Monday, August 14, 2006

KANK review


Kabhi alvida Na kehna......Lekin is movie ko main zaroor alvida kahoongi, woh bhi hamesha ke liye.

Relationships are complex.....is the main theme that the director none other than Karan Johar emphasizes on. Are they really complex or is this script making it as complex as it seems to be? It is a million dollar question.

Expectations are raised by the marketing strategies, previews and trailers to the extent of playing a couple of numbers from the movie on the leading news channels. Is it desperation or promoting publicity? The regular stale star cast consisting of the so called king khan namely Shahrukh, Rani and Preity with the only new addition Abhishek Bachchan and some comic relief from Amitabh Bachchan.

Story is apt for the NRIS with low value systems as the story is based on an extra marital affair, the logical explanation of which is the lack of finding a soulmate.When people search for their prospective life partner....it seems that they confuse friendship for love and tie the knot only to find that after a few years they lack the compatibility. Is this some sort of a joke? Why marry in the first place then?

Story consists of two married couples in New York, who couldn’t be more different from each other. Couple number 1 consists of Shahrukh, who once a star football player left his dreams unfulfilled due to minor accident that leaves him being cynical while Preity playing his wife has a career which has reached great heights.

Couple number 2 consist of Aby baby with cool dad called sexy Sam played by big B, who believes in fun and frolic. Junior B is married to best buddy Rani Mukerjee who seems too disturbed for reasons which aren’t clear. Looks like an American bred confused desi?

Twist in the tale happens when Mr. Cynical meets Mrs. Disturbed and lo behold or should I say love behold! Start their cribbing to each other, playing marriage counselors to one another and end up being the victims of cupids’ arrow. Talk about irony.

The rest of the story continues with the typical song sequences, jazzy costumes, the lavish surroundings, melodrama and not to mention a whole lot of tears, tears and more tears. Movie drags on and on like a broken car in a car race trying to finish its laps. It is indeed a predictable ending, bringing in a sigh of relief from the audience.

It provides an unconvincing story line and bad direction. It also exhibits stale performances from Shahrukh who looks old and unfit and should stop playing the leading hero and consider himself for older roles. Strangely Amitabh ends up looking years younger than the former. Rani ends up shedding a lot of tears, while Preity looks dull. Abhishek does a decent role. The only saving grace of the movie is Amitabh and Shankar Ehsaan Loy's music that acts as a stimulant to the dozing audience.

No longer will the SRK-Johar magic work. If you have seen one movie you have seen them all. The usual sappy love saga does not cater to the intelligent audience of today and not in the market where their contemporaries are coming up with novel ideas like creating India’s new superhero.


This way...King will not rule the roost for long if he continues doing sobby dramas which is first hyped to an extent that raises audience’s expectations only to bring it down like a deflating balloon.

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