Kabhi Kabhie

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Kabhi Kabhie
Kabhi Kabhie film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byYash Chopra
Produced byYash Chopra
Screenplay bySagar Sarhadi
Story byPamela Chopra
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Shashi Kapoor
Waheeda Rehman
Rishi Kapoor
Neetu Singh
Music byKhayyam
CinematographyRomesh Bhalla
Kay Gee
Edited byNaresh Malhotra
Pran Mehra
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 27 February 1976 (1976-02-27)
Running time
178 mins
Box officeest. ₹40 million[2]

Kabhi Kabhie (English: Sometimes) is a 1976 Indian musical romantic drama film produced and directed by Yash Chopra and written by Pamela Chopra starring an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Raakhee, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. This was Yash Chopra's second directorial film with Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor in the lead roles after Deewaar (1975) and was particularly noted for its soundtrack compositions by Khayyam, who won Best Music, while Sahir Ludhianvi won Best Lyricist for "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein" at the 24th Filmfare Awards. The song also earned Mukesh the Best Male Playback Singer. Kabhi Kabhie received overall positive reviews from critics upon release and earned an estimated 40 million at the box office.[3]


Amit Malhotra recites one of his Urdu poems at a college/university where he meets fellow student Pooja, and they fall in love. But Pooja's parents arrange for her to marry an architect, Vijay Khanna. A heartbroken Amit returns home and joins his father's business–a construction company–and later marries Anjali, who secretly has a daughter named Pinky from a premarital 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, 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.



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.[4] 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 Zanjeer (1973) and Deewaar (1975). The film had been written with Raakhee in mind, and she had agreed to do it during the making of Daag: A Poem of Love (1973) 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.[5]



The soundtrack was composed by Khayyam with lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi, both of whom won Best Music and Best Lyricist at the 24th Filmfare Awards.[6] The song Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein (Duet Version) sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar, topped the year end Annual list 1976 of Radio Ceylon radio show, Binaca Geetmala. The soundtrack was listed at #7 on Planet Bollywood's list of 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks.[7] Rakesh Budhu of Planet Bollywood gave 9.5 stars out of 10 stating, "Kabhi Kabhie will remain an ode to brilliant melody".[8]

Kabhi Kabhie
Soundtrack album by
Released1976 (India)
GenreFilm soundtrack
Khayyam chronology
Kabhi Kabhie
Shankar Hussain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Planet Bollywood9.5/10 stars[8]
1."Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein - I"Mukesh05:31
2."Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein - II"Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar04:57
3."Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein – Dialogue"Amitabh Bachchan01:06
4."Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hoon"Mukesh04:08
5."Main Har Ek Pal Ka Shayar Hoon - II"Mukesh03:01
6."Tera Phoolon Jaisa Rang"Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar06:10
7."Mere Ghar Aaye Ek Nanhi Pari"Lata Mangeshkar03:17
8."Pyaar Kar Liya To Kya"Kishore Kumar03:43
9."Surkh Jode Ki Yeh Jagmagahat"Lata Mangeshkar, Pamela Chopra03:45
10."Tere Chehre Se"Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar05:03

24th Filmfare Awards[edit]

Kabhi Kabhie led the 24th Filmfare Awards with 13 nominations, and with 4 wins became the most-awarded film at the ceremony.



Home Media[edit]

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


  1. ^ Mir, Raza (2014). The Taste of Words: An Introduction to Urdu Poetry. Penguin Books. p. 210. ISBN 978-93-5118-725-7.
  2. ^ Box Office 1976 Archived 8 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The Best Films Of Rishi Kapoor - Bobby Has Historic Numbers". boxofficeindia.com. 1 May 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  4. ^ http://www.mag4you.com/music/k/kabhi-kabhi.asp
  5. ^ Video on YouTube
  6. ^ "Kabhi Kabhie 1976 songs". Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
  7. ^ "100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks Ever – Part 4". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Kabhi Kabhie: Music Review by Rakesh Budhu". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 7 February 2012.

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