Review of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Karan Johar is a talented
storyteller. This particular movie is
important in the larger context since it asks the question- “Can the Indian
ideal of love exist in a Western milieu?”
In doing so, the movie juxtaposes Western notions of love on the Indian
ones. The result is an interesting movie
that has offended cultural conservatives in India who view it as endorsing
infidelity. This is harsh criticism for
a movie that wants to desperately argue for the
fallibility of marriage as an institution and to make the case for honest
dialogue within a marriage rather than prolonged pain.
centers on two New York city couples who are trying to navigate
their complicated relationships. Sharukh
plays a bitter husband (Dev) who has never come to terms with the loss of a
soccer career as the result of a freak injury.
The movie successfully shows the deep-seated bitterness and constant
pain in the marriage between Dev and Rhea (Preity Zinta). Abhishekh plays Rishi- a successful executive
and a doting husband. The movie’s
central character is Maya Talwar (Rani Mukherjee)- a wife who is struggling
with the idea of love. She frequently confuses attention for love and is struggling to
come to grips with her sexuality.
The movie turns on the decisions that Maya
depiction of pain and bitterness in a relationship is not new, it is what the
movie does with these things that breaks new
ground. The traditional Bollywood movie
argues for reconciliation. This movie
certainly does not and in taking this stance challenges the desi
idealized view of a marriage. In
the end, the movie asks if Indians are ready for honesty within marital relationships? Are
December 10, 2006
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