~KHABI KHUSHI KHABIE GHAM
Cast: Amithab Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor
Direction: Karan Johar
Production: Yash Johar
The film tells the story of an Indian family, which faces troubles and misunderstandings over their adopted son’s marriage to a girl belonging to a lower socio-economic group than them. Development of the film began in 1998, soon after the release of Karan’s debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). Principal photography began on 16 October 2000 in Mumbai and continued in London and Egypt . Initially scheduled to release during the Diwali festivities of 2001, the film eventually released in India, UK and North America on 14 December 2001. In 2003, it became the first Indian film to be given a theatrical release in Germany. Upon release, the film met with mixed reviews from film critics and received polarising reactions to Karan Johar’s “larger-than-life” directorial style. Certain academicians criticised the portrayal of a “morally corrupt” British society against an “idealist” Indian society. Made on a budget of 40 crore (US$7.28 million), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… emerged as a major commercial success, both domestically and internationally, with a lifetime gross of 117.29 crore (US$21.35 million). Outside India, the film was the highest grossing Indian film ever, until its record was broken by Karan’s next directorial, Khabi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… won several awards at popular award ceremonies the following year, including five Filmfare awards.