Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Completed 26 Years And It Schools People About The Concept Of Friendzone
Bollywood has been mirroring the flaws in our society and it’s not been aspirational at all. But we don’t need a glorified portrayal of the mess we are in. What we need to see is how things should be instead. However, Bollywood has a way of fulfilling the fantasies of every manchild ever and make him the object of attention, almost as a rule. Much like real life, these men are used to getting what they want. But Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is not like that, which makes it a breath of fresh air. I can’t believe that today the movie starring Shah Rukh Khan (Sunil), Suchitra Krishnamurthy (Anna) and Deepak Tijori (Chris) completes 26 long years. It was way ahead of its times, especially because the manchild in the movie was not shown as the hero.
Sunil is a cheerful chap but he is more into music than academics and that makes everyone treat him like the black sheep of the family. They see him as a lost investment as he refuses to pass exams or pay any attention to getting a degree. But nobody can doubt his music skills, which unfortunately in India has no takers. He is part of a six-member band, including Anna – his one true love or so he thinks.
He is shown as the typical deewana who would go to any lengths to please the lady he is crushing on. However, the catch is that she is actually falling in love with Chris and the two begin to see each other. Of course, this leaves Sunil with a bitter taste in his mouth and he tries his best to sabotage their relationship.
When the band figures the mind games he has been trying to play, they throw him out but soon he is able to win them and his place in the band back again. Even Anna starts talking to him again. Why? Because even though he did some really shitty things, those don’t define him as a person. They believe that he has a good heart, even if his maturity level is generally low.
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At some point, you even feel bad for him and almost want him to get the girl but that would have been just wrong. They understand him and forgive him but they don’t give in to the tantrums of a manchild. He needs to learn to lose and understand the concept of rejection. He needs to know that you don’t always get what you want and manipulating people isn’t cool. This is a lesson that most men in our country conveniently refuse to learn, especially having grown up under the over-nurturing shadow of mothers who give in to all their whims and fancies.
Also, this was one of the first few movies that not only showed us the meaning of being friendzoned but also in a realistic way. Because, let’s admit friendzone is like bermuda triangle; once you’re in it you can’t really get out.