Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

The Long Take

Sep 17 2023 • 25 mins

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani plays like director Karan Johar’s apology for his own past filmmaking, and for the many missteps that Bollywood has made over the years when it comes to gender politics.

We appreciate the film’s progressive ideas, its frank depiction of desire, and how willing it is to embrace its camp nature. But we also point out the moments where it goes overboard.

We discuss Johar’s efforts to do better, and highlight a scene that represents how drastically his thinking has changed.

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