Ever since he started acting [way back in 1995] as Raj’s friend in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ and later when he wrote and directed ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ in 1998, Karan Johar has been someone people would die to work with!
His success as a director is second only to his run as a producer with over 25 hit films to his credit. After all, that is where the ‘moolah’ is! Don’t get us wrong. We love Karan Johar and his ‘contribution’ to Indian cinema. But sometimes, he simply stretches things too far when it comes to cinematic treatment. Here are nine stereotypes from KJo movies what will make you WTF!
The Universe Revolves Around Rahul, Anjali, Prem and Aman
If you are about to watch the next Karan Johar film, chances are you will find protagonists named Rahul, Aman or Sid [Male] & Naina, Neha or Anjali [Female] with the law of probability tilting towards Rahul and Naina as these names have been used the most. Sometimes it may even get confusing as to which movie you are really watching because somewhere, they all ‘look and feel’ the same.
The Gay and Fabulous Charade
You may be watching ‘Dostana’ or ‘Student of the Year’ but if you are gay, you love pink and cannot make a coversation without flailing your arms and saying "dahling". To top it all, your love can never really be proclaimed to the world; especially not to your mother or anyone you know. It has to be hush-hush and in the closet. Unless of course you live in New York and need an apartment.
Money, Money, Money, Money in Palaces
As long as there are KJo films there will be rich fathers with spoilt kids and outdoor shoots. Even a local college scene will be shot with painstaking detail in a foreign location the likes of which will definitely take your mind of the story. Hey Karan, we actually went to college and you aren't fooling anyone!
The Famous And Often Creepy Motherly Instinct
You may be continents away, but the wind will tell your mother that something in your life is troubling you. This is the moment when the background music breaks into a symphony that evokes ‘mamta bhare’ emotions getting her to shed a bucket of tears often at the cost of ruining her makeup. Take your pick from ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’, ‘Wake Up Sid’ or even ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ – mommy knows!
Kuch, Kabhi, Kal & Koochie!
First there was Kuch Kuch Hota Hai  then Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham  and now you have Koochie Koochie Hota Hai in animation!? What have we done to deserve this? Times are changing you know!
Kal Ho Na Ho
Tata and Bata
Life will always be in extremes! You will have one spectrum which has the spoilt and super rich but low on looks and then the poor yet well-built & ruggedly handsome category. Love will have triangles and the middle class will be forgotten or portrayed as ‘chamchas’ or ‘followers’. The underdog must win!
Student of the year
Nobody Loves Their Family That Much!
Here’s another classic. No matter which film you watch, you will have large families and will be reminded a zillion times about Indian values, tradition [parampara] and loving your parents. Also, the background music tends to linger across films. Serious overkill!
Nothing! We mean nothing in a KJo film is ever without makeup! No matter what role you are playing or what part of the day / season in the year is being portrayed, everything in a frame has makeup on it and is created to look ‘picture perfect’. Also, brands have to kick in! So what if you are 16 and go to college? Where’s your Prada bag girl?
Ugly Duckling Syndrome!
There will always be one character who will suffer from this syndrome.The syndrome where you are either a tom boy in the first half and the perfect ‘nazakat filled’ Indian girl in the second half or the fat boy who gets bullied around in the first half who turns into a Greek God in the second half! You can also be the aimless young boy in the first half who suddenly develops a sense of responsibility by the time you buy popcorn in the interval!
JUST LIKE MAGIC!
There you have it! Our list of stereotypes. Can think of more? Let us know!