More than 2 decades ago, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (which means Something Happens in Indian) was released in cinemas. This film took India (and possibly the world) by storm, making a huge box office with a very small budget. Let’s go back to the past, and talk about the incredible characters that were part of this famous romantic comedy film.
What was the budget of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai?
The budget for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (released in 1989) was around ₹10 crore, which is the equivalent of US$1.4 million. Despite mixed reviews in its early screenings, the film grossed a total of US$15 million worldwide, making it the 3rd Indian film production to ever gross over ₹1 billion (US$14 million).
Since then, the film has gathered quite a cult following, with positive reviews coming in from around the world, praising the cinematography, choreography, and of course, the charming characters. If you go on IMDB, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is currently rated 7.3/10 and also has a 93% score rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Top 5 most memorable characters from the Indian film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1989)
Most people who already watched the film remember Anjali, Rahul, and Tina, the main characters. That being said, there were so many great supporting roles that deserve the spotlight as well, so we decided to make a small list of them below:
Col. Almeida the funny guy (Johnny Lever)
This half-Indian and half-American young man is the comedic relief in this India drama movie. Every time he is present on screen, it’s almost impossible to not laugh, or at least to not have a little smile on our faces. Moreover, throughout the film plot, Lever constantly surprises while he is having an argument with his co-star Farida Jalal (Mrs. Khanna). The chemistry was indeed perfect.
Ms. Briganza the teacher (Arcana Puran)
Who didn’t have a crush on Ms. Briganza? The sexy English teacher has a little romance with Mr. Malhotra, the principal of the school. She is so in love that she teaches her students about love! In many other movies, a principal having a relationship with a teacher would be represented as something that is weird, or even gross, but in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, this love story is absolutely adorable!
Mrs. Khanna the cool grandma (Farida Jalal)
The grandmother of Anjali is the grandma we all wished we had. Compassionate, supportive, and pretty funny, we remember the part where Mrs. Khanna goes to summer camp with Anjali. She and Almeida get into it to a point where laughing is inevitable.
Mr. Malhotra the principal (Anupam Kher)
The principal of St. Xaviers College is surprisingly likeable and on top of having a love story with Mrs. Briganza, he also has a good relationship with his students. Furthermore, we see that he is trying his best to balance everything between his work, his family, and his relationship. Despite having a lot on his plate, he still finds a way to give his 100% as a caring father and a grandfather.
Silent Sardaji (Parzan)
The silent kid that made so many people cry, Silent Sardaji is the embodiment of the silent character that brings such a powerful performance in a film. We will always remember his one (and only) line of dialogue that touched our hearts and is still considered like one of the key moments of the film.
There are many other worthy characters that we could talk about, such as Rifat Bi the gentle warden, or the cameo from Salman Khan as Aman. In conclusion, it’s safe to say that Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is like a fine bottle of wine, and is ageing beautifully.