Always Kabhi Kabhi

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)

quick review:

Our parents lecture us. And we are bored of the sermons. So, what do we do? Go to the theater and have 18-year old non-actors preach to us how we shouldn't nag our children. Oh wait, and just in case you didn't get the point, THE Shah Rukh Khan, will come and patronize the same pill down your throat.

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Director: Roshan Abbas
Running time: 135 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Docu-drama
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"Always Kabhi Kabhi" What is that? What in goodness' name is that? Who talks like that? To top it off have smirky thoughtful Shah Rukh Khan go, "kabhi kabhi aapne socha hai ki aap school mein always kya karte the?" (Sometimes have you wondered what you always did in school? - sounds weird in Hindi.) It just sounds wrong, even if it might be in its own way, grammatically correct.

But then again, maybe Shah Rukh Khan is talking to the grammatically-challenged generation. Oh wait! But isn't he asking the question in past tense which would mean he's talking to school pass-outs like us. gulp Sounds very confused. Anyway, if the Shah Rukh Khan bits of this promo aren't a complete turn-off for you, we belong to different parts of the audience. Oh well...

Unfortunately, the rest of the trailer, or even the other promos, don't hold much promise. The entire setup and the details in terms of individual lines sound like they are working too hard to impress. Maybe like the generation the movie seems to be portraying. On the other hand, campus romance and masti has huge potential to refresh your mind with jubilant youthful characters. Something that could take you back to your time in school. I'm hoping against hope that it doesn't end up being juvenile. Because that's how the music sounds for sure.

Music reviews:
milliblog - "Candyfloss soundtrack desperately needing a floss clean-up. "
music aloud - "6/10"
Bollyspice - "2.5/5"
Planet Radiocity - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "2.5/5"
HappySing - " Always Kabhi Kabhi doesn’t have anything much different but some things in the album can click as Pritam gives some regular, but good music here. "
Movie Talkies - "3/5"
Glamsham - "3/5"
NDTV - " most tracks lack freshness and do not possess anything extraordinary."

- meeta, a part of the audience

Late teens. Most of us are old enough to get nostalgic about them. We had a tough time. We obeyed. We rebelled. Always Kabhi Kabhi picks four of us and tells our story. Or rather tries to. Because, for our stories to make it to films, they need to be exaggerated. And the hyperbole goes wary because it makes the same mistake our parents made or we as parents might make. Nag, rant, berate.

The set-up, the problems chosen, the build-up weren't bad at all. From the over-attentive, selfish parent to the perennially disappointed dad to the missing-in-action socialite-parents - they have it all covered. But the second half takes you into a drastic overdo of either silly lover's tiffs or situations that are beyond unreasonable.

To top it off, we have lame dialogue and amateurish delivery. I liked Zoa Morani the best. She was the only one who carried off the attitude assigned to her - "whatever". The two boys, Ali Fazal and Satyajeet Dubey are just about tolerable. Though it might be my intolerance of chocolate-boy-looks and pretentious cuteness coming through here. Same goes for Giselle Monteiro. But at least her character came across as believable.

The lasting impact though is of only "blah". It doesn't remain the chick-flick it starts out as, nor does it execute the message it wants to put across well. A similar point was much, much better executed in F.A.L.T.U. That each of us has a right to our own dreams. That just because one generation liked Shakespeare, doesn't mean generations and generations later he still has to be played out in the same vein. But what a ridiculous cop-out they chose to go with!?

Maybe all of this would have worked if they showed, and didn't tell. And then just for good measure, have King Khan spell it out to us again in the end credits. I guess, we should thank him and our stars, that he didn't show up as one of the 18-year olds.

