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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

DVD cover
Directed by Karan Johar
Produced by Yash Johar
Hiroo Johar
Written by Karan Johar
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Rani Mukherjee
Salman Khan
Music by Jatin-Lalit
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date(s) October 16, 1998
Running time 185 min.
Language Hindi
Budget $1,843,742.82 (est.)
IMDb profile

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Hindi: कुछ कुछ होता है, Urdu: کچھ کچھ ہوتا ہے) is a Bollywood romantic comedy film, released in India and the United Kingdom on October 16, 1998. Translated, the title is "Something happens" - meaning (as described by the movie's tagline), "You know you're in love when Kuch Kuch Hota Hai". The title is often abbreviated as KKHH or K2H2.

The film was written and directed by the debuting Karan Johar and stars the popular on-screen pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in their fourth of five movies together. Rani Mukherjee features in a supporting role, while Salman Khan has an extended cameo appearance. The picture was extremely successful both in India and overseas. It won many of the major awards at 1999's Filmfare Award ceremony, the 'Indian Oscars'.



Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and the tomboy Anjali (Kajol) are students at St. Xavier College. They are the best of friends.

Then Tina, (Rani Mukherjee), the principal's daughter, enrolls at St. Xavier. She is beautiful, feminine, and sophisticated -- the antithesis of Anjali. Rahul falls hard for Tina, just as Anjali is realizing that she has some feelings for Rahul. She awakens to those feelings just in time to see that it is hopeless. She leaves college suddenly, vowing to forget all.

Tina and Rahul marry and have a child -- whom they name Anjali. Tina dies in childbirth, but previously writes a series of eight letters. Every year, on Anjali's birthday, she is given a letter and hears her mother's loving wishes for her. In the eighth and last letter, the little girl is told about her namesake. Where Rahul had been blind, Tina had noticed the older Anjali's change of heart, and pitied her deeply. If Rahul hasn't remarried, perhaps his first love could be the mother that the young Anjali needs and wants.

Rahul has refused to remarry; he has thrown himself into his work with the intensity of desperation. Anjali Jr. believes that the older Anjali can make her beloved father happy again, and decides to help her father reclaim his lost paramour. She soon recruits her doting grandmother (Rahul's mother played by Farida Jalal) and grandfather (Tina's father played by Anupam Kher) as accomplices.

The unlikely conspirators locate Rahul's old flame and contrive to make Rahul and Anjali meet again. Rahul soon finds old feelings reviving. However, there is a complication. Anjali has bowed to her family's wishes and is engaged to another man, Aman (played by Salman Khan). Complications ensue, but all ends well as Aman steps aside to let the fated couple marry at last.

Spoilers end here.


  • Shahrukh Khan as Rahul Khanna: A student at St. Xavier's college, Rahul is Anjali's first paramour and her best friend, but ultimately falls for and marries Tina. He is self-confident and extremely masculine.
  • Kajol as Anjali Sharma: The college's tomboy and Rahul's best friend, who is secretly in love with him. She is a boyish and forthright girl who grows into a poised and lovely woman.
  • Rani Mukherjee as Tina Malhotra: The principal's daughter, feminine, sophisticated, an alumnus from Oxford University. She is the woman Rahul eventually has a daughter with. She dies and sends her daughter to matchmake her widowed husband with Anjali through letters written before her death.
  • Sana Saeed as Anjali Khanna: Anjali Khanna, named after Anjali Sharma, is Rahul's and Tina's daughter. She desparately wants to have a mother again and wants her father to have a loving wife.
  • Farida Jalal as Mrs. Khanna: As Rahul's mother she wishes for her son's happiness and as little Anjali's grandmother she wishes for new mother.
  • Anupam Kher as Principal Malhotra: As Tina's father and little Anjali's grandfather, he wishes for a new mother for little Anjali. He, along with Mrs. Khanna, seek to bring happiness back into Rahul's life. He is slightly infatuated with Mrs. Briganza.
  • Archana Puran Singh as Ms. Briganza: A showy English teacher at St. Xavier's College. She is flirts with Principal Malhotra.
  • Reema Lagoo as Mrs. Sharma: She is Anjali Sharma's mother and doubts her daughter's motives for marrying her fiancé Aman.
  • Himani Shivpuri as Rifat Bi: St. Xavier's housekeeper and a motherly friend for Anjali Sharma. She helps little Anjali to prevent the marriage between the older Anjali and Amaan.
  • Johnny Lever as Col. Almeida: He is the Camp Manager of Camp Sunshine, where Anjali Khanna works. He has a strong sense of admiration for the British Empire and finally finds his match in Mrs. Khanna's patriotism for India.
  • Parzaan Dastur as Silent Sardarji: A little Sikh boy at Camp Sunshine. He never talks and always counts the stars. When Anjali leaves Camp Sunshine to marry Aman, he pleads with her to stay.
  • Salman Khan as Aman Mehra in a special appearance: Aman is Anjali Sharma's loving fiancé, who finally understands her feelings for Rahul and lets her go.
  • Neelam as Herself in a special appearance: She is the host of her own show, the Neelam Show, and little Anjali's role model. She involuntarily helps to matchmake Rahul and grown-up Anjali.


  • Shah Rukh Khan quotes: "Very few people know this. Now that she’s successful, I can take credit for it. I spotted Rani in the promo of her first film Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat and recommended her to Karan (Johar) for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai."
  • During the bicycle sequence in the Yeh Ladki Hai Deewani song number, Kajol lost control of her bike, fell flat on her face and was knocked unconscious while also injuring her knee. Years later while discussing the incident with co-star Shah Rukh Khan and director Karan Johar on his talk show Koffee with Karan, both Khan and Johar joked that Kajol lost her memory upon awakening and was asking where she was and what her name is. During the promotional Making of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai TV special, Kajol stated that the accident was her most memorable part of shooting the film because she doesn't remember it.
  • Choreographer Farah Khan appears in two cameo appearances: in the beginning, shortly before Shahrukh Khan's character is late for a meeting with his daughter, you can see her arguing with a man and later during the Neelam Show where she plays the girlfriend of Nikhil Advani, the associate director, who dumps his previous girlfriend.


CD Cover for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai's original soundtrack
CD Cover for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai's original soundtrack
# Title Singer Time Other notes
1 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 4:56 title song
2 Koi Mil Gaya Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy 7:16
3 Saajanji Ghar Aaye Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy 7:14
4 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Sad) Alka Yagnik 1:26
5 Yeh Ladka Hai Deewana Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 6:36
6 Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayee Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 7:03
7 Raghupati Raghav Shankar Mahadevan, Alka Yagnik 2:05
8 Ladki Badi Anjani Hai Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 6:23
9 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 4:41 Remix by Jatin Sharma
/ only available on German version
10 Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aay Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 4:44 Remix by Jatin Sharma
/ only available on German version

The audio CD was re-released in Germany when the movie had its TV premiere. The German version of the soundtrack has two additional tracks.


1998 Filmfare Awards

Zee Cine Awards

Sansui Viewer’s Choice Movie Award

Z Gold Bollywood Award

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Product Details

Amazon Sales Rank: #35637 in DVD
Brand: Yash Raj Films
Model: Tsdvd-60105
Released on: 2003-08-26
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Formats: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import
Original language: English, Hindi
Subtitled in: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Malay
Number of discs: 1
Dimensions: 5.50" h x .25" w x 6.00" l, .25 pounds
Running time: 177 minutes


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