali to come back to the house. With the family reunited, Rohan and Pooja get married and the family also have a belated celebration of Rahul and Anjali's wedding.

Cast[edit]

  • Amitabh Bachchan as Yashvardhan "Yash" Raichand, a New Delhi-based businessman. Fiercely dominating, he insists on controlling the life of his wife and sons. Amitabh Bachchan was Karan's first choice for the portrayal of Yash Raichand. Karan added, "As I wrote the film, I realised that Yashvardhan Raichand is the backbone of the film and I could only see one actor playing the role — Amitabh Bachchan." Bachchan, on his part, agreed to do the film without a script narration.[4] Karan mentioned that he was initially scared to direct a star of the stature of Bachchan, but the latter "soon became an actor instead of a superstar".[5]
  • Jaya Bachchan as Nandini Raichand, Yash's wife. She shares a close bond with her sons, but remains in the shadow of her husband. According to Karan Johar, Jaya Bachchan was the "obvious" choice for the character of Nandini, and added that her "acting prowess and stature" were the other reasons for him preferring to cast her.[4] The film also marked the return of Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan together on screen after a gap of 18 years.[6] Of her character, she said that Nandini was an extension of her own self. She elaborated, "My personal feelings towards Shah Rukh are similar to what I was supposed to portray in the film. There's something about him that makes me want to mother him." She added that she modelled her character on Karan's mother, Hiroo Johar, who "is a very emotional and sentimental person."[7]
  • Shah Rukh Khan as Rahul Raichand, Yash and Nandini's adopted son. He feels indebted to his parents and tries to fulfill all their wishes. However, he falls in love with Anjali and invites the wrath of Yash. When Karan offered the role to Shah Rukh, he immediately agreed to do it and accommodated his dates, despite having several other commitments.[4] Khan described the character of Rahul by saying, "I love the vulnerability and the honesty in his eyes. He has the appeal of a boy next door. Besides, his intensity and ability to convey emotions without words is amazing."[8]
  • Kajol as Anjali Sharma Raichand, Rahul's love-interest and later, wife. She is a fun-loving Punjabi woman living in the Chandni Chowk area of Delhi. Belonging to a lower socio-economic group than the Raichand family, she is not accepted by Yash as his daughter-in-law. Karan was initially hesitant to cast Kajol in the film, as he felt that she would refuse the offer due to her recent marriage. Kajol, however, was moved to tears during the script narration and agreed to do the film.[4] In an interview to Filmfare, Kajol said, "One tiny fact that Karan forgot to mention during his narration was just how much Punjabi my character spoke in the film. I nearly died when I saw the lines of dialogue on the first day of shooting." However, she learnt the right pronunciation and diction with the help of Yash Johar and the crew members.[9]
  • Hrithik Roshan as Rohan Raichand, Yash and Nandini's biological son. He wants his elder brother, Rahul, to return home. Karan signed Roshan to play the character of Rohan after watching a rough cut of the latter's debut film, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000).[4] Roshan described his character as a "buffer" in a film that primarily focused on Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.[10]
  • Kareena Kapoor as Pooja "Poo" Sharma, Anjali's younger sister. She is a sophisticated girl, who helps Rohan in his plan to reunite Rahul with his parents. After spotting Kapoor at a party organised by Bombay Times, Karan decided to cast her immediately for the role of the glamorous diva, Poo.[4] Kapoor stated that in her opinion, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... was primarily Kajol's film, and that her own character was a supporting one. In order to prepare for her role, she worked hard on her dancing skills, as she didn't want audiences to know that she couldn't dance well.[11]
  • Rani Mukerji as Naina Kapoor, a socialite girl who loves Rahul and wants to marry him, and Yashvardhan approves of her. Following the success of Karan's previous film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), which starred Khan, Kajol and Mukerji, he wanted her presence in this film too. He thus cast Mukerji in a guest appearance.[4] Initially, Karan wanted her presence in the film to be a surprise, but an accidental slip by Sony Music during the promotional activities led to her discovery.[5]
  • Farida Jalal as Sayeeda / Daijan (DJ), Rahul and Rohan's nanny. On the insistence of Nandini, she follows Rahul and Anjali to London.
  • Simone Singh as Rukhsaar, Anjali's best friend
  • Alok Nath as Bauji Sharma, Anjali and Pooja's father
  • Kavish Majmudar as the younger Rohan Raichand
  • Malvika Raaj as the younger Pooja Sharma[12]
  • Aryan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan's real-life son) as the younger Rahul (special appearance)
  • Jugal Hansraj as Rohan's friend (special appearance)

