This is not a review simply because I haven’t watched the movie ADHM yet, for various reasons, but the fact that i love to hate Karan Johar like a fair number of my compatriots out there is not one of them. Karan Johar movies do not excite me anymore. They are the Bollywood versions of the Terminator series these days I’d say, at least to me.
I have my own reasons for “hating” him, i have never quite gotten over what he did to me back in 1998 with KKHH to start with, thats Kuch Kuch Hota Hai by the way for those who came in late. I was leaving school and ready to join a college when he simply did me in with this story about one guy and two girls where the guy has a hard time choosing one as a friend and the other as a lover and ends up marrying one after the other too. And when you watch this movie in a packed hall with people your age, there are greater chances of ending up with dreams about life in college and I’m not even going to start about how that one turned out now. ‘Tum “Pass” Aaye’ as it turned out was all about an ordeal between me and the University, literally.
Johar was still not done with me, I realized when he returned with Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam. K3G they called it, yeah I admit that’s when I started seeing Kareena in a different light, if you know what I’m talking about. The heavy dose of melodrama did not deter a part of me from seeing myself jumping out of a chopper and running home, in the near future. These thoughts may not come to you if you were watching these movies in other parts of Kerala, for me it always had to be a full house Sreepadmanabha in Trivandrum, Crown in Calicut also has those vibes I’d say. K3G was the last KJo movie that i watched in a theater but the Karan Johar school of filmmaking was always lurking around the corner with the most alluring of tales.
I came closest to being taken on a ride again with Kal Ho Na Ho, to the point where his camp almost had me convinced that chronic heart disease is what it takes to find a girl ,no wait a minute, two of them. That’s where this story ends for me and the Karan Johar phenomenon at the box office too I’d say.
His movies grew older just the way I did, rather they matured in the themes they handled though I wouldn’t say the same about myself, not in the conventional sense of the term. The trend is evident, from Kuch Kuch Hota Hain to Kabhi Alvida to Aey Dil. I understand that he tried his tricks again with the adolescents of this generation in Student of the Year but I’m not sure how many of them did he successfully manage to dupe this time around. Kids these days are smarter, I guess or should i say not as dumb as I was. And what’s a Karan Johar movie worth at the end of the day if it doesn’t have SRK spreading his arms out in it.