Kuch Kuch Hota Hai completed 23 years recently and it still remains to be one of the landmark films of Bollywood. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji, Karan Johar's directorial debut highlighted college friendship and true love. While Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is loved by many, a certain section is of the opinion that the film was problematic in many ways. They found the narrative of - a man falling for a woman who looked glamorous, and not for the one who was more of a tomboy- sexist.
However, Rani, who played the 'glamorous' Tina in the film, defended her character and the overall narrative of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. In an interview with a news portal, the actress said, "Falling in love is something very subjective to each person and we can’t judge a person for their choices because, at the end of the day, it’s your heart. You can’t direct your heart to do things that a particular person would feel is morally right or morally wrong. What might come across right to you might be wrong for the other person. I think considering all the flaws that we all are living with, we should not sit and judge others for what they are doing."
Rani said Shah Rukh's Rahul probably got attracted to Tina because she was grounded and deeply rooted in her culture. "She was kind-of someone who was very hard to get for him (Rahul) which resulted in him having the curiosity to go more after her. The fact that she sang ‘Om Jai Jagdish Hare’ on the college campus while he thought that she’s born and brought up in London… the fact that she is so deeply rooted to her culture and that she’s so grounded – those and a lot of other things probably attracted Rahul to Tina as a person as well," Rani addded.
The actress further told that Tina's character had a lot of depth. "I won’t categorise it as ‘he went for someone who looked great and not for Anjali (Kajol) who was more of a tomboy.’ I won’t make it as frivolous as that. I would say that there was a lot of depth to Tina’s character for someone like Rahul to have fallen for her… because, at the end of it all, it was Tina who understood the love that Rahul and Anjali had for each other. She, in turn, makes her daughter reunite the two of them. You know there that Tina had a lot of depth along with being a good-looking girl," Rani shared.