- meeta, a part of the audience

26 reviewers(?) - 0 yays 4 so-so 22 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

So-So, Movie Talkies : ...Giselli Monteiro looks flawless, but remains expressionless for a major part of the film, and the inaccurate dubbing doesn't help either. ... full review

So-So, by Bhavikk Sangghvi, Planet Bollywood : ...Music by Ashish Rego, Shree D and Pritam Chakraborty has no repeat value (except the title song) which is a ‘must’ for a film with romance as it’s backdrop. Even the ‘Antenna’ song filmed on Shahrukh Khan is not tuneful. ... full review

So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The drug raid scene is expertly handled and shows the ruthless cops arrest innocent kids, asking for a ransom to let them go. The online status updates are a recurring motif. ... full review

So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...the film is a youth-oriented story but completely lacks the fun and games that are associated with this generation.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Kabhi Kitschy, Kabhi Glum... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...A complete mess of some good intentions.... full review

Thumbs down, by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice : ...It looks pretty in bits but fails miserably to invoke any emotions, impart any social message or at its very least entertain.... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...disappoints... full review

Thumbs down, Bollywood Mantra : ...fails to leave mark in the audience basically youngsters mind.... full review

Thumbs down, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...Never. Kabhi nahi!... full review

Thumbs down, by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini : ...Antenna nahi karta match antenna this song comes as a finale in the film but by that time the lyrics of this song is exactly what I would have liked to sing in front of the makers of this film.... full review

Thumbs down, by Payal Khanna, Desi Martini : ...Boring Always NOT Kabhi Kabhi ... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...Ever since Aamir Khan and 3 Idiots have made it cool to defy parents and do your own thing, idiots are crawling out of the woodwork.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...Zoa Morani gets the maximum screen time, maybe because she is Karim Morani's daughter. Not only does she have the shortest skirt in school, she also gets the best camera angles as she flaunts her body, sulking and pouting.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rachana, Glamsham.com : ...Ali Fazal (who was last seen in 3 IDIOTS) and Satajeet Dubey play their part well. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...This is how such rubbish really get made. Or is it? Shah Rukh Khan, the picture’s producer, would know best. That is, if anyone's really interested to know.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...boring... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Coming from a brand new director, and fresh faces, this film should have felt newer, but this is stuff we’ve seen before.... full review

Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Watch it if you like to see newcomers and new talent.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...it is far from ‘3 Idiots’ and more ‘High School Musical’-meets-‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ kind of teeny-bopper drama with song and dance. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Satyajit Dubey is underwhelming and effeminate, Giselli Monteiro looks fine until the mismatched dubbed track takes over... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...he only thing to watch out for is the acting by the newcomers. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Nobody's worth talking about except Zoa Mirani, playing the feisty one with significant charm. There's confidence and presence here, and this girl -- who nabs the only genuinely good shot in this film, a quick and wonderful visual flourish involving lipstick and suicide -- is the only positive takeaway.... full review

Thumbs down, by K K Rai, STARDUST : ...A below average flick.... full review

Thumbs down, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...Outdated music? Check. Outdated dialogue (or none at all)? Check. Climax to represent misunderstood youth, albeit juvenile and tacky? Check. Overly long? Check. Final cameo item song to rescue commercial credentials? Check. Film Review? Check. Rajshri has competition. Finally. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Spicezee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM : ...A special mention of actor Ali Fazal. The guy, who won hearts with his brief role in ‘3 Idiots’ proves once again that he is here to stay. ‘... full review

71 tweeters(?) - 21 yays 3 so-so 47 nays

TeamGenelia: Saw always kabhi kabhi... Its awesome & paisa vasool movie.... #srk

sujeetparbatani: Always Kabhi kabhi ....Super Hit ....ZOA MORANI rocked...:)

ss8746: Friday release of always kabhi kabhi awsome movie like it:-) shoot took in La martinere college....studnt.

Soso_srk: Always Kabhi Kabhi - Awsome film ♥

shanaysbafna: Always Kabhi Kabhi is a very good film

sg9393: "ALWAYS KABHI KABHI " awesome movie really touches heart of student aft seeing our grp of 20 frnds literally crying thanx to SRK and ROSHAN

satrupa: Always Kabhi Kabhi...all heart..just like it's creator @roshanabbas . So so proud and happy... Everyone please go watch!! #AKK #fb

SamirKochhar: Watched Always Kabhi Kabhi yest. Full power to @roshanabbas and the entire crew.. great watch.. Will bring a smile on ur face:)

RockstarKapoor: Always Kabhi Kabhi- a cute movie. 3.5/5 go catch it guys! Zoa was awesome, Ali Fasal<333 and the Einstein dude rocked! Giselle is beautiful!

Prof_Aryan: Saw Always Kabhi Kabhi fully entertain môvie @roshanabbas sir rockssss! Go and watch!

