‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’: Cliché but lovable, the imperfect yet perfect romance of our generation | Bollywood Bubble

‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’: Cliché but lovable, the imperfect yet perfect romance of our generation

‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’: Cliché but lovable, the imperfect yet perfect romance of our generation

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I was around six or seven, when I got introduced to the enigma of romance that Shah Rukh Khan is, with ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. I remember dancing merrily on ‘Mere Khwabon Mein’ and having day dreams, all a combined effect of fairy tales and the impeccable chemistry of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. I might have been one of those who fervently wished for them to be a couple, only to be disappointed later on.

Then came Karan Johar’s ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, a few years later. Nevertheless, the magic was still the same. The anticipation of watching SRK and Kajol romance each other, coupled with music and cinematography that just took one’s breath away. I watched it, re-watched it, and came back home even more starry-eyed than before. My eight-year-old self was convinced to the tee that if love existed, it was this.

However, time flew and the definition of romance changed. Soon, technology took over, and the hero who used a ladder to enter the heroine’s bedroom, transitioned to WhatsApp and its emoticons, for expression. Still, in the unbidden corners of my heart, the love and romance of Karan Johar’s debut directorial beat like the first sight of love.

Social media became more and more conspicuous, and in the times of feminism, soon there were stories of how flawed the plots of yesteryear romances were. How could the romance of my dreams be spared? The plot of ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ was torn apart, Rahul was deemed a selfish man for falling in love with the perfect woman, leaving behind his tomboyish best friend, and falling in love with the latter, eight years later, when he is a widower and when she has fit into the module of a perfect woman. To top it all, even Karan Johar came out and said that he was not proud of what he had created then.

I was heartbroken. When the man who created this romance could not believe in what he had given birth to, how could I? But then, I watched Rahul and Anjali fight and make up. I cheered when Rahul the playboy confessed his love for Tina, in her room, as he bowed down to her. Eight years later on the celluloid, my heart soared again when Rahul and Anjali danced in the rain, under the shade of gazebo, to the tunes of piano. I watched two best friends realising that they have always been in love, only too naive to notice the same. How could something so perfect be flawed? As much as I wanted to be the woman of today and take a stance, I could not help being the starry-eyed girl and be in love with the movie.

Yes, Rahul fell in love with Anjali after she had metamorphosised into the typical definition of a woman. But maybe, he could have fallen for her even if she had not changed. Maybe, the love was always there on a deeper level, but it surfaced only in the mature years. Maybe, the person was destined to fall in love twice; once, with the woman who made him feel the pangs of first love, and second with the woman who was always there to laugh and cry with him as a best friend. Her absence drilled an empty hole inside his heart, never to be filled by anyone else, and that was how he realised his love for her, later in life. Destiny plays weird games, doesn’t it?

Yes, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ had its flaws, and maybe it is not as perfect in today’s world of revolutions, but it was magic, just like love, and it flowed just as perfectly. Maybe this time, I won’t agree with Karan Johar. This time, I will root for the story that he deems silly and delusional. This was the story that defined love for me, and always will.

Rahul, Anjali and Tina may not have been perfect, but they gave my generation the ultimate definition of love; “Pyaar, Dosti Hai,” and we, the hopelessly romantic, will agree to it, every single time.

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

A guy who misses you on big screen

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