Director: Karan Johar
Producer: Yash Johar
Screenplay: Karan Johar, Sheena Parikh
Story: Karan Johar
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor
Music: Jatin Lalit, Sandesh Shandilya, Aadesh Shrivastava
Cinematography: Kiran Deohans
Editor: Sanjay Sankla
Studio: Dharma Productions
Release date: 14 December 2001
Running time: 211 mins
Rich people, elegant costumes, heaps of emotional drama, far away from being even remotely realistic and yet having the charisma to engage its audience; in short an archetypal Karan Johar movie. Critics may have slammed the clichéd plot, but that was their version of the story because viewers embraced the mega budget multi-starrer generously.
Coming to the cast; legendary Amitabh Bachchan plays Yashvardhan Raichand, father to Rahul (Shahrukh) and Rohan (Hrithik) and husband to Nandini, the ever graceful Jaya Bachchan. Farida Jalal plays daijaan (governess) to Rahul and Rohan, and finally, Anjali (Kajol) and Pooja (Kareena) are neighbours of Daijaan and love interests of Srk and Hrithik.
Raichands have a rich, idealistic loving family which falls apart when Rahul expresses his desire to marry Anjali, a chirpy and clumsy girl belonging to a middle class family. Yash (Amitabh) wants Rahul to marry Naina (Rani Mukherjee), against Anjali, whom he considers unfit to be his daughter in law. When Rahul marries Anjali against Yash’s wishes, the latter denounces him for breaking the age old family tradition of getting married with parent’s consent. Poor Rahul departs taking Kajol, daijaan and Pooja with him to London. When Rohan returns from his hostel nine years later, he is told about the family feud by his grandmothers. He vows to reunite his family again and reaches London in search of Rahul. On meeting Pooja he learns that Rahul and Anjali lead an incomplete life without parent’s affection. Pooja helps him enter the family as a stranger. Gradually, he starts reminding them of how things were at their home. Towards the culmination, he comes up with a plan where Rahul and Anjali cross paths with Yash and Nandini. After reunion, Nandini finally takes a stand and asks Yash to let go off his arrogance. In the climax, Yash asks Rahul for forgiveness and we get a happy ending.
Hrithik’s superb dancing was a treat for eyes. Kareena too, did justice to her Alicia ‘Clueless’ Silverstone kinda character and was hilarious in a few dialogues. Though, her non fans/haters may think otherwise. The surprise package of the movie was, however, Kajol; once again she exhibits brilliant acting skills and manages to steal chuckles and laughs among all the weeping and whining.
The movie has a few unforgettable scenes where Kajol’s funny Punjabi accent and Kareena’s promiscuous yet comical attitude deserves applause; the scene where Pooh starts singing a Bhajan(Devotional Song) and Kajol says “It’s probably Goddess Saraswati who has come to visit our home” actually makes you guffaw.
The length of the movie is 3 and half hours; long enough to make a person weary. Amitabh’s acting skills were sublime as always, but his character lacked any freshness. We had earlier seen him in similar roles in Mohabbatein and Ek Rishta; the reason why he failed to create an impression.
Just like the other KJ movies, the characters weep annoyingly after every few minutes and not to mention, the storyline was repetitive. K3G met with decidedly mixed reviews; to some it appeared to entertain, while for others it was tiresome.