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Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
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Hindi कभी अलविदा ना कहना
Directed by Karan Johar
Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar
Karan Johar
Written by Karan Johar
Shibani Bathija
Niranjan Iyengar
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Rani Mukherji
Preity Zinta
Abhishek Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan
Kirron Kher
Narrated by Shah Rukh Khan
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Anil Mehta
Edited by Sanjay Sankla
Distributed by Dharma Productions
Yash Raj Films
Release date
  • 11 August 2006 (2006-08-11)
Running time
192 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 500 million[2]
Box office 1.13 billion[3]

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (English: Never Say Good Bye), also known as KANK, is a 2006 Indian musical romantic drama film directed by Karan Johar and produced under the Dharma Productions banner. Released on 11 August 2006 in India and North America, it stars Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta in the lead roles, while Amitabh Bachchan and Kirron Kher play pivotal supporting roles. Arjun Rampal also makes a special appearance in the film.

Set and mostly taking place in New York City, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna explores themes of adultery and extramarital affairs. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was promoted with the tag-line, "A Love.... That Broke All Relationships". It was a success internationally especially in the United States. It became the highest grossing Indian film of all time overseas at the time of its release. The film was screened in over 1,200 cinemas worldwide,[4] grossing a worldwide total of 1.13 billion (US$18 million).[5]

It was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The script received recognition by a number of critics and was invited to be included in the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[6]


Maya (Rani Mukerji) is an orphan who is to marry her closest childhood friend Rishi Talwar (Abhishek Bachchan). The two have been raised by Rishi's fun-loving father Samarjit a.k.a. Sam (Amitabh Bachchan). Dev Saran (Shah Rukh Khan) is a successful soccer player in the United States. He lives in New York City with his wife Rhea (Preity Zinta), a fashion magazine editor, his young son Arjun (Ahsaas Channa) and his mother Kamaljit a.k.a. Kamal (Kirron Kher). Dev encounters Maya moments before she is to marry Rishi, and the two have a deep conversation about love, life and happiness. Although Dev and Maya are strangers, they connect instantly. When Dev bids Maya goodbye, she tells him they should never say goodbye because it kills the possibility of meeting again. Moments after they part, Dev is hit by a car and permanently injures his leg; as a result, he is no longer able to play soccer.

Four years later, Dev is now extremely bitter because of his inability to play soccer and because of Rhea's successful career which makes him feel inferior to her. Maya too is in a similar situation. She has found that she is infertile and does not feel any love towards Rishi because she believes he is selfish. The two couples meet and become friends. When Dev and Maya witness Sam and Kamal embracing at a flower shop, they confront them about it. Sam and Kamal explain that both having lost their spouses, they understand each other better than the others as both of them are in similar situations and have decided to help one another through their loneliness by means of friendship. Dev and Maya notice each other's marriages failing miserably, and taking into account what Sam and Kamal said, they decide that they need to help each other save their marriages. They meet every day for coffee and discuss their situations and advise each other in understanding their respective spouses better. Eventually, Dev and Maya decide to take a break from the stress of their respective relationships and spend some quality time together. In doing so, they find themselves drawn to one another.

Dev and Maya arrange a dinner for their respective spouses on the occasion of their wedding anniversaries so as to salvage their respective marriages to some extent. After returning home from the dinner, both couples have an argument. Rhea accuses Dev of being jealous of her professional success and also makes Dev realize his failure in being a good father to their son. Rishi expresses frustration at the lack of affection that Maya has shown towards him and he resents Maya's inability to have children. Upset and misty-eyed, Maya arrives at the train station and finds Dev, who after a confrontation finally confesses that he has fallen in love with Maya, and so has she.

