Kabhie Kabhie (1976 film)

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Kabhi Kabhie
Kabhi Kabhie film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Yash Chopra
Written by Pamela Chopra (story)
Sagar Sarhadi (screenplay)
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Shashi Kapoor
Waheeda Rehman
Raakhee
Neetu Singh
Rishi Kapoor
Naseem
Simi Garewal
Parikshat Sahni
Music by Khayyam
Sahir Ludhianvi (Lyrics)
Cinematography Romesh Bhalla
Kay Gee
Edited by Naresh Malhotra
Pran Mehra
Production
  company
Himachal Pradesh
New Dehli
Rajkamal Studios
Uttar Pradesh
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date(s)
  • 27 January 1976 (1976-01-27)
Running time 178 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office Rs. 4,00,00,000 [1]

Kabhi Kabhie (English: Sometimes...) is a 1976 Bollywood drama romance film, produced and directed by Yash Chopra, and starring an ensemble cast. This was Yash Chopra's second directorial film with Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor in the lead roles after Deewar and was particularly noted for its soundtrack compositions by Khayyam, who won Filmfare Award for Best Music, while film lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi won the Best Lyricist Award for "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein," the song which also got singer Mukesh, the Best Male Playback Singer award.[2] The movie became the 8th highest grosser of the year at the Indian Box Office.[1][3]

Story[edit]

Amit Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan) recites one of his poems at a college / university where he meets fellow student Pooja (Raakhee), and they fall in love. But Pooja's parents arrange for her to marry an architect, Vijay Khanna (Shashi Kapoor). A heartbroken Amit returns home and joins his father's business - a construction company - and later marries Anjali (Waheeda Rehman), who secretly has a daughter named Pinky (Neetu Singh) from a pre-marital relationship. Amit and Anjali have a daughter, Sweetie. In the meantime, Pinky is adopted by childless couple Dr. and Mrs. R.P. Kapoor.

Spanning over to the next generation, Pooja and Vijay have a son, Vikram (Rishi Kapoor), also known as "Vicky", who falls in love with Pinky while they are at a party, and the two plan to get married. When Pinky learns of her adoption and the identity of her real mother, she tries to get close to Anjali. While Anjali eventually acknowledges her existence and secretly showers her love on her reunited daughter, she does not reveal the relationship to her husband, fearing for her marriage. The situation is further complicated by Vicky's attempts to stay close to Pinky and Sweetie's romantic interest in Vicky.

This sets in motion a chain of events that unites old flames as friends.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Chief Assistant Director: Ramesh Talwar
  • Art Direction: Desh Mukerji
  • Costume Design: Jennifer Kapoor, Rajee Singh
  • Choreography: Suresh Bhatt

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack includes the following tracks, composed by Khayyam, and with lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi, both of whom won the Filmfare Award for the year.[4] The "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein" duet version, with Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar, topped the year end Annual list 1976 of Radio Ceylon radio show, Binaca Geetmala. The soundtrack was listed by Planet Bollywood as number 7 on their list of 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks.[5] Rakesh Budhu of Planet Bollywood gave 9.5 stars stating, "Kabhi Kabhie will remain an ode to brilliant melody".[6]

Kabhi Kabhie
Soundtrack album by Khayyam
Released 1976 (India)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label EMI
Producer Khayyam
Khayyam chronology
Sankalp
(1975)
Kabhi Kabhie
(1976)
Shankar Hussain
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 9.5/10 stars[6]
Song Singer (s)
"Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein" - I Mukesh
"Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein" - II Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
"Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hoon" Mukesh
"Main Har Ek Pal Ka Shayar Hoon" Mukesh
"Chahe Chale Churiya" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
"Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein" - Dialogue Amitabh Bachchan
"Mere Ghar Aaye Ek Nanhi Pari" Lata Mangeshkar
"Pyar Kar Liya To Kya" Kishore Kumar
"Surkh Jode Ki Yeh Jagmagahat" Lata Mangeshkar
"Tere Chehre Se" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

Production[edit]

The film's concept came to Yash Chopra while he was reading a poem by his longtime friend (and also the film's lyricist) Sahir Ludhianvi. The movie was shot in Kashmir, and Yash Chopra has claimed this to be one of his happiest experiences and he described the production as a "honeymoon", since the entire cast worked together as a family.[7] The film also led to the reinvention of Amitabh Bachchan as a romantic poet who loses his love, which was a major departure from his earlier "angry young man" roles such as Deewar and Zanjeer. The film had been written with Raakhee in mind, and she had agreed to do it during the making of Daag (1973)[8] but before production started she married lyricist Gulzar, who wanted her to retire from acting. However, after some persuasion from Yash Chopra, Gulzar let her do the film.

Awards[edit]

1977 Filmfare Award
Won
Nomination

Video releases[edit]

DVD
  • The release date of the DVD for this film is 1 November 1999.
  • DVD is available at Amazon
Blu-ray
  • The release date of the Blu-ray is 2 March 2010
  • Blu-ray is available at Amazon

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