The moment the finale of the popular sitcom aired, every Indian familiar with the movie had a sense of ‘déjà vu’. We were left scratching our heads thinking, “kahan dekha hai yaar yeh pehle?”
The answer lies in the Karan Johar flick. Let’s elaborate on that.
(I’m an ardent fan of both and this is in no way meant to bash anything.)
Ted Mosby a.k.a ‘cheater’ Rahul
How I met your mother’s ‘Haave you met Ted?’ has its Bollywood equivalent in ‘Rahul, naam toh suna hoga?’ Umm, maybe because every second guy in India is named Rahul? The cheesy dialogues aside, both Ted and Rahul are the romantic protagonists with hearts of gold who are also extremely confused in life.
Rahul even contradicts himself from time to time, he says, “hum ek baar jeete hai, ek baar marte hai aur shaadi bhi ek hi baar hoti hai.” and goes on to dramatically marry a second time. A man of his word this Rahul. But thank god for their indecisiveness otherwise we would not have an engaging plot.
Tracy McConnel (The mother) a.k.a ‘itni si umar mein chal basi’ Tina
The (first) lover of the protagonist and the ‘ONE’ they’re meant to spend their lives with….. for some years. Tina and Tracy both enter emphatically, immediately attracting the lead heroes and everything seems to be going great and it looks like they’ll get a happy ending.
But sadly, they end up dying due to a terminal disease allowing their husbands to go back to the other ‘ONE’. AWWW.
Robin Scherbatsky a.k.a ‘tum nahin samjhogi’ Anjali
The tomboy the protagonist ends up marrying or at least actually ends up with. There is a slight difference between Robin and Anjali, though, as Robin rejects Ted’s advances while Anjali doesn’t find her love reciprocated by Rahul.
Nonetheless, they’re the ‘go to’ girls of the leads. Not because they’re always there for them or anything, just because they go to them in the end (sic).
Barney Stinson a.k.a ‘yeh kahan fasgaya’ Aman
In the terminology of Hindi serials, he would be known as the ‘sautan’. He bravely stands in the way of the protagonist and the (second) girl he loves and might have even succeeded if not for the power of ‘main character’.
The power of the main character allows him to overcome seemingly impossible odds and always win the girl at the end.
Luke and Penny a.k.a ‘umar choti par darshan bade’ choti Anjali
The children (or child in the case of KKHH) of the protagonist. Despite their tender age, they somehow possess wisdom far beyond their years. They can see that their dad is in love with someone even when he himself doesn’t. Is it just me or do these children get way more freedom than normal kids?
If an Indian child tries to mingle in anything related to his/her parents the only response he gets is, “apne kaam se kaam rakh, padhta likhta hai nai. Sharma Ji ke ladke ko dekha hai kabhi apne maa baap ke kaamo mein taang adate hue?”
Marshall and Lily a.k.a ‘hume nahi pata hum kya kar rahe hai’ Ms Braganza and Principal Malhotra
They exist primarily to enhance the comic element of the plot. Simply put, when you’re bored of the overdose of drama of the other characters, they’ll provide you with the much needed humour to get your mind off it.
They could rename HIMYM as ‘How I met your aunt Robin’ and Kuch kuch hota hai as ‘How I met your step mother’. Sounds way more apt doesn’t it?
One more similarity is the love from the audience. ‘Legen–wait for it–dary’ in their own right, they have formed a cult status throughout the world.
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