Always Kabhi Kabhi - Movie Review and Songs

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The kids who never got a chance to study in a school but got literate enough to read this review, Always Kabhi Kabhi could have that other-worldly charm that Disneyland may have for a Martian. But those who have lived and loved the school life to the hilt, Always Kabhi Kabhi is not even a trip down memory lane, back into the school campus and corridors when you secretly eyed the girl or boy you had a crush on and, if lucky, went on to win their love.

Director Roshan Abbas’ film Always Kabhi Kabhi deals with the issues that every teenager has grappled with: parental pressure, first crushes, teen anxieties, insecurities, follies, and the eventual stepping into adulthood. And all this is done in such an old-school way that despite the myriad topics the film tries to touch upon, it merely skims the surface without making any impact. Putting succinctly, it speaks much, says little.

With the exception of the Giselle Monteiro’s gentle Aishwarya, almost every character is verbose. Leading the bratpack is Nandini (Zoa Morani) the bull, or the bully who none wants to mess with. She is a rich spoilt girl with strained relationship with her parents. On the opposite end is Tariq (Satyajeet Dubey), the geek encumbered with stifling expectations of his father who wants him to top the school and enter MIT. Then there is the ‘who-cares?’ dude Sameer (Ali Fazal) caught up in a mess with corrupt cops. And there’s the sweet and beautiful Aishwarya (Giselle Monteiro) whose mother wants her to be Miss India some day.

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