Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Kuch Kuch Hota Hai|
Actors: Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Farida Jalal, Reema Lagoo
Director: Karan Johar
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
Rahul and the tomboy Anjali are students at St. Xavier College. They are the best of friends. One day Tina, the principal's daughter, enrolls at St. Xavier. She is beautiful, feminine, and sophisticated; therefore the anti... more »
Starring Rani Mukherjee, the most beautiful actress ever!
Rykre | Carson City, Nevada | 12/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is probably my favorite Indian DVD. It's got the most enjoyable story you could ever watch on film. I'm glad to see that Amazon is starting to provide Bollywood films. I knew after "Lagaan", "Monsoon Wedding", and "Bend it Like Beckham" came out, people are going to want to see more Indian films.This is a story about Rahul and Anjali, a boy and a girl who were best of friends back in college. This movie opens with a woman named Tina who is dying from a complicated birth. She asks her husband Rahul, while before she dies, to name their new daughter Anjali, and she also gives the grandmother 8 letters that she wrote to give to the newborn daughter, one letter for each year of the daughter's birthday. It is on Anjali's eighth birthday that she received the eighth letter written by her long gone dead mother. In this eighth letter, Anjali's mother Tina explained how she came into her father's life back in college and they fell in love. This love complicated a friendship between her father Rahul, and his best friend at college, a tomboy girl named Anjali. So Anjali left the college so that Tina and Rahul could be together. What little Anjali's mother wants her daughter to do is find the first Anjali and bring her back together with her father so that he will find happiness once again with his original best friend from college. This movie is a roller coaster of emotions. You will laugh and you will cry. In fact, you will probably cry twice within the first 15 minutes, but yet, you will laugh and be so engrossed into this film that you will wish you were there. It would be nice if this film had about 4 less songs because it does get a bit too musical sometimes, but the song videos do all look really colorful and classy.This movie stars Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, and Rani Mukherjee. You will love all three of these Indian stars right away. These three stars also star together in another Bollywood film that I recommend called "Kabhi Khushi Khabhie Gham". This film is also from the director Karan Johar. To download pictures of these stars and stills from these movies, go to www.IndiaFM.com . To find out other movies these stars are in, go to Amazon's www.IMDb.com ."
The Movie that Revolutionised Modern Indian Film
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 08/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my part of the world, Indian movies are a part of our common culture. Having said that, I must admit that I was never a great fan of the genre, until this movie was released.Kuch Kuch Hota Hai has a story line that is improbable but believable, and it will make you laugh, cry, sing and dance. It follows to a point the standard formula for Indian movies, with music and dancing punctuating the story, but everything is modernised and fresh. However, even though it is set in modern times, it never forgets traditional Indian values. Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerjee give the performances of their lives in this story, which tells of the true love of three friends from their teenage years to adulthood. Handsome, muscular Salman Khan makes a powerful but brief appearance.Unlike other movies of the genre, it doesn't have the formulaic "rich girl meets poor boy and falls in love" (or vice versa) story line, nor does it have the villians plotting to steal land or money, or committing murder for personal gain. This is simply a very sweet story, with love, tragedy and comedy mixed together in a blender with great music and dancing.If you only see one Indian movie, make it this one.If you want more, good recommendations are "Ghulam", "Raja Hindustani", "Dil to Pagal Hai", "Pardes", "Duplicate", "Border", "Dil Se" and "Lagaan", all of which I was inspired to watch after seeing Kuch Kuch Hota Hai."
Beginner's Guide to Bollywood
Plein Jane | new england | 04/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In February 2005, National Geographic did a feature and one of the headlines said, "Shah Rukh Khan is God." Check out these movies, and you will have to agree. First: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. (Something Happens in My Heart.) There are really two movies here. There is the first part, which is at best cute and and it's worst--I'm talking about the dance in the gym scene here--downright embarrassing. But hang in there. Things are going to get much, much better.
