What the heck was THAT? Is about all I could think while walking out of the theater. I was expecting…something more. Something very different to be sure. Karan Johar and Shahrukh have disappointed me for the first time. I felt insulted and kind of angry after this film ended. Not to mention disappointed that the inclusion of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna & Kal Ho Naa Ho on the soundtrack were just fillers and not enticing secrets to be held in the film. I think that Shahrukh and Kajol acted the heck out of this film, but aside from that I was left highly disappointed I think that the assumptions of how things really happen here in the US and the reality were so far apart that it was unbelievable and miss Sita-ji and I laughed our way through this ridiculous movie. There was so much that could have been done to save this film, but they neglected to think about who the real target audience of this film is. Sure, there were hoots and whistles during some scenes that had great lines about equality and being non-racist, but for a film that is essentially AGAINST racism; I found it to be, well, rather racist itself. Apparently there are only two nice white people in the US along with some hillbilly African-Americans from 1920’s Georgia to be had here. I agreed with the main theme of the film, that it’s wrong to assume something about someone merely based on their culture/origin/last name, but to turn around and show no respect back to the same culture that they are asking to give respect is a bit hypocritical if you ask me. Kajol was lovely and I loved their chemistry together in the first oh, 40 minutes, but from there the film took a steep dive downhill. A friend I went to the movie summarized it very well: “It’s like the Indian Forrest Gump!” Yes, Yes it is.
3.5 out of 10 Stars.