90s Were Progressive: Desis Laud ‘Hip Hip Hurray’ Scene For Calling Out K2H2’s Plot

The fact that the plot of ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ is problematic in more ways than one has become a common topic of debate in recent times. But it’s just people on social media who talk about it. To even think that a film or a television show, that’s being watched by millions, will try to diss a very popular film is unthinkable in today’s age.

But back in the 90s, the much-loved Hindi TV show Hip Hip Hurray did what is unthinkable today – they called out ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ for being problematic and promoting gender stereotypes.

In a video that’s being widely shared on social media, we hear the characters in Hip Hip Hurray talk about how Anjali becomes attractive only after dressing up in a stereotypically feminine way. She doesn’t get the guy when she dresses up and behaves like a tomboy. It’s also pointed out in the scene how tomboy-Anjali wins all basketball matches, but a saree-clas Anjali loses them. Did you notice this before?

Have a look at the video here:

This scene got several people on Twitter talking. While some lauded the show for being progressive and ahead of its time, others claimed that TV shows back in the 90s walked with the times and discussed relevant social issues. It was with the coming of saas-bahu serials that television entertainment went a thousand steps backwards and is still trying to recover from it.

This is why 90s TV shows will always be the best. You can watch them even today and they’ll still be relevant.

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