Kya Kehna

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Kya Kehna
Kyakehna.jpg
Directed by Kundan Shah
Produced by Kumar S Taurani
Ramesh S Taurani
Written by Honey Irani
Screenplay by Honey Irani
Starring Preity Zinta
Saif Ali Khan
Chandrachur Singh
Anupam Kher
Farida Jalal
Music by Rajesh Roshan
Distributed by Tips Music Films
Release dates
  • 19 May 2000 (2000-05-19)
Running time
155 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Kya Kehna (Hindi: क्या कहना; English: What to Say) is 2000 Bollywood film starring Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Chandrachur Singh, Anupam Kher and Farida Jalal. It was directed by Kundan Shah and premiered on 19 May 2000.

The film was a hit[1] and established Zinta's career as an actress. The film dealt with the taboo issue of pre-marital pregnancy and the views of society.

Plot[edit]

The story is about Priya Bakshi (Preity Zinta), the daughter of Gulshan (Anupam Kher) and Rohini Bakshi (Farida Jalal). Priya's parents, brothers and best friend, Ajay (Chandrachur Singh) love and support her. Ajay is secretly in love with her, and wishes to marry her in the future. But as she enters her first year in college, she catches the eye of Rahul (Saif Ali Khan) who quickly becomes attracted to her. She succumbs to his charm but her brothers and parents are unsure about Rahul. His womanizing worries them and they tell her to stay away from him. However, Priya is unable to leave Rahul. She convinces her parents to meet him but when they talk about marriage he backs off and he leaves Priya. Priya is devastated but moves on with her life. She later learns that she is pregnant with Rahul's child. Her parents go back to Rahul to talk about marriage but to their shock he refuses to marry her. Priya is faced with a decision, and she chooses to keep the child. Her decision prompts her father to chuck her out the house. Alone and neglected Priya is devastated. Later; however her parents and brothers find it hard to live without her and they bring her back. But now she has to face the society and overcome the disdain of her neighbors, among others. Society virtually ostracizes her and her family. Upon going back to college she finds out that all of her friends now mock her, and girls prefer to stay away from her due to her bleak character. During all this time Ajay sticks by her like a true savior, and Priya starts falling for him. With his support and with the courage she was nurturing in her womb, she makes people realize that she isn't a fornicator, but a girl who loved someone immensely. She could have gotten rid of the child she holds in her body, but she didn't because her child was a being and not a piece of trash. She says that if only she had gotten married, maybe the scenarios would have been different, maybe her child would have been loved and valued, rather than abused and insulted. With these words, she eventually gains the support of those who had earlier disrespected her. Her friends finally accepted her the way they did before and she was having a back to normal life. At the same time she manages to change Rahul's views as well and he decides to marry her. in a fit of a moment, Ajay and Rahul both propose her. Priya, who had already started feeling for Ajay selects him over Rahul stating a spineless guy like Rahul can never be a reliable husband.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Kya Kehna
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Soundtrack album by Rajesh Roshan
Released 2000 (2000)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Tips Music Films
Producer Rajesh Roshan

The soundtrack of the film contains 8 songs. The music is conducted by the award-winning composer Rajesh Roshan, with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The title song is a copy of the 1960 song Oh! Carol by Neil Sedaka.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Ae Sanam Meri Bahon"   Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 06.13
2. "Dekhiye Aji Jaaneman"   Alka Yagnik Udit Narayan 05:30
3. "Dil Ka Koi Tukda"   Kavita Krishnamurthy, Hariharan 06:15
4. "In Kadmon Ke Neeche"   Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 05:19
5. "Jaaneman Jaane Jaan"   Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam 05:35
6. "Kya Kehna"   Kavita Krishnamurthy, Hariharan 04:27
7. "O Soniye Dil Jaaniye"   Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Sonu Nigam 05:41
8. "Pyara Bhaiya Mera"   Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 04:40

Reception[edit]

Vinayak Chakravorty of Hindustan Times gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, writing, "The basic premise of Kya Kehna!, then, definitely had the potential of being a gripping family entertainer. Unfortunately, somewhere down the line you feel as if most people associated with the film somehow lost interest." He noted, however, Preity Zinta as "the bright spot of the film".[2] Aradhika Sekhon of The Tribune wrote, "The movie itself has several flaws but the issues that it tackles are real. The director takes a straight, hard look at the problems of today and holds them up for exhibition. The Indian tendency is to sweep uncomfortable issues under the carpet but if films like Kya Kehna continue to be made, at least, we'll be forced to confront them."[3] Mimmy Jain of The Indian Express, in a positive review, commeded Shah for making "a sensitive film, on a sensitive subject", calling Kya Kehna "a film that should have been made years ago". She further noted Zinta as being "dazzlingly good" in her part.[4]

Filmfare, in a three-star review, wrote that the film is "worth a watch" and attributed its success to Zinta's "very convincing performance".[5] Sharmila Taliculam from Rediff.com was critical of the film, concluding, "Apart from the climax, the film is no big deal."[6]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Highest grossing films 2000. BoxOfficeIndia.com
  2. ^ Chakravorty, Vinayak (2000). "Kya Kehna!". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 2000-10-19. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  3. ^ Sekhon, Aradhika (2000-06-11). "Kya Kehna!". The Tribune. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  4. ^ Jain, Mimmy (2000-05-27). "Steering clear of cliches". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Kya Kehna (FILMFARE ONLINE)". Filmfare (The Times Group). 9 June 2000. Archived from the original on 19 January 2001. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Taliculam, Sharmila (2000-05-20). "Kundan Shah lost interest...". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 

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