Note: See our original Bollywood DVD review, Om Shanti Om, for an overview of this series of posts.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Never Say Goodbye, 2006) is a movie of superlatives. It is the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time and among its most decorated with an astounding 11 Global Indian Film Awards and 8 Filmfare awards (the rough Indian equivalent of the American Oscars). It is also, arguably, one of Bollywood’s most artistically shot movies and most cerebral in its plot. The story, set in New York City, starts with a chance meeting of two strangers on a bench and a life changing car accident. From there a love square develops in which questions of fidelity, happiness and free will become paramount. As does the question of divorce, a topic that is rarely addressed in Bollywood and one which places Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna on another list of superlatives: one of India’s most controversial movies.
See a clip for the movie, below.
Cast Highlights: Shahrukh Khan (Dev), Rani Mukherjee (Maya), Preity Zinta (Rhea) and Abhishek Bachchan (Rishi) make up the star-studded love square. Amitabh Bachchan (“Sexy Sam”), perhaps Bollywood’s greatest actor, has an important role too as does Kirron Kher (Dev’s mother).
Plot Complexity: Medium-high
Amount of Sing And Dancing: Low (for a Bollywood movie). The songs are among Spot Cool Stuff’s Bollywood favorites and are available on iTunes.
Best Line: “I like blue”
Funny Moment (That Wasn’t Intended To Be): The deception of an outrageously efficient and concerned American health care system.
What To Look For: The use of color by the film’s artistic director, obvious in the video clip below but present throughout the flick.