Set in the time of realistic cinema, ‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’ falters from the word go. The film has been produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s production house and directed by Roshan Abbas, and is set in a fancy convent campus in some picturesque place. Even though the girls are 18, they look and behave like 25 years old. They study in a school where they still romanticise about Romeo and Juliet and see life through rose tinted glasses. Yes you got it right, the film is a rehash of ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ cum Archie comics.
The kids do have their own set of problems of course. While Aishwarya’s (Giselle Monteiro) mom wants her to become a model, Nandini (Zoa Morani) is neglected by her super rich parents. Tariq (Satyajeet Dubey) is pressurised by his father to join the top engineering college and Sameer (Ali Fazal) accidentally lands himself in the wrong side of law. Please note that all these problems are highlighted only in the second half. The entire first half is spent in song and dance sequences and establishing characters. So when the problems finally emerge in the second half, they seem to have been put a bit haphazardly.
Adapted from his 1999 play ‘Graffiti’, Roshan Abbas’ films addresses the same old issues which have been addressed in other films in the recent past. And the film somehow reminds the viewer of films made on college life back in the 90s. Who in the world still stages Romeo and Juliet as their annual production? How about experimenting a bit with different script guys? How about staging some other work of Shakespeare for a change?
There is hardly any graph to the narrative. The chemistry between couples is missing. Most of the supporting cast is wasted. Talented actors like Lilette Dubey ann Navin Nischol fade in the background.
A special mention of actor Ali Fazal. The guy, who won hearts with his brief role in ‘3 Idiots’ proves once again that he is here to stay. ‘Love Aaj Kal’ star Giselle Monteiro lacks screen presence, acting abilities, dialogue. Zoa Morani on the other hand has a strong screen presence.
Watch this film only if you have no other film to watch.
Ratings: Two cheers for this one!