Motikk: Always kabhi kabhi good movie

meghaprincess4: guys,,,,watch "always kabhi kabhi" .....superb movie based on the life of school children.....itzzzz rocking ###

lachhetri: watch always kabhi kabhi what a great movie super WOW

iam_srk_fan: Just saw Always Kabhi Kabhi interesting movie. Sameer khanna @alifazal9 rocks!

funky143always4: always kabhi kabhi suprb movie

Dhavalraj1: Always Kabhi Kabhi is a awsome moive................

atuljindal20: Always kabhi kabhi.. Light movie.. I find it nice.. Its just tht the endin cud hv been betr..

Arshi30: Saw always kabhi kabhi today !! Its a nice movie ! A must watch for strict parents ! Some parts were teary though =)

AfshanKash: saw #Always Kabhi kabhi..took me bk to the carefree sch days n all the fun..full on nostalgia..thx @roshanabbas..a must watch 4 a the gen x♥

adhaar88: Just saw Always Kabhi [email protected] is pretty damn good in it.So go watch it for him #AlwaysKabhiKabhi

9XMHaqSe: What a wonderful gift to the youth!! 'Always Kabhi Kabhi' Cheers to @iamsrk & @roshanabbas http://bit.ly/mCzaAG

wolfpackkp: Always Kabhi Kabhi - Nandhani as tomb-boy was the best though the other 3 were equally good... Watchable at least once...

BadmashFarooq: Saw Always kabhi kabhi. . . Memories of school life, dose plays got refrshd. First half was gud. 2nd half draggy n boring.

arnavkapoor: Always Kabhi Kabhi #watched ... jus a time pass

vriti_d: Always kabhi kabhi (N) stupid movie! I expected more :(

vikram_rocks: Always Kabhi kabhi..another disaster frm Chutiya SRK..hence the downfall of the big chutiya gaining momentum :-p

VickneshRai: I don't like Always Kabhi Kabhi. Its sucha boring film. :(

UpperGirdle: Movie review for ' always kabhi kabhi'. Miss it ,there r better ways to waist ur time

ud07: Always kabhi kabhi and ready dekhne k baad mera bolly se vishwas uth gaya hain.

Tweetaholic21: It takes Dhobighat, Shaitan & Shor In The City to take Indian cinema 3 steps forward. but 1 Always Kabhi Kabhi to push it 4 steps backward.

themadancer: I thought 'Green Lantern' was bad but 'Always...kabhi kabhi' took bad to a whole new level! Look out for the reviews on my blog

sunny_a: Always Kabhi Kabhi is as bad as its name... http://bit.ly/kYmW3C

shashijha24: always kabhi kabhi is a boring movie srk have to think again n produce good movie like amir khan do

shah3291: Always Kabhi Kabhi is just not happening!!!disaster!!!!!but i <3 Zoa Morani aka NANDY BULL!!!!!!

Rokkystar: Always kabhi kabhi..., #disappointment

rjrahul983: Film Always kabhi kabhi is always average, kabhi kabhi boring. Ful of product placements :( Plz stay away. @mirchipune

Prabhjotsk: Shah Rukh Khan's appearance in the end of 'Always Kabhi Kabhi' is nothing but an insult to injury. #NoGoMovie #Bollywood

parmarmaddy007: always kabhi kabhi.......dekhna mat kabhi bhi....!!!!

Nitin_Gandhi: Always Kabhi Kabhi ..... ko Kabhi nahi Kabhi nai ... best movie of year from bottom

nipun: Pathetic film - always kabhi kabhi. Now for Shaitan. #bollywoodoverload

m_SaiK: its better to stand without helmet in front of michael holding and tell him to bowl a bouncer to ur head than watch always kabhi kabhi

my_liferocks: On the whole, ALWAYS KABHI KABHI disappoints! 1.5 star :(

lakshmirajan: Torture Always kabhi kabhi

KreativeAccess: Sorry Boss but Nahi Karta Match Antenna with #AKK : Review http://www.socialdhaba.com/m/news/view/Always-Kabhi-Kabhi-Movie-Review

ketswalawalkar: Always kabhi kabhi... Soooooooo bad!!

junaid_ar: Red Chillies Entertainment's "Always kabhi kabhi" - another dumb movie produced by a dumb producer.

