- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai released in 1998
- Shah Rukh spoke about the title song on his show TED Talks India
- Javed Akhtar was on his show this Sunday
Shah Rukh welcomed the veteran lyricist on his show with a wonderful introduction, saying he's known Javed Akhtar since the time he landed in Mumbai to follow his dreams - it's been 25 years. He also did a little time travel - all the way back to when Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was being filmed, and revealed how the song actually came into place.
After Javed Akhtar decided to quit the project, it was Sameer who composed the lyrics of the song.
"He was upset with us because he did not like the title of the movie. An angry Javed Akhtar said: 'You guys just take this.. 'ab toh mera dil.. jaage na sota hai... kya karu hai, kuch kuch hota hai...' Is this what you want? Go, take it!' And that's how Javed saab had thrown the words of the song at us... in anger. And that song became so popular! So even when he puts word together in anger, they are turned into golden words. That's his gift," Shah Rukh said this to a house full of cheering audience.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai turned out to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 1998, something which got the director thinking after 18 long years. Last year in an interview with PTI, Karan Johar wondered out loud: "I was 24 when I wrote that film. But I can't write the same film now. When I see Kuch Kuch Hota Hai today or Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham I myself wonder, 'Why did I write this, how did I write this, from where these thoughts came to my mind?'"
Here's sing along:
Produced by Dharma Productions, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai also starred a young Sana Saeed, Anupam Kher, Reema Lagoo and Farida Jalal in key roles while Salman Khan also featured in a cameo.