If you have never seen a Bollywood film before, be prepared for the ride of your life. If you give this film even half a chance, you are going to experience the full range of emotions with these characters. Now, there is no way that this craziness could all come together if Kajol, Rani, and of course, Shah Rukh Khan, were not such excellent actors. If you look at the date this film was made, you will see that Kajol and Rani (real-life cousins, btw) were both quite young, and they are surprisingly good. SRK displays his range here, from goofy student to mature widower. Farida Jalal, who plays his mother, is excellent too. The little girl who plays his daughter is amazing. It can't be easy to play your first major role with the world's most popular actor.
There are a couple of reasons to take this film seriously. In the first place, we non-Desis need to start learning about Indian culture. There is a lot here that is exaggerated for the sake of making a point, and if you approach it with an open mind you are going to learn a lot. Second, millions of fans of the world's most prolific movie culture will tell you this is their favorite movie. The second part is brilliant, surreal, and amazing.
If you start with this one, go back for Dilwale Dulhania dela Jayenge. DDLJ is probably the most popular film ever made. It's ten years old, and is still in its first continuous run. With good reason: it is breathtaking. Listen to the music and you will see how cleverly it refers back to certain themes and scenes in KKHH. It's brilliant. Next, you MUST see Kabhi Kushie Khabie Gham. Here SRK is nearing the height of his powers. It will knock you out; you will have seen the progress of SRK and Kajol as actors, and at the same time seen a certain maturing of the films themselves. Kajol is an astonishing beauty of prodigious talent, but what is more, the chemistry between she and SRK is legendary. There are no comparisons in western films. Most earlier SRK films are simply awful; he usually played the thug. It is when he started this series with Kajol that he began to be taken seriously as a leading man, and no one has ever done it better.
A few years ago Kajol married Ajay Devgan and dropped out of show business to start her family. This is pretty much traditional in the Indian film industry. SRK's next leading lady was Rani Mukherjee; she is beyond amazing. Don't miss Chalte Chalte!!
Something sure happened in my heart when I discovered these amazing films. I am totally hooked!"
Beautiful, "Parent Trap-esque" Movie! WONDERFUL!!
benbrattlover | Michigan, USA | 07/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, is a WONDERFUL and cute Bollywood movie! It is now one of my top favorites!
Even though my parents are from India, my brother and I didn't watch many Hindi/Bollywood movies growing up. At home, my family either spoke English or Konkani (a dialect of Hindi) so with the exception of the sporadic Hindi classes we took as children, we did not have much experience with Hindi.
As a result, we did not watch many Bollywood movies until recently. I can count on one hand, with a couple of extra fingers, maybe two hands at the most, the number of Hindi movies I saw as a child.
Because we understand very little (just a few random words, phrases, etc.)of Hindi, and subtitles, were not available on the VHS tapes, we had to rely on our mom for translation of the dialogue. Though I'm sure she tried her best, what would inevitably happen is that while she was translating one segment of conversation, she would miss the next one, so there would be huge gaps in the translation, and often essential dialogue would deliberately (if she didn't want to translate something, thinking we weren't old enough to hear it)or accidently left out.So we had to figure out the story from the pictures and inconsistent, and incomplete translations. As a result, we didn't watch many Bollywood movies growing up.
But since I started watching Hindi movies on DVD (with available English subtitles) I've been REALLY enjoying it! I LOVE BOLLYWOOD movies!
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is one of the several Hindi movies that I have seen and enjoyed immensely on DVD recently.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (or KKHH, or K2H2) is a BEAUTIFUL movie that stars Shahrukh Khan, Kajol (of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge fame) and Rani Mukherji (of Veer-Zaara) as well as a special guest appearance by Salman Khan (of Hum Aapke Hain Koun)
In this touching and "Parent Trap-esque" movie, ladies man Rahul Khanna (Shahrukh Khan) and tomboy Anjali Sharma (Kajol) are friends at St. Xavier's College. They are best friends, always playing basketball together, and teasing and joking with each other. There is also a deep love between the two that has not been expressed.
