Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna - (2disc set)
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DISC ONE - FEATURE FILM (192 min)
*Anamorphic Widescreen 16x9 *Dolby Digital 5.1 *Dolby Digital 2.1 Stereo Sound
*Subtitles in English, Arabic, Malyalam, Tamil, Telegu & Kannada
Deleted Scenes (37 min)
TV Promos (7 min)
Theatrical Trailer (2 min)
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.Anil Mehta's cinematography is awesome.Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is melodious. 'Mitwa', 'Rock N Roll Soniye' and 'Where's The Party Tonite' appeal also due to the vibrant choreography (Farah Khan).On the whole, KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA is an outstanding film from the writing, performance and execution point of view --bollywoodhungama.com
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This movie is beautiful.
There area lots of great scenes of New York.
The story is compelling.
And, the classic Bollywood dance scenes are worked into the storyline cleanly in logical places.
Be forewarned, I ordered this 2-disk special edition from Amazon (not the marketplace) and I was sent the single-disc, double-layer version. Unfortunately, I had torn off the plastic wrap before I realized there was only 1 disc inside, so returns seem to be out of the question. I understand that the covers of the single-disc and double-disc versions are almost the same. This was probably a picking error. So when you buy this, check it very carefully before opening it.
First a synopsis of the movie. We are first introduced to Dev (Shahrukh Khan) who just won a huge soccer game and is calling his wife, Rhea (Preity Zinta) to tell her. From their exchange we can tell there is tension between the two, with Dev mentioning that he now makes more than Rhea, and Rhea apologizing for not making it to the game. Then we are moved to Maya (Rani Mukerji) getting ready for her wedding. By the look on her face we can tell there are doubts. Then we meet Rishi (Abishek Bachchan) who is talking with his father, Sam (Amitabh Bachchan), about if Maya will really marry him. So we already know these two have some doubts. On Maya's wedding day she ends up meeting Dev and they have a conversation about marriage and love and happiness. Both part ways and Maya marries Rishi, and on his way out Dev is hit by a car.
We then fast forward four years to Dev limping while he is waiting for Rhea to get done with her jog. From the dialogue that takes place in the next few scenes we see how cynical Dev has become and how irate he is towards not only Rhea but his son, Arjun. We also see Maya treating Rishi like a child because she cannot have any. Dev, Rhea, Maya, and Rishi all end up meeting each otehr through a hysterical misunderstanding involving a kidnapper named "Black Beast." I found the misunderstanding seriously funny, and the one liners that Dev gives are hysterical.
Fast forward a few scenes (I don't want to give too much away!). We get a taste that the movie involves an affair of some sort when Dev and Maya find Rhea and Rishi hugging each other on a busy street. The following scenes where they confront their spouses without directly saying anything about an affair are hysterical. It is extremely funny to watch all four of their reactions to the accusation. Dev and Maya then begin to form a friendship and try to help each other fix their marriage. The massage scene between Dev and Rhea, as well as the cheap stripper scene between Rishi and Maya, are so funny to watch, as both are blundering their way through trying to be better spouses. This is followed by some serious scenes after both couples celebrate their wedding anniversary. Dev accuses Rhea of being selfish and heartless for never considering him in her decisions. And Rhea accuses Dev of being insecure in the fact that she is the bread winner in the family, and that he places his failures on her shoulders. Maya and Rishi argue of the lack of intimacy in their relationship, not only physically, but emotionally as well. Intermission is preceded by Dev telling Maya that he loves her, which is what we all have known and been waiting for to happen. After intermission we see Dev and Maya engage in a relationship with each other as they struggle with their spouses and with each other. I won't say anymore because it'll ruin the story but it is fantastic.
Now performances! SRK did fabulous as the cynical husband with insecurities. He is wonderful in this role and is perfect for it. Preity Zinta did a wonderful job playing a character that is not bubbly, but rather more refined and career driven. She was perfect in this role. Rani Mukerji was great as Maya who is struggling with the inner conflict of loyalty to her husband and the only family she has and her own selfishness of wanting love. I haven't seen a lot of movies with Rani so I don't know how this performance compares to her other roles. Abhishek Bachchan is fabulous as Rishi the ultra loving husband who just wants to have sex every once in a while! He adds a dose of comic relief to this ultra serious topic. And we find a kind man who loves Maya desperatley. Amitabh Bachchan also adds great comic relief with his gallivanting ways! All four main characters were perfect for their roles and the chemistry between all four was perfect. And all four can seriously cry when it's called for! And they are believeable in their roles!
What I like most about this film is that it take a serious topic and gives it the appropriate attention it needs but it also has some non-serious parts (especially in the beginning). This adds flavor to the movie, and it breaks up the seriousness of the film, which I think is important in order to keep the audiences attention. Karan Johar did a fabulous job making sure that the audience would sympathize with all characters. We symapthize with Dev because he was at the top of his game when he lost it all and finally finds joy with Maya, with Rhea because she wants her marriage to work but is also trying to provide a certain lifestyle for her family. With Maya we sympathize because she is lonely and misunderstood, and finally with Rishi because he so deparately loves Maya and wants it to be reciprocated. What I liked is all characters had a part in the deterioration of their marriage. There is no one bad guy who we can put all the blame on, every character has to take a share, and every character realizes their role in this destruction. As an audience there is equal share of anger for all characters, as well as sympathy for all. An example, we have anger for Dev and Maya for toying with their spouses emotions to make each other jealous during the theater scene. But sympathy when Dev and Maya are forced to leave their homes when their spouses find out about the affair. We also have anger for Rhea because she is not there for her son or husband because she is working, sympathy when she finds out about the affair and is crying in Dev's mothers arms. Anger for Rishi because he pushes Maya past her comfort zone and pressures her into feeling guilty about a lack of intamacy. Sympathy for him when he is crying asking Maya why she did this to him when he learns of the affair.
Karan did a wonderful job portraying such a serious topic on screen with dignity, grace, and a little humor. It is a fantastic movie that makes you think when it's over. I highly recommend it.