Friday, August 11, 2006
New Delhi (UNI): Filmmaker Karan Johar may be a bundle of nerves on the eve of his forthcoming directorial venture Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, but the tremendous buzz around the film, coupled with historic advance booking reports from all over the country, and even overseas, suggest that the multi-starrer film may well turn out to be the biggest blockbuster of the year. Even before the film's worldwide release today, there has been a huge buzz around the film which is evident from the historic advance booking for the film all over India as well as overseas. Factors like the huge starcast of the film, its unique storyline, catchy promos and its songs like 'Mitwa', 'Where's the party tonight' and 'Rock and Roll Soniye' have created a huge buzz around the film, resulting in unprecedented rush in advance bookings for the film.
Featuring an ensemble cast of Superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan, current teenage heartthrob Abhishek Bachcan, the vivacious Preity Zinta and graceful Rani Mukherjee, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna has also evoked a lot of curiosity due to its novel storyline. Adding to the buzz for the film are its songs like 'Where's the Party tonight' picturised on Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta in the film, as also the ''Rock and Roll Sonie'' song picturised on Amitabh, Abhishek and Preity, which are already a huge rage among all sections, specially the youth and the children.
No wonder, theatres across the country have been reporting tremendous rush in advance bookings for the film. Both multiplexes and single screen theatre have witnessed phenomenal advance booking. Trade sources said the advance bookings of the film were full as soon as it opened on Monday. Infact, almost all the cinema halls in Delhi and Mumbai, both the single screen as well as multiplexes have tickets for an entire week booked in advance considering that this week has two holidays on August 15 and 16 on account of Independence day and Janamashtmi. Though the advance booking for multiplexes starts from Wednesday or Thursday, booking for KANK at many multiplexes in Delhi opened on Sunday. The phenomenal rush in advance bookings, coupled with the fact that the film is being released with nearly 1000 prints, makes it a distinct possibility that the film may turn out to be a bigger blockbuster that the recently-released 'Krrish', which has already netted a gross of over Rs 150 crore in just five weeks of its run.
It is not India alone which is rocking to Karan Johar's beat. The KANK fever is said to have gripped the overseas markets too. For example, in the United Kingdom, considered the biggest market of Hindi movies outside India, the first weekend of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna is completely booked in sixty theatres where the film released yesterday with paid previews. The film is said to have been greeted with a standing ovation at the recent trials shows held by the producers. "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" (KANK) will be screened at this year's Toronto Film Festival as part of it Gala section.
Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna deals with the issue of how marriages break-down and how even the most intimate relationships are affected. This is the first time that Karan has decided to make a film that delves into the not so pleasant and realistic side of life. This is also the first time that his characters will have both good and bad shades as well. The film, set in New York, is the story of Dev, a man whose shining career as a soccer player is cut short by an accident that leaves him with a limp. He is unfulfilled, embittered and quietly resentful, especially of his wife, who enjoys a soaring career with a fashion magazine. He meets Maya, whose marriage seems similarly turbulent, through no fault of her adoring husband. The two endeavour to help each other fix their fractured marriages but end up falling in love. The plot is an emotional roller coaster, with angry confrontations, disappointed parents, wounded spouses and, inevitably, divorce.
Made at a cost of more than Rs 40 crore, Kabhi Alvida na Kehna is one of Bollywood's most expensive films this year after Rakesh Roshan's Krrish. Infact, trade buzz has it that the film has the vivacious Kajol in a special appearance.
Friday, August 11, 2006