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Always Kabhi Kabhi  : Never, kabhi nahi!
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Friday, June 17, 2011
Youth-centric
Roshan Abbas
Ali Fazal Sameer, Giselle Monteiro, Aishwarya Dhawan, Zoa Morani, Nandini, Satyajeet Dubey, Tariq Naqvi
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A naïve story about a bunch of clueless teenagers with infantile direction and kiddish substance. This just might have worked if released a few years ago.

The plot: St Marks, a school full of good looking, well-dressed romantic students dancing around with funny professors like Ms Das (Lilette Dubey) and Professor Agarwal urf Agro (Vijay Raaz), sets the backdrop for much-seen jest with no zest. Sam aka Sameer Khanna (Ali Fazal), the cool dude of the class who is almost good for nothing except partying and chilling like almost all teenagers, bumps into new hot chick Aishwarya Dhawan (Giselle Monteiro) and very randomly they fall in love for a love story to commence with its expected obstacles. A parallel love story emerges between angry young rebel, Nandini aka Nandy Bull who’s like a coconut, harsh from out but extra soft within, and cute nerd Tariq Naqvi (Satyajeet Dubey). All four have screwed up lives and family problems that clash with their own dreams and aspirations. The pressure they endure provides a connection between them. You can guess the rest.

The good: The characters suit their roles more or less seamlessly and the performances of all four newcomers is a tad above average. The role of Nandini played by Zoa Morani deserves special mention for presenting her potent talent in her first film itself. Thankfully there isn’t too much overplaying in the acting department, a flaw in almost every other youth film. The whole concept of unveiling the lives of youngsters through social networking via status updates is relatable.

The bad: The concept and storyline of the film which shows students in Std 12 looking self-indulgent, suits the lifestyle of a Std 9 kid. The film would have made much more sense if the age group was shifted from Std 12 to Std 9. The narration has too many loopholes.

Sample this: just before interval all four kids are in a soup but just after the popcorn break we see them forget it all and a song pops up from nowhere. The mood of the film keeps changing without following any logical narrative except to desperately look youthful. Many scenes don’t justify themselves – for instance, Nandini falling in love with Tariq after the asinine fights which look so superficial. The slapstick and one-liners are also not so cool or clever. The songs, the music, the background score all seem forcefully added and desperately young which don’t appeal either to the youth or to the adult. The message that the film carries has been seen since time immemorial with 3 Idiots and F.A.L.T.U fresh in the viewer’s mind. As it plods to its predictable end, it seems AKK had only one aim: to make a ‘youthful’ film.
 
Overall: Too desperate, too wannabe to ring true. Glancing through the photo album of your school days would be more refreshing than watching this stale story for 2½ hrs.

– Pooja Thakkar

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