Achala Sachdev and Sushma Seth were cast as Yash and Nandini's mothers, respectively. The film also featured Johnny Lever as Haldiram (a shopkeeper in Chandni Chowk), Himani Shivpuri as Haldiram's wife, Jibraan Khan as Krish Raichand (Rahul and Anjali's son), Amar Talwar as Mr. Kapoor (Yash's friend and Naina's father). Ramona Sunavala, Jeroo Writer and Vikas Sethi feature as Poo's friends Sonya, Tanya and Robbie, respectively. Additionally, Ashutosh Singh features as Ashfaque, Rukshaar's husband. Shilpa Mehta, Shashikala and Parzan Dastur were cast as Ashfaque's mother, grandmother and nephew, respectively.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

At a certain age, boys are very demonstrative about their love towards their fathers. They hug and kiss them. But after that, they withdraw, become less demonstrative. My film is about relationships, about sons going up to their fathers and saying they love them.

Karan Johar[13]

After the success of Karan's debut film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), he began work on a story dealing with the concept of "generations". The idea initially revolved around two daughters-in-law. However, on the advice of filmmaker Aditya Chopra, who thought that the male characters would be too weak, Karan decided to tweak the story-line to make it the story of two brothers.[14]

The inspiration behind Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... came from Yash Chopra's Kabhi Kabhie (1976). On being inspired by the classic, Karan quoted, "What appealed to me was the fact that the love story stretched out across generations. It began with youth and went on as the people grew older. You could say that Kabhi Kabhie is the starting point for my new film, that I am inspired by it. But the film, I am sure, will be very different. It will look different, feel different."[15] Similarly, Karan added an extra "e" to the second Kabhi in the title of his film, due to numerological reasons.[16] In an interview with The Times of India, Karan dispelled comparisons with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and said that while his debut film was "frothy and bubble-gummish", this one was "more classy and sophisticated". He added that there would be "plenty of drama" in this film too, but handled more maturely.[17]

Before principal photography could begin, Karan and the contracted costume designers (Manish Malhotra, Shabina Khan and Rocky S.) shopped in several locations of USA, London, Milan, and New Delhi to get the right look for each of the cast members.[18] Additionally, Karan had only one expectation from the contracted actors; to "look good and do their job". He did not organise any rehearsals for them, except for a scene involving a climatic encounter between Amitabh Bachchan and Roshan.[14] Additional production people hired included choreographer Farah Khan, production designer Sharmishta Roy and cinematographer Kiran Deohans.[19]

Filming[edit]

The first schedule of the film began in Mumbai on 16 October 2000, with the picturisation of the song "Bole Chudiyan" involving Roshan, Kapoor, Khan and Kajol. Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan joined the schedule on 20 October. Due to the immense stress caused by the presence of these actors, Karan fainted on the sets.[20] However, he continued directing the rest of the song while lying in bed.[21]

For the first half of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham..., the production design team lead by Sharmishtha Roy, recreated Chandni Chowk in a studio at Film City of Mumbai.[22] In order to lend authenticity, the team took several pictures of the original area and also shopped in the various alleys of Chandni Chowk. Roy later won Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction her work.[23] The inside of a palatial mansion was developed from scratch in the same studio to double as the home of the Raichand family.[24] In order to lend authenticity to the house of the multi-multimillionaires, several expensive paintings were hung from the walls.[25] A total of 18–19 elaborate sets were constructed by Roy, as Karan wanted the look of the film to be "larger-than-life".[26]

