Director Roshan Abbas fails in his attempt to charm the audience by his latest flick “Always Kabhi Kabhi”. The story is about the teenagers in St. Marks but it has nothing that can keep the audience engaged throughout. It has the typical character scale with a Mr. charming, Sameer Khanna also called Shortcut Sam, played by Ali Fazal, a nerd Tariq Naqvi called Einstein (Satyajeet Dubey), the coolest chick in college Nandita Oberoi, famous as Nandy Bull (Zoa Morani) and the new-in-town, sweet and simple Aishwarya Dhawan (Giselli Monteiro). So basically it’s a story that’s already done-to-death in Bollywood.
The script seems clumsy as they have tried to put everything from rave, drugs, teenage pregnancy issue to the communication gap between parents and children; just everything. But while doing all this, nothing seems accurate or relevant. None of these is taken into detail and what reaches the audience is the chunk of all in an unsystematic and amateurish manner.
The movie’s objective is to show the generation gap between the parents and their children and the problems faced because of the lack of understanding. Unfortunately, it royally fails to achieve that goal. The parents are shown as negative and the children are those who are not understood by them. The young generation could have been shown in a much better manner than just status updates on ‘Friendspace’ and texting. But the movie does not bring that school-life effect that is fun and enjoyable. There could have been a lot more ‘Masti’ than just revolving it around the play that they rehearse for (i.e. Romeo and Juliet).
Well, one thing that’s really commendable is Ali Fazal’s performance. Really talented and seems promising. Another thing to watch out for is the killer attitude that Zoa Morani has carried with an amazing confidence throughout. And I should just not get into what-to-not-look-out-for as that’s all you will figure out when you watch it yourself. Last but not the least the song featuring the producer Shah Rukh Khan. Okay, after those 2 hours that the movie has tested your patience, SRK’s presence doesn’t excite you in anyway.
Verdict: Step into the theater remembering “Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.”