Always Kabhi Kabhi

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Always Kabhi Kabhi
Alwayskabhikabhi.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roshan Abbas
Produced by Gauri Khan
Screenplay by Ishita Moitra
Story by Ranjit Raina
Starring Ali Fazal
Giselli Monteiro
Zoa Morani
Music by Pritam Chakraborty
Aashish Rego
Shree D
Distributed by Red Chillies Entertainment
Eros Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • 17 June 2011 (2011-06-17)
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR47.2 million (US$790,000)
Box office INR162.7 million (US$2.7 million)

Always Kabhi Kabhi (meaning 'Always Sometimes') is a 2011 Hindi romance film directed by Roshan Abbas, and produced by Shahrukh Khan under Red Chillies Entertainment. It introduced Ali Fazal, along with Giselli Monteiro while Zoa Morani, Satish Shah, Lilette Dubey, Vijay Raaz, Mukesh Tiwari and Manoj Joshi play supporting roles. The film released on 17 June 2011. It focuses on four teenagers embarking on a dramatic journey during their incident-packed final year at school.

Plot[edit]

Always Kabhi Kabhi focuses on four students and their struggle through their final year at St Mark's School. The first teenager is Shortcut Sam (Ali Fazal), the cool guy, who falls in love with Aishwarya (Giselli Monteiro) who is about to become a Bollywood actress. Aishwarya is a new student who befriends Sam on her first day, and the two fall in love at first sight. A Shakespeare play approaches in which Aishwarya automatically gains the role of Juliet. Sam tries his level best to learn the lines of Romeo so as to impress Mrs. Das and gain the role of Romeo. He succeeds in the end.

The next two friends, Tariq (Satyajeet Dubey) and Nandy(Nandini) (Zoa Morani), love to fight and argue with each other, but do not understand that they are in love. Nandini's parents don't spend any time with her and are always travelling. In the absence of her parents, she goes to illegal clubs and parties every day and spends money lavishly. Tariq has the burden of getting into MIT.

They realize their love for each other during Nandy's struggle to get approval of her apology after she forwards Tariq's MIT denial letter, oblivious that he had not read it himself. Sam gives a party in Hellfire but then there's a raid and he gets arrested while saving Aishwarya. The two corrupt policemen try to bag 50,000 rupees from Sam. He tries his best to avoid the policemen and tries to pay them a little by little. Aishwarya breaks up him because, during the party, Nandy's toyboy offers him a drag; even though Aishwarya begged him to leave, he agreed to smoke weed because the toyboy makes fun of him and asked him to be a man. After she heard that Sam had sacrificed himself to save her, they make up. During Aishu's 18th birthday, Sam confesses his love for her only to be caught together by her mother and her agent renames her as Kashish for the films and even persuades her to do a photo shoot in which she only wears a bikini. When Sam finds out that the prize money of the inter-school Shakespeare play competition is Rs.50,000 (the amount he owes the policemen), he begins to put more pressure on the group to come in time for the practices. Meanwhile, Aishwarya is being offered a movie contract that she doesn't want to do. During a meeting, she rips the contract and runs to meet Sam and the others and continue their practice for the competition.

Enraged by Aishu's absence during practice, Sam confronts her, oblivious to what she had done for him. Aishu didn't know about the money he owes the policemen and does not understand the reason of his anger. She runs into the streets only to be hit by a car and go into coma. Aishwarya's mother confronts Sam about the accident because she believed that he was the cause and does not permit him to see her. While dropping Aishwarya's clothes, Tariq and Nandy notice Aishwarya's phone has an electronic diary and reads it. It shows her point of view about everyone in the group and talks about how their parents have pressurized them. So, they perform Romeo and Juliet with a different point of view, saying that Romeo and Juliet would not have died if their parents had approved of their love and listened to them, implying that their parents should do the same. They perform the song "Antenna" to convey their thoughts.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Always Kabhi Kabhi
Soundtrack album by Pritam Chakraborty, Aashish Rego, Shree D
Released 13 May 2011
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label T-Series

The music is composed by Pritam Chakraborty, Aashish Rego and Shree D. Lyrics are penned by the film director Roshan Abbas, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Irfan Siddique and Prashant Pandey. The song "Antenna" had Shahrukh Khan as a special guest.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Always Kabhi Kabhi"   Roshan Abbas Harmeet Singh, Bhavin Dhanak, Sanahmoidutty 3:48
2. "Antenna"   Amitabh Bhattacharya Benny Dayal, Roshan Abbas, Apeksha Dandekar 4:24
3. "School Ke Din"   Prashant Pandey Suhail Kaul, Ishq Bector 4:09
4. "Undi Ki Condi"   Irfan Siddiqui Shaan, Aditi Singh Sharma 3:41
5. "Always Kabhi Kabhi" (Unplugged) Roshan Abbas Vinnie Hutton, Apeksha Dandekar 4:38
6. "Antenna" (Reloaded : SRK Mix) Amitabh Bhattacharya KK, Anupam Amod, Apeksha Dandekar 3:43
7. "Better Not Mess With Me" (Club Mix) Irfan Siddiqui Shefali Alvaris 3:08
8. "Better Not Mess With Me" (Rock Mix) Irfan Siddiqui Sunidhi Chauhan 3:25
9. "Jaane Kyun" (Soul Version) Irfan Siddiqui, Roshan Abbas Naresh Iyer 4:26
10. "Jaane Kyun" (Sufi Version) Irfan Siddiqui, Roshan Abbas Shafqat Amanat Ali 4:07

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Always Kabhi Kabhi opened to negative reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the film with one and a half stars out of five saying, "Always Kabhi Kabhi disappoints!".[2] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN also gave the film 1.5 stars and stated, "Watching this film is like attending a concert put up by ten-year-olds. It's amateurish, and tedious to sit through, and the only thing you can appreciate in the end is the earnestness behind the effort."[3] Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India awarded two and a half stars saying, "First, and most importantly, the film is a youth-oriented story but completely lacks the fun and games that are associated with this generation. Secondly, the parental problems are all so very predictable. It's all foregone and predictable apart from being inordinately long. School is agony; school is ecstasy. Always Kabhi Kabhi captures neither and treads the staid middle ground."[4]

Box office[edit]

Always Kabhi Kabhi had a nett gross of INR 30.5 million in India by the end of theatrical run. It was declared a flop by Box Office India[5] In the overseas, the film grossed $21,381 from the United States, $46,469 from the UK, $9,803 from South Africa and $2,893 from Malaysia.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "| Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News". BollywoodHungama.com. 
  2. ^ "review of Always Kabhi Kabhi". bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  3. ^ "review of Always Kabhi Kabhi". ibnlive. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  4. ^ "AKK's review". TOI. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Web.archive.org. 8 July 2011. 
  6. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=intl&id=alwayskabhikabhi.htm

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