jthaker: Seen "always kabhi kabhi" don't waste $ n time on big flop ,,,,

JayDadlani: Always Kabhi Kabhi.. Always Nahi Nahi. #fail

jajuabhi: Always Kabhi Kabhi worst movie..........!!!!!!!

jaiswalsmart: ABC of films this week: A (Always Kabhi Kabhi), B (Bheja Fry 2, Bin Bulaye Baraati & Bhindi Baazaar Inc.) & C (Cycle Kick) all are D (dull)!

jainavinash: Green Lantern : 6.6/10 (imdb) Bheja fry 2 :: 4.5/10 Always Kabhi Kabhi : 3/10 Bhindi Bazaar :: 4/10 Cycle Kick: 5/10 #reviews #friday

iAmPranavSahani: Watched 'Always, Kabhi Kabhi' last night with Mom and Dad... It could give them a lesson but personally the movie was a piece of crap (n)

HRHwaleed: You have got to be a Moronee to pay and watch #Always Kabhi Kabhi

heavilydoped: Saw a seriously stupid movie today. "Always kabhi kabhi"

freialisa: Always Kabhi Kabhi... amateurish, disappointing. :\ I want my money back.

ditishah: bhindi bazaar, bheja fry, always kabhi kabhi are ALL SHIT. if ur itching to watch a movie this weekend, watch KungFu Panda again! #bollywood

desijourno: Always Kabhi Kabhi makes as much sense as a letter box in Africa.

daakusaxena: . @BlessChet Always Kabhi Kabhi . went to the movie only to check how bad it could be! let's face it, SRK has lost it reg intelligent cinema

ChanduOfficial: Always Kabhi Kabhi final Review Was Boring movie

brouhoho: Also, with reference to Shakespeare, please avoid Always.. Kabhi Kabhi like the plague. It's an assault on all 6 senses..

BottlesChimney: Clearly fails to strike inspite of the HYPE! http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2011/jun/180611-Always-Kabhi-Kabhi-Movie-review.htm

bharatvamsi95: Movie Review: Always Kabhi Kabhi is as bad as its name- http://bollywoodji.com/bollywood/news/2011/06/17/Movie-Review:-Always-Kabhi-Kabhi-is-as-bad-as-its-name/2180886

BarafGola: Pukestudio and Always Kabhi kabhi are trending - Yes they are this bad.

avi3980: Always Kabhi Kabhi - My opinion : Always yaad rakhna .. Kabhi bhi mat dekhna .. X_X

AVEEMIISRAW: Unbelievable trash Always Kabhi Kabhi. SRK hide for the few weeks. !!!

anjalismenon17: I just watched SRK's home production, 'always kabhi kabhi'. I can't believe I wasted my money on that :/ I need to get back home NOW!

AniGuha: Bheja Fry 2 is not so funny, Always Kabhi Kabhi is loud and lousy, Cycle Kick is ho-hum, Bin Bulaaye Baaraati no one's even talking about...

akshaynkarun: seen always kabhi kabhi very worst of 2011 sarukh has done good in production but overall buah..................

abhigo123: Review of 'Always Kabhi Kabhi': http://tinyurl.com/44nadrd #disaster #pathetic #avoid #crap

1Supportz: "Always Kabhi Kabhi" will exit Jaldi Jaldi from #boxoffice #india

1mkavita: "Always Kabhi Kabhi" Phew !!! boring.

3 readers - 0 yays 1 so-so 2 nays

So-So, by komik oyunlar : Komik Oyunlar

Nay! Thumbs Down, by bibek : If it is the Indian youth, then it needs some serious changes. SRK is my fav actor in Bollywood, but

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Limette

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A rave party.
  • Concept: Kids should be left alone and allowed to follow their dreams
  • General Look and Feel: Young and bright

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Comments (4)

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I thought this movie looked crappy the moment I saw the trailer.

@Limette sounds about right! ;)

@Shashank thanks! though i'm not yet used to watching and writing 3 reviews in a day. it becomes a little too much. either i'll stop it or get used to it, we'll see. :D

@Nishchaiy i don't give number ratings to the film. The rating is "Watch if you have nothing better to do" The SRK connection is that this film is produced by his wife's production house.

@Nishchaiy i haven't seen "rok sako to rok lo"

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