From romanticism to pessimism, Karan Johar’s cinematic expression of love has truly evolved. 18 years later his debut film, with 30 films under his name, this man is still fascinated by heartbreaks.
There is no denial that his films are about love- loving your classmates (KKHH, SOTY), loving your parents (K3G), loving your neighbor (KHNH), loving somebody else’s wife (KANK), loving America (MNIK), loving older married men (Bombay Talkies); but they are more about the heartbreaks. You do not see it this way? Read on.
Just before we celebrate his ultimate heartbreak film this Diwali, let us burst some hearts, just for the sake of fun.
KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI – KKHH (1998)
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Anjali is left heartbroken(1) when Rahul and Tina become a couple. Soon, the universe pays Rahul back and he too has a heartbreak (2) when Tina dies (but she makes occasional visits, like on his wedding and all). Rahul has another heartbreak(3) when he finds out about Anjali’s to-be-happening-soon wedding. And Aman has the final heartbreak (4) of the film when he finds out that Anjali wants to be with Rahul instead.
KABHI KHUSHI KABHI GHAM – K3G (2001)
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This time Anjali is Rahul’s first & final choice, which means Naina must bear a heartbreak (5). Also, he marries without inviting his foster father, who in return of a heartbreak(6) cuts off all his ties with him. Rahul leaves the family and goes to London, leaving his mother heartbroken (8).
KAL HO NA HO – KHNH (2003)
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Rohit loves Naina, who loves Aman but Aman loves all. While Rohit and Naina have heartbreaks (10), Aman has heart attacks. There are a few more itsy bitsy heartbreaks which we will ignore for this debate.
KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA – KANK (2006)
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This film has an average of one heartbreak per character. The maa, the baap, the beta, the bahu- everyone goes through it. Rhea wants to patch up with Dev but he leaves her heartbroken (11). Rishi’s love is not reciprocated by Maya, another heartbreak (12). Dev and Maya cannot stay together, 2 more (14). Dev’s mother and Uden Recept Online Rishi’s father find out about all the mess. While the former seems okay, the latter’s heartbreak (15) kills him.
MY NAME IS KHAN – MNIK (2010)
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This film has collective heartbreaks. It’s not fun to trivialize the real unfortunate tragedy, so we will skip this part. Let us take into account only two heartbreaks here- Zaheer’s, from his mother for loving his brother more & Mandira’s, from losing her son.
AJEEB DASTAN HAI YEH- BOMBAY TALKIES (2013)
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Dev seems already heartbroken (18) and we do not know why (can guess). Avinash is also heartbroken (19) and we know why (hint- family & acceptance). And Gayatri meets the much-needed heartbreak (20).
STUDENT OF THE YEAR – SOTY (2012)
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This film has more denied heartbreaks than the obvious ones, both are a challenge to count. But you get my point, don’t you?
Karan Johar has always written and directed films about the hurt that people who chase love encounter, but his characters never give up on it.
Consciously or unknowingly, he has been hinting at the fact, which we understand quite late in our lives, that being loved is easy, loving is not. And love affairs mostly come with a heartbreak.
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His Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is out, breaking and healing several hearts at a theater near you. Go catch it for all the excitements and disappointments it will leave you with. Kyunki… Ae Dil, satisfaction hai mushkil.
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Mujeer Pasha is based out of Bangalore and writes everyday about everything that does not add value. He tells stories to people he meets in person and makes films occasionally (whenever a film festival is around).
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