Time changes everything … In a time not so long ago, passing letters through friends and sneaking out on Sundays, ‘accidentally’ bumping into each other at a social function, were the only means to communicate with the one you love. Today, however, a minute spent on typing ‘where are you’ on your cell phone and you know exactly where he/she is, what are they doing, with who they are and a lot more.
It is these changes in romance that Karan Johar speaks of as his next directorial venture ‘Student Of The Year’ (SOTY) hit the floors three days back. With comparisons being drawn between the blockbuster hit ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and ‘Student of the Year’ with regards to the storyline and the young cast, Karan Johar points out, “A lot has changed in the 13 years since we made ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. Youngsters won’t connect with bubblegum romance. The overdose of information and constant communication has taken the beauty of romance out of relationships. The innocence is gone too.”
When ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ was released in 1998, Dharma production still adhered to the age-old romance techniques where a boy and a girl could share a passionate dance without any music playing in the background. SOTY is based largely on the modernity of romance and therein lies its true essence. For if things can change drastically in a day then 13 years is definitely a long, long time ago.