As 'Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai' completing 15 years, lot of memories came to mind with this- not so great, but enjoyable film.
It was first film of Karan Johar as director. Young at that age, he brought freshness in all way. In music, in locations, in college, in dialogues. It was year 1998 which saw Kajol's success. Kajol gave three main hit films that year- Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, Dushman and Pyar To Hona Hi Tha. All were romantic films. In fact, for Pyar To Hona Hi Tha, Ajay Devgan was appreciated for his acting. So far he was known as action hero, but with Pyar To Hona Hi Tha, he became romantic hero also.
For Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai's character of Tina, actual choice was Twinkle Khanna, daughter of Super star Rajesh Khanna and actress Dimple Kapadia and now wife of Akshay Kumar. Karan Johar and Twinkle were childhood friends, so Karan kept character name Tina which was also pet name of Twinkle. But Twinkle refused this role and ultimately it went to Rani Mukherjee who was new entrant to Hindi Films.
Filmmakers used to believe that Rani's voice is not good and so, in her starting films like Raja Ki Aayegi Barat and Ghulam they dubbed Rani's dialogues. But Karan Johar didn't follow the path and kept Rani's dialogues in her voice. Rani's voice became known then after.
Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai music director Jatin Lalit were in flying colours as they gave hit after hit. Kajol's three films that were success - Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, Kuchh Kuch Hota Hai and Pyar To Hona Hi Tha had music given by Jatin Lalit.
In this film, Neelam did a cameo of VJ. At that time Neelam was doing countdown show 'BPL oye' on V Tv. In Neelam's sequence, Nikhil Advani (now a well known director) and Farah Khan (at that time she was just choreographer) did guest appearance. So she was given that role. Reema Lagoo and Farida Jalal were still choice for mother's role. In film Farida Jalal doesn't hesitate to speak 'Sexy' word which was taboo at that time. Daughter of Shahrukh Khan played by Sana Saeed has grown up and started career as young artist. Parzan Dastoor also will be remembered as mute Sardarji's role.
Filmfare editor in chief Jitesh Pillai also shared some his memories about this beautiful film.
Though Rani and Kajol are cousins but their relations were not good at that time. But Shahrukh and Karan always played peacemaker. So was about Salman Khan and Kajol. Shahrukh also played peacemaker between Salman and Kajol. Salman was also doing shooting for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and would come late at night.
In reunion scene of Rahul and Anjali, Karan Johar just left the camera on .Shahrukh Khan and Kajol just improvised. No one called cut.
In title song, cinematographer Santosh Sivan was specially called to shoot. Shahrukh changed some three costumes in a single shot.
Film's dialogue "Hum ek baar jite hain, ek baar marte hain, shaadi bhi ek baar hoti hai, aur pyar.ek hi baar hota hai" is considered one of the best dialogue of Shahrukh Khan.