scottishlass: (BW Winter)
Yeah I know I am a bit late but I only saw the movie a week or two ago on German TV.
I have to admit when the first summaries of the movie came out I wasn't too thrilled so instead of rushing to my favourite DVD wallah once the movie was out on DVD, I waited till it was shown on German TV half a year later ...

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
- also known as the movie with the closest sex scene SRK will ever do :)

summary:
This is the story about two desi couples living in New York and could be very happy with each other, if not for the fact that jealousies, bad luck and injuries sour the happy married life. All comes to an end of pretence when Maya and Dev fall in love and not only risk their respective marriages but also find themselves confronted with what they have become.

review:
We have two couples that more or less are married happily. Rishi and Maya seem to be a nice, happily married couple and Rishi obviously loves his wife very much and unlike the typical desi husband he adores her very openly and for everyone to see.
Dev and Rhea on the other hand know more or less that their love has ended and that their married life is just a shadow of what it was before Dev had his injury. Dissatisfied with his life, Dev has become a cranky, maliscious and also unlikeable sort of man. He treats everyone with disdain including his wife.
But he wasn't always like that, there are glimpses of the man that was and the father that although clumsy and not really sure he actually likes kids, loving his wife and small son. But the disillusion of having to abandon his career as a football player, embitters Dev very much and changes him into a person who is flawed and very much an asshole.
Rishi on the other hand is a perfect husband who loves his wife very much, but Maya cannot fully appreciate this. She does not love her husband and it is more of a marriage of convenience and not of love. She is dissatisfied with her life and also full of guilt, that she cannot give back as much love as she is receiving from Rishi.
When Dev and Maya meet, it is as if these two flawed and damaged people recognise themselves in the other and from their friendship a deep love follows. A love so ignorant of other's feelings that it leads to inevitable heart break.
The two adulterous characters are dysfunctional, Dev more than Maya but both have an air of coldness and also untouchability around them, that makes it difficult for their spouses to reach them. They barely function as spouses and yet they try, or Maya tries, but you can see it is a struggle that becomes more and more difficult from one day to the next.
Karan Johar definitely tried to emphasise on that and sometimes it really did go on my nerves, but all in all it was okay.

Strangely enough, I liked the movie despite its flaws. It is not your typical Karan Johar movie, it is not KKHH and certainly not KKKG, but Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has a certain morbid fascination, professionality and reality that you don't find in many Bollywood movies, nor in Hollywood movies at that. It is not my favourite, far from it, but especially Abhishek Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan did their jobs as loving, respectively disdainful husbands very well, indeed.
Shah Rukh Khan who has been Bollywood's number one heart-throb, definitely works as the disdainful, cold and flawed husband. He is not Rahul or Raj. His Dev is disillusioned and hurt and he takes it out on the world and his family. No regrets, no apologies. He definitely plays against his heart-throb image here and it actually works and is even more intense because you know him as Rahul and Raj, and his Dev has even more impact that way.
I was impressed by Rani Mukherjee who normally excudes so much warmth in her roles, but here, as Maya, she had a coolness around her that was only thawed when Maya was with Dev.

All in all, not a movie I would recommend if you start out with Bollywood movies, because apart from the song and dance numbers, it is very much a Western movie with its theme of adultery and how it affects the ppl connected with it. But on the other hand, it is very much a Bollywood movie, as it ends on a lighter note, even if you are optimistic with a happy ending (though I don't see Dev and Maya living happily ever after, they are too damaged to actually work in a day to day relationship IMHO.).
scottishlass: (BW Winter)
Yeah I know I am a bit late but I only saw the movie a week or two ago on German TV.
I have to admit when the first summaries of the movie came out I wasn't too thrilled so instead of rushing to my favourite DVD wallah once the movie was out on DVD, I waited till it was shown on German TV half a year later ...

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
- also known as the movie with the closest sex scene SRK will ever do :)

summary:
This is the story about two desi couples living in New York and could be very happy with each other, if not for the fact that jealousies, bad luck and injuries sour the happy married life. All comes to an end of pretence when Maya and Dev fall in love and not only risk their respective marriages but also find themselves confronted with what they have become.

review:
We have two couples that more or less are married happily. Rishi and Maya seem to be a nice, happily married couple and Rishi obviously loves his wife very much and unlike the typical desi husband he adores her very openly and for everyone to see.
Dev and Rhea on the other hand know more or less that their love has ended and that their married life is just a shadow of what it was before Dev had his injury. Dissatisfied with his life, Dev has become a cranky, maliscious and also unlikeable sort of man. He treats everyone with disdain including his wife.
But he wasn't always like that, there are glimpses of the man that was and the father that although clumsy and not really sure he actually likes kids, loving his wife and small son. But the disillusion of having to abandon his career as a football player, embitters Dev very much and changes him into a person who is flawed and very much an asshole.
Rishi on the other hand is a perfect husband who loves his wife very much, but Maya cannot fully appreciate this. She does not love her husband and it is more of a marriage of convenience and not of love. She is dissatisfied with her life and also full of guilt, that she cannot give back as much love as she is receiving from Rishi.
When Dev and Maya meet, it is as if these two flawed and damaged people recognise themselves in the other and from their friendship a deep love follows. A love so ignorant of other's feelings that it leads to inevitable heart break.
The two adulterous characters are dysfunctional, Dev more than Maya but both have an air of coldness and also untouchability around them, that makes it difficult for their spouses to reach them. They barely function as spouses and yet they try, or Maya tries, but you can see it is a struggle that becomes more and more difficult from one day to the next.
Karan Johar definitely tried to emphasise on that and sometimes it really did go on my nerves, but all in all it was okay.

