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Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Director: Karan Johar
Cast:
Amitabh Bachan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abishek Bachan, Rani Mukherji, Preity Zinta.
Length:
192 mins
Film Information:
Contains moderate sex references
Release:
11 August by Yash Raj Films, London
12 certcamera
Khabi Alvida Naa Kehna
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Emotional and deeply moving. This film cements Bollywood firmly on the international arena.
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This latest Karan Johar offering focuses on two different families who come together due to life's circumstances.

Dev Saran (Shah Rukh Khan) is married to Rhea (Preity Zinta). They have a volatile relationship. Dev strongly resents his wife's career minded attitude and this makes him bitter.

Then we have the other couple - Maya (Rani Mukherji) and Rishi Talwar (Abhishek). Their relationship is plagued with doubts about their love for each other. This causes them to become alienated from one another.

But one day, Dev and Maya come across each other and this sparks of a series of emotions affecting everyone all round.

The first half of the film is composed of lighter moments provided by veteran star Amitabh Bachchan.

But it is the second half of the movie that really hits you hard as we witness the collapse of couples' relationships.

Kabhi Alivda Naa Kehna is full of well directed sequences which will remain etched in your mind long after the movie has finished.

It moves you deeply and that is a sign of a well crafted product by the master storyteller- Karan Johar.

Karan's forte has always been the execution of a film's climax. Once again he excels in the final reel as he brings out another twist just when we thought the couples have decided to go their separate ways.

To date this is Karan's finest work without a doubt both in the direction and technical departments.

Anil Mehta's cinematography captures New York brilliantly.

Musical score by the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy elevates the film to a higher level of refinement.

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (meaning never say goodbye) once again belongs to Shah Rukh Khan as far as the acting department is concerned. If you thought Veer Zaara was his best work to date, then watch his performance here. You will be amazed!

Rani Mukerjee once again takes the trophy as Bollywood's best actress. If she did well in the film, Black, here she goes one step further as her talent exudes infinitely.

Abhishek Bachchan too has given a superb performance. Watch out for the scene where he gives advice to Rani Mukerjee. Simply brilliant!

Preity Zinta too gives her best. Watching her in the scene where she confronts Rani during the wedding reception makes you realise how excellent she is as an actress.

Do watch out for the two special appearances by Kajol and John Abraham in the song sequences. This adds extra boost to the film.


On the whole, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is a film that will touch your heart the Karan Johar style. It has all the making of a mega box office hit.

No doubt it will be in the UK top ten with flying colours. It's a film which will put Bollywood on an international platform.

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood Correspondent
 
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