Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, with a running time of 3 hrs. & 9 min., is sheer cinematic magic It will not be wrong to say that Karan Johar will once again emerge as the undisputed box-office champion after the release of this film. The film is a wholesome entertainer and as such will help Karan emerge as the maestro of Hindi films in terms of sheer cinematic entertainment and emotional content.
The story revolves around two married couples, Dev Saran-Maya Talwar and Rhea Saran-Rishi Talwar. Sorry, make this Dev-Rhea and Maya-Rishi. The senior partner in each one of them (Shah Rukh Khan playing Dev Saran and Rani Mukherjee playing Maya Talwar) start falling in love with each other. Then, the couples fall into a web of lies and half-truths. Reminds you of Closer? No, not quite. As here, Amitabh Bachchan saves the day, using sophisticated weapon made of corny language.
(Shah Rukh Khan) and Rhea (Preity Zinta) are married. Either you can be happy or you can be married. That's what Karan Johar thinks after looking at people around him these days… look at marriages in Bollywood of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, Sanjay Dutt and Rhea Pillai, Aamir Khan and Reena Datta. So Dev and Maya (Rani Mukerji) – who is married to Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan) get closer because Maya and Rishi too are not close as she can't beget him a child and both have grown out of their marriages.
KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA starts like a nice romantic drama, with Abhishek getting married to his childhood sweetheart and SRK talking to his wife about the $ 5 million deal after he has won a game of soccer. But minutes later, the film does a 180-degree turn and establishes the friction between the two couples.
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.
The music is refreshing, though. Mitwa is probably going to end up as the "Kajra Re" of this year. Plus, Arjun Rampal, in a cameo, has the best dialogue of the film, "Don't be a football of other's opinion". Watch it if you must find out how New York looks like through the eyes of Karan Johar. Watch it if you have to see a movie that everyone else will see. KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA, the actors get a chance to shine and no one shines brighter than Shah Rukh Khan. Rani is remarkable yet again. Abhishek is brilliant, especially when he gets serious towards the end. Preity not only looks gorgeous, but the dedication to her role shows at vital points. Amitabh Bachchan is in superb form.
On the whole, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is Despite the bad handling, the pained acting, fractured narrative and twisty plot, there are moments where you grin.