The song "Deewana Hai Dekho" was filmed at the Great Court of the Blenheim Palace, thus becoming the first Indian film to have been shot there.[27]

The second half of the film was shot in the city of London. Karan chose to set the film there due to his fondness for the city. He added, "I could have based my plot in New York City or anywhere else. But London is kind of close to my heart. I like to weave my films around London." Shooting locations include the Wales Millennium Centre, Bluewater Complex, Kent, Blenheim Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and the banks of River Thames.[28] The outdoor scenes of the Raichand family mansion were shot at Waddesdon Manor.[29] The crew faced enormous difficulties while filming an emotional scene between Jaya Bachchan and Khan at the Bluewater Complex, as a massive crowd had gathered there to watch them at work. The situation, eventually, got worse and the complex officials asked them to wrap up the shoot within two hours.[30]

Another song sequence ("Suraj Hua Maddham") involving Khan and Kajol was shot with the backdrop of the Pyramids of Giza in the city of Cairo in Egypt.[31] Due to the lighting conditions, the crew could shoot only between 7 and 9 am in the morning. As a result, the song took several days to film.[32] In addition, Kajol suffered from a minor injury while filming for the song, as she had experienced a bad fall.[33]

Music[edit]

The music of the film was composed by Jatin Lalit, Sandesh Shandilya and Aadesh Shrivastava. The lyrics were provided by Sameer, except for "Suraj Hua Maddham" which was penned by Anil Pandey. A total of 11 tracks are present in the album, which was released by Sony Music on 16 October 2001.[34][35][36] Explaining the album, Karan Johar said, "I wanted music that had all kinds of tunes — pop, romantic, bhangra – but one sound. It had to be larger than life." He added that Jatin-Lalit came up with three "haunting melodies", while Shandilya and Shrivastava came up with the pop and bhangra songs, respectively.[37] A legal suit was filed against Johar for using the song "It's Raining Men" in the film without obtaining prior permission.[38]

Upon release, the soundtrack of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... emerged as a major success by selling 2.5 million units within 30 days.[39] Additionally, it became the largest selling album of the year in India.[40] Writing for Rediff, Sukanya Varma praised most of the compositions, while being critical of the song "Say Shava Shava" due to the "overdose of Punjabi emotions". She summed up by saying, "The music of K3G has a presence. Hate it or love it, you certainly won't ignore it."[41] Planet Bollywood gave it 8 of 10 stars, calling "Suraj Hua Maddham" the best song, and the best reason to buy the album.[42] In 2002, Sony released another album titled Klub K3G, featuring remixes by Indian electronic music producers Akshai Sarin, Harshdeep Sidhu, Prempal Hans and others.[43]

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... Album: Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham"   Sameer Jatin Lalit Lata Mangeshkar 7:55
2. "Bole Chudiyan"   Sameer Jatin Lalit Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Kavita K. Subramaniam, Udit Narayan, Amit Kumar 6:50
3. "You Are My Soniya"   Sameer Sandesh Shandilya Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam 5:45
4. "Suraj Hua Maddham"   Anil Pandey Sandesh Shandilya Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam 7:08
5. "Say Shava Shava"   Sameer Aadesh Shrivastava Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhonsle, Aadesh Shrivastava, Amitabh Bachchan 6:50
6. "Yeh Ladka Hai Allah"   Sameer Jatin Lalit Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan 5:28
7. "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham — Sad (Part 1)"   Sameer Jatin Lalit Sonu Nigam 1:53
8. "Deewana Hai Dekho"   Sameer Sandesh Shandilya Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Kareena Kapoor 5:46
9. "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham — Sad (Part 2)"   Sameer Jatin Lalit Lata Mangeshkar 1:53
10. "Soul of K3G"     Sandesh Shandilya Instrumental 2:18
11. "Vande Mataram"   Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay Sandesh Shandilya Usha Uthup, Kavita K. Subramanium 4:15
Total length:
56:01

