This whole thing assumes you have already seen the film! Do not read if you want to remain unspoiled! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!
So, the first time I watched it, in the theater, the first half young love story for SRKajol felt really sort of overly dramatic and emotional, but shallow at the same time. And the second half love story felt not dramatic and emotional enough, they’d been through so much, and now they were just sort of annoyed with each other. And I thought “what an uneven movie! This is a huge flaw!”
But then I watched it again, in my head while trying to go to sleep last night, and I think I see what they were going for. Partly, this is because I am starting with the basic assumption that they actually were going for something, it wasn’t just that the movie was slapped together in 6 months and they didn’t really think it through. I mean, it is a Shahrukh and Kajol film, they had to know the relationship between their characters would be scrutinized with a fine-tooth comb, if there was anything they were careful with, it would be that.
So, I think what they were going for is, the young love story is all a memories, and this is how they remember their youth. In a series of moments of high drama and emotion, without taking a moment to think or talk or figure out that there might be predictable problems when you fall in love with your nemesis’ child.
More than that, this is how you remember yourself when you were young, as perfect and powerful and almost superhuman. And the person you loved was the most beautiful, clever, talented, and powerful person in the world.
But when you are old (well, older. I’m still young enough that in the second half they are oooooooooooold to me, but I realize that for some people they are in the prime of life), it all seems a little slower and calmer and deeper. You don’t fall in love at first sight and passionately embracing in the rain, you meet in the rain and are polite and look at each other and think about each other, and then maybe a few weeks later you have a nice conversation at a wedding.
So really what the film is saying is “yes, this first half love story is ridiculous and unbelievable and over the top, and the second half is much sweeter and truer, and deeper, but that’s because young love is stupid and unrealistic, and old love is deeper and realer.”