Many consider Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham as one of their favorite films. The characters, the dialogues, everything about the film has such great recall value! Even though most critics panned it, K3G has certainly become a cult classic in Bollywood.
But Karan Johar, the director of Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham is probably the harshest critic of his own work. We came across a 2002 interview of the director with Filmfare magazine. In the interview, KJo spoke at length about what went wrong with the film, and how he feels about making it now.
“My first film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, was a feel-good movie, which did well too. Everyone was very happy because here was a young filmmaker who’d made a good, successful movie. I was accepted immediately. Then came Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Even though it was a huge box-office success, people felt it had nothing new to offer, that it didn’t speak a new language. I admit there was nothing new in K3G. It was a mainstream family entertainer with the usual songs and dances that make everyone all over the country happy. Let me make it clear that I’m not taking up for what I made.”, Karan said.
It is refreshing for a director to critique his own work so unabashedly. Karan Johar deserves credit for it. It would have been really easy for him to defend K3G, considering the film’s considerable success at the box office, and on satellite television. But Karan was gracious enough to accept that the film had its faults.
He further added, “Why then, did I make it? Well, it’s been a childhood dream to make a film like Kabhi Kabhie, spanning generations, with all the opulence and scale. K3G was the fulfilment of a dream.”
About his then future as a film-maker, Karan Johar said, “I have no right to make the same kind of feel-good film again. I should be slapped… no, I should be kicked if I make another crying, singing, dancing, happy movie.”
Well, he did stay true to his word, and did not make a similar movie!