Release and reception[edit]

Initially scheduled for a theatrical release during the Diwali celebrations of 2001, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... released a month later on 14 December.[44] Due to the long duration of the film, theatres screened three shows daily, instead of four. Additionally, due to a massive rush in advance bookings, several theatres increased their ticket prices.[45]

The use of "Jana Gana Mana" by Rabindranath Tagore during the film was met with criticism from a certain section of the audiences, and politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party, for being "out-of-context" and "insulting the national pride".[46] Subsequently, a writ was issued against Dharma Productions in the Allahabad High Court by a petitioner based in Uttar Pradesh.[47] However, the court did not entertain the complainant's petition.[48]

Critical reception[edit]

India[edit]

Among the cast members, Kajol was appreciated for her performance. A review carried by The Hindu noted that she "steals the thunder from under very high noses".[49]

In India, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... met with polarised reactions from film critics. While certain critics praised the visual richness and the performances of the cast, certain others were negative about the lengthy run time and criticised the script strength and inconsistencies. Khalid Mohamed of The Times of India applauded the film and reviewed, "K3G is the complete commercial banquet delivered with fabulous finesse by Karan Johar. So, go indulge yourself. Cry your heart out and surprisingly, you'll feel life's finally alive and kicking in Mumbai's dream world."[50] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4.5 out of 5 stars. He praised the emotional sequences, as well as the choreography, production design, costumes, and cinematography. He added that Karan Johar was the real star, for creating many memorable sequences.[19] Rakesh Budhu of Planet Bollywood gave the film 8 out of 10 stars, saying "Dharma Productions has kept its promise in giving us a lovable film to remember in coming times." He pointed out several flaws in the script, but added that the positive aspects of the film managed to outweigh the negative ones. He quoted, "K3G is one heck of an entertainer and was worth the wait".[51] In the film review section of his book Bollywood: An Insider's Guide, Fuad Omar showered overwhelming praise on the film and called it a "masterpiece from the first frame to the last". In summary he said, "Overall Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... is without a doubt the most enthralling, entertaining, emotional and complete vision and definition of Hindi cinema I have ever seen. It is simply the perfect Hindi film."[52]

Contrary to the positive reviews, Anjum N., writing for Rediff, said that despite an extraordinary cast and a big budget, "Karan Johar disappoints." He praised Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan's performance and noted Hrithik Roshan for holding his own against the veteran actors. However, in summary he called the film "a bad remix of Mohabbatein and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai".[53] Writing for The Hindu, Ziya Salam praised Kajol's performance and Karan's ability to "keep the viewer occupied". She commented, "Watch Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... not because of the hype which preceded its release but because in these meagre times not many have come up with better fare. The film at least partially redeems the hope surrounding it. Again, just like its name. Some joy, some disappointment."[49] Namarata Joshi of Outlook gave a mixed review and said that while the film "makes you laugh and cry alternately", the shenanigans were nevertheless "fake and affected" and "monochromatic despite the profusion of colours".[54]

Overseas[edit]

Overseas too, the reviews were mostly mixed, with several critics praising the technical production details of the film, while being somewhat less enthusiastic about the story line. Shamaila Khan of BBC gave the film 9 out of 10 stars and praised the performances of Khan, Kajol and Kapoor. She summed up by saying, "(K3G is) a well made film, with some magical moments (hilarious and weepy) and possibly the world's best looking family!"[55] Derek Elley of Variety said that it "is a highly enjoyable, often dazzlingly staged vehicle dragged down by a sluggish final half-hour". He also praised the cinematography, and the picturisation of the song, "Say Shava Shava".[56] Corey K. Creekmur, of the University of Iowa, said that there were many ignored or illogical plot points and inconsistencies between the moral messages meant to be portrayed and the manner in which they came off on screen. Overall, he called the film a letdown.[57]

Box Office[edit]

