Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji, is considered as one of the amazing love stories. However, from the past few years, people have started pointing out flaws in the films, especially SRK’s Rahul character for not being good enough for Anjali (played by Kajol).
Earlier, even SRK talked about how he isn’t fond of the character. Now, director Karan Johar himself thinks Rahul had no spine and less emotional quotient. He also shared how he first planned to show several scenes between Rahul and Anjali.
KJo told Mid Day, “Rahul doesn’t stand for very much. He’s a deeply confused character, doesn’t know what he wants and, really, didn’t do a lot much in the movie. Whatever happened to him was because there were people pushing him – his dead wife’s spirit, his eight-year-old daughter, and Anjali herself. What made him endearing was his charm, his large heart and Shah Rukh’s personal charisma.”
Karan added, “There was no logic or backstory to the characters. You don’t know what Shah Rukh, or anyone else, does for a living in the movie. And the eight letters – one for each birthday – made no sense, either.”
Karan Johar also shared about how he planned to show a different conversation in the scene before Anjali’s wedding when Rahul taunts her. He shared, That’s not how I’d written the scene. In my original draft, Anjali tears into Rahul and calls him out. She says he doesn’t know how to stand up for himself. I threw out the scene because I thought it would cause a disservice to my leading man.”
The director would retain the scene if he were to make Kuch Kuch Hota Hai today because he feels it would make them more human and real.
About Shah Rukh Khan’s Rahul in particular, Karan said, “I’d give him a spine and more EQ [emotional quotient]. I’d also introduce more confrontation. Rahul, today, would be able to have an open conversation with Anjali. He’ll know that she likes him and he’d address that with her. If Tina were to die, he’d come to terms with his feelings for Anjali and go back to her, not sit moping.”