Sam and Kamal, after noticing the failing marriages of their respective children, set up Rhea and Rishi into talking to each other about their marriages. Rhea and Rishi realize they need to stop arguing with their spouses and reach out to them. For a while, both marriages seem to be fine; however, Dev and Maya begin an affair, as they are happier with each other than with their respective spouses. The two couples attend a ballet show, where Dev and Maya try making each other jealous by showing affection to their partners. The next day, they realize that they have been playing with their spouses' feelings but nevertheless give in to their love and cross the forbidden limit by sleeping together.

Sam invites the Sarans to dinner to celebrate Kamal's birthday. Here, after a conversation on love, marriage and fidelity, Dev 'jokingly' admits he loves Maya; Sam is the only one who realizes that Dev was being serious. The next day, Dev and Maya are caught in an embrace outside the train station by Sam and Kamal. Sam has a heart attack; on his deathbed, he advises Maya to leave Rishi, as neither of them is happy in the relationship and never will be. He also advises her that by being together in a loveless marriage, she was depriving Rishi and herself of true love and happiness in life. After Sam's death, Dev and Maya decide they must end their relationship and go back to their respective spouses, but first they must tell them the truth first about their extramarital affair; as lying to their spouses would never give them peace and happiness. Shocked and heart-broken, Rhea and Rishi decide they have had enough and divorce their spouses. Dev and Maya lie to each other and say that they have managed to sort things out with their spouses, believing they'll never meet again.

Three years have passed since their last encounter with each other. Dev and Maya now live alone miserably and have not seen each other. Rishi visits Maya and says that he has fallen in love again and is remarrying, and wants Maya to be his best man, to which she agrees. Rhea, having also been invited, arrives at Rishi's wedding with her boss Jay (Arjun Rampal in a cameo), whom she is now dating. Rhea learns that Rishi and Maya are divorced – Rishi learns the same about Dev and Rhea. Rhea, after confronting Maya tells her that she had left Dev as soon as she came to know of his affair with her and that she had forgiven Maya. Maya is encouraged by Rishi and Rhea to stop Dev, who is leaving for Toronto by train, as they have both moved on and believe Maya should also find her true love and happiness. At the train station, Dev sees Maya but tries to avoid her, believing she is still with Rishi. However, Maya finds him just as the train leaves. Maya, disappointed and heart-broken, leaves the train station. Dev, having seen Maya's teary eyes, pulls the emergency stop and arrives back at the station. He makes it back before Maya leaves the train station. He calls out to Maya and both of them are glad to see each other after three years. He learns that Maya has also been divorced and was living alone in these three years. They finally find happiness with their true love and decide to start a new life together. At the end, Dev narrates that love should be the only foundation of marriage but it shouldn't be at the expense of hurting others.



Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was directed and written by Karan Johar who collaborated with Shibani Bathija to write the screenplay, and Niranjan Iyengar produced the dialogue. Produced by Dharma Productions, the soundtrack was performed by the musical trio, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics written by Javed Akhtar. Farah Khan was brought in to organise the choreographical aspects of the film, with costume designer Manish Malhotra, production designer Sharmishta Roy and MAC cosmetics all playing a major role in production.

Kajol was initially offered the role of Maya Talwar. When she refused, due to her prior commitments with Yash Raj Films's Fanaa, the role was passed on to her cousin Rani Mukerji, who was supposed to play Preity Zinta's part. However, Kajol made a guest appearance in the song "Rock 'N' Roll Soniye". Riteish Deshmukh also had a guest appearance, but his scene was cut during the editing process.

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is set in New York City, while many of the scenes were filmed in East Hartford and New Haven in Connecticut. The soccer game scene was filmed at Rentschler Field, the home of the UConn Huskies football team. In several scenes, a light 'UConn' can be seen on the field. The majority of the Grand Central Station scenes were filmed at New Haven's Union Station and Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. It was filmed over a 90-day shooting period in the USA but a few scenes were shot on four large sets in Mumbai studios.[7]

Like previous Karan Johar movies (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... and Kal Ho Naa Ho), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has a four-word title that starts with a "K".


Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Released 12 June 2006 (UK)
16 June 2006 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 42:07
Label Sony BMG
Producer Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Dil Jo Bhi Kahey...
(2005)Dil Jo Bhi Kahey...2005
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Don - The Chase Begins Again
(2006)Don - The Chase Begins Again2006

The music and score of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy while the lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar and the soundtrack was released on 16 June 2006 by Sony BMG in India.


This is the second time that lyricist Javed Akhtar and the composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have teamed up for a Dharma production. The title song Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna rendered by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik is a tear jerker. Mitwa, an evocative sufi rock ballad, marked the introduction of Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali into the Bollywood scene. Rock 'N' Roll Soniye, picturized on Amitabh, Abhishek and Preity is a 60's Rock 'N' Roll track, sung by Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and Mahalakshmi Iyer. Then follows Tumhi Dekho Naa, a soft and romantic ballad, which again is sung by the Sonu Nigam - Alka Yagnik duo, is picturised on Shah Rukh and Rani. Where's The Party Tonight? by Shaan, Vasundhara Das, Loy and Shankar Mahadevan is the club song picturized on Abhishek and Preity. Farewell Trance is the trance version of the title track, which is a rarity in Bollywood. The album also has a remix - Mitwa - Revisted.[8] The soundtrack ends with a sad version of the title track, "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna - Sad Version" which speaks of destiny, meeting again in life and never saying good bye.

The trio took care to not make the album sound repetitive, especially since the overall genre of the soundtrack is similar to that of their previous chartbuster Kal Ho Naa Ho[9] (2003).


The music of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was launched in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2006 and was officially released in India on 16 June 2006 along with a grand music launch at the IIFA Awards function in Dubai.[10]

Track list[edit]

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration Picturised on
1 "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik 8:07 Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta
2 "Mitwa" Shafqat Amanat Ali, Caralisa Monteiro, Shankar Mahadevan 6:26 Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji
3 "Rock 'N' Roll Soniye" Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Mahalakshmi Iyer 5:44 Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kirron Kher, Kajol
4 "Tumhi Dekho Naa" Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik 5:50 Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji
5 "Where's The Party Tonight?" Shaan, Vasundhara Das, Loy Mendonsa, Shankar Mahadevan 6:21 Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, John Abraham.
6 "Mitwa - Revisted" Shafqat Amanat Ali, Caralisa Monteiro, Shankar Mahadevan 5:35 (Remixed version of "Mitwa")
7 "Farewell Trance" Shweta Pandit, Caralisa Monteiro 5:47 (Instrumental with vocals)
8 "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna - Sad Version" Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik 2:06 Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Bollywood Hungama 5/5 stars[11]
Rediff.com 5/5 stars[12]
Planet Bollywood 9.5/10 stars
Bollyvista 9.5/10 stars

Though there were a few negative buzz around earlier at London where the music released,[11] the overall reaction to the album was positive from all the mainstream critics. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama dismissed those initial negative reaction, saying "Much before the official release of the music album of KANK, rumour brigade has been having a field day in pulling down the album. Well, that's not something new as with every biggie comes its share of detractors. But on hearing the songs for yourself, you realize that is it NOTHING, but a rumour! The album is yet another fine product from the team that delivers the kind of path-breaking music expected from it."[13] Sukanya Verma of Rediff called the album " a treat for the melody-starved.".[12]

Sales and Chart performance[edit]

The album opened at #1 and retained the top position in the music charts for ten straight weeks, despite facing tough competition from musical hits like Fanaa, Krrish and Gangster.[14] According to the figures from BoxOffice India, the album sold over 1,900,000 copies in India[15] making it the second best selling album of the year, marginally behind Dhoom 2.


Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, with a multi-star cast, premiered on 12 August 2006 and was screened in over 1,200 cinemas worldwide.[4]

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) originally gave the film an R rating because of language and some sexual content. It was re-rated PG-13 on appeal.


Critical reception[edit]

On its release, the film received positive reviews from critics worldwide.

