Karan Johar is a brave man. He really is. After watching his latest movie “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna” (KANK) after the climax when Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee walk out of the railway station (oops) and when the credits start to roll in, I think Karan Johar had the guts to announce “A film by Karan Johar” I do not want to be even associated with the credit of watching the film.
Relations are very complex. Dealing with relationship is a far more complex affair. KANK deals with relationship and more precisely marriages. KANK is the story of two people and then KANK is the story of two couples.
Shahrukh Khan plays Dev, a football star turned football coach married to Fashion Magazine editor Rhea played by Priety Zinta. Dev, once a rising football star is jealous of his wife’s success and always has fights with her.
Rani Mukhejee plays school teacher Maya who is married to PR man Rishi Talwar. Maya’s marriage to Rishi is a compromise, even though Rishi tries his best to keep the relation alive.
Maya and Dev meet at Maya’s marriage where Dev convinces Maya to get married because according to him, ignoring the tiny winy reason of no love and absence of romance, marriage was the best thing happening to her. After 4 years they meet again and this time Maya finds passion and love, in Dev. They start cheating on their spouses, have an affair and end up in broken marriages. 3 years later they completely unaware of each other marriage, they meet again and now it’s DDLJ or KKHH a.k.a candy floss love.
Actually if you sum KANK, it is husband of one person falls for wife of another person and has a affair inspite of having dedicated spouses and then breaks their individual marriages to end up in each other arms in the climax. The message here is maybe true love wins or true love finds each other in spite of all odds or marry the person you love or divorce the person you don’t love or whatever. I am just giving a message here because K3G had the message “Its about loving your parents” so trying to find a message here.
The biggest problem with KANK is the story, the heart of any movie and the second biggest problem is the execution that means Karan’s direction. The story is simple as told above but it takes more than 3 hours to be told. I agree that people can love another person for stupid reasons but Maya falling in love with the frustrated, angry Dev is beyond my scope of understanding. Abhishek’s Rishi seems like a much more dedicated and passionate man without the angry tag. He seems more understanding to his wife’s need than Shahrukh Khan’s (Dev). Now after 4 hours after the movie, I don’t actually see a story here. I see just a collection of situation where the actors get to voice dialogs with heavy duty background score.
Shahrukh’s Dev is shown to hate his wife’s success and never talks lovingly to her but lives in a big house with a big football size garden with her.
The story-writer was not sure if they wanted to make a serious film about relations or a candy-floss love story about married people. What comes out is a mixture of both and that makes it a real bad product. The way relations are handled is like making Shahrukh and Rani as good people and Abhishek and Priety as bad people. Ok not bad but not worth of any emotions. The audience was supposed to sympathize with Shahrukh and Rani but it fails miserably.
Karan Johar’s best movie was “Kuch kuch Hota hai”. Great songs and cute film with right emotions at right place. His next “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” was less better that KKHH. The only thing good in that was Kajol. Now with KANK, Karan Johar has dug inside the ground and reached the pits. Fortunately and hopefully, the only way he can go is up. I don’t think he can and should dig further than that.
Another question is Why New York? It could be any metropolitian city in the world. It could have been Bombay. Atleast it could have recovered the money faster. Shooting in NY just for the Brooklyn bridge is certainly not worth it.
They character looks the weakest of them all. Instead Amitabh Bachchan who plays Sam, the flamboyant, skirt-chasing-blonde chasing father of Abhishek is the strongest character in terms of characterization and character. Atleast he is sure what he is doing.
The music is good. The songs are good and have the special treatment that every Karan Johar film has, a typical heroine in saree and hero in slow motion waving his hands toward the sky and something like that. Nothing to write home about.
Shahrukh Khan is Dev and as usual he gives a lover boy performance which means a lot of hamming. Its Shahrukh Khan the superstar here. He is shown as the angry man here not to be confused with Amitabh’s angry young man but a generally angry frustrated man. One more thing is he has a scowl on his face throughout the film and one moment it does not look like a love story. The movie starts with the football match where Shahrukh re-lives his DDLJ image, then moves to a frustrated man. According to the story, he is a victim of the situation if not the people around him but ends up as a loser and person with no moral responsibilities.
Rani Mukherjee tries to put some life into a poorly sketched character. I mean this is one confused girl. She does not want Abhishek but marries him. She does not have passion but allows herself to be passionate in a NY hotel. But atleast her performance is restrained unlike Shahrukh. But then she does not do anything new other than her earlier film.
Priety Zinta is a good actress and a complete waste here She plays the savvy editor with style but hardly gets to show her acting skill. “Salaam Namaste” was her much much better film.
Amitabh Bachchan plays the Casanova father of Abhishek and is the laughing track of the otherwise crying heavy film. Shahrukh Khan does not laugh at all. So we have him making everybody laugh. He is also the person who provides the twist in the climax before he dies (oops again!). Thank god!
Kiron Kher in a small insignificant role of Shahrukh’s mother is strictly ok
There is a small boy playing Shahrukh’s son in the movie and he is cute. The child actor are getting better in each movie.
That brings us to the best actor of the lot, Abhishek Bachchan. He is cool-dressed, smiling, funny husband of Rani Mukerjee. He shines in the small role he was offered. His character is well-etched too. He plays the husband who searches for passion in his wife and loves her dearly inspite of seeing no love for him in her eyes.
The 192 minutes long movie is boring. At one moment we were praying that the movie ends. Except the climax scene when Amitabh dies, the movie lacks a soul. After I came out, I saw a huge crowd waiting for the next show. I wished them all the best for the movie.
I have never given so low rating for any movie and this rating is only because of the Bachchans