Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me on Jaya’s Birthday Week, and Question for You, In What Order Do You Rank Karan’s Movies That Just Hit Netflix?

Happy Monday! I had a productive weekend (Two new streaming series started!) and now I am ready to do work-work.

Here is where you can ask anything you want, what new movies are streaming, what is that one song you like, is this new series worth watching. And this post will be up all week so you can keep swinging back to it!

Now, VERY IMPORTANT, question for you! The Karan Johar K movies just moved to Netflix. So, (in alphabetical order), Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kal Ho Na Ho, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

What order to you rank these movies, in quality or personal preference?

My rankings of quality, best to worst:

Kal Ho Na Ho (tight script, funny, original kind of directing)

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (deeply felt, sexy, and silly and fun too)

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (just TOO LONG!!!)

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (tone and content is just Not Right together, it’s all a mess)

Okay, disagree with me!

48 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me on Jaya’s Birthday Week, and Question for You, In What Order Do You Rank Karan’s Movies That Just Hit Netflix?

  1. Question: are you taking up any crafting or sewing projects these days? I’m grateful it’s warm enough to work in our (very messy and overgrown) garden. Gets me fresh air, a little exercise, and a feeling of accomplishment.

    Movies ranked: KHNH, though a better director would have kept Shah Rukh dialed down just a little bit in the crying bits; K3G–it is long, but skipping all the Hrithik/Katrina bits makes it a LOT shorter!; KANK–very uneven as you say but great performances, also skipping the Sexy Sam BS helps with tone inconsistency; KKHH–blech!

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    • Oh oh! You give me an excuse to brag! I made 11 face masks this weekend, and immediately gave them all away and now I have 0 again. But I can make more next weekend, a fun project. Staying at my parents it is kind of like a long family trip, I work all day at my job-job (plus blogging) and then every night we have dinner together and watch a movie. So I don’t really feel like I have empty time. Except for the weekend. If I weren’t living with my parents, I would probably be sewing like crazy, and maybe attempting apartment gardening again (so far I have killed everything I have tried to grow, but it has to work eventually, right?).

      Woo, another vote for KHNH as the best one! I like your edits to K3G and KANK. Karan should hire you to do the final edit of his scripts. Don’t even waste time and money filming that stuff.

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      • I gave up on houseplants for the same reason. Good for you for sewing the masks! I’m glad you’re keeping busy-ish and have company. How’s Albie dog adjusting? I bet he doesn’t mind the extra attention. Our doggie Comet is not going to want to let us leave again on weekdays.

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        • My Dad is Albie Dog’s favorite chew toy/playmate, so he is in heaven. Have you noticed this with your boy dogs? Albie Dog plays a lot rougher and has a lot more fun with other human boys. With human girls, he is moderately less rough and more likely to cuddle. My Dad is a bit tired by the end of the day, however.

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  2. My subjective ranking :
    Kal Ho Na Ho
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (too long, but so much drama, and costumes and dances)
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (it doesn’t aged well, that’s true and some parts are boring but the good parts are great)
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (confused movie)

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    • Another vote for Kal Ho Na Ho on top and KANK on bottom! The weird thing is, the good parts of KANK are probably better than anything in the other movies. But then, the bad parts are just sooooooooooo bad.

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  3. I saw the movies drop on Netflix! Is he being generous to quarantined viewers or desperate for cash flows! I always felt like Dharma treated these films as too sacred for streaming on the most popular platform.

    Ranked:
    KHNH – agree SRK is over the top and the last third is boring but overall it’s funny and easy to watch

    KKHH – I don’t think this has aged any more poorly than the others, it serves as nostalgia and is a fun romp!

    KANK – I cant remember this movie much, so need to rewatch but anything is better than K3G

    K3G – that aahhhh aaahhh music makes me nauseous. Boring done to death story of rich guy falling in love with poor louse and parents banish them. The twist was the grand scale, Amitabh, etc but this movie sucked. So much crying and unnecessary melodrama. The Hrithik-Kareema parts are ok, Poo is amazing but can’t save the boring too long soap opera

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    • I think it might just be random timing! The K movies have been shuttling between Netflix and Amazon every 5 years forever I think. I am sure they are super high demand and the two systems keep bidding against each other for the 5 year streaming rights. They were in limbo for the past month or so, probably while bids were pending.

