Kyon Ki

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Kyon Ki
The poster features Kareena Kapoor Khan and Salman Khan seated in a romantic pose. The film title appears at top left.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPriyadarshan
Produced bySunil Manchanda
Written bySanjay Chhel (dialogues)
Screenplay byPriyadarshan
Neeraj Vora
Story byPriyadarshan
Starring
Music bySongs:
Himesh Reshammiya
Score:
S. P. Venkatesh
CinematographyTirru
Edited byArun Kumar
N. Gopalakrishnan
Distributed byOrion Pictures
MAD Entertainment Ltd.
Release date
  • 3 November 2005 (2005-11-03)
Running time
156 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Kyon Ki (transl. Because) is a 2005 Indian romantic drama film directed by Priyadarshan starring Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rimi Sen, Jackie Shroff, Om Puri and Suniel Shetty. The film is a remake of Priyadarshan's own 1986 Malayalam film Thalavattam, which itself drew inspiration from the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.[1]

Plot[edit]

Sir Richard's Mental Sanatorium is run by the strict and authoritative Dr. Khurana, along with the other two main doctors, Sunil and Tanvi Khurana, who is the daughter of Khurana. Tanvi has treated a female patient who wears no. 36, her process of doing so has always been caring and gentle, rebelling against Khurana's inhumane ways of dealing with mentally ill patients. As she gets discharged, Tanvi doesn't get acknowledged for her efforts, which devastate her and since then, has become embittered and vows to never come close to any patient, especially no. 36.

Anand is brought to the mental sanatorium by a court order. His elder brother requests the doctors to admit him immediately. However, they insist on evaluating his mental condition before taking any decision. On being asked a few questions, Anand does not show any signs of insanity, and the doctors conclude that there is nothing wrong with him. Just then, Anand spots a housefly on the table. He tries to capture it but it evades him. While Anand's brother insists with the doctors, Anand suddenly becomes very violent, picking up a club and using it to hit everything the fly lands on. This convinces the doctors that he is indeed insane, and they finally admit him.

In the sanatorium, Anand tries to make friends with other patients. Sunil develops a caring bond with Anand, which is revealed that Sunil was made a doctor by Anand's father. Anand makes a commotion almost every day and acts childish which upsets Tanvi and demands that Anand is thrown out from the asylum.

However, soon Tanvi finds out about Anand's sad past and a flashback ensues. Anand was a musician in college who was deeply in love with Maya, a young, vivacious nun in Romania. Maya, who was apprised of his feelings, however did not reciprocate her love towards Anand, leaving him conflicted. To get her to respond, Anand threatens to commit suicide on the rooftop of the church by pretending to set fire on himself one day, resulting in Maya attempting to stop him and therefore ends up confessing her love towards him. Anand is delighted with the turn of events and having been contented with his lady love, plans to get married to her. Maya turns out to be roguish and enjoys her time with Anand, which he eventually gets used to by throwing a series of pranks on Anand, such as pretending to have trouble riding a horse and nearly getting in an accident, only to later reveal that she can perfectly ride a horse after Anand gets worried or when she is insisted by Anand to drive a car and she reveals she can't drive and rushing it across a populated street and nearly crashing it into the road when he persists her to try, only to reveal later that she knows how to drive perfectly and was simply messing with him. Anand plots to get back at her playfully and pranks her back by throwing her into a swimming pool, to which she heavily resists and warns Anand explaining that she cannot swim but Anand refuses to believe her thinking it's just another one of her elaborate pranks and leaves her in the water, however it turns out she wasn't lying and indeed couldn't swim. As a result, Anand comes back to see that Maya has drowned and Anand's life is completely shattered. He becomes traumatized, blaming himself for Maya's death.

After finding out, she feels guilty for her treatment towards Anand and apologizes to him. They become good friends, spend time together, and she and Sunil work together to cure Anand and make him remember his past. This works, and Anand completely gets over the trauma of Maya's death and is finally cured. He decides to leave the asylum but stays when Tanvi expresses her love to him. He reciprocates her love and the two are happy with each other. But fate plays a part in the story, Tanvi has already fallen in love with Anand but is engaged to Karan, under her father, Khurana's approval.

