Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

October 16th, 1998


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During their college years, Anjali was in love with her best-friend Rahul, but he had eyes only for Tina. Years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina's eight-year-old daughter attempts to reunite her father and Anjali.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 7.3/10 (7,030 voted)

Director: Karan Johar

Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji

Rahul Khanna and Anjali Sharma were best friends at college. Anjali realizes that she has fallen for Rahul but she's too late because Rahul has already fallen for Tina Malhotra. Heartbroken, Anjali leaves the city. Tina and Rahul get married and soon Tina becomes pregnant, giving birth to a daughter which they call Anjali. Due to complications during pregnancy, Tina passes away. Anjali is brought up by her father, and each year on her birthday he allows his daughter to read one of her mother's letters. Through these letters she learns that her mother (Tina) knew that another Anjali was in love with Rahul, and vows to bring them together again.

Writers: Karan Johar, Karan Johar

Shah Rukh Khan - Rahul Khanna
Kajol - Anjali Sharma
Rani Mukerji - Tina Malhotra (as Rani Mukherji)
Farida Jalal - Mrs. Khanna
Reema Lagoo - Mrs. Sharma (as Reema)
Archana Puran Singh - Ms. Briganza
Himani Shivpuri - Rifat Bi
Johnny Lever - Col. Almeida, Camp Manager (as Johny Lever)
Anupam Kher - Principal Malhotra
Sana Saeed - Anjali Khanna
Parzan Dastur - Silent Sardarji (as Parzaan Dastur)
Salman Khan - Aman Mehra
Geeta Kapoor - Dancer
Farah Khan - Woman on the Neelam show

Taglines: The Best

Release Date: 16 October 1998

Filming Locations: Blackrock Cottage, Glen Coe, Highland, Scotland, UK

Opening Weekend: £180,990 (UK) (18 October 1998) (20 Screens)

Gross: $2,100,000 (USA) (31 December 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

During the first basketball game, we see Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol "supposedly" jumping high in the air to shoot a basket. The hoop was actually a bit low, and they used trampolines to jump.

Errors in geography: The characters refer to Tina as having come from London, yet she studied at the University of Oxford. The University of Oxford is in the city of Oxford, not London.

Anjali Sharma: Oh Rahul... he is so cute. He is so handsome...
Rahul Khanna: Not as handsome as you are. You have the better mustache.
Anjali Sharma: Was that a joke?
Rahul Khanna: What if it was?
Anjali Sharma: I don't like jokes.
Rahul Khanna: I don't like you!

User Review

The movie that turned me to Bollywood films

Rating: 10/10

I saw this film randomly the other day while at a friend's house. She comes from Indian decent and had always nagged me to watch Indian films with her but I always declined. Being a general film fanatic, I agreed to watch this film, not expecting much. But as soon as I got into the story (and got over the horrible and sometimes non-visible subtitles) I was completely hooked! Whether it was the directing or the wonderful screen presence of the actors, somethng about this film had the ability to capture the emotions of the viewer. I can say that having been used to watching generally American films, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a romance that stands out from the typical Hollywood love story -- paying attention to detail and character development in a way in which I've rarely seen before. Although I was quite new to Indian "musical numbers" in which they incorporate within their films and even found the performances in them a little bit on the cheesy side, I throroughly enjoyed some of the songs as well. Great melodies, especially the title song -- which added to the emotional impact of the movie itself. I wll definitely be looking out for more Indian films in the future.