      Yaaaay! Love for KKHH! It is fun. And never boring (which cannot be said for KANK and K3G)

      Also, if you like Poo, you will love my limited series teen years of Poo TV serial! https://dontcallitbollywood.com/2019/09/01/silly-sunday-bonus-high-concept-tv-show-based-on-poo-from-k3g-before-and-after-the-film/

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      • If I’m not mistaken all the Dharma movies with Shah Rukh have now appeared on Netflix, after mostly being unavailable on Prime for months. So that includes Duplicate. The only SRK movie that hasn’t moved over is My Name is Khan. And I can’t figure out why. Also, on MNIK isn’t free to watch. Odd, right? Your thoughts?

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        • I think it’s just that MNIK is newer. So on a different streaming contract cycle. Assuming all the Dharma films were sold as a lump for a 5 (or 2 or 3) year contract before MNIK came out, then MNIK is slightly off schedule from the others.

          Alternatively, the earlier films are all part of the same deal (Dharma films distributed by YRF) so they are sold in a lump, but ADHM, MNIK, and so on are left to be sold individually.

          Oh wait a second! I forgot, MNIK I was co-produced with Fox (I think). So yeah, those rights are always going to be funky and different from the other Dharma and Dharma/Yash Raj films.

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  4. The photo of Maddy with an instrument in the other post reminded my about my question: Where is this Maddy-Anushka movie? The poster was shown months ago, together with Venky Mama one. Venky Mama was in cinemas loooooong time ago, and it’s weeks it’s on Prime, and this Maddy movie still nowhere. What happened?

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    • Maybe it’s another one that got lost in the weirdness of Tamil producers? The producer has a legal case pending or something?

      Anyway, it was just a horror movie I think, not the ridiculous romance we wanted, so I am less upset.

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  5. All this digital rights stuff is confusing. Only one or two weeks ago I saw Prime Italy added few Dharma movies e.g KKHH, Kaal and Raazi (we didn’t have it earlier) and also this odd Sridevi and Sanjay Dutt movie Gumrah (1993). Now I see the same Gumrah on Netflix also. K3G is on both platforms. But Kal Ho Naa Ho, KKHH, KANK only on Prime.

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    • Oh how strange! Must be different digital rights for Europe versus America, but it’s frustrating in This Global Community that we all live in.

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  6. Although every Karan-K-movie has scenes or filmy stuff I easily could do without, I still like to watch them – for various reasons
    KANK…a break from ShahRukh’s romantic image but still being somehow romantic…a movie for discussion …about many controversial things
    KKHH…doesn’t age for me, maybe because of the kids…they love it…and me, I like the emotional turmoil…also the first-half Kajol reminds me my self.
    KHNH…a drama with a smile…well, with a lot of smiling…I would put it at par with KKHH in the liking department, but slightly above in terms of quality…Karan may have interfered in the direction, it often has nevertheless another feeling through Nikhil’s direction.
    K3G…Skipping almost all the only-Kareena-Hrithik parts (know them enough), it still comes last because of Amitji…I saw him interacting with ShahRukh for the first time in Mohabattein, so in K3G their kind of interaction was that of a forced drama for me.

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  7. A minor treat for SRK fans during these dark times. He will feature in Global Citizen’s television event that will be shown pretty much everywhere on April 18th. In the US, it will air on CBS, NBC and ABC. For other countries, check local listings.

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  8. The KJ and Dharma movies are streaming in Europe in Prime Video and have been there for a while now, at least a month or more.

    1. K3G – despite all its flaws I love it for all its ridiculousness and soap opera plot, it is so quintessentially the word “Bollywood” that it becomes a parody of itself and I kinda love it for it and all the Memes it has brought to the world
    2. KKHH – grew to love this one after hating it for so long because of the child acting, now looking at the phone and just tuning it out helps me appreciate the Kajol and SRK in it more
    3. KHNH – A little bit too much for me, emotionally and plot-wise to really love it, but I don’t hate it at all, somehow it is the bittersweetness of it that just hurts more and knowing the plot it just makes me sad. Maybe it just hits home too hard and I just can’t fathom it as often because of it. Might be tied for number 2 in truth after watching it again.
    4. KANK – I’ve watched it twice, might watch it a third time, but it will be a long time before I can watch it again because of all the bitterness of adulthood in it, the same reason why I don’t much like the adult portions of SOTY1 and why candy bright coloured SOTY2 is my favourite of the two

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  9. Here’s my ranking:

    1. KKHH – I honestly hated this movie the first hour and then got so sucked in. It’s probably the same reason why I loved SOTY so much, it’s campy and silly but has its heart in the right place, doesn’t try to be anything it’s not, and is just plain fun.

