Monday, August 22, 2011

Look! There is Kajol! SRK! Amitji AND Jaya! There is songs and dancing and a lot of crying! What`s there to hate? Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

K3G (as the cool kids call it) is everything that makes people hate and/or despite Indian movies and everything that makes other people (like me) love it. It´s colorful, it´s opulent, it´s superficial and glamorous, it´s full of tears and seethrough shirts (and not on women as you might be inclined to think).

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (it took me a long time to learn the spelling by heart) made me a convert. I have seen a few Bollywood movies before, but it never made klick. I can´t really say, what it was about K3G for I admit that – looking at it objectively – it is not a very good film but somehow it went straight to my cold and correct German heart and turned it into a squishy, sentimental dil.

The story goes something like that: Rich, spoiled Rahul (SRK), the son of rich, strict and never smiling Yash Raichand, a multimillionaire (billionare? I never quite figured it out), falls in love with a not so suited girl, Anjali (Kajol), because OMG! She is the daughter of a sweet shop owner living in Chandni Chowk, apparently one of the not so acceptable districts of New Delhi. But since it´s Kajol, Rahul cannot help himself and by doing so, tears his whole family apart. The rest of the film follows the path of the reconciliation of the Raichand family. (There are also Hrithik and Bebo, Jaya Bacchan and a lot of dancing).

I will always have a soft spot for K3G because it contains everything I love about Indian movies. I just dot see what is there to hate about? There is SRK ( my one and only love), Kajol, the music is in my opinion perfect (especially Bole Chudiyan and Yeh Ladki Hai Allah) and the story is just heart wrenching. If you don’t cry, you just don’t have a heart.

The story in pictures! (Sorry for the subtitles, they can´t be turned off with my DVD)

We start in typical Kjo-style: "Who do I miss the most today?"

Amitabh and Jaya tell us something about how parents love their children.
"Rahul, my son, my life," tells us Jaya as the camera zooms into the face of Rahul and conveniently out of the face of Rohan (because who cares about the second kid?)
We also get some close ups of Hrithiks gorgeous eyes.
A pretty shot.
I love Dadi and Nani, they are hilarious!
The title song ( With the German title)
A typical Kjo film scene, just beautiful
Of course Rani is not far away. Yay, Rani!
I LOVE YOU, RANI! I so wish that you would be Anjali.
Raichand Mansion, England, India. Who cares?
Seriously, this is the best entrance scene I´ve ever seen.
Rahul and his Ma.
Aww.. they´re so cute together, why can´t they make another movie?
Oh right, that´s why.

Okay, I get it. Kajol IS awesome.
So thinks Rahul, as he literally falls for her.

And I understand. I mean, come on, she is so lovely, so vibrant and vivacious who wouldn´t fall in love with her?
 And I must also say, that this scene is what makes the movie for me. A lot of people are complaining that he falls in love with her without any real reason shown in the film, but I think that this scene makes it perfectly clear, why he is so smitten that he literally falls off a staircase. She is everything he is not, everything he didn´t even know he was missing. She is his total opposite, she is carefree and living for the day and so full of love for life itself whereas his whole life revolves only about not disappointing his father. She makes him forget that, makes him to live at least once just for himself and forget everything else. She makes him enjoy life.

Some of Kajol´s hilarious expressions.

Rahul calls for a date.

The infamous bangle scene.
  Suraj Hua Maddham, where we dwell on the famous SRK-Kajol chemistry.

It´s Really Hot In Herre...
Some daydreaming inside the daydreaming

It´s REALLY hot in herre... And this is a children friendly movie!?
Rahul tells his Ma about Anjali, i.g. that she is really... crazy.
Rohan leaves the family. Don´t worry Rohan, you´ll come back as a sexy stud who has managed to grow an extra thumb! (for luck, you know)
Amitabh finds out about rahul and Anjali. "How could you believe she could become a part of our family?" He asks indignantly. Seriously, man, she´s poor for God´s sake!
"I just fell in love" is the meekly answer and I go "Awww..."
A hopeful glance at Amitabh. Did this answer soften up hiss cold heart as it did mine?

No it didn´t.
I love the lighting in this and the following shot. It really emphasizes the whole Fallen From Grace-situation. Shah Rukh is all in grey and washed out colors whereas Amitji is all in yellow and orange.

And as soon as he submits to his father and is accepted back into the family he too becomes yellow and orange.
Rahul makes a life changing decision.
The guilty couple.
"You are not my son," says Amitabh coldly, as we hear the sound of some hearts breaking. Including mine.
Some crying.

A little more crying. (And yay, Rohan is back after not only changing the amount of his body fat but also his eye color).
We change locations to London.
In between finding his long-lost brother, Rohan also manages to roam around the city,
walking around with a bunch of pretty, non-Indian girls who just so happen to wear dresses in the colors of the Indian flag, and
stealing ice cream from nice old ladies.
And finally, after days of just roaming clulessly around London, Rohan has the brilliant idea to resort to the internet.
We also meet Rahul and Anjali again, who are living in London now.
And then there is the one and only...

I love you, Bebo, you rock!

Kareena doing her Spoiled Rich Bitch thing, which only Bebo can pull off really convincingly.

Falling in love wth Mr. Extra Thumb

He doesn´t waste time in reciprocate her feelings.

The reencounter.

We also get a little lovey-dovey from both of the couples. Because, honestly, who doesn´t enjoy SRK and Kajol and Hrithik and Kareena be romantic with eachother?

The most gut-wrenching scene of the movie. Even I find it too much.
Rahul finds out the truth.
The inevitable bench-scene.
Rahul sees his Ma again after ten years and...
the first thing he does is showing proudly at his son. SO CUTE!
Another bench-scene, with Jayaji finally telling her husband to f***k off.

The Guilty Couple Part 2. This time in ill-fitting clothes.
And more crying.

Amitabh and SRK make out. Up, sorry.

We end with a forgiving kiss, because now...
All Izz Well in Kjo-Land (thanks to Rani Mukerji)! Thank you for watching!

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