Enter Tina Malhotra, the daughter of the Principal (Dean), and a transfer student from Oxford University in London, who is coming home to complete her final year of college at her father's school.
Principal Malhotra asks Anjali to "look after" Tina, and "take her under her wing", and while doing so, Rahul comes along, and Tina, Anjali and Rahul all become good friends.
But then Rahul and Tina start seeing each other privately and soon they fall in love.
Meanwhile, Anjali realizes that she is in love with Rahul, and decides to tell him how she feels. Anjali is about to delare her love, when Rahul confesses that he is in love with Tina.
Anjali is devastated when she realizes Rahul loves Tina, and not her, and that her love for him can never be expressed. She is so heartbroken that she immediately decides to drop out of college and go back home.
Rahul and Tina, rush to the train station to try to stop Anjali from leaving. But when Rahul learns that Anjali was planning to leave without telling him, and never come back he gets upset, and storms off. While the train starts up, Anjali throws her dupatta (scarf) to Tina, signaling to her that she is starting a new life with Rahul.
Meanwhile, as train is pulling out of the station, Rahul has a change of heart, and is able to say a final goodbye to Anjali.
After Anjali drops out, and leaves town, she "disappears". She goes her own separate way, and doesn't write, call, or have any further contact with Rahul or Tina.
Meanwhile, Rahul and Tina get married, and Tina becomes pregnant. Unfortunately, Tina develops complications during her pregnancy, and she dies soon after giving birth to a baby girl. Before dying, she makes Rahul promise to name their daughter, "Anjali", and she leaves 8 separate letters with her mother-in-law (Farida Jalal of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge), to be given to Anjali, one for each birthday (from age 1 to age 8)
So now nine years have passed and little Anjali who is living in Mumbai (Bombay) with her father and grandmother, is celebrating her 8th birthday. As in the years before, she has a special letter waiting for her from her late mother, Tina.
However, this particular letter is different from the others in one crucial aspect.
In this letter, Tina tells her daughter about the relationship/friendship between herself, Rahul and Anjali, and how she fell in love with Rahul. She writes of the unrequited love between Anjali and Rahul, and how she feels that she came between them.
Tina tells her daughter that her father is all alone, and she asks her daughter, Anjali to find Anjali Sharma and reunite her with Rahul.
However, at the same time that Anjali Khanna (little Anjali)and her grandma are beginning their search for Rahul's college friend, Anjali Sharma (big Anjali) has become engaged, and is planning her wedding to Aman Mehra (guest star Salman Khan)
But through a twist of fate (influenced by a cute/sweet scene of little Anjali carrying out a fervent Muslim prayer) and due to a problem with Anjali & Aman's horoscopes (which in Hindu custom are often a major factor when planning any event) all plans for the wedding are postponed for several months - until December at the earliest.
In the meantime, big Anjali takes a job teaching music and dance at a summer camp in Simla.
In a series of twists, little Anjali finds out about big Anjali's job. So she and her grandma join this same summer camp, with the intention of luring Rahul there so that he will come face-to-face with big Anjali.
Little Anjali and her grandma concoct a "Parent Trap-esque" scheme to reunite the two former friends, set them up and rekindle the previously unexpressed love and passion between them.
What transpires is a cute, beautiful and touching display of the real meaning of caring about another person, and true love.
I think anyone who enjoys the "Bollywood style" of movies will enjoy this GREAT movie! The music and accompanying songs are beautiful, the casting is practically perfect, and the storyline and plot is very touching and suitable and appropriate for all ages, from young kids, to the elderly! It is a family-friendly, Indian version of "The Parent Trap"!
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a WONDERFUL movie, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes/loves Hindi movies.
5 STARS!! Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is AWESOME!!!!