Upon release, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... broke all opening records. The film opened to around INR60 million (US$1.0 million) net collections in its first weekend in India, with the first week total at around INR130 million (US$2.2 million). The domestic opening week collections were 70% higher than the previous record and never before had opening records been eclipsed by such large margins. It also set new records for the second and third weeks, by collecting INR105 million (US$1.8 million) and INR80 million (US$1.3 million) respectively.[58] The film went on to become the second highest grosser of 2001 domestically, netting INR470 million (US$7.8 million) in India, and earning "Blockbuster" status.[59]

The film was released in around 125 prints in the overseas markets, grossing a total of $8 million at the end of its theatrical run there.[58][60] It performed very well in the United Kingdom, with a gross of $689,000 in its opening weekend. It thus debuted at the third position at the British box-office.[61] The total earnings of the film reached over $3.2 million in the UK.[60] The film also had the biggest opening ever for a Bollywood film in North America, with a gross of $1.1 million in 73 screens.[2] However, according to a report by Rediff, the numbers were so high that the official reporting agency did not believe it, and asked for evidence that could not be furnished until after the reporting deadline had passed. If reported on time, the film would have opened at the number 10 spot in the North American box-office.[61] However, according to figures from Box Office Mojo, the film debuted at the 32nd place at the American box office during the week of 4 January 2002.[62] It eventually gathered a total of $2.9 million there.[60] Additionally, in 2003, the film became the first from India to be given a theatrical release in Germany.[63]

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... earned a worldwide gross of INR1.17 billion (US$20 million).[3] Internationally, the film was the highest grossing Indian film ever, until its record was broken by Johar's next directorial, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). When adjusted for inflation, the film is the fifth highest grosser worldwide, with an adjusted gross of INR2.24 billion (US$37 million).[64] Box Office India called it "one of the true worldwide blockbusters of Hindi cinema".[58]

Accolades[edit]

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... received fifteen nominations at the Filmfare Awards, ultimately winning five awards.[65][66] In an interview with Filmfare, Karan Johar said that he wasn't dejected to have not won too many awards at the ceremony, as he felt that Lagaan was "a classic" and deserved to win.[30]

The film won several awards at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA),[67][68] and some at the Zee Cine Awards[69] and Screen Awards[70] ceremonies, among others. Among the cast members, Kajol and Jaya Bachchan won several awards in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress category, respectively. At the 13th annual Valenciennes International Film Festival, the film won five major awards, including three Best Film awards and Best Actress for Kajol.[71]

Award Category Nominee Result
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Kajol Won
Best Supporting Actress Jaya Bachchan
Best Dialogue Karan Johar
Best Art Direction Sharmishtha Roy
Best Scene of the Year[30] Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
Best Film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... Nominated
Best Director Karan Johar
Best Actor Shahrukh Khan
Best Supporting Actor Amitabh Bachchan
Best Supporting Actor Hrithik Roshan
Best Supporting Actress Kareena Kapoor
Best Music Direction Jatin Lalit
Best Lyricist Anil Pandey ("Suraj Hua Maddham")
Best Lyricist Sameer ("Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham")
Best Male Playback Sonu Nigam ("Suraj Hua Maddham")
Screen Awards Best Actress Kajol Won
Jodi No. 1 Shahrukh Khan & Kajol
Valenciennes International Film Festival Best Film (Special Jury Award) Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
Best Film (Audience Jury Award) Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
Best Film (Student Jury Award) Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
Best Actress Kajol
Bleu Nord Award Jatin Lalit, Sandesh Shandilya, Aadesh Shrivastava
IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actress Jaya Bachchan
Best Male Playback Sonu Nigam ("Suraj Hua Maddham")
Best Dialogue Karan Johar
Best Art Direction Sharmishta Roy
Best Background Score Babloo Chakravarty
Best Sound Recording Anil Mathur and Nakul Kante
Best Costume Design Manish Malhotra
Best Makeup Mikey Contractor
Zee Cine Awards Best Playback Singer – Male Sonu Nigam ("Suraj Hua Maddham")
Zee Cine Special Award for Outstanding Performance – Female Kajol

