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Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

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Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Movie poster for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Directed by Karan Johar
Produced by Dharma Productions
Written by Karan Johar
Starring Amitabh Bachchan,
Shah Rukh Khan
Rani Mukerji,
Preity Zinta,
Abhishek Bachchan &
Kirron Kher
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Anil Mehta
Editing by Sanjay Sankla
Distributed by Dharma Productions
Release date(s) August 11, 2006
Running time 193 Min.
Language Hindi
Budget $ 11 million [Rs 50 Crore]
IMDb profile

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Hindi: कभी अलविदा न कहना, Urdu: کبھی الوداع نہ کہنا, English: Never Say Goodbye) is a film directed by Karan Johar and produced under the Dharma Productions banner. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan and Kiron Kher in pivotal roles. Arjun Rampal and Saira Mohan have cameo roles in the film. The film's score and soundtrack has been composed by the musical trio, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is set in New York City. It was filmed over a 90 day shooting period in the USA and a few scenes were shot on 4 large sets in Mumbai's studios. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was released on August 11, 2006.



Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Dev Saran (Shahrukh Khan), a formerly successful, now injured soccer player, is unhappily married to Rhea (Preity Zinta), who has a high-flying job with a fashion magazine. They have a son named Arjun. Maya (Rani Mukerji) is about to unhappily marry her childhood friend Rishi Talwar (Abhishek Bachchan). Samarjit a.k.a "Sexy Sam" (Amitabh Bachchan) is Rishi's dad, and Kamaljit (Kiron Kher) plays the peppy mom to Dev.

Dev happens to meet Maya before her wedding and despite being strangers, they connect instantly. It could be that the two are unhappy with their partners, it could be that Dev was only too happy to talk of his uncomfortable marriage or it could be that Maya just could not love Rishi and so, found Dev attractive. Whatever the case, the connection between the two remains a glowing spark that re-ignites when they meet four years later.

Rani Mukerji and Abhishek Bachchan (l-r) as Maya and Rishi
Rani Mukerji and Abhishek Bachchan (l-r) as Maya and Rishi

During those four years, Maya has married Rishi and Dev has met with an accident that leaves him crippled and ends his football career. So when Maya meets Dev the next time, he is bitter - his failed career and failing marriage are festering wounds to which his wife Rhea's professional success is salt. In the Talwar home, things are no better - Maya still does not feel any love for Rishi and feels guilty for her inability to have children.

Dev and Maya realise that their situations are similar and decide to help each other repair their breaking marriages. Things don't work quite as expected however, and they become more and more drawn to each other. At the same time, Rishi and Rhea are working to keep their marriages afloat and are willing to see hope in even the smallest, most innocuous signs from their partners. However, their efforts are insignificant in the face of Maya and Dev's intense unhappiness in their marriages and their growing love for each other.

Rani Mukerji and Shahrukh Khan (l-r) as Maya and Dev
Rani Mukerji and Shahrukh Khan (l-r) as Maya and Dev

Dev and Maya give in to a dreamy, coffee-drenched romance and realise they have fallen in love. Which follows with a scene of them sleeping together, although being married to different people. However, when Dev is about to give flowers to Maya, he sees Rhea and gives them to her so she dosent see Maya. He saves one rose for Maya. She takes the rose home and Rishi sees it and Maya gives it to him. Rhea and Rishi now think that their partners really love them and are happy. But after an incident at the ballet that makes Dev intensely jealous, they realize they now feel like they are cheating on each other with their own spouses. This realization brings them to a dramatic point of no return. Shortly afterward, they are caught in an embrace outside the train station by Sam and Kamaljeet.

Sam, having lived the good life for a long, long time ultimately has to bear the punishment of all his excesses - he has a fatal heart attack and as he lies on his death bed, he gives Maya some unconventional advice: he tells her to leave his son Rishi since neither of them are happy in their marriage.

Preity Zinta and Shahrukh Khan (l-r) as Rhea and Dev
Preity Zinta and Shahrukh Khan (l-r) as Rhea and Dev

Things come to a head and Dev and Maya decide to leave each other and return to their partners. But this re-union will not be without honesty, so they come clean and confess their extra-marital affair. Rishi and Rhea decide that enough is enough and end their marriages - this doesn't mean that Maya and Dev come together however. They only speak to each other on the phone, and lie to each other, saying that all is well in their marriages.

Three years later, Rishi goes to meet Maya and invites her to his wedding. There Rhea sees Maya for the first time in three years and realises that she and Rishi weren't together as she thought. The news that Dev is still alone, combined with some prodding from Rishi and Rhea convinces Maya to run after Dev. Dev is about to catch a train to Canada when he sees Maya. He hides from her because he has told Maya earlier than he was happy with Rhea and he thinks that she is happily married to Rishi. However, Maya finds him in his seat a few seconds before his train leaves the station. He uses the emergency brakes to get out to meet her. Dev finds out that Maya has been living alone all of that time too and feels very bad. Then they finally get together.

Spoilers end here.



