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Rani Mukherji reacts to sexism in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai after 23 years of the movie

Helmed by Karan Johar, the 1998 movie turned out to be an epic love story featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherji

Megha Mukundan
Nov 25, 2021
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Rani Mukherji, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Bollywood’s evergreen movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai still has a seperate fan base. The love triangle featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherji turned out to be epic in time. But it has also been a matter of discussion as many find seeds of sexism sowed in it.

Anjali (Kajol), who was a tomboy in college, fell for Rahul (Shah Rukh), but couldn’t tell him since he was attracted to Tina (Rani). There were many reasons for Rahul to fall for Tina, for she being prettier, hotter and being more feminine than Anjali according to him, or how it appeared from the narrative. But, we also witnessed Rahul falling for a saree-clad, more feminine looking Anjali later, after she spent most of her younger years trying to impress him.

Director Karan Johar had agreed while celebrating 20 years of KKHH, that he would have made the movie differently today, since he finds sexism included in it. Anjali, who was rejected while in her short hair, playing basketball, suddenly found love once she tucked in a saree with long tresses. The director had revealed that it was wrong from his part to think such a narrative.

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However, after 23 years of the movie, Rani Mukherji who had played Tina in the movie talked about her take on the controversy. In an exclusive interview with India.com, the actress said that she has a different perspective towards it. She is of the opinion that it’s all about Rahul’s heart, and one can’t morally decide whom to get attracted to. She also added that the character cannot be judged by the choices he makes.

As an artist, she would like to accept a character with all its strengths and flaws. She would not judge Rahul for falling for Tina based on her looks, for she was also different from other girls who became friends with him, the actress said. 

She added that Tina was more than a pretty face, and a kind of someone who is harder to find for Rahul. The factors like, how she sang ‘Om Jai Jagadish Hare’ on the campus while she gave an impression of being born and brought up in London, the fact that she is rooted into culture, might also have been the reasons Rahul fell for her, Rani stated. 


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