When Khurana finds out about her and Anand, he is livid as he sees this as a doctor-patient relationship, not a genuine relationship from a father's point of view. He demands Tanvi to leave him but she refuses to back down. When Karan finds out, he tells Tanvi to go with Anand. Sunil tries to make Khurana see that mental asylum patients should be treated with love, care, and affection, but Khurana stubbornly believes that patients should be treated with oppression and brutality. Anand rebels against the strict hospital regime and Khurana's disapproval of Tanvi and Anand, but he refuses to back down. This makes Anand explode into a violent rage against Khurana, which results in Khurana lobotomizing him. Seeing no way out, Sunil and Tanvi arrive at the asylum to smuggle Anand out so that he and Tanvi can run away together, but it is too late when Sunil finds out about Anand's lobotomy. Realizing he is better off dead, Sunil sorrowfully kills his neurologically-disabled friend by suffocating him with a pillow. After Sunil confesses to Khurana about the act of euthanasia, Tanvi becomes insane due to the shock of Anand's death. She is admitted as a patient in the same asylum and the same number Anand had, no. 36. Dr. Khurana is shown to be feeling guilty of losing his own daughter to a patient in the same asylum.

Cast[edit]

Release and reception[edit]

Kyon Ki released on 2 November 2005 to coincide with the festival of Diwali in India. It performed poorly at the box office and grossed over ₹231 million worldwide. Another Priyadarshan-directed film was released on the same day, the comedy Garam Masala which was commercially successful at the box office, grossing over ₹546 million.[2][3][4]

The film received generally negative reviews from critics. Urvashi Asharl of The Times of India commented that the film was "a huge disappointment" as it had a predictable and dull plot with too many songs but praised the performances of Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Jackie Shroff.[5] Rediff.com reviewer Patcy N. also felt that there were too many songs and criticised the script and slow pacing of the film.[6] Namrata Joshi writing for the magazine Outlook wrote that the central romance between Khan and Kapoor was not believable and criticised the acting and script saying "all the actors just sleepwalk through their ill-sketched roles". She also described the depiction of violence against mentally ill patients as therapy in the film as "offensive to say the least".[7]

A group of psychiatrists in Mumbai referred the film to the National Human Rights Commission of India asking for certain scenes to be removed. They felt that the film's depiction of mentally ill patients and their treatment was derogatory and misleading.[8][9]

Soundtrack[edit]

Score[edit]

The film score was composed by S. P. Venkatesh.

Kyon Ki
Soundtrack album by
Released2005
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelT-Series
ProducerHimesh Reshammiya
Himesh Reshammiya chronology
Koi Aap Sa
(2005)
Kyon Ki
(2005)
Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi
(2005)

Songs[edit]

Himesh Reshammiya composed all the songs featured in the film. The lyrics were penned by Sameer. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 13,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fourteenth highest-selling.[10]

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Kyon Ki Itna Pyar"5:56
2."Dil Keh Raha Hai"Kunal Ganjawala5:06
3."Dil Ke Badle Sanam"
  • Narayan
  • Yagnik
4:17
4."Jhatka Maare"6:20
5."Kyon Ki Itna Pyar" (female)Yagnik5:42
6."Aa Jee Le Ik Pal Mein"
  • Narayan
  • Yagnik
4:44
7."Kyon Ki Itna Pyar" (II)
  • Narayan
  • Radha
5:56
8."Dil Keh Raha Hai" (remix)Ganjawala4:41
9."Kyon Ki Itna Pyar" (III)
  • Narayan
  • Yagnik
5:54
Total length:48:36

Some of the scenes were filmed in Romania.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Verma, Sukanya (20 September 2005). "Kyon Ki: Dull music". Rediff.com. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Garam Masala". Box Office India. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  3. ^ "The Big Bad Box Office Clashes!". Rediff.com. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Kyon Ki". Box Office India. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  5. ^ Asharl, Urvashi (3 November 2005). "Kyon Ki..." The Times of India. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  6. ^ N, Patcy (2 November 2005). "Will Salman save Kyon Ki?". Rediff.com. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  7. ^ Joshi, Namrata (21 November 2005). "Kyon Ki..." Outlook. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  8. ^ Bhattacharya, Chandrima (8 December 2005). "Doctor gets mad at Kyon Ki... quirks". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Psychiatrists take 'Kyon Ki' to NHRC". The Times of India. 7 November 2005. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.
  11. ^ "Bollywood Movie Kyon Ki Shooting Locations". www.bollylocations.com. Retrieved 27 May 2017.

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