Dipen Guhawrote on Sep 4 2009 10:01PM
Karan Johar's first film. "Kuch kuch hota hai"(KKHH) opens with a funeral for Tina (Rani Mukherjee), as her husband Rahul (Shah rukh Khan) stands by the pyre. Memories of his wife, who died soon after giving birth to their daughter, flash past as Rahul stares at the flames of the pyre. In one of the flasbacks, Tina asks Rahul to name their daughter Anjali (the reason is soon revealed in the film). Tina leaves a set of letters to her daughter with her mother-in law ( Farida Jalal) with the instructions that her daughter should read them on her eighth birthday. In the letters, Tina describes her college life with Rahul and their friend Anjali( Kajol). The letters reveal that Anjali and Rahul were best friends until Anjali realized she was in love with Rahul. Rahul's involvement with Tina proves to be devastating for Anjali, who suddenly packs her baggage and leaves to be with her mother. Since that day, Rahul and Anjali have not seen each other. Tina is convinced that Rahul and Anjali loved each other, and she requests that her daughter ensure the two meet again. The story of college life in the letter is recounted through a long flashback sequence. The subsequent hunt for Anjali and the ensuing romance between Rahul and Anjali form the second half of the narrative. The movement from college life to the present is mounted through lavish sets---from school grounds, classrooms, auditoriums, and children's camps, to the interiors of the chracters' homes and of hotel lobbies. Barring one shot right at the beginning of the film of the Gateway of India, with a caption that reads "Bombay 8 years later"we have absolutely no reason to believe in the existence of any specific location.
Any way, the little Anjali's search for father's yester lover proves prolific, though she is, circumstantially, betrothed to handsome Salman Khan, who senses the gravity of the situation, and virtually, it is by his initiative, Rahul and Anjali come into matrimonial nexus thus giving relieved disposition to the little Anjali.