Movie: Always Kabhi Kabhi

Director: Roshan Abbas

Cast: Ali Fazal, Giselli Monterio, Zoa Morani, Satyajeet Dubey

Jagran rating: (Bad)

Storyline: Youngistan rules! Bollywood knows the importance of this segment of moviegoers. Therefore, film makers are trying to lure Gen X to cineplexes by attempting unconventional, out-of the box themes keeping the contemporary nature intact.

Today's kids have a mind of their own and Roshan Abbas’s Always Kabhi Kabhi makes an attempt to make adults realise what goes on in a kid's mind. Always Kabhi Kabhi is based on Roshan Abbas' 1999 play 'Graffiti'. The story of this movie revolves around a group of friends. The film is set in the atypical college campus of Hindi films, where girls wear teeny-weeny skirts as part of their uniform and their hair is flying all over the place.

Aishwarya's (Giselle Monteiro) mother wants her to be Miss India. Tariq (Satyajeet) is reeling under tremendous pressure from his father to join MIT, Nandini (Zoa Morani) is a tomboy who does not get proper attention from her superrich parents and Sameer Khanna (Ali) has a strict father who never listens to him. On top of it, he is blackmailed by two local cops when he lands himself in some drug dilemma. How they overcome all odds and make their folks realise the folly forms is the crux of the story.

Thumbs up: The young cast is fresh and endearing. Zoya comes across as a competent actress. Giselle is good eye candy and Satyajeet Dubey, the geek, is a complete natural and makes the most ordinary sequence watchable with his effortless performance. Cinematography is eye-catching. Despite a number of shortcomings, Roshan Abbas has executed a number of sequences well.

Thumbs down: The writing is not merely humdrum and dreary, but also amateurish and ridiculous at the same time. Even when the opening credits are being shown, you kind of cringe because it involves two red hearts, which is as outdated as hmm... Romeo and Juliet. The script seems confused about which issue to focus on and ends up jumbling up everything.

What should have been a racy, fun film meanders too much, and once in a while, picks up and then drops again. Even though the movie is an attempt to reflect the lives of today's youngsters, with a generous dose of social networking sites, hacking, short forms etc thrown in, the script in itself seems a bit outdated and stale. The issues don't touch you and at one point you really don't give a damn about how they are dealing with them really

. The climax is pretty juvenile, as the youngsters turn great Shakespeare's play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ into their own version where they get to rave and rant about their problems. Shah Rukh's item song comes at the far end of the film, but by then it is too late to do anything about this film. A good opportunity wasted.

Too many songs are forced in the narrative; the relationship between parents and kids is handled most haphazardly. But overall ‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’ fails to strike a chord.

(JPN/Mid-day)