  • Samarjit Singh Talwar (Sexy Sam) - Samarjit knows how to keep Vulgar and disreputable activities going , and set a revolting example to younger people, but when it comes to family matters that threaten to turn it all into a messy situation, he likes being hypocritical, and behaving as if he can set everyone right by showing them how he leads his life. He is a wasted old man, who does not follow societal rules.
  • Dev Saran - Handicapped, he starts looking at everything with a negative mindset and finds himself unable to enjoy the smallest pleasures given by life. With a feeling of loneliness and disappointment all around him, Dev lashes out at any given opportunity including his wife. But Maya's entry in his life brings along a calming effect.
  • Maya Talwar - Maya's inability to have children and her guilt over this strains her relationship with her husband. Doubting the very essence of the relationship they share, the love they feel for each other and the life they want to live from hereon, Maya finds herself on the crossroads when she meets Dev.
  • Rhea Saran - Rhea is smart, successful and caring. She may not be the usual housewife that is generally accepted from a woman belonging to her social circle but that is hardly a worrying thought for her as she believes that everything counts in an individual's life, with love and luxuries holding equal importance.
  • Rishi Talwar - Rishi too loves Maya enormously and it's her and only her who is of utmost importance to him. But a difficult situation comes his way when he realizes about Maya's handicap. Frustrated and depressed, he has his violent fits that further draw Maya away from him.
  • Kamaljeet Saran - A mix of traditional values and a progressive mindset, she may seem unfazed by the situation at her home but puts her foot down when things go extreme.


Getting Ready on the Sets of KANK
Getting Ready on the Sets of KANK


Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna cover
Studio album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
June 16, 2006 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Producer(s) Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Dil Jo Bhi Kahey...
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Don - The Chase Begins Again

The film has seven songs composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy:


  • The story is parallel to the 1984 Hollywood movie Falling in Love, starring Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro.
  • Karan Johar has stated that Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is his original idea and refutes claims that the story has been inspired by Yash Chopra's Silsila (1981) or the Hollywood film Closer (2004).
  • Since Karan Johar considers Kajol his lucky mascot, he made sure that Kajol was present in his film by way of a brief appearance in the song Rock and Roll Soniye.
  • Sony BMG acquired the rights for the music of this film.
  • Yash Raj Films acquire the rights for the film's DVD and VHS releases.
  • Riteish Deshmukh originally had a guest appearance in this film, but his scene was cut during the editing process.
  • You can spot director Karan Johar sitting in the train, a few rows behind Shahrukh Khan, during the climactic sequence.
  • The movie holds the record for highest 1st week gross for an Indian movie.
  • At one point in the song "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna," you can see Maya walking before a set of steps on a rainy day in Fort Greene Park. If you look closely, one of the background passersby resembles Rhea.
  • The movie is set in New York City and centers around the train station, yet whenever a train is actually shown, it is a SEPTA train (a regional rail train from the Philadelphia area). The train station interior shots (with the exception of the footage from the great hall in Grand Central Station) are all of Union Station (New Haven) in New Haven, CT or of 30th Street Station in Philadelphia .


Box Office

The movie emerged to be the biggest worldwide grosser in the history of European cinema beating Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham's five year old record. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna opened in atleast 1,200 screens worldwide. [2]

In the United States it was the leading grosser for a indian film in its history beating out previous leader Khubi Kushi Kabhi Kham making over a million dollars in just one week. In the United Kingdom, drawing £750,000 over the weekend and releasing at number 'one' on the UK Top 10, EDI (a UK-based tracking agency) has officially declared Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Hindi cinema's biggest opener. Back home, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, with a multi-star cast, has seen a record opening at many places in the country, and the film has made Rs 60 crore (Rs 600 million) in the first week itself. Film-goers' interest in India, however, rapidly waned after the first week [3]. The film's business started to fall alarmingly from the second week in India, but it was very successful overseas. Till date, KANK is the highest overseas grosser Indian film.

The Hindu in its report on 21 August 06 states Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has collected Rs 72 crore worldwide in the first week of its release and broken all records of the Indian cinema's box-office history.

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has collected $3,275,444 USD in United States (as of 25 September 2006) [4] while in UK it netted an amazing £71,959,584 (as of 6 September 2006). In the US, one big help was due to the fact that the film debuted in 64 theatres, unusually high for a Bollywood film in the US, in cities including not only traditional Bollywood markets, but Miami, Tampa, and Raleigh as well. It was the biggest debut for a limited release film in the US in 2006.

This film, along with Lage Raho Munna Bhai are the joint highest grossing films of 2006. Both films grosed a combine of 90 crore business in India and overseas.


In spite of the film's phenomenal commercial success it received fairly mixed reviews. Tough critics were generally positive towards the film. It has only a 5.5 rating on IMDb. The film's commercial success can perhaps be attributed to monumental advanced bookings and the immense hype created by the film's sparkling starcast. The five lead stars got fairly good reviews. [5]


The list below shows the awards and nominations Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna received. The awards won are highlighted in bold:

Global Indian Film Awards (2006)

  • Best Film
  • Best Actor - Shahrukh Khan
  • Best Actress - Rani Mukherjee
  • Best Supporting Actor - Amitabh Bachchan
  • Best Supporting Actor - Abhishek Bachchan
  • Best Supporting Actress - Preity Zinta
  • Best Music Director - Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • Best Male Playback - Shafqat Amanat Ali for "Mitwa"
  • Best Male Playback - Sonu Nigam for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna"
  • Best Female Playback - Alka Yagnik for "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna"
  • Best Choreographer - Farah Khan for "Where's The Party Tonight"

Star Screen Awards (2007)

Filmfare Awards (2007)

See also

External links

Films directed by Karan Johar
Kabhi Alvida Naa KehnaKabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
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