Sunday, August 20, 2006

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna - Never Say Goodbye

We meet acquaintances in funny ways and these past few months I have kind of opened myself to a different environment. I been watching more tamil movies in theaters. I love tamil and hindi movies but not the kind to sit thru 3 hours of a movie with 6 songs sequences and more dress changes, still one kenot resist a good movie. A suggest we go to this movie, was supposed to be Friday but since Marie scheduled in Beach, I asked A to schedule if for Sat. She agreed, initially was just me her and kalai, but they block book 6 tickets, so I sent a few sms to see who was interested in watching, the usualy suspects declines, L declined also (but I was fuddled by a barrages of exchanges b4 getting the msg across sigh), anyway push came to shove, A, me, Kalai, scud, P and a new acquaintance S drop by, we lepak at Coffeebean and its was a ncie chemistry of mixing around. S warmed to all of us and fit right in.

I had read the synopsis for this movie, which did not give it a good review. Its a movie about extra-marital affairs a subject I am quite experienced on and it hit me like a rock. Lots of events portrayed in this movie I can relate to and tears flowed freely.

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna - Never Say Goodbye

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (KANK) is the story of Dev and Maya, both married to different people and completely convinced that they are happy, until they meet each other. Dev (Shah Rukh Khan) is a professional football player whose promising career is nipped in the bud after an accident. He is married to Rhea (Preity Zinta) whose career is on an upswing. They have a son, Arjun, and Dev’s mother, Kamaljit (Kirron Kher) lives with them. Maya (Rani Mukherji) teaches at a nursery and has married her closest friend Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan), a PR consultant. Rishi’s father, Samarjit Singh aka Sam (Amitabh Bachchan) is a flamboyant, fun-loving man whose life revolves around the happiness of his son and daughter-in-law.

The two couples seem content despite the dissatisfaction below the surface but things start to change when a chance encounter between Dev and Maya brings them closer. There is a strange connection between them which blossoms into friendship.

Their time together soon causes complications. This new-found friendship between Dev and Maya causes them to look into their marriages with a new perspective and face up to issues that they hadn’t before. How all the different characters deal with this new development in their lives forms the crux of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.

Karan Johar

Star Cast
Amitabh Bachchan...... Samarjit Singh Talwar aka Sam, Shahrukh Khan...... Dev Saran, Rani Mukherjee...... Maya Talwar, Preity Zinta...... Rhea Saran, Abhishek Bachchan...... Rishi Talwar, Kirron Kher...... Kamaljeet Saran,

Rani M was awesome a face you could just look again and again, amongst my top list with Aish and Kajol who did make a cameo appearance.

The screenplay balances the two extremes -- light moments and dollops of emotions -- with amazing ease. The relationship between the couples or even those between the parent and child is delicately handled. If there are moments that move you to tears, there are ample moments that bring a smile to your face as well. Another noteworthy aspect is its forthright dialogues. The lines sound straight of life and there also exist a host of interesting observations. Yes, the film is talky, but in a smart way. You never feel that the characters are talking to hear their own words or to fill up screen time. It moved me coz I have seen it happen in my life

Abhishek is brilliant, especially when he gets serious towards the end. His penultimate sequence, when he gives a golden advice to Rani, is outstanding. Preity not only looks gorgeous, but the dedication to her role shows at vital points. Her penultimate scene with Rani, when she confronts her at the marriage reception, is fabulous.

Amitabh Bachchan is in superb form. The naughty streak that he displays soon disappears in the second half, when he realizes that something is amiss. In fact, his expressions at the dinner first and also in the hospital only reiterates the fact that he's an icon.

Worth watching.

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