In a heartwarming celebration of a cinematic milestone, the 25th anniversary of Karan Johar’s directorial debut, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,” was marked with a special screening in Mumbai. The film’s iconic star cast, including Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, graced the event with their presence, offering a glimpse into the enduring magic of this beloved classic.
As the audience gathered for this cinematic treat, Shah Rukh Khan shared his thoughts on the film’s significance in their lives and the special bond he shares with Karan Johar. The actor, known for delivering two massive blockbusters, “Jawan” and “Pathaan” this year, expressed, “We make films, some get forgotten in time, some do very well at that time, and some just don’t do good at all. But this film, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,’ has stood the test of time. It has aged nearly as well as Karan has.”
Shah Rukh Khan continued, shedding light on the personal connection he had with the film and Karan Johar. He revealed, “Many think Karan is my friend. But it was his father, Yash Johar, who was my friend. To me, this film was important because Karan, at that time, was 23-24 years old, and I have a son now, Aryan, who is that old. Now when I look back upon it, I feel very happy, very proud as I launched a young son because I was a little more established than Karan was at that time.”
The absence of actress Kajol from the event didn’t dampen the spirits, as Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji graced the evening in style. Shah Rukh Khan kept it simple in a black jacket and jeans, while Rani donned a stunning white and black saree, adding an elegant touch to the celebration.
A picture capturing the trio from this special night was shared on Dharma Production’s Instagram page, with a caption that perfectly encapsulated the moment. It read, “Bohot kuch hota hai seeing them all in one frame! (A lot happens after seeing them all together in one frame). Missing our Anjali the most today! The celebration of pyaar (Love) & dosti (friendship) just got bigger & grander for #25YearsOfKuchKuchHotaHai.”
Karan Johar, the man behind the cinematic marvel, also took a moment to address the audience. He expressed his gratitude to the film’s lead cast for their presence at the screening and said, “This film is very special to me; it was my first film. It’s what began my journey.” Recalling a piece of advice from his father, Yash Johar, Karan added, “My father I remember telling me that yeh agar average bhi jayega na toh samajh le tera career hain (My father I remember telling me that if the film fares even average, it will mean your career will take off). But I am glad it did well, and I had a film.”
The special screening, with tickets priced at just ₹25, was a delightful treat for moviegoers. It offered a unique opportunity to witness the classic on the big screen, a special experience for many who were either too young or not even born when the film was first released in 1998. Shah Rukh Khan’s enduring appeal, along with the presence of Kajol and Rani Mukerji, added to the allure, making the shows house full immediately.
“Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” is not just a film; it’s a timeless love story that continues to capture hearts even after 25 years, leaving an indelible mark on Indian cinema.