Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006) Movie Review – *Uncut & Xclusive*

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006)

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Kiron Kher, Arjun Rampal, John Abrahm & Kajol (Cameo)




This story is about Dev Saran and Rhea Saran who have been married for some years and have a cute child, Arjun Saran and also with them is Kamaljit Saran, Dev’s mother. Dev is a football coach and Rhea is a fashion magazine editor. Dev is a little complicated, if that is the right word, he is either not happy about his failure or unhappy about his wife’s success, no one knows. Rhea on the other hand is a very ambitious, career minded woman and who draws more pay than her husband. Kamaljit, though she is Dev’s mother, she doesn’t hesitate to tell him when he is wrong and support the daughter in law when she is right, coz she believes that she is a woman first and then a mother.

This story is about Rishi Talwar and Maya Talwar who are a married couple and with them is Samarjit Singh Talwar aka Sam, Rishi’s father. Rishi owns a PR firm and Rhea is a teacher whereas Sam is a skirt-chaser Rishi is a very happening kinda guy who loves parties and being out there. Maya on the other hand prefers staying at home, cleaning her house and loves her teaching job and loves those kids since she can’t have any of her own. Sam is cool dude even for his age. He basically hits on anything that moves. He is a casanova kinda man who remembers his gals by the day and not their name.

The story starts of with a soccer match on one side and a guy getting up late on his own wedding day and actually forgets that he is to be married on that day. On this same day Rhea gets a new job that demands too much of her time. And it is also Dev and Rhea’s wedding anniversary.

Rhea goes off to pick her son and Dev heads off to pick his mum from a wedding ceremony, the marriage of Rishi and Maya. This is when Dev and Maya cross paths for the very first time. Maya is standing outside of her wedding venue and is in two minds and this is when she meets Dev and they start talking. Dev convinces her to go in and marry and as she leaves, she says, ‘goodbye’ and Dev tells her, never to say goodbye coz it kills the hope of meeting again.

Next, Dev and Maya meet again due to some misunderstanding. There is news of some kidnapper in town, Black Beast, and Dev suspects Maya (he doesnt realize that she is Maya) is Black Beast when he sees her dragging his son away. This incident leeds to meeting of Rishi and Rhea. And all four become friends.

Rishi invites Rhea to his dad’s party. Rhea takes her whole family and this is where the Rock N Roll Soniye song comes in. Sam tries to hit on Kamaljit and stuff like that.

One day, Maya and Dev realized that their marriage isn’t working and they can help each other to improve and make their marriage work. Maya teaches Dev how to behave and talk to women and Dev teaches Maya how to seduce her husband and what she should concentrate on doing apart from being a cleanliness freak.

Maya and Dev plan something special for their respective wedding anniversaries which happens to fall on the same day. Then comes the Mitwa song. Everything goes as planned and is going smooth and suddenly they are back to square one. They end up fighting with their respective spouses.

The tension between the couples surfaces gradually, but reaches the crescendo 20 minutes before intermission. The spat between SRK and Preity on one hand [Preity: “I wear the pants in this houseâ€Â?], followed by the heated argument between Abhishek and Rani [Abhishek: “You can’t even bear a childâ€Â?] is amongst the most remarkable portions in the film. These sequences hit you like a ton of bricks!

Dev and Maya happen to meet the same night and they talk their hearts content. Maya asks questions that Dev cannot answer. Both are not talking to their spouses. This is when Sam and Kamaljit step in. They think of a plan to introduce Rhea and Rishi, so that when they become friends, they can advice each other and make their marriages work. Plans goes as expected and quite successful as well. This is the same time when Maya and Dev get involved.

Then comes Where’s the Party Tonight. Sam and Kamaljit are already friends and so he invites her to his house for dinner as it is her birthday. Cut to next scene, Sam is in hospital and he tells Maya to leave Rishi as he knows that she doesn’t love him. And both Maya and Dev decide to tell their respective spouses about their affair, their involvement. Final song, title song.

So what happens next?
Do Rhea and Rishi leave or stick with their unfaithful spouses?
Does Dev marry Maya?
Does Rishi marry Rhea?

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KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA is not a date film and the writers [Karan Johar, Shibani Bathija] spell it out at the very outset. 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 [the Bachchans] 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 [Niranjan Iyengar]. 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.

Karan’s take on relationships is fresh, bold and innovative. It takes you by surprise. It shocks you as well. And it’s also trend-setting. Just don’t expect KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA to be a typical candyfloss entertainer. Or an archetypal fare that Bollywood is known for. In those 3.06 hours/22 reels, Karan packs in some solid stuff. And the conclusion to the story is bound to hit the orthodox elements hard. A film like KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA is sure to have its share of advocates and adversaries no doubt, but it’s a film that has the courage to say what it believes in.

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