    2. KHNH – I love the tight script and direction of the first half with all these different styles, but then it ripped my heart out, as it probably did everyone’s. But I have to agree with someone else here who said there’s just way too much crying.

    3. K3G – This movie is just…a lot. Fun in moments, I love the SRK/Kajol relationship, and Kareena, obviously, but 3 and a half hours is still too long, even if it was used properly. And the melodrama and over the top direction and editing style is just insane and gets really old really quickly for a movie that long.

    4. KANK – It’s only at the bottom because it’s the only one I haven’t seen.

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    • Isn’t this interesting! All of them have now been picked for top and bottom, I think. A sign of how much up to personal taste Karan’s work is.

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  10. I think I am going to wait until you finish reviewing Little Things before I watch it. I can’t tell if I will enjoy or if it will just annoy me, unless you really think I would like it. I do like Mithila Palkar though. I watched her first in a Marathi film Muramba and while I wasn’t a fan of the male lead in it, I was very pleasently surprised by her.

    Also, will you be reviewing Panga? It am trying to figure out which is greater, my dislike for Kangana vs my love for Ashwiny Tiwari. I will likely suck it up and watch it given that it is basically free. Also, just saw on Netflix,a movie called Pyaar Ke Do Pal, which looks like a remake of The Parent Trap. Do you know anything about this movie? I am generally meh on Mithun but I love the Parent Trap (old and new) so it might be perfect for me.

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    • The last episode of the first season of Little Things switched it all around, and brought Mithila way far into focus, along with some general male-female emotional labor issues. Still not sure if you would love-love it (it’s no Mentalhood in terms of soapy happy perfection), but I would say if you try it out, set aside an hour and 15 and do the whole first season in one a go. The last episode is the big pay off.

      Probably not reviewing Panga. Just, life’s too short, you know? I’d far rather spend my time watching Romil & Jugal on ALTBalaji.

      https://66.media.tumblr.com/0f2190f6c2e63a479686c195eec8b517/tumblr_oq9v0zS6nc1qaa0sjo1_500.gifv

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    • Oh, and Pyar Ke Do Pal I know nothing about! All I know is the Kajol Parent Trap, Kuch Kathi Kuch Meethi.

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      • I haven’t seen a Kangana movie in years because of a self-imposes ban. I’ll let you know if I end up watching it. I am still having a hard time with changing my own rule. But I have a feeling my dad would like Panga so it might be worth it to watch it just for him

        Will also let you if I watch Pyar Ke Do Pal.

        Can’t wait to binge on Romil and Jugal.

        Also, I’m a bit sleep-deprived, so I can’t remember if I ever told you that I watched Jawaani Jaaneman and loves it! I am rooting for Alaya to be super successful. Also, check out her instagram. She is an INCREDIBLE dancer. I would Love to see her in a dance movie.

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        • So happy you saw Jawaani Jaanemann! It is just so delightful. And now I am thinking maybe it would be a good movie to watch with my parents? Nice people trying to do the right thing and building a family, so happy! And Alaya was great, and Tabu was great, and Saif continues his late in career experimentations that I adore.

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          • I saw Jawani Jaaneman with my parents and they really enjoyed it. My mom called her sister and told her to watch it too so it was an all around winner.

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        • I watched JJ too, felt kind of meh! Expected Saif to be more wacky from the trailer, more unwilling to accept her daughter! There wasn’t much drama I guess. Tabu was tragically underused, Kubbra was good, Alaya has emotive eyes!

