Stuck in the limbo of love? Crying over it? Chill. Look what Karisma Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan went through in the 1990s
When you stay home on a Wednesday, you will end up watching obscure lunch-time movies like Sangram on TV. So last week, when I chanced upon this 90s’ gem – a love triangle with themes of khandaani dushmani and money wars – I realised something. Whenever she was a part of love triangles, Karisma Kapoor was friendzoned by her leading men more often than not.
In Sangram, Ajay Devgn chooses an illiterate village girl (played by Ayesha Jhulka) over Karisma’s character – a rich, talented painter who loves him in spite of their warring families.
In Dhanwan, she is yet again sidelined by Devgn for Manisha Koirala’s character – a girl dying of a hole-in-the-heart situation. And in Andaz, Karisma falls for her professor played by Anil Kapoor, who is already married to Juhi Chawla! Poor girl ends up loveless and dead at the end of this one.
Not like the late 90s and early 00s got her any luck. A new level of friendzone was achieved in Zubeidaa, where Karisma married the love of her life (played by Manoj Bajpai), who then friendzoned her for his first wife (played by Rekha).
And finally, in the iconic Dil Toh Pagal Hai, she flirted with Shah Rukh, sprained her ankle while performing for him, got into a fierce dance-off with Madhuri Dixit (Haha!) and did everything else she could, only to end up with Madhuri’s hand-me-down, Akshay Kumar.
Shah Rukh may have friendzoned Karisma in DTPH, but he had his own share of heartburn in the 90s. And what made matters worse was the fact that he always lost out to the most loser men in the history of Indian cinema.
In Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and Anjaam, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi and Madhuri ditch him for *Deepak Tijori*. In Yes Boss, Juhi Chawla initially picks Aditya Pancholi over him, and in Pardes, Mahima Chaudhary marries Apoorva Agnihotri. (Blind, much?) Darr was a different case altogether. SRK was creepy and Sunny Deol was the competition, so I can see where Juhi Chawla was coming from.
But with five films each, Karisma and SRK share the title of Bollywood’s Most Friendzoned stars. Such pain. Much dukh. Sigh!
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