Movie Review: Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Flop

Youngistan rules! Bollywood has realized the potential of this segment of moviegoers — the teen market — which explains why movie-makers are attempting to wow Gen-X with films that appeal to their sensibilities. Actually, the social networking generation can make or break a film in a span of minutes. It is this aspect that keeps a storyteller on his/her toes. Unconventional, out-of the box themes, but contemporary by nature are being attempted. Luring the youth to cineplexes is the prime motive of the film fraternity today.

Coming of age films aren’t new. But there’s definitely a dearth of movies that look at school students. Mansoor Khan’s JO JEETA WOH SIKANDER stands tall in this list. First-time director Roshan Abbas attempts to mirror the lives of four youngsters in ALWAYS KABHI KABHI, Class XII students all. Today’s kids have a mind of their own and ALWAYS KABHI KABHI makes an attempt to make adults realize what goes on in a kid’s mind. Bridging the generation gap, did you ask? Oh yes! Making adults — parents, teachers, elders — understand the kids better. The intentions are right, but the interpretation isn’t.

AKK is the story of four friends Sam (Ali Fazal), Nandini (Zoa Morani), Aishwarya (Giselle Monteiro) and Tariq (Satyajeet Dubey) who study in St. Marks School. Sam is an uber cool, naughty boy who believes only in shortcuts in life. He falls head over heels in love with the blue eyed babe of School Ash and tries to win her through the play of Romeo and Juliet. Tariq better known as Einstein is best friends with Sam and holds a soft spot for Nandini also called Nandy Bull, a total deviant who lets out the angst of her parent’s neglect by non-conforming. How in the last year of their school do they experience the true worth of friendship, love and face situations that question their young minds is what follows through a series of dramatic incidents.

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Positive Reviews
Average Reviews
2.5 “Always Kabhi Kabhi captures neither and treads the staid middle ground.”
2.5 “Always Kabhi Kabhi, despite the fleeting pleasant moments, remains an average high school drama.”
2.5 “Bollywood ‘Always’ churns out candy-floss romances, ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ they touch your heart and leave a mark. Unfortunately, and ironically, Always Kabhi Kabhi is not one of those.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “The ‘high school escapade’ theme gets a stylish makeover, but doesn’t make us yearn for our school days.”
2.0 “Shah Rukh’s item song comes at the fag end of the film, but by then it is too late to do anything about this film. A good opportunity wasted.”
2.0 “Coming from a brand new director, and fresh faces, this film should have felt newer, but this is stuff we’ve seen before.”
2.0 “Always Kabhi Kabhi falls way SOE. That’s the acronym for ‘short of expectations’.”
2.0 “‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’ turns out to be a ‘whatever’ experience that doesn’t even decide whether it wants to be a campus entertainer, a teen sob story, a social drama, a love story or a sermonising saga.”
1.5 “ALWAYS KABHI KABHI disappoints!”
1.5 “Always Kabhi Kabhi is as bad as its name.”
1.5 “Always Kabhi Kabhi has nothing new to offer. The only thing to watch out for is the acting by the newcomers.”
1.5 “Watching this film is like attending a concert put up by ten-year-olds. It’s amateurish, and tedious to sit through, and the only thing you can appreciate in the end is the earnestness behind the effort.”
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