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REVIEW: Always Kabhi Kabhi – Old wine, new bottle

Roshan Abbas’ debut film Always Kabhi Kabhi (even the name is lame) is a rehash of so many teen flicks that you’ve seen before and the way it has been presented makes you squirm. The film has it

REVIEW: Always Kabhi Kabhi – Old wine, new bottle

Sometimes even repackaging a story cannot help it do well…

Roshan Abbas’ debut film Always Kabhi Kabhi (even the name is lame) is a rehash of so many teen flicks that you’ve seen before and the way it has been presented makes you squirm. The film has it all – caricature professor, strict parents, rich parents, absent parents, geek student, rock music loving rebel hottie, cool dude who smokes up to impress girlfriend, cool dude who robs dad to bribe cops, geek who fails to get admission into his college of choice, suicide joke, cool dude who falls in love, cool dude who acts as Romeo, doll type girl forced to become bikini model, doll who rebels, doll who falls in love, blah blah blah. I forgot to add the quintessential audition scene where everyone other than those destined to play the part are going ‘ham aapke hain kaun’. With a name like Always Kabhi Kabhi, a theme song called ‘Antenna’ and characters from nowhereland, this film misrepresents youth. Maybe it tries too hard to do too much at the same time, but it successfully manages to do very little at all. At a school somewhere life revolves around four students. The rest are just fillers. While the film may or may not offend school principals, teachers, parents and audience alike, Shakespeare will certainly be turning in his grave because his Romeo and Juliet is massacred ruthlessly. AKK probably has the most writers in any film ever and yet there is very little writing that translates on-screen. Best avoided, frankly. Having said all this, Ali Fazal, the guy who plays Sam is a star in the making. Watch out for him, if for nothing else.

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