Monday, June 26, 2006
Shahrukh Khan as Dev Saran
Overtly sensitive, sharp of tongue and cynical Dev Saran has a rather uneasy relationship with the world owing to an unfortunate mishap that turns his dreams upside down.
He is unable to come to terms with the unfairness of life or his handicap and his bitterness only cripples his mind further. He resents his wife, Rhea's growing success and in the process ends up hating himself for feeling that way. To make matters worse he ends up turning all his anger towards his loved ones. Under these circumstances, Maya enters his life with her own wounds and together they take on a journey to heal each other...
Preity Zinta as Rhea Saran
Confident, savvy and with a strong sense of right and wrong...
Rhea Saran leads a straight forward life where her promises and expectations are clearly chalked out. Her independence is of prime importance to her and she believes in the importance of material luxuries. There are moments when she realizes that she is not playing the traditional role of a wife or a mother owing to her busy career but she refuses to feel guilty about it and strongly believes in her right to pursue success as much as a man. Her belief in her marriage is strong even during its turbulent phase and she tries every means in her power to save it until she realizes the enormity of the situation and is forced to take a stand...
Abhishek Bachchan as Rishi Talwar
Sophisticated, stylish with a gift of the gab, Rishi Talwar, upcoming public relations professional, has inherited his father's fun-loving nature and his sense of humor.
While his childlike demeanor is endearing, his volatile reaction to situations often cause his wife, Maya to believe that he is childish. He is patient and loving to Maya but is unable to comprehend her complexity especially when it rears its ugly head in the most intimate moments of their personal relationship. His entire being is devoted to Maya and that's perhaps why he falls apart when exposed to the harsh truth of his marriage...
Rani Mukherjee as Maya Talwar
Beautiful, sensitive and a compulsive cleanliness freak...
Maya Talwar compensates for her inability to have children by teaching in a nursery. Her relationship with her husband Rishi is layered with a lot of self-doubt and question. However, while she is ready to discuss and analyze everything small or big, she fights this area of her life with remarkable silence. She is unable to whip up enough passion for Rishi and is disappointed that her love for him does not match her own expectations of what it ought to be. This dilemma pulls her further apart from him thereby causing a strain on their marital life. To add to this complication, she encounters Dev in whom she finds all the ingredients to fire the passion she lacks in her marriage...
Amitabh Bachchan as Samarjit Singh Talwar
Samarjit Singh Talwar a.k.a. Sam is a flamboyant and fun-loving man who believes in living his life to the fullest.
His life revolves around the happiness of his son, Rishi and daughter-in-law, Maya. And despite indulging in all sensual pleasures, Sam does not lose focus on the ground realities of life and beneath his colorful exterior there lies a wise and sensitive parent who dispenses, at times, brutal but practical solutions to his family.
Kirron Kher as Kamaljit Saran
A self-reliant woman with a combination of strong traditional values and a progressive mindset, Kamaljit Saran is an example of a parent who has molded herself to the changing world without losing her roots. While she is a silent spectator to her son, Dev and daughter-in-law Rhea's changing equations, she does not hesitate to voice her opinion as an elder when required. She is fearless in her decisions and takes a rather progressive stand for her daughter-in-law when the situation worsens...
The thought behind Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
A film about relationships
A film about love
A love that broke all relationships
There are three kind of married people in the world.
First, whose marriages are arranged. I've never quite understood that, but I'm sure they know what they're doing.
Then there are those who fall in love and marry their soul mates. These few, I believe, are the most fortunate people in the world.
And lastly, there are those couples that marry for their parents, for money or play it safe and marry a friend. These are the most unfortunate ones in the world...and they don't even know it. Until one day, riding the fast train of life they run into their soulmate, and are faced with the hardest question of all.
What do you do when you meet the love of your life and you're married to someone else? What do you do? What do you do?
"KANK doesn't have solutions to failed marriages, but it does raise a few right questions"
Human relationships have always perplexed me. These seemingly simple bonds between people can amount to so much and cause such upheaval that lives change drastically with a minute change in these equations. Especially in a fast changing world of today, such changes seem magnified hundred fold forcing us to question our age old definitions of relationships and commitment.
The seed for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (KANK) was born somewhere from these thoughts. The alarming statistics of failing marriages in the recent times, often made me wonder about the relevance of the institutions to our society today. With men and women handling far more responsibilities than what was conventionally assigned to them centuries ago, it is natural for them to expect more from life for themselves. So in this complex scenario how much does one compromise on self-gratification for the sake of commitment? Or should one compromise at all?
Not that I have found solutions while making the film but even if I don't have the right answer, I'm glad that I could raise a few right questions through KANK and I sincerely hope that the movie, apart from fulfilling its apparent role of entertainment also inspires people to look into their relationships to resolve their issues..!