`Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham` Indian movie released in 2001 is the second venture of the director Karan johar. The film was the first Bollywood feature to see a theatrical release in Germany with German subtitles. It was the highest grossing Indian film ever until Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s Devdas released in the year 2002. The legendary actress Waheeda Rahman was to play Amitabh Bachchan`s mother in the film. A few scenes were shot but Waheeda Rahman was forced to opt out after her husband died of prolonged illness. The second half of the film is set principally in London, and many scenes were filmed there. The film was also shot in places like Egypt, Bicester Village Shopping Centre, Blenheim Palace i.e. King`s College in the film, Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bond St., Kingsway Rd., Covent Garden, British Museum, Butler`s Wharf, Heathrow Airport, Leicester Square, Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Piccadilly Circus, Stowe School, The Strand and Waddesdon Manor.
Synopsis of `Kabhi khushi Kabhie Gham`
`Kabhi khushi Kabhie Gham` the Indian film starts in a family of Yashvardhan Raichand. Rahul played by Shahrukh Khan is the adopted son of Yashvardhan `Yash` Raichand played by Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Nandini played by Jaya Bachchan. Both of them love Rahul more than their real son Rohan played by Hrithik Roshan, who is younger than Rahul by several years. Yash Raichand is a rich and famous business man in India. He believes in keeping traditions, and is against love marriages. When Rahul returns home from overseas in London, he meets Anjali, a sweetshop owner`s daughter, played by Kajol and falls in love with her. They met in a strange incident because of their daija playe dbt Farida Jalal. Pooja, Anjali`s little sister, and Rohan also become friends as well.
Yash decides to get Rahul married to his friend`s daughter, Naina played by Rani Mukerji. Rahul, however, tells his father that he wants to marry Anjali. This angers Yash as he is always in favour of status and traditional values. He tries to make Rahul understand of Anjali`s status who is a common girl from a middle class family, as opposed to Naina. Rahul apologizes to Yash and promises to do whatever is asked of him. He goes to tell Anjali that he can`t marry her, and finds out that her father has died all of a sudden. After seeing that Anjali and Pooja have no other family and no one to live with, he marries Anjali on the spot. When he brings her home, his father disowns him. Rahul, shocked and hurt, shares an emotional good-bye with his mother. Nandini asks daija to go with Rahul wherever he goes so that he will always have his mother`s love and care. After visiting Rohan, who is at boarding school, one last time Rahul leaves with Anjali, Pooja, and Daija Farida Jalal.
Rohan is devastated by the split in the family, but has never learned why Rahul left because Rahul had made him promise never to ask. When Rohan comes home for the holidays ten years later, he stops to meet his maternal and paternal grandmothers. He overhears them discussing the split, and they tell him the whole truth. When Rohan returns home, he learns from a few acquaintances of Anjali`s that Rahul and Anjali have settled down in London. Vowing to himself to bring Rahul and Anjali home, he tells his parents that he wants to go to London to study. Yash reluctantly agrees. As soon as he arrives in London, he tracks Rahul down and learns his address. He enrolls at a university and finds that Pooja played by Kareena Kapoor happens to be a student there. He tells her who he is and asks her to help him bring the family back together. Pooja is also happy to see Rohan because he is very handsome and she also experiences that Rahul is not happy without his family.
Meanwhile, Rahul has started his own business and is living comfortably with Pooja, Daija and Anjali and their nine-year-old son, Krish. Pooja tells them that Rohan is her best friend`s brother who has come from India and needs a place to stay. Rahul stubbornly dissagrees but Anjali warmly welcomes him because he`s Indian, Rahul eventually agrees due to most of his family taking Anjali`s side and Rohan soon becomes a part of the family without revealing who he is. He reminds the family how much they miss India and their parents. Eventually Farida Jalal finds out who he really is and Rohan tells everyone the truth and tries to convince Rahul to come back to India and meet his parents.Rahul dissagrees saying that their father wants nothing to do with him because he married Anjali. Rohan even goes so far as to convince Yash and Nandini to come to London with hope that Yash will reunite with Rahul. This fails, but Rahul and Nandini share a joyful reunion. At this point Anjali, too, attempts to persuade Rahul to go back to India and meet his father. But Rahul is convinced that his father doesn`t love him anymore until they learn that Yash`s mother has died. Her last wish was for Rahul, Yash, and Rohan to light her funeral pyre together. Rahul goes back to India, but participates in the funeral without speaking to his father.
Nandini confronts Yash and tells him, for the first time in ten years, that he was wrong in his mind and thoughts for cutting ties with Rahul, whom he had brought into their home with so much love and happiness. This leaves Yash stunned, and at odds with himself. Rohan finally manages to convince Rahul to speak to Yash. He takes Rohan, Pooja, and Anjali and goes to meet him, and finds Yash humbled and sad. He apologizes to Rahul and scolds him for believing that Yash, his father, did not love him and for not returning home sooner. Things end happily, with Rohan and Pooja`s wedding.
Cast and crew of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
The Indian movie `Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham` is a multi-starred movie that includes Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Farida Jalal, Achala Sachdev, Sushma Seth, Johnny Lever, Himani Shivpuri, Simone Singh, Alok Nath, Aryan Khan, Jugal Hansraj, Rani Mukherjee. The film is directed by Karan Johar while produced by his father and owner of Dharma Production Yash Johar. Music is given by Jatin-Lalit, Sandesh Shandilya, and Aadesh Shrivastava.
Awards for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
The bollywood movie `Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham` received fifteen nominations at the filmfare awards. Ultimately the film got five awards including best actress, best supporting actress, best dialogues, best art direction, and best scene of the year.