Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Hindi Movie Review
Name the most fragile institution of the modern age. You are right – it’s marriage. A small pressure and it breaks into a billion pieces making impossible for anybody to piece it together again. Not that all marriages are same, but many marriages in this age of instant gratification can hardly withstand the onslaught of stress, low threshold of tolerance and increasing financial freedom. Especially in the cities where most likely both the partners in a marital relationship have jobs, very less quality time to spend with each other as well as low sympathy towards each other’s needs.
If this is the scenario where a typical marriage cannot bear small demands and pressures of life, imagine what happens when love from outside hits it. It just gets blown away. That’s what happens in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.
But then KANK is as much about love as much it is about brittle marriages. No, it’s more than that. It’s about trust, need, love, betrayal, adultery, separation, reunion, a few moments of laughter and many moments of tears. KANK deals with the entire gamut of adult emotions concerning love and marriage.
KANK presents a taut human equation and no one knows how to balance it. Two relationships get swept away by one love – the love between Dev (Shahrukh Khan) and Maya (Rani Mukherjee) who are married to Riya (Preity Zinta) and Rishi (Abhisekh Bachchan) respectively. Clad in over coats and jerkins the adulterous lovers profess their love on the boulevards and the stations of New York oblivious to the consequences and occasionally reigned in by their marital commitment. But ultimately self-gratification wins over marital commitment.
Souls cannot be one even if the bodies become one. Two passionless marriages and two people from those marriages are desperately seeking to get fulfilled – the inevitable happens. The insipid marriages break and set the two soul mates free to remain happy forever, together.
Of the married couples in the story, only one person has the direct experience of marital blues in real life. The others though not married surely have been in to relationships that meant the world to them and they do know what it feels to be needed and loved. They all give their best to enact their parts in an entangled cobweb of relationships.
Karan Johar simply knows the tricks of the trade. With a star cast that cannot get better, the happening music composer trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and soothing lyrics from Javed Akhtar he ensures that his grand creation touches people. The poignant story is given life by the colossal cast. The music of KANK rocks embellishing the poignancy. To add to it all this there is the Big B. He is Sam, a flamboyant character with the uncanny knack of judging people unmistakably but cannot count the number of women he has slept with. His reference to Chandigarh when talking with Kiron Kher is a howler.
But if you pull down the designer dresses, remove the picture perfect Manhattan backdrops and observe carefully, Karan Johar tries to present love between two imperfect people caught up in two hopeless marital vows. It’s not a tale of two wholes combining to form a new whole; rather it’s about two imperfect people – one with a limp and the other with the incapability to bear a child, seeking out each other desperately. Call it an escape route or whatever they need each other and they do get each other in the end.
KANK does not justify or glorify extramarital love. Please do not be mistaken. It presents a reality about some marriages. There are millions of marriages that are rock solid and can withstand the biggest emotional Tsunamis. They are the people who have found their true love in their life partners. Then there are second categories of marriages where the couples do stray, but forgive and forget to carry on with their lives. The third category is the one in which people who find it difficult to forgive any sort of infidelity. They are bound together by a lose thre