Director: Roshan Abbas
Producer: Gauri Khan
Banner: Red Chillies Entertainment & Eros Entertainment
Music Directors: Pritam Chakraborty, Aashish Rego & Shree D
Lyricists: Irfan Siddiquie, Prashant Pandey, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Roshan Abbas
Star Cast: Ali Faisal, Giselle Monteiro, Zoa Morani, Satyajeet Dubey, Adhish Khanna, Rohan Golani, Haarsh Naagar, Satish Shah, Lilette Dubey, Vijay Raaz, Manoj Joshi, Akash Khurana, Navneet Nishan, Ashwin Mushran
If big banners confirmed hit movies, then the box office should have been rolling this weekend, taking into consideration Red Chillies movie "Always Kabhi Kabhi" has been released. But seems like multiplexes have to be satisfied with meager gains for the movie has not much in it to draw the audiences. Dipped in the craze and freakiness of school goers and garnished with their energy, vivacious and peppiness, this youngistan film is kabhi kabhi appealing and always uninteresting. What's more, the movie is too loud (literally) so after a few minutes into the film, you feel like asking the multiplex guy to offer you a pair of earplugs. In fact, loud can be an understatement for the film just screams, the incessant earsplitting background score adding to the woes.
Despite being released at a crucial time when the school pass-outs of the nation are dealing with admission issues at large, "Always Kabhi Kabhi" falters to get into track. Just before entering the theatre, you think what should be the plot of the movie—is it addressing the issue of the education system in the country or is it throwing light on a campus love story or is it displaying the admission pressure faced by teens? Well, the answer some of all and none too. The theme of the movie is as vague as the name; as it goes on to highlight multiple concerns and ends up just being a muddle. The story is about foursome of St. Marks School Sameer (Ali Fazal), Nandini (Zoa Morani), Tariq Naqvi (Satyajeet Dubey), Aishwarya Dhawan (Giselle Monteiro) and the standard campus frolic.
The problem with "Always Kabhi Kabhi" is that first it has no problems at all, and then so many of them that it cannot handle. Confused? The first half of the movie is so much so a song-dance-drama sequence that you feel being cheated and robbed of your money for such frivolous over-the-moon emotions. As the over ecstatic first half gives way to the dramatic second half, you feel a little relaxed but then suddenly, the flashy climax emerges out of nowhere and you again get into the cynical mode, you once were. The problems suddenly loom so large that the director feels the best solution would be to put the blame on the parent community. So, here we have the faulty offspring view of "Baghban" at odds. Lack of sensitivity is purely illustrated with the immature dealing of important issues like peer pressure and generation gap.
First-time director, Roshan Abbas, makes every attempt to connect the movie with the youth, showcasing excessive use of mobile phone, getting hooked to facebook and using sms language, but fails nevertheless. The predictable story line infused with seen-that-before youth charm takes a toll. The dialogues of the movie also lack the appeal and fall flat as far as the impact is concerned. The cinematography is strictly decent. As far as the performance is concerned, Zoa Morani needs to be complimented. She looks good and sounds confident and so does Ali Fazal, of the 3 Idiots fame. Giselle Monterio struggles all through. And as for Satyajeet Ray, he is indeed a chocolate boy! The standard supporting cast, Satish Shah, Lilette Dubey and Navneet Nishan are as usual, impressive and play their part well.
Last Call: "Always Kabhi Kabhi" is a youth-oriented drama but has nothing in it to lure the youth, forget anyone else. And for the SRK act, it’s a major thumbs-down! Disappointing!
Always Kabhi Kabhi Pre-release Review
Whenever the name Red Chillies Entertainment pops up, anticipations and excitement follow in galore. It’s because this Shah Rukh Khan owned production house is known to deliver blockbusters (Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na, Om Shanti Om, My Name is Khan) that don’t compromise on the entertainment quotient. With its new offering 'Always Kabhi Kabhi', with fresh breed of actors, a first time director, and a youth oriented rom-com story, lovers of Shah Rukh’s brand of cinema can expect yet another rollicking ride that takes them back to a time when growing up was the hardest thing to do. 'Always Kabhi Kabhi' marks the debut of Roshan Abbas as a director, and a bunch of promising new comers like Zoa Morani, Satyajeet Dubey, Giselle Monteiro, who played a perfect Punjabi girl as Harleen Kaur in 'Love Aaj Kal', and Ali Faisal, whose blink & you miss role in '3 Idiots' as Joy Lobo impressed everyone. The peppy youthful music is composed by Pritam Chakraborty and Aashish Rego & Sree D, while the lyrics have been penned down by Irfan Siddiquie, Prashant Pandey, Amitabh Bhattacharya, and Roshan Abbas. The movie hits the theatres on 17th June, 2011.
'Always Kabhi Kabhi' is a story of four unique lives: Nandini, Tariq Naqvi, Aishwarya Dhawan, and Sameer as they try to compete with the pressures of growing up and the many firsts we all have experienced in our teenage days in school, from bunking to attending classes, from crushes to break ups. Satyajeet Dubey plays Tariq Naqvi, the Bill Gates of his school, the geek who has the cheek to be cool but carries the burden to excel at everything as his parents expect him to top the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zoa Morani plays Nandini, the brat who loves to break rules and live on her own terms. She’s the most envied girl in the school, whom everyone hates to love and loves to hate, including Tariq. Ali Faisal plays Sameer aka Sam, best friend of Tariq. He believes in taking short cuts, a modern age Romeo and the first true friend of Aishwarya, which in turn is played by Giselle Monteiro. A dreamy-eyed girl, whom everyone adores, she leads a life designed by her mother while trying to escape from the pressures of making it to stardom.
The story is set in Saint Marks School, where these carefree souls have studied and have gone through lessons taught by life. The story unfolds as a series of dramatic incidents that take place in each of these characters’ lives as they try to cope up with the pressures of growing up in this competitive, confusing, and sometimes cruel world and how they find answers to each question on a youthful journey together. With the promos making the rounds at national television and theatres and a young star cast supported by loveable old timers like Satish Shah, Lilette Dubey, Vijay Raaz, Manoj Joshi etc, the youth is already abuzz, waiting to see what savory dish will Red Chillies serve this time. Roshan Abbas, as a radio jockey, theatre actor, and television anchor, has already proved that he’s a personality with panache. Will his maiden directorial venture have the same level of finesse in terms of storytelling and direction? We’ll soon find out on 17th June, 2011 when the movie hits the screens.