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  11. I always chuckle when I see this, all Red Chillies’ films are ‘produced’ by Gauri Khan! I mean, we all know it’s Shah’s money, is there some personal or legal reason for putting her name, any idea?
    All KJo films have stuff that I can happily cut out. IMO, the best romantic films of SRK are ones in which his love interests are as strongly written and performed, his ‘equal’ in a sense. Given that, my ranking:
    KKHH – I think you know this film holds a special place for me; Rani, little Sana, Kajol, Salman, love everyone!
    K3G – Leaving out all Big B parts, I can gladly watch the rest of it, melodrama, silliness included!
    KANK – This and KHNH may be tied! I only watched it once, that too recently, it is messy, it’s evident Karan was pulled in two directions with a dark story and need to please audiences. But bitter, angry SRK was strangely compelling and I think the role allowed him to bring out his sexual side more than usual, that’s always fun!
    KHNH – I am always surprised how high this is regarded compared to the other ones, not just here, but in general! To enjoy this movie you have to believe that SRK is GOD, because that’s how the story, its characters, KJo all treat him! Now I have immense love for SRK, but no!! He bulldozes into and takes over everyone’s lives and they all fall in love with him! Which might still have been believable, like in Anand (which it’s inspired by), but I find his performance to be insincere, almost parodying his established persona, taking the audience for granted. He makes everyone else look like fools, nobody is his ‘equal’ here, coz there’s no scope for that! Which is such a shame since it had the potential for such interesting characters – a heroine with a tragic personal life, Jaya B being such a strong woman, they all could have so much more to do, but everything is forgotten in the service of SRK! Sorry, this was a long rant for something I don’t like! I wonder, for those who love it, is it the ending which makes up for everything that came before, or they don’t have these issues?

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    • I assume the “Gauri” credit is partly realistic, I mean, she is part of discussions about what movies he makes and costumes and set and assorted things like that. But mostly legal I think. Like Karan’s mom being listed on his films. I am sure there is some sort of tax benefit, or bank loan benefit, or all kinds of things like that.

      Oh, you are making me think about KHNH differently! I think I still like it, because I feel like the script and performances support the concept of SRK at the center. Saif and Preity and Jaya and the rest do get full complete stories. Short, but they are all there with a beginning and middle and end and everything. And Shahrukh is just soooooooooo charming in this movie, he sells me on the whole Angel concept. But if the film had been 20 minutes shorter, then it would have been a disaster. Like some of the more recent SRK movies, like Raees where the romance felt weirdly shortened, or Zero where Anushka’s story somehow wasn’t as full as it needed to be. In KHNH, I feel like maybe ten minutes or so of SRK could be cut, and ten minutes or so of other characters could be added, but it works fine the way it is.

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      • See, I don’t find him charming in the movie, except few parts, it feels insincere! The story and his performance don’t sell it to me. I mostly find him annoying and that’s the biggest problem!
        Speaking of character arcs, Aman has none, he is all-knowing and self-righteous from beginning to end. As for others, it just takes one scene for Preity to go from cranky and irritable to smiling and in love! Nope, doesn’t work for me!

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  12. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – is #1: It is one of the few movies that my family watches over and over again, and I don’t yet hate it.
    K3G- is #2: Kajol and SRK are SOOOO cute, but Kareena is a bummer so it doesn’t make #1.
    Kal Ho Na Ho #3: Not my favorite, no chemistry between SRK and Priety. But even though it isn’t my favorite I did think it was an enjoyable movie.
    KANK #666: I felt like three hours of my life had been stolen from me after I saw that film. SRK was completely unlikable and I’m not sure what the point of the film was.

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    • I think the point of KANK was for SRK to be totally unlikable. I hate movies like that (Cassavetes Sr, BLECH!), but I can respect the artistic vision. It’s kind of what Adi ended up doing more successfully in Rab Ne, making Shahrukh into a regular person in a regular love story. Karan wanted to make Shahrukh into this broken unlikable guy, the kind you avoid when his wife drags him to parties, and tell the story of this broken unhappy person who somehow managed to find some amount of happiness in unexpected love.

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  13. Quality
    1. KANK
    2. KHNH
    3. K2H2
    4. K3G

    Preference
    1. KANK
    2. Kareena’s performance in K3G
    It felt like Kareena’s debut even if it wasn’t. Perhaps never before or since have we seen a female impersonation of the “fabulous gay male” trope in BW? It’s a trope more common in HW content, and not usually embodied by females in either industry (Clueless and Legally Blonde come close). I felt justified in my opinion when I learned from a recent interview that for Poo, Karan would simply act out her role for the current scene and kareena would just copy/mimic him.
    3. Jaya’s performance in KHNH
    It was like watching a parallel actress being thrown into a commercial movie. Her character was difficult yet poignant, and her realistic acting style almost doesn’t fit with the movie.
    4. 1st half of K2H2
    Especially Kajol’s performance in it. She just makes you want to root for her so hard.
    5. Rest is all jumbled together

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    • Okay, why do you put poor hated KANK first? Even I put it last, and so did most other people.

      Really like your description of Kareena in K3G!!! feels like a match with the way Kajol in KKHH can be read as the same sex best friend pining for the one who won’t love her. And Jaya in KHNH is of course The Best.

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