Critic Taran Adarsh described the subject matter as a delicate one which could have easily been disastrous and praised the way in which director Karan Johar boldly constructed the film, citing it as his finest work to date.[16] Adarsh approved in particular of the script and the devices the director incorporated to contrast emotions between scenes, remarking that, "the screenplay balances the two extremes; light moments and dollops of emotions with amazing ease".[16] The individual cast performances were also praised by Adarsh, who commented on the effectiveness of the casting and the interaction of the actors.[16]

Rajeev Masand gave the film 4 out of 5 stars praising the screenplay and Johar's direction, saying "Few writers have such solid control over their screenplay as Karan Johar does. Few understand the intricacies of narrative as well as he does. Johar goes from highs to lows, from plateaus to peaks with the ease of a pro. He knows exactly how to turn a seemingly ordinary scene into something special with just that one line of dialogue, or that hint of background music."[17]

Derek Elley of Variety also praised the diversity of emotions displayed by the cast, remarking that, "scripter Shibani Bathija never lets her characters inhabit a secure emotional place for very long, and impediments to happiness come from their own weaknesses rather than social constraints or plot-generated misunderstandings".[18] Elley noted Amitabh Bachchan's performance as an ageing lothario and praised Preity Zinta as "stepping far beyond her makeup".[18]

Raja Sen of rediff.com was particularly critical of the film, also expressing dissatisfaction with its length. He remarked, "I feel older. A showing of Karan Johar's mammoth 22-reel Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has left me unbelievably exhausted. I walked out of the hall feeling my cheeks for stubble, wondering if my clothes are suddenly dated and my hair's turned grey. I've lost a sizeable chunk of my life, and you will too".[19] Unlike other critics, he identified flaws in the script and criticised the strength of characters saying "The characters are cardboard, the setting is glitzy, the songs are tiresome, and the story oscillates between high melodrama and slapstick hilarity, going nowhere. Rarely has a weak script relied so completely on pretty people with big names to carry every line through".[19]

In the United States, the film received a number of positive reviews.

Critics such as Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times emphasised the larger-than-life nature of the film, remarking that, "It is full of big Bollywood stars and outsized everything: the rainstorms are a little rainier than real life; the wind machines are cranked up an extra notch; the close-ups get closer and linger longer than usual; the coincidences that drive the plot are a little more numerous and unlikely than normal screenwriting allows".[20] He praised the humour in the script and the director's comic timing in certain scenes such as the children's soccer match, the bed store, and at the ballet show.[20]

Box office[edit]

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna saw a record opening at many cities in India and generated 600 million in the first week itself, although it is currently Johar's lowest-grossing film according to net collections, even if unadjusted for inflation. It emerged the highest grosser worldwide for an Indian film, surpassing Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham's five-year-old record.[4] The film is currently the seventh highest grosser overseas with a total gross of $10 million.[21]

It opened strongly in the United States and the United Kingdom with first weekend grosses of $1.3 million in the U.S and $1.4 million (£750,000) in the UK[22]

In total Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna collected US$3,275,444 in the United States[23] while in UK it netted over £5,079,688.00. In the US, one factor contributing to its success was the fact it debuted in 64 theatres, unusually high for a Bollywood film in cities with lower Indian populations such as Miami, Tampa, and Raleigh as well.[citation needed]

The film's total worldwide gross is of 1.13 billion.[5]


Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna received a number of awards and a high number of nominations.

At the Filmfare Awards in 2007, Abhishek Bachchan won the Best Supporting Actor award. It was nominated for 11 other awards, including Filmfare Best Film Award, Best Director (Karan Johar), Best Actor (Shah Rukh Khan), Best Actress (Rani Mukerji), Best Supporting Actor (Amitabh Bachchan), Best Supporting Actress (Preity Zinta), Best Supporting Actress (Kirron Kher), Best Music Director (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), Best Lyrics (Javed Akhtar for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna") Best Male Playback (Sonu Nigam for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna") and Best Female Playback (Alka Yagnik for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna").

