The film looks at the life of a bunch of students during the last year of their school life. The parental and peer group pressure, the neglect, the misunderstandings, the first stirrings of love, heartbreak and the whole burden to succeed: it’s an attempt to capture the angst of growing up before you actually come of age.
Movie Review: Not so long ago Roshan Abbas, then an active theatre person, had directed this film as a musical called Graffiti. The play was a hit and had several successful shows as it mirrored the life of teenagers who were still confused about the choices in life. Today, he has converted the same script into a film, but ironically, it lacks the panache that the play boasted of.
The problems are easy to count. First, and most importantly, the film is a youth-oriented story but completely lacks the fun and games that are associated with this generation. There is a general lack of zeal in the proceedings and the pranks that the boys and girls play in the classroom border on the juvenile. The final year classroom of Always Kabhi Kabhi in no way reflects a modern classroom of today. All that they do for fun is go for some antiseptic pool parties or chill in a local club called Hellfire.
Secondly, the parental problems are all so very predictable. The pretty girl (Giselle Monteiro) is being forced to miss school and forget her boyfriend in order to concentrate on a modelling and acting career by an ambitious mother. The school topper is given just one option by domineering dad: MIT or nothing. The rebellious teen, hungry for her parents attention, keeps slipping off to Goa with her boyfriend. And the mortified son, caught in a drug rap, is unable to come clean before his parents and seek their help.
It’s all foregone and predictable apart from being inordinately long. School is agony; school is ecstasy. Always Kabhi Kabhi captures neither and treads the staid middle ground.