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Always Kabhi Kabhi

Release Date : 17 June 2011
Year : 2011
Banner : Red Chillies Entertainment , Eros International
Producer : Red Chillies Entertainment
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Genre : Romance
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Always Kabhi Kabhi is a story of four unique lives trying to compete with the pressures of growing up and the first’s we all experience in school... From crushes to classes, from bunking to break ups...

A modern age Romeo named Sameer whose biggest theory of living life is through shortcuts. Who has eyes only for his Juliet, this dreamy eyed girl called who is a new admission in school. Aish leads a life, which is lived by her but designed by her mother.

Tariq, is Sam's best friend and the geek who has the cheek to be cool but carries the burden of having to excel at everything. His sole ambition is to study and to try staying out of Nadini’s way...

Nandini is the school brat who you love to hate and hate to love. Living life on her terms and breaking rules to make her own makes Nandini the most envied girl in school and no one agrees to that more than Tariq...

It's the final year at St. Marks, where they study and where life has many lessons for these carefree souls. But to the questions which life throws at them, they have only one answer "Kabhi Kabhi Jo Dil Kahe, Always Wohi Karein"

 

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Newbies Score In 'Kabhi' Fun Flick

By MovieTalkies.com, 17 June 2011 2.5 / 5

A bunch of blazer-clad 12th grade students are made to stand in the hot sun as a punishment for rudely interrupting the morning assembly. One moment they're complaining about melting in the heat, the very next they're prancing about, mouthing lyrics like gham chabate jaaye while actually chewing gum and then walking around in slow motion. Always Kabhi Kabhi is a lot like the desi version of Glee or High School Musical, without the inimitable Jane Lynch and with a lot of Indian teen issues thrown in the mix. The film oscillates between the bubble-gum like song and dance routines and the all-too-serious junior college dilemmas, leaving the viewer terribly confused in the process.
 
Set in a picture-postcard of a school campus, which looks more like a fort, in what is supposed to be Delhi, Always Kabhi Kabhi traces the journey of four friends in their last year of school. Nandini Oberoi aka Nandi Bull is the rebel, an aggressive rich kid who's turned out that way because her parents are always in London or Dubai for an "important meeting". Tariq Naqvi aka Einstein is the college nerd and Nandini's "childhood enemy" whose sole aim is to carry forward his family's legacy by getting into MIT. Tariq's best friend Sameer Khanna is 'da man', the most popular boy in school who is cornered by a pair of corrupt cops in a drugs case. The latest entrant to the gang is the London return, Aishwarya Dhawan, whose former second-lead mother wants her daughter to not just win the Miss India crown, but also make it big in the big, bad world of Bollywood. While figuring out how to deal with all of their personal problems, these four scramble through rehearsals of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and the film culminates in their final performance, a pop song which would have certainly disturbed the Bard.
 
Adapted from Graffiti, a play written by Abbas in 1999, the film tries to tackle one too many problems, which have already been dealt with in a more mature manner in other cinematic offerings. The first half with its blossoming romances and last-days-of-school montages is fairly engrossing, but it all goes down-hill after that. Post-interval, all four protagonists are suddenly stuck in looming predicaments which are stretched out like bubblegum. There are no real twists and turns and the film seems to go on and on and on, making you glance at your watch more than once. However, what makes one really squirm in the seat is the blatant in-film branding, which sometimes makes the entire sequence seem like an extended advertisement for a particular product!
 
The penultimate scene in which the youth attempt to bridge the gap by having a 'dialogue' with their parents is trivialised by a 'Youngistan' song and dance number. And before you can heave a sigh of relief after the Antenna strains have died down, it starts all over again! A jazzed up, remixed version of the song blares out and producer Shah Rukh Khan finally makes an appearance, perhaps a bit too late as even his superhero act couldn't possibly have saved the movie.
 
The film does have some endearing moments and flashes of ingenuity. The idea of taking the narrative forward through status updates when Nandini goes from 'heading to a club' to putting up pictures of her wild night out to saying 'hangovers are hell' in under a minute, is certainly an interesting one. The cinematography too manages to capture the fresh, energetic vibe of high school, but the saving grace is undoubtedly the new foursome.
 
Zoa Morani stands out in her fiery role as Nandini, and though she may not seem like traditional heroine material, her confidence and screen presence could take her a long way. Satyajeet Dubey (Tariq) has the chocolate boy looks and a personality to match. Ali Fazal, who was earlier seen as Joy Lobo in 3 Idiots sails through his performance as Shortcut Sam aka Sameer Khanna. Giselli Monteiro looks flawless, but remains expressionless for a major part of the film, and the inaccurate dubbing doesn't help either. The supporting cast includes the likes of Satish Shah, Navneet Nishan, Lilette Dubey, Vijay Raaz, Mukesh Tiwari and Manoj Joshi. In spite of having all the right ingredients for a laugh riot, Abbas has wasted all these talents by featuring them in poorly defined, meager roles.
 
