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06-17-2011, 10:17 PM #1
Review: Always Kabhi Kabhi is as bad as its name
On a stage stands a boy in school uniform, his hands poised over an electronic keyboard, playing at nothing. He's in the background, you see, and any tinkling of the keys would interrupt the lead actors' conversation. His job is merely to make it look like there are other kids in this school and that they do other things. And so he stands marooned from the scene around him, a breathing prop hesitating to honky-tonk. I don't know the young man's name, but I would like to gratefully applaud his moment of restraint, however absurd.
Because nobody else in Roshan Abbas' Always Kabhi Kabhi is EVER quiet. Yes, I used caps. Just like the film does as it screams at the eardrums , with a moronic background score that never stops overselling the moment. One of the many clumsy product-placement stops in this film really ought have been for earplugs. So yeah, Casio boy, you did good.
Like Glee but without (the incredible Jane Lynch [ Images ] or) kids who can actually sing, the only thing authentically high-school about this film is how amateurishly it comes together. Potentially interesting ideas -- taking the narrative forward through status updates, for example, as a character goes from 'heading to a club' to posting party pics to saying 'hangovers are hell', in a matter of seconds -- appear but are instantly smothered by the next scene.
In this particular case, while the girl in class nurses her hangover, the teacher leaves the classroom and students of Class XI, at the very least, start throwing chalk at one another. Several of them look uncomfortable doing so, tossing it casually and without motive, just because that's what school kids do, right?
Um, no. And therein lies the bigger problem here, the inherent condescension towards the target audience. Teen films almost invariably dial themselves down into bubblegummy pap, predictable and plastic. Maybe that's good business sense, since any teenager with half a brain never ever watches a teen flick, but this neglect towards intelligence is criminal. Plus, it programs pre-teens directly, grooming them into candyfloss. It's the Stepford genre, really.
The story? A boy who presumably wants to be Vivek Oberoi [ Images ] when he grows up, is smitten by the pretty new girl. Meanwhile his geeky best friend constantly swaps barbs with the resident firebrand. Oh, and everyone's parents are kinda evil. (The kids seem pretty villainous to me too, though, pointing and giggling when one of their classmates fails to get into MIT.)
Nobody's worth talking about except Zoa Mirani, playing the feisty one with significant charm. There's confidence and presence here, and this girl -- who nabs the only genuinely good shot in this film, a quick and wonderful visual flourish involving lipstick and suicide -- is the only positive takeaway.
The first half is dull as can be, merely loud, and while the emotionally-laden second half begins to mildly resemble something sweet, it explodes into a flashy climax that ruins everything.
And then the producer's husband comes and ruins it all over again.
Right after the climax we see the promotional music video for the film, a DJ'd up version of the song we JUST saw a minute ago (whoa), a 'you grownups don't understand us kids' song mouthed by a megastar in his 40s. Double whoa. And that isn't even the worst part. In this video, as kids wriggle around a weird jail kinda setup, a gigantic metal crate is lowered from the ceiling, ushered in by fireworks and dazzling lights. Inside is Shah Rukh Khan [ Images ], the only surprise being the man footing the bill for the movie suddenly showing off his starriness, on a stage he's bought himself. Awk-warrrd. And say it with me, WHOA.
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06-18-2011, 09:40 PM #2
Much hyped Shah Rukh Khan production ’Always Kabhi Kabhi’ ‘released all over today. Here is the review of the film.
Star Cast: Ali Fazal, Zoa Morani, Satyajeet Dubey, Giselle Monteiro
Director: Roshan Abbas
Producer: Gauri Khan
Music Directer: Aashish Rego, Shree D, Pritam Chakraborty
Always Kabhi Kabhi Story
Movie story revolves around four teens of St. Marks School Sameer (Ali Fazal), Nandini (Zoa Morani), Tariq Naqvi (Satyajeet Dubey), Aishwarya Dhawan (Giselle Monteiro). The school is full of bright teenagers looking to make a mark on the world. It’s about their school life, love and the craze of one’s first-ever crushes and problems related to youth. They are different from each other but all come together to convey a message to their parents.
Always Kabhi Kabhi Review
‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’ reminds one of ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Shaitan’ in patches when it comes to teen based issues like parents pressure for admission, youngsters in trouble because of corrupts police, though this time in a milder way. What goes wrong with the flick? Its youth based but not enough to keep one hooked to it and lacks twist and turns in the concept. Dramatic incidents in their lives and the way they find a Youngistan solution to it, is also tasteless.
Director Roshan Abbas tries to make the story identifiable by the youth but dragged second half takes away the interest in it. The story is so predictable that the director couldn’t pull any elements of excitement in it. Roshan has indisputably induced the youthful ingredient in the film but showing the teenagers making excessive use of mobile phone, getting hooked to facebook and using sms language.
First Talk : If you want to re-visit teen days without any decent expectations ‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’ will turn out to be an ok experience.
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06-18-2011, 09:51 PM #3Grade: D: Poora time Waste
ALWAYS KABHI KABHI is said to be based on director Roshan Abbas successful play ‘Graffiti’, which he had written and directed way back in 1999.
The story spins around the lives of four high-school adolescents – Sameer aka Sam, Aishwarya aka Aishu/Aish, Taariq aka Einsten, Nandini aka Nandu the Bull, who are in their final year at St. Marks, a school full of good looking, well-dressed romantic students dancing around with funny professors like Ms Das (Lilette Dubey) and Professor Agarwal urf Agro (Vijay Raaz), the girl’s skirts end much above their knees and Romeo and Juliet continues to be the most important chapter in classroom.
Sam, the coolest dude in school, who lives life through shortcuts falls in love with Aish, a new entrant in the school, and as always, you can expect obstacles in their love story. A parallel love story emerges between angry young rebel, Nandu and the cute nerd Einsten. Everyone’s parents are evil.
In short, the story is about how the four brats screw up their lives, and to top it up, the family problems, thus clashing their dreams and aspirations.
The first half of the flick is dull and boring while the second half has a flashy climax. The movie is completely a teeny,youth type film, filled with dreams, friendship, love, crushes, parents pressure, campus life, flirting etc etc. The film does convey a message at the end especially to the parents.
Though the movie is so-so, in fact, it desperately wanted to look youthful, though the dialogues and one-liners did have a youth flavor. The entire star cast did their parts beautifully and can be rated above average. Thankfully, there was no over acting.
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06-19-2011, 11:16 AM #4
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. Head to the theatre only to watch some spirited performances by a bunch of newcomers, otherwise you can ‘Always’ rent a video and watch Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens do their thing in High School Musical, all three parts.
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