Analysis[edit]

Film critics and academics have analysed Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... in several ways. In the book, Encyclopedia of Religion and Film, Eric Mazur described several "mythological subtexts" in the film. While mentioning the opening scene of the film, which features the Raichand family worshiping "Hindu deities during the annual Diwali holiday", he explained that the scene allowed the Hindu audiences to participate in the darshan along with the characters.[72]

Author Rajani Mazumdar compared Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... to Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) and added that the film dealt with themes of family and moral values through a "spectacular stage that moves across global locations".[73] She further stated that the buildup to the story was juxtaposed with the backdrop of two contrasting places – the Raichand home and the interiors of Chandni Chowk. While the Raichand house is described as "expensive, almost like a museum", Chandni Chowk is shown as a world of crowds, chaos and festivities. She also made a note of the use of frontal camera angles in order to ensure that the "spectators eye travels throughout the interior expanse".[74]

Writer Sangita Gopal analysed the "intensification of the aesthetic effects of Hindi cinema" in the narrative scheme of the film. During the confrontation scene between Yash and Rahul Raichand, a "thundering background score" coupled with "360° panning shots" were used to build up melodrama. She added that while such scenes simply began by reprising previous face-offs in several melodramatic Hindi films (such as Mohabbatein of 2000), they gradually shifted "to a more realist register as the framework moves from a sociology to a psychology of the family".[75] Mazur mentioned the use of "dream sequences" in the film as a means of escapism. He referred to the song "Suraj Hua Maddham" as an extradiegetic sequence that allowed Rahul and Anjali to be physically intimate "in ways that they could not in the real world of the film." He added that the characters conveyed a plethora of emotions not through extensive dialogue but through the exchange of glances, which were demonstrated by extreme close-ups on their eyes.[76]

Writing for the book Movie Blockbusters, Andrew Willis commented that the film was specifically written to appeal to the Indian diaspora. He explained that the film was aimed at invoking nostalgia among the large section of NRI's in Canada, United Kingdom and North America.[77] In the second half of the film, Rahul and Anjali move to London, where they enjoy an affluent lifestyle, among several non-Indian neighbours and friends. However, there is a perpetual dissatisfaction among them, especially Anjali, in living away from home.[78] Additionally, she dresses up in a traditional sari and performs the duties of a loyal housemaker. She also frets about her son and younger sister being "too influenced" by Western culture. The film, thus tries to form an emotional connection with the expatriate Indian audiences.[79][80]

Certain academics, however, criticised the portrayal of Britishers as "morally corrupt". Several sequences convey a "culturally conservative" and "idealistic image" of India, while maintaining that the diaspora living in Britain lead a life of "involuntary exile". Western ideology is, however, equated with economic success, with emphasis on Western consumerism such as Starbucks and Burger King, while being critical of the society at large.[81] However, another academic observed that Rohan was the only character in the film who could navigate multiple cultural spaces with ease. He seems totally at ease both at his ancestral home in India and in London. Additionally, he strikes a chord with the diaspora by arranging for the local schoolchildren in London to sing "Jana Gana Mana", the Indian National Anthem.[82] Though the tagline for the film was "It's all about loving your parents",[83] some analysts noted that the film dealt with the concept of fathers trusting and loving their children.[57]

Other media[edit]

During the production and filming process, a book entitled The Making of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was written by Niranjan Iyengar. It features materials and interviews concerning the producer, director, photographer, art director, cast and crew that Iyengar gathered over an 18-month period during the production of the film. The book was released a few days prior to the theatrical release of the film.[84][85][86][87]

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... has been released on VHS and DVD (one and two disc version) formats, beginning in 2002, and in the Blu-ray format beginning in 2010.[88] The two disc DVD version of the film contains a 45-minute documentary entitled The Making of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham along with deleted scenes, a theatrical trailer, and several television promos.[89]

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