Since this is my first blog post on my first love – Hindi films I thought it should be on the man whose cinema I admire; I breathe; I live – Karan Johar. Over the last decade he is undoubtedly one director who has churned out blockbusters. Johar debuted with Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, a romantic comedy in 1998 which won several accolades and set the cash register ringing. India got its new age young director who was very soon going to make Indian films popular worldwide. He thereafter directed another blockbuster Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, a family saga which created waves in both national and international markets. He hardly fails to impress people.
Karan Johar is surely the one who took Indian films outside India. His films apart from doing well in India do exceptionally well across the globe. The respect, the accolades, the success he enjoys globally no Indian director in the present enjoys. He may not be the finest film maker for many but for me his cinema is magical. He is a master when it comes to romance. He is class apart.
In this post I pick up my personal favorite scenes from his cinema spanning from 1998 to 2010; from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to My Name is Khan. It was a difficult task for me ; given my love for his films; I tend to like every moment! But I try to pick up the one’s which moved me really.
1. KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI
An all time blockbuster which launched Karan Johar into the industry. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a heartwarming beautiful love story of best friends. The performances, camerawork, storytelling and extensive musical numbers all energetically colorful. It is classic romantic cinema.
~ The Rain Dance
The drops of water falling from the sky have never failed to cast a spell on the 70mm screen.Dancing in the rain has been an integral part of Indian mainstream cinema. In fact rain has been the most over used entity in any romantic scene in hindi films but there are very few scenes that touch your heart and this particular scene is indeed one of the BEST. Shahrukh and Kajol literally create ‘magic’ on screen when they come together. The sparkling drops of water makes for a passionate setting to incite some sizzling chemistry between them. The background music is beautifully within the scene. It’s the rain that causes all the commotion in this poem of love. Watch out for that one moment when Shahrukh holds Kajol’s Saree and Kajol turns back.
~ Rahul & Anjali meet again
The scene where Shahrukh and Kajol meet after 8 years. Shahrukh and Kajol make this scene so special because of their very ‘natural’ acting. Awkwardness has never been depicted so beautifully. There is a silence but their eyes speak. If you ask me; I wept buckets in this scene 🙂
~ Bench Scene
One of the most moving, intense and well-crafted emotional sequence in the entire film. Starting on a lighter and a comical note it delves into an emotional note and Karan has directed it so beautifully that you can’t hold your tears. Watch out for the moment when they both secretly make a wish after seeing a ‘toot-ta tara’ . My personal favorite dialogue is when Kajol says “Ghar Badal diya tha” to which Shahrukh says “Rishte bhi badal diye the kya”?
2. KABHI KHUSHI KABHI GHAM – It’s all about loving your parents……
With Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Karan Johar proved that Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was no flash in the pan. Handled with utmost sensitivity, the subject slips between emotional sequences to dramatic confrontations to light moments with utmost ease and their are scenes which remain etched into your heart. This is a film with celebration in its heart: the musical routines are triumphantly lavish, boasting pounding dhol percussion and gorgeously fluid choreography. A mother’s heartbreak prompts her son to reunite the shattered clan in this family drama.
The scene towards the pre-climax, shot in a shopping mall, when Jaya Bachchan and Shahrukh meet after a gap of nine years. Probably, the most emotional and moving scene in the film. The beauty of this sequence is that there are no dialogues ; the emotions are expressed through eyes and kudos to Jaya Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan for pulling off the scene so well. Watch out for the moment when Shahrukh tells that he is a father now and points out towards his son. EXCELLENT !!
3. KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA
Few writers have such solid control over their screenplay as Karan Johar does. The characters in KANK are confused, complexed, and they’re hurting as hell. But still there is something about the way Karan portrays them on screen that you end up empathizing with the central characters Dev & Maya. Only few can actually understand the intricacies of narrative and I am amongst those few and KANK remains my favorite Karan Johar film. He matured as a director and showed everything that’s wrong in modern marriages. His characters may still wear P.E.R.F.E.C.T. designer clothes but they’re all grey. KANK broke new grounds in Indian cinema by taking on a taboo subject in the subcontinent: a wife’s infidelity. Karan Johar rejects entrenched Indian beliefs about marriage and infidelity, and challenges the notion that wives are happiest if they remain blindly devoted to their husbands until death.For the record I have seen it more than 15 times and I can watch it again, again and again !!!
~ Bench Scene
The scene which defies the stereotypical definition of “love” in hindi films and says great friends don’t necessarily make great lovers. The dialogues between Dev and Maya are penned down smartly. Watch out for that ‘moment’ when Maya makes Dev realize that he is not happy with his marriage. Simply Superb !!! “Kabhi Kabhi dosti mohabbat ki jagah le leti hai aur phir mohabbat ke liye jagah hi nahi rehti”
~ Love Making Scene
The scene where Dev and Maya take their relationship to a next level and you realize that it’s real passion, real love that makes a great marriage. They are unfaithful but you can’t help empathizing with them.They seem “correct” to you. Watch out for that moment when Maya cries while making love and Dev kisses her tears. Also, the scene when camera focuses on their wedding rings. Take a *bow* Karan Johar.
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4. MY NAME IS KHAN
My Name is Khan is surely one of the most talked about films in the recent times. Much because of the legendary team of Shahrukh-Karan-Kajol coming together after 9 years and also because of the political unrest surrounding the film. MNIK is skillfully directed by Karan Johar and with an evocative score by Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy, “Khan” jerks tears with ease, while teaching lessons about Islam and tolerance. The message of “My Name Is Khan,” an effective exercise in Bollywood high emotionalism, there are two kinds of people in the world, good and bad, a distinction more important than any other differences, like those between Hindus and Muslims. There are some films which NEED to be made and this is surely one of them. The film makes an important point and it NEEDS to be heard.
~ Kajol accepts Shahrukh’s proposal
Rizwan is undeniably the best thing about My Name is Khan and it very hard for you not to lose your heart to him. My personal favorite is the lovely scene in which Kajol accepts his proposal. Watch out for the moment when Shahrukh blushes and his face turns red when Kajol says “Marry Me”. He is a charmer and undoubtedly the KING OF ROMANCE.