Week 5

Sinchana K -

Hello Everyone! Over the past two weeks, I have continued my movie-watching journey and have only two more left. In this blog post, I am going to be discussing the movies Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabir Singh.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is based on the story of a young girl named Anjali who upon reading a letter her mother had written for her before she died, decides to bring together her widowed father, Rahul, with his true love who is also named Anjali. In this movie, there was a combination of 4 total behaviors that I observed. Stalking was present in one instance, cheating in five instances, false expectations in one instance, and changing identities in two instances.

Kabir Singh is a movie that is quite well known for its unruly and toxic male lead and the overly submissive female lead. The movie revolves around the male lead, Kabir, who is a senior medical student and is heartbroken when his girlfriend is forced to marry another man. Already struggling with anger issues, he falls into a self-destructive spiral, costing him his family and career. I observed the greatest number of toxic behaviors in this movie with a total of six. Stalking was present twice, love-bombing once, intra-relationship dominance four times, toxic dominance three times, codependency five times, and controlling behaviors a total of six times.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for next week!

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    Moksha Dalal
    Hi Sinchana! Did the difference between the more subtle toxicity in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai vs the very apparent aggression in Kabir Sing reveal anything? Perhaps the difference in how the audience perceives Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as a romcom and Kabir Singh as filled with rage?
    Hi Sinchana, were there any differences in the representations of the behaviors within these two films?
    The two films were released in completely different times, do you think the “prospective viewers” in each time period might’ve had any impact on how toxic the leads were?
    Hi Moksha! I wasn't looking much into the subtlety of the behaviors as I was into the prevalence and rate of the behaviors. But, I did note that the behaviors in both movies were heavily romanticized. The only difference that I noticed was in the portrayal of the male leads as people are more inclined to forget and overlook a soft romantic lead like Shah Rukh Khan's character than a more rugged and strong male lead like Shahid Kapoor's Kabir.
    The main difference was in how the male lead portrayed and developed these behaviors like in Kabir Singh, the behaviors were very forward and aggressive in line with Kabir's personality and character whereas in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the behaviors were portrayed more subtly with a softer male lead like Rahul.
    Hi Kou, I am not sure if the audience impacted the toxicity of the male leads but I think it just depended on the scriptwriting and the behaviors and personalities that were written for each character. Rahul and Kabir were two very different people, but I think regardless of which period those characters were played in, the viewer's outlooks and reactions would have been very similar.

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