At the Global Indian Film Awards in 2006, the film won two awards, with Abhishek Bachchan garnering an award for Best Supporting Actor and Alka Yagnik winning Best Female Playback for the song "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna". Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was nominated for 13 other awards including Best Film, Best Director (Karan Johar), Best Actor (Shah Rukh Khan), Best Actress (Rani Mukerji), Best Supporting Actor (Amitabh Bachchan), Best Supporting Actress (Preity Zinta), Best Supporting Actress (Kirron Kher), Best Music Director (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), Best Male Playback (Shafqat Amanat Ali for "Mitwa" and Sonu Nigam for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna") and Best Choreographer (Farah Khan for "Where's The Party Tonight?").

At the IIFA Awards in 2007, Rani Mukerji won her third consecutive IIFA Best Actress Award.[24] The film was nominated for 11 other awards including Best Movie, Best Director (Karan Johar), Best Actor (Shah Rukh Khan), Best Supporting Actor (Abhishek Bachchan), Best Supporting Actor (Amitabh Bachchan), Best Supporting Actress (Preity Zinta), Best Supporting Actress (Kirron Kher), Best Music Director (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), Best Lyricist (Javed Akhtar for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna"), Best Male Playback (Sonu Nigam for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna") and Best Female Playback (Alka Yagnik for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna").

At the Stardust Awards in 2007, Abhishek Bachchan won a further award for Best Supporting Actor[25] and the film was nominated for 7 other awards including the Film of the Year, Stardust Dream Director Award (Karan Johar), Star of the Year – Male (Shah Rukh Khan), Star of the Year – Female (Rani Mukerji), Best Supporting Actor (Amitabh Bachchan) and Preity Zinta and Kirron Kher both receiving nominations for the Best Supporting Actress .

Zinta won the award in this category at the AIFA Awards, with Abhishek Bachchan scooping another award for Best Supporting Actor and Javed Akhtar winning the award for Best Lyricist for "Mitwa".

At the Star Screen Awards in 2007, Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji won the Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 whilst Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan receiving nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Preity Zinta and Kirron Kher receiving nominations for Best Supporting Actress.[26]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "A Rs 150 cr question". Financial Express. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
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  7. ^ Official website of Dharma Productions, Retrieved 31 January 2008
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  9. ^ "'Karan Johar likes his English hooks'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  10. ^ "'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' music launch at I.I.F.A". Bollywoodhungama.com. 2006-06-09. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  11. ^ a b ""We were quite disheartened on Sunday when some websites in London said that KANK is the worst album they have ever heard. And they wrote this without even listening to the album" – Ehsaan Noorani". Bollywoodhungama.com. 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  12. ^ a b "Great tunes from KANK - Rediff.com movies". In.rediff.com. 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  13. ^ "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna : Music Review by Joginder Tuteja". Bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  14. ^ "Top Ten albums of the week". Bollywoodhungama.com. 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  15. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2009-01-22. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  16. ^ a b c "Indiafm.com". Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, by Taran Arash. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  17. ^ http://ibnlive.in.com/news/masands-verdict--kabhi-alvida-naa-kehna/18315-8.html
  18. ^ a b "Variety". Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, by Derek Elley. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  19. ^ a b "Rediff.com". KANK is an exhausting film by Raja Sen. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2008. 
  20. ^ a b Genzlinger, Neil (12 August 2006). "New York Times". Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, a Bollywood Divorce Tale by Neil Genzlinger. Retrieved 30 January 2008. 
  21. ^ "boxofficeindia.com". KANK. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
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  23. ^ "boxofficemojo.com". Box office results in USA. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  24. ^ "altfg.com". Rani wins Best Actress at IIFA. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  25. ^ "indiafm.com". Abhishek wins Best Supporting at Stardust Awards. Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  26. ^ "starplus.indya.com". Star Screen Award nominations 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 

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