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), is a 2000
romantic drama film
. It was Chopra[replacesinglequotehere]s second directorial venture after
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
and was filmed at India and England. The film stars
in pivotal roles, along with six young debutantes.
appeared in flashbacks as Khan[replacesinglequotehere]s lover. The film[replacesinglequotehere]s soundtrack was composed by
, while the lyrics were penned by
is most notable for being the first time that Bachchan and Khan appeared on-screen together.
The film went on to do well both critically and commercially. It became the second highest grossing film of the year and was thus declared a superhit.
It also won several awards including the
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
, given to Khan and Bachchan.
Narayan Shankar (
) is the strict headmaster of Gurukul, a prestigious all-boys university. Narayan wants the best out of his students, and places emphasis on tradition, honor and discipline. He has run the university for 25 years, over that time has forbid the students from any kind of romance — anyone he catches falling in love will be expelled. The film focuses on three of the school[replacesinglequotehere]s students: Sameer (
), Vicky (
) and Karan (
) who all fall in love. Sameer is in love with Sanjana (
), his childhood friend. Vicky falls for Ishika (
), a student at the all-girls university next door to Gurukul. Karan becomes smitten with Kiran (
), a girl he sees one night at a train station. All three know that if they[replacesinglequotehere]re caught they[replacesinglequotehere]d be expelled, so they at first do not pursue their love interests.
Raj Aryan (
Shah Rukh Khan
) joins Gurukul as a music teacher. He challenges the
and slowly introduces changes that Narayan disapproves of. Raj is a strong believer of love, and when he learns the stories of the three boys, he encourages them to follow their hearts. The boys take his advice, but are disappointed: Sameer discovers that Sanjana has a boyfriend; Vicky only makes Ishika dislike him when trying to woo her; Karan learns that Kiran is married to a pilot who is assumed dead. Raj tells the boys to not be disheartened, and tells them that his love, Megha (
) is dead, but he continues to love her and imagines that she is still by his side. Raj encourages the boys to continue to stay loyal to their loves.
One day Raj throws a party in Gurukul, inviting the students from the girls[replacesinglequotehere] school from next door as part of his plan to spread love in Gurukul. Narayan is furious and threatens to fire him. Raj then reveals he was a student at Gurukul years ago, and he fell in love with Megha, who was Narayan[replacesinglequotehere]s only daughter. Narayan had Raj expelled without ever seeing his face, and afterward Megha committed suicide. Raj returned to Gurukul as a teacher in the hopes of changing Narayan[replacesinglequotehere]s ways and honoring his love for Megha. Raj promises that before he leaves Gurukul, he will fill it with so much love that even Narayan will not be able to remove it. Narayan accepts this challenge, and allows Raj to continue as a teacher for a while longer.
Sameer, Vicky, and Karan one by one win over the girls they love. Narayan retaliates by tightening the rules of Gurukul, but the boys continue to break the rules, which encourages other students to do the same. Narayan finally decides to expel the three, and Raj speaks up on their behalf, telling Narayan that he is the instigator and the boys should not be punished for it. Raj also says that he feels Narayan lost the battle, because his daughter left him and now Raj (who considered Narayan an elder) is leaving him. Raj[replacesinglequotehere]s words make Narayan realise his mistake. He publicly apologises to the students and steps down as the principal, allowing Raj to take over. Raj turns Gurukul into a love-filled university. In the end Raj, Narayan and a vision of Megha walk happily together towards the gates of Gurukul.
Before the production of the film, Amitabh Bachchan was attempting a revival of his career but it was of little success. Also, he was in financial trouble with the bankruptcy of his production company, ABCL, which was hurting his image. These troubles left him almost penniless, and it was at this time that he contacted his friend and director/producer
, who told him of an upcoming production that he could be in.
, he was finally able to shed his "hero" image and to play older, more mature roles.
This was the first film in which
Shah Rukh Khan
appeared together. This created a strong buzz for the film as it brought two huge stars of different generations together.
Filming took place in India and England.
was used as the location for filming Gurukul University.
Universities were also used for filming. The scene where Narayan Shankar walks right before meeting Raj Aryan was filmed at
the Queen[replacesinglequotehere]s College, Oxford
. The railway station scenes were shot at Apta Railway Station, Panvel Maharashtra, India. The scene where Karan asks for friendship from Kiran was shot at Birla Mandir, Revdanda, Alibag, Maharashtra, India. It was rumored that Sridevi was approached to be a love interest to Narayan Shankar, but she turned down the role.
Midway through the filming of the song "Aankhein Khuli",
fractured his foot, which required him to wear a cast for the rest of the filming of the song.
was slated to only make a guest appearance, but her presence generated so much interest that her role was promoted to that of a regular character.
The music of
was composed by
while lyrics were penned by
. The album was very well received by the audience. It was the best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the 2000s.
Music was used extensively throughout the film and features
that relate to each of the main characters (each couple having unique theme music).
Avinash Ramchandani of Planet Bollywood gave the album 9.5 stars stating, "
is an outstanding album with several new singers making a splendid debut, as well as a commendable job by Jatin-Lalit, and brilliant lyrics by Anand Bakshi".
The songs included on the official soundtrack:
received positive reviews from critics. Alok Kumar of
called it "a feel-good film that takes feeling good to new heights." He wrote, "The film made me care for the characters, something that has not happened since
’s brilliant performance in
’s heartwarming performance in
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
’s lead characters are very well etched and seem real, which is different from most films, whose characters are one-dimensional cardboard cutouts.
Jennifer Hopfinger of
said, "watching Khan and Bachchan go toe-to-toe with grandiose speeches about love and fear—emotions that the two actors have embodied professionally—is ample entertainment."
Savera R Someshwar of
commented, "It[replacesinglequotehere]s a mish-mash alright. But it is also a successful, feelgood film. You[replacesinglequotehere]ll enjoy yourself as you watch it."
Giving the film 4 out of 5 stars, Tanuka Chakraverty of
said, "The film[replacesinglequotehere]s highlights are the one-to-one scenes of Amitabh and Shah Rukh. While the former is a veteran and his histrionics now seem to be an extension of his charisma and aura, the latter gives a matured performance. Shah Rukh is finally a controlled performer with
. He takes Amitabh head on and succeeds in giving compelling shots, not wincing even once.
Taran Adarsh of
gave it 3 out of 5 stars. He praised the conflict between the lead characters and the three love stories depicted in the film but criticized its excessive length.
did very well at the box office. It grossed over
(US$12 million) at the worldwide box office.
It also became the second highest grossing Hindi film of the year at the domestic box office and was thus declared a "Superhit." It was also the highest grossing film in the overseas markets that year.