For a film which is highly inspired by Glee and High School Musical, Always Kabhi Kabhi has a strictly average soundtrack. The title track is uninspiring and while Antenna aims for a We Will Rock You feel, it gives out a more robot-ish vibe. The only song which stands out is School ke Din, the first song in the film which is accompanied by some fun visuals.
 
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.

Kabhi Hit, Kabhi Miss

By MovieTalkies.com, 20 May 2011 3 / 5

Bollywood this season, seems to be going all out to woo its youth audiences. After films like F.A.L.T.U., Luv Ka The End and Pyaar Ka Punchnama, all starring newcomers in topline roles, Roshan Abbas' debut directorial effort, Always Kabhi Kabhi is set to be the latest release in line to catch 'em young.
 
Starring four newcomers, Ali Fazal, Satyajeet Dubey, Zoa Morani and Giselli Monteiro in lead roles, Always Kabhi Kabhi comes from the pedigree of Shahrukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment, and is produced by the King Khan's wife, Gauri. The film's soundtrack, with six originals and four reprises, has Pritam managing the music, while Amitabh Bhattacharya, Irfan Siddiqui, Prashant Pandey and director Roshan Abbas himself pen the lyrics.
 
Though the Always Kabhi Kabhi soundtrack is done by Pritam for the most part, the opener on the album, the title track always kabhi kabhi, sees Ashish Rego and Shree D handle composing duties. A fairly radio-friend sound, the track has an upbeat melody that opens up with the flute and guitars and proceeds into a synthesised arrangement. Bhaven Dhanak and Sanah Moidutty handle lead vocals on the first, fast version of the track, along with Harmeet Singh, who sounds a bit like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at times. Though the lyrics are a bit run-of-the-mill, the fast version of the track does make for an enticing tune.
 
An unplugged version of the track is also used as a closer for the album, with Vinnie Hutton, who also plays guitar on the track, handling male lead vocals. Apeksha Dandekar, who is on backing vocals for the fast version, comes in the female leads and harmonises well with Hutton.
 
Though the lyrics are tacky and the main version of the song sees its vocalists autotuned needlessly, antenna, the second track on the album, will work solely by virtue of its infectious melody. The number, an out and out club track, sees a heavily processed Benny Dayal and Apeksha Dandekar in a duet, along with director Roshan Abbas, who helps out in the intro. With a pumping, thumping sound and busy arrangement, the number has great energy, and could be the breakout track on the album.
 
This is especially true with a later reprise called antenna (reloaded) - SRK mix, which predictably, could see the King Khan make a surprise appearance in the video. The track hasa rather dramatic sounding opening and sees KK sharing singing duties with Apeksha, thankfully, needing no pitch correction, though the arranger still chooses to put a delayed electronic effect on both the lead vocals, making Dandekar sound like a '90s europop singer.
 
'Desi' rapstar Ishq Bector opens up school ke din with some of his trademark rhymes, while a pairing of acoustic and electric guitar riffs lay down the background tune of the track. The track is quite interestingly arranged, bringing the talented Suhail Kaul on lead vocals, along with a set of chorus and harmony singers backing him up. Though are just about okay, the song strikes quite an impression, thanks to Kaul.
 
A classic, rock and roll vibe kicks in with better not mess with me, a typical girl-power number. The track appears in two versions, one rock mix with Sunidhi Chauhan on vocals, while Shefali Alvaris is on leads for a later club mix. Sunidhi's rock version features some great guitar riffs between her verses, though Chauhan herself sounds a bit childish on her part. Alvaris, instead, seems to have a voice better suited for the vibe of the number's club version, and turns in a catchy sound with the number.
 
The next track, undi the condi continues in the contemporary rock and roll vibe of its predecessor, and brings Shaan and Aditi Singh Sharma in duet on the leads. Though it has a catchy tune, the track could have done with better lyrics, especially since few people will understand what the title phrase of the track, undi the condi, means. (It's short for 'understand the condition'.) While there are times on the track where one feels like the filmmakers behind Always Kabhi Kabhi are trying a bit too hard to fit in with the youth, the track is still good for a few listens.
 
The final original track on the album, jane kyun, wraps up on a slower, softer note than the rest of the entries on the soundtrack. The simple, soaring melody appears in two versions, one called the soul version and the other called the sufi version, though the difference seems to be only in the choice of vocalists. While Naresh Iyer sits in on the soul version, Shafqat Amanat Ali brings in his trademark sound for the sufi version. Both versions are arranged in a similar manner with a prominent string section and acoustic and electric guitar work backing up. Though the track is nicely crafted by Pritam, it doesn't quite seem to have the 'x-factor' that could make it truly memorable.
 
Overall, the Always Kabhi Kabhi soundtrack seems to be a fairly middling effort from Pritam and gang, though the positives outnumber the negatives here. Nearly every track on the album uses 'hinglish' lyrics, which seems to be the go-to move for filmmakers looking to give their music a contemporary feel. Pritam responds appropriately and crafts a set of similarly modern sounds to match up, with hits-in-the-making in tracks like antenna and better not mess with me, while Ashish Rego and Shree D. also turn up a good effort in the title track of the film. With quite a few hits and some misses, the Always Kabhi Kabhi soundtrack lives up to its title...

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