Strangely enough, I liked the movie despite its flaws. It is not your typical Karan Johar movie, it is not KKHH and certainly not KKKG, but Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has a certain morbid fascination, professionality and reality that you don't find in many Bollywood movies, nor in Hollywood movies at that. It is not my favourite, far from it, but especially Abhishek Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan did their jobs as loving, respectively disdainful husbands very well, indeed.
Shah Rukh Khan who has been Bollywood's number one heart-throb, definitely works as the disdainful, cold and flawed husband. He is not Rahul or Raj. His Dev is disillusioned and hurt and he takes it out on the world and his family. No regrets, no apologies. He definitely plays against his heart-throb image here and it actually works and is even more intense because you know him as Rahul and Raj, and his Dev has even more impact that way.
I was impressed by Rani Mukherjee who normally excudes so much warmth in her roles, but here, as Maya, she had a coolness around her that was only thawed when Maya was with Dev.

All in all, not a movie I would recommend if you start out with Bollywood movies, because apart from the song and dance numbers, it is very much a Western movie with its theme of adultery and how it affects the ppl connected with it. But on the other hand, it is very much a Bollywood movie, as it ends on a lighter note, even if you are optimistic with a happy ending (though I don't see Dev and Maya living happily ever after, they are too damaged to actually work in a day to day relationship IMHO.).
scottishlass: (BW Winter)
Yeah I know I am a bit late but I only saw the movie a week or two ago on German TV.
I have to admit when the first summaries of the movie came out I wasn't too thrilled so instead of rushing to my favourite DVD wallah once the movie was out on DVD, I waited till it was shown on German TV half a year later ...

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
- also known as the movie with the closest sex scene SRK will ever do :)

summary:
This is the story about two desi couples living in New York and could be very happy with each other, if not for the fact that jealousies, bad luck and injuries sour the happy married life. All comes to an end of pretence when Maya and Dev fall in love and not only risk their respective marriages but also find themselves confronted with what they have become.

review:
We have two couples that more or less are married happily. Rishi and Maya seem to be a nice, happily married couple and Rishi obviously loves his wife very much and unlike the typical desi husband he adores her very openly and for everyone to see.
Dev and Rhea on the other hand know more or less that their love has ended and that their married life is just a shadow of what it was before Dev had his injury. Dissatisfied with his life, Dev has become a cranky, maliscious and also unlikeable sort of man. He treats everyone with disdain including his wife.
But he wasn't always like that, there are glimpses of the man that was and the father that although clumsy and not really sure he actually likes kids, loving his wife and small son. But the disillusion of having to abandon his career as a football player, embitters Dev very much and changes him into a person who is flawed and very much an asshole.
Rishi on the other hand is a perfect husband who loves his wife very much, but Maya cannot fully appreciate this. She does not love her husband and it is more of a marriage of convenience and not of love. She is dissatisfied with her life and also full of guilt, that she cannot give back as much love as she is receiving from Rishi.
When Dev and Maya meet, it is as if these two flawed and damaged people recognise themselves in the other and from their friendship a deep love follows. A love so ignorant of other's feelings that it leads to inevitable heart break.
The two adulterous characters are dysfunctional, Dev more than Maya but both have an air of coldness and also untouchability around them, that makes it difficult for their spouses to reach them. They barely function as spouses and yet they try, or Maya tries, but you can see it is a struggle that becomes more and more difficult from one day to the next.
Karan Johar definitely tried to emphasise on that and sometimes it really did go on my nerves, but all in all it was okay.

Strangely enough, I liked the movie despite its flaws. It is not your typical Karan Johar movie, it is not KKHH and certainly not KKKG, but Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has a certain morbid fascination, professionality and reality that you don't find in many Bollywood movies, nor in Hollywood movies at that. It is not my favourite, far from it, but especially Abhishek Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan did their jobs as loving, respectively disdainful husbands very well, indeed.
Shah Rukh Khan who has been Bollywood's number one heart-throb, definitely works as the disdainful, cold and flawed husband. He is not Rahul or Raj. His Dev is disillusioned and hurt and he takes it out on the world and his family. No regrets, no apologies. He definitely plays against his heart-throb image here and it actually works and is even more intense because you know him as Rahul and Raj, and his Dev has even more impact that way.
I was impressed by Rani Mukherjee who normally excudes so much warmth in her roles, but here, as Maya, she had a coolness around her that was only thawed when Maya was with Dev.

All in all, not a movie I would recommend if you start out with Bollywood movies, because apart from the song and dance numbers, it is very much a Western movie with its theme of adultery and how it affects the ppl connected with it. But on the other hand, it is very much a Bollywood movie, as it ends on a lighter note, even if you are optimistic with a happy ending (though I don't see Dev and Maya living happily ever after, they are too damaged to actually work in a day to day relationship IMHO.).

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