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Bolly good show; INDIA'S HIT MOVIE.

Byline: SALLY BROOK

IT WAS the third biggest film in British cinemas this year and yet most people have never even heard of Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham.

Watch out Hollywood, Bollywood is creeping up on you. One of India's favourite directors, Yash Johar, has created a non-stop feast of music, emotion and visual effects. And set a record as the first Indian movie to reach the UK top three.

Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham, (Sometimes Joy, Sometimes Sorrow), also known as K3G, is a welcome break from the sex and violence of Hollywood.

For three and a half hours, K3G focuses on two central themes - family values and love.

Yahsovardhan Raichand, played by Indian legend Amitabh Bachchan, is the rich owner of an industrial empire, and has two sons, Rahul and Rohan, and a wife, Nandini.

He is obsessed with the respect of the family, which leads to the exile of his elder son Rahul (Shah Rukh) when he falls for Anjali (Kajol), the humble daughter of a sweet shop owner.

Yashovardhan refuses to accept the beautiful green-eyed Anjali as a daughter-in-law. But Rahul defies his father and marries Anjali.

We have already learned that Rahul is adopted and in a heart-breaking scene Yashovardhan reminds his son he doesn't even share the same blood and tells him to leave.

The subtitled movie then goes back in time as Nandini, played by Jaya Bachan, explains to her son, Rohan, about Rahul's adoption and later exile.

This retrospective romps through sumptuous religious feasts and family dances as the characters flit in and out of English and Indian language.

And dancing is what Bollywood does best. The choreography is spellbinding and conjures up a perfectly timed mix of spinning colours, flexible limbs and pearly smiles.

Then, in a scene set ten years later we see a grown up Rohan seek out the older brother he adored in an attempt to re-unite the family.

As always in Bollywood, the formula is simple and good overcomes evil.

After a few ditties, some dizzying camera work and dancing, everything turns out fine. Yashovardhan admits he has been selfish and the family is tearfully re-united.

Sentimental and cheesy, K3G is entertaining in a way Hollywood could never be.

mirrorfeatures@mgn.co.uk

Snippets

-OUTSIDE India, the UK is the largest exhibitor of Asian movies.

-INDIA'S most famous actor, Amitabh Bachchan who plays Yashovardham Raichand, topped the BBC's online millennium poll for the greatest actor ever, beating the late Sir Lawrence Olivier.

-BOLLYWOOD films are worth pounds 800 million worldwide.

-K3G is being shown on only 41 screens in the UK.

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