Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)




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Indian director Karan Johar's three-hour feature Never Say Goodbye (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) utilizes and celebrates the common Bollywood practice of combining multiple genres and elements - comedy, drama, romance and flashy musical numbers - into one picture of epic length, to maximize cinema's capacity for entertainment. The story concerns two Manhattan couples. Soccer player Dev (Shah Rukh Khan) and his magazine editor wife, Rhea (Preity Zinta) are happily married despite occasional stress on the relationship; PR executive Rishi (Abhishek Bachan) and preschool teacher Maya (Rani Mukherji) feel their marriage strained by her inability to conceive. But the couples' worlds are turned upside down when Dev and Maya meet and fall hopelessly -- wondering how they ever lived without one another. Meanwhile, Dev's father Samarjit (Amitabh Bachchan) - who lives for pleasure and satisfaction at the expense of others' feelings - complicates matters by encouraging his son's new relationship.
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Amitabh Bachchan
as Samarjit 'Sam' Talwar
Shah Rukh Khan
as Dev Saran
Rani Mukerji
as Maya Talwar
Preity Zinta
as Riya Saran
Abhishek Bachchan
as Rishi Talwar
Kiron Kher
as Kamaljit 'Kamal' Saran
John Abraham
as DJ at club
Logan Anderson
as Receptionist
Lisa Anzelmo
as American Reporter
Jarett Armstrong
as Train Station Patron 1
Patrick Armstrong
as Train Station Patron 2
Tomm Bauer
as Co Worker
Himad Beg
as Wedding Guest
Kristen Bough
as Little girl on slide
Kate Braithwaite
as English dancer
Matt Brandstein
as CIA Operative
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Critic Reviews for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Even amid the delights of this Bollywood spectacle, Dev and Maya are left fretting like leftover characters from a Douglas Sirk melodrama -- not so much passionate as sorrowful and poignant.

Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

For something so silly and so long, however, the film is surprisingly engaging, thanks largely to its very watchable actors; it's easy to see why they are international stars in the world of Hindi films.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Never Say Goodbye) contains set pieces so spine-chillingly effective that people may still be talking about them 20 years from now.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Generally good but works better in bits than as a whole.

Full Review… | August 16, 2006
Top Critic

Bring hankies, because the ending is an old-fashioned tearjerker.

Full Review… | May 6, 2015
TV Guide

For a good part of his run time, Johar succeeds in crafting something genuinely absorbing and fairly uncompromising--which makes it all the more disappointing when he ultimately succumbs to his more formulaic candyfloss instincts.

Full Review… | August 19, 2007

Audience Reviews for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

I love this movie. It seems closest to reality/romance. There are two couples with marriage difficulties. But it includes all of the SRK trademarks and ultimately his incredibly charismatic acting style. If you find he, or Rani attractive, this one will make your heart skip a beat, or two...

Rita Bowker
Rita Bowker

This movie is THREE freaking hours long. It was compelling, but three hours! There aren't that many musical numbers in this movie, and I really wish they would have put the subtitles on when they were singing. You can get the jist of the songs, but the lyrics usually move the story along.

Sarah Helwig
Sarah Helwig

Absolutely fantastic! Here is a beautiful, and heartwarming movie that follows a pair of unlikely individuals who meet and are connected by one factor: true love. Dev and Maya are total strangers when they meet in a garden. Maya is hesitant about marrying her closest, childhood friend Rishi. Dev is a married man with a small family of his own. The two strike up an interesting conversation about true love, soul-mates, and happiness that later leaves them feeling a bit confident about their places in life. Several years later, they meet again and vastly become friends. Their past fears and troubles escalate, and the two began to question their current situations in which they are striving to make the best within their relationships whether they are happy or not. But, now, they have also realized that they aren't the same person as they were when they first married their spouses. Their marriages are suffering, and they are determined to make their relationships work regardless. As their joint plan later begins to unravel and worsen, the two feel the pressure and uncertainties of whether love and relationships should ultimately be saved even if they are no longer in love with their spouses. As they are growing fond within their friendship, the two realize that they are also falling in love with each other. The two pursue this newfound love, and later are forced to come to grips with their relationship. Great cast- Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Kiron Kher. Great music! Vast appearances by Kajol (she's looking absolutely fantastic) and John Abraham. Definitely worth seeing!

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