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Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna , also known as KANK, is a 2006 Indian romantic drama musical film directed by Karan Johar and produced under the Dharma Productions banner. Set and mostly taking place in New York City, it explores themes of adultery and extramarital affairs. It was a success internationally especially in the United States. The script received recognition by a number of critics and was invited to be included in the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Wikipedia

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Reviews

Raja Sen


A tense romantic drama between two married couples -- and the most compelling character in the film is a dad who dresses like a pimp? The film is working from a fundamentally flawed script, and our four (okay, two) main leads aren't really fleshed out at all. Khan is perpetually pissed, an angry man too busy grumbling about his limp to care about his marriage. Mukerji's character is strangely unreceptive of Abhishek's advances. Preity's Rhea echoes Bollywood cliché of careerwomen being ruthless and uncaring. Abhi, while a bit of an upstart, is the most believably written of the bunch. But never once do you feel concern for any of them, nice New York cinematography or not.

Nikhat Kazmi
Times Of India


Too long. Too tedious. And strangely plastic. No, this time, Karan Johar seems to have got the formula somewhat skewed. For unlike his earlier successful celluloid soap operas, the audience doesn't get to shed any real tears even though the protagonists keep crying. Nope! When it comes to infidelity, Arth still remains the last word in Bollywood. And Silsila the most silken.

Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama


Karan Johar takes colossal strides as a storyteller. Films like K.K.H.H. and K.K.K.G. were the tip of the iceberg. Karan's take on relationships and marriages is refreshingly different because there's tremendous identification with the characters. You see it happening all around you these days. Technically too, this is Karan's finest work to date; he balances style and substance beautifully.

It’s interesting to watch a story on love-outside-wedlock carefully play out without falling into one-dimensional traps of a blame-game, where either partner is entirely villainous (scores of films). Or the actions are justified by a sweet, innocent, unrequited, but eternal love from the past (Silsila, and several of its clones). The film doesn’t perceive monogamy as an impossible human attribute either, so I didn’t see the moral status-quo on marriages being rocked. The discussion centres on how if you’re not with the one you love; you need not be forced to love the one you’re with.

Audience Reviews for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    300 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Karan Johar creates his finest, and the most fun film in the form Kabhi Alvidaa Naa Kehna. The starcast alone deserves the brownie points: the performances by Rani Mukherjee and Abhishek Bachchan as an unhappy couple with no sex and romance in their life, Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta as a proper family couple with no time for each other, Kirron Kher as a Punjabi mother-in-law and Amitabh Bachchan as a pervert are some characters from the bouquet of Indian cinema that'll stay with you. But the biggest strength of the film is that it tackles a story involving bold aspects of an intimate relationship, and infidelity with conviction. Karan Johar still has beautiful songs amidst so many shades which celebrate the heroines draped in chiffon sarees who dance and a Shahrukh Khan with his arms wide open, always ready to embrace his love. The kind of portrayal of relationships as in the film is very new to Hindi cinema, so we can say that this is the meatiest film this year, which is actually a layered saga of love and heartbreak. It's 4 stars out of 5 for the layered and inventive KANK. It is a carefully styled love story woth many facets.

    September 26, 19
  • محمد المطيري
    محمد المطيري
    17 reviews
    Senior Reviewer

    before seeing this film , i had great fears about what could Karan Johar do this time( hated k3g). I was pleasantly surprised actually, i was pretty shocked how this is a total different director from the days of kkhh
    this film is bold( in terms of social norms in India), it says that the institution of marriage shouldn't be a rigid structure where people feel trapped by it. The thing I like about this film , is that you can't hate anybody in this film, everyone of the 4 main characters has moments when you love them and sympathize with them, and other moments where you want to smack them for their idiocy. i loved the comedy in the first half, and loved the drama in the 2nd half. the film has also high production values, the music is superb,the locations are amazing and Anil Mehta cinematography is top notch as usual.
    the film is little lengthy( which I didn't care about), and it could use some editing...otherwise, this was a very entertaining , thought provoking film that i didn't expect from Karan Johar and Shahrukh khan did in this movie because its simply happen to me! and if i have right i will give Shahrukh khan prize as a BEST Actor EVER on this role

    November 25, 16
  • My son
    My son
    7 reviews

    Karen Joher made a very good movie with great acting

    December 13, 16