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Once again Shahrukh Khan and his production company Red Chillies Entertainment have maintained a good equilibrium with hits and misses where their films are concerned. For every hit film they have produced over the years, they have been making counter hit films that are either pathetically done or utterly downscale market. For now it’s ‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’. If Shakespeare would have been alive today, he would have squirmed in his seat for the mishmash of his ‘Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with a pinch of ‘3 Idiots’ put in for good measures.

‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’ is a story of four friends – Samir (Ali Fazal), Aishwarya (Giselli Monterio), Tariq (Satyajeet Dubey) and Nandini (Zoa Morani) who study in the same school (???). Each of them faces some sort of a problem with their respective parents. If Samir doesn’t get along with his disciplinarian father, Aishwarya is pushed into endless modeling tasks by her mother. Nandini too is not far from domestic issues as her parents also keep her on the neglect mode. Same with Tariq whose father is hell bent on seeing Tariq him get admission in MIT much against Tariq’s wishes! In a way, each of them come from a dysfunctional family.

While Sam is in love with Aishwarya, their love story ends abruptly when Samir is caught by the police with ‘planted’ dope while trying to save his lady love. A misunderstanding between Samir and Aishwarya follows while cops further create problems for Samir by way of demanding a bribe of Rs.50000 to hush up the case.

In the case of Tariq, the dysfunctional Nandini creates a situation in Tariq’s life which leads him to a suicide like situation and everyone assumes Tariq actually was going to commit suicide. Well it works for Tariq the geek as Nandini is now his arm candy. So where does all these itsy bitsy stories lead to? Well it leads to a melodrama of a play which tells the parents to let the kids pursue their own dreams and not to dump their dreams on the kids. Hmmm did I mention a dose of ‘3 Idiots’ anywhere before?

Foremost, as the movie unfolds, you might be forgiven to believe that the story is set in the 80s or early 90s. How else can you explain a Ramu Kaka like character being asked about a theft of a measly Rs.25,000 or for that matter why Ramu Kaka aka Santosh in the film is entrusted with another set of cupboard keys? Who does it in today’s time? Well the film did have cell phones and social media or Facebook or Gmail lookalikes in the film to make it look like it’s for today’s generation. But then, less said about the 80s screenplay and the dialogues the better.

Songs it seems have been pushed in the film to increase its length and at times sound jarring. Cinematography okayish but did the DOPs Fuwad Khan / Anshuman Mahaley have to use those silly top angle shots time and again? Among the actors, Ali and Zoa and to an extent Satyajeet are good. But Ali with his ‘3 Idiots’ goatee is anytime acceptable. Giselle should have had a ‘Love Aaj Kaal’ kind of role where she didn’t have to mouth lines. Then it would have worked for her.

Director Roshan Abbas needs to do his homework well where the script is concerned. The story resembles one of those romcoms of the 80s or early 90s like said earlier. Roshan however handles the lead casts extremely well. Can’t say the same about the other supporting casts who more or less look wasted or unwarranted in the film. But then, coming back to the core issue, perhaps Shahrukh wanted to strike a fine balance with the success of ‘My Name Is Khan’ and lo, he’s done it with ‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’. Yeah, you can say for this movie, ‘Always… Kabhi Nahin!’