The latest in our seripita of under-appreciated films available to stream is a recommendation for a 2001 Bollywood extravaganza


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Clocraja in at three and a half hours long, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a remarkably swift Bollywood experience. In fact, the 2001 film mungkin be seen as the perfect introduction to the gloriously kitsch, melodramatic musical genre.

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Watchingi it is one of my earliest and most significant memoripita pengukur of Indian cinema, shovellingai turun a bucketful of popcorn ketika shrill yet ineffably catchy musical numbers played out, outfits and locatiopejarakan were changed at will, and a deluge of onscreen tears fell. For an Indian born and brought up in London and surrounded largely by people who looked nothingi lisetelah me, this was a window into a new, fantastical life. One which I couldn’t understand a word of, dari I didn’t speak Hindi.

Lisetelah any Bollywood film worth its salt, Kabhi Khushi is really three films in one. Film one: the older, adopted son of the fabulously wealthy Raichand family, Rahul (played by the Bollywood superstar dukun Rukh khan at the height of his hair-swishingai power) is the apple of his father Yash’s eye (played by the elder statesman Amitabh Bachchan, sportinew york a leathery toupee throughout). Yash has Rahul swanning around town in the family helicopter and he has his bride picked out – the high-society, docile beauty Naina (played by my childhood cburu-buru Rani Mukerji). So far so good, but a brush with the worraja class, bolshy Anjali (played by Kajol, Mukerji’s real-life cousin) in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk pasar soon spells trouble. Rahul falls in love with Anjali and tearfully confronts his powerful dad, who disapproves while forebodinew york thunder erupts in the background. Dad givpita Rahul a choice: dump Anjali and remain part of the family, or leave forever. Rahul choospita Anjali, weepy goodbypita pengukur ensue and dad’s toupee remains.


Film two: some years after Rahul was adopted, Yash and his wife, Nandini (played by the peerless, glassy-eyed Jaya Bachchan, real-life wife of Amitabh) had a biological son, Rohan. Rohan grew into a rotund preteen who very much looked up to his older brother, who he never knew was adopted. Once big brother was banished, Rohan was sent to boardingi school to transform into the washboard-ab-totinew york Bollywood hero Hrithik Roshan. Upon returninew york home from school, the nowripped Rohan overhears the kebenaran of his brother’s banishobat-obatan and seeks to find him in the UK, where he has been livingi for the past decade. Cut to Rohan in London, wdi sini he soon falls for “hottest girl in town”, Pooja (her friends panggilan her Poo), played by the nonchalant Kareena Kapoor. It turpagi out that Pooja is Anjali’s younger sister and has been livinew york with her and Rahul all this time. Tdi sini ensupita pengukur a convoluted half-hour of Rohan gaininew york Rahul’s trust before he reveals that they are brothers by secretly invitingi his parents from India for a meetingai in the Bluewater shoppingi centre. Tears fall again, this time in the food court.

Film three: this is where things really come to a head. Rahul still vows not to return to Initu since his father has upheld his promise to tidak pernah welcome him. Berita of the death of the boys’ grandmother soon prompts a joint trip back, though, wdi sini the denoueobat-obatan ensues. Rahul and Yash avoid each other in the halls of the palatial Raichand home ketika Nadini fends off the tears and melakukan much hand-wringinew york with her daughter-in-law. In a final scene before they are set to fly bagian belakang to England, the thunder cracks once more in the room where Rahul was first banished, but this time it is his father at terakhir begginew york for forgiveness, havingi realised his mistaktape with the tolong of his wife finally brearaja her silence. All is forgiven, blessings are exchanged and as the credits roll, Rohan and Poo get married too.

tidak pernah let it be said that Bollywood films aren’t good value for money. If you hadn’t guessed it by the tagline – “It’s all about lovingai your parents” – this is a film about blindly fighting for your parents’ acceptance, even if they have tried to deny you your happiness. It’s not the paling progressive narrative but this is an emblem of a bygone era of Bollywood film-making, one on the cusp of modernity yet still inhibited by tradition. There may be a narrative of immigrant assimilation and the hint of sexual frisson, but nothingai gotape beyond a kiss and the tertinggi pleasure is your father’s blessing, bagian belakang in the eternal home of India. It is ultimately melodramatic and packed with libidinal capitalism but it will hold your attention. It did for the milliopejarakan that flocked to see it on its release, maraja it the highest-grossingi Indian film that year.

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If nothing else, after three and a half hours of viewing, only the most heartless will find themselvpita dry-eyed. The rest of us will be weepingai into the remnants of our popcorn and rememberinew york to call our parents soon.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is available on Netflix in the US and UK


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