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on 1 July 2017
The film abounds with humor from misunderstandings.
Plus lines like (son played by Amitabh Bachchan), "What did you have (to eat)?" Reply (father played by Bachchan senior) " Can't remember her name". He promised his dying wife he would live the life he never lived whilst she was alive!

Against this backdrop two marriages are failing apart. Both have run their course. Maya's through lack of passion on her part, she loves her husband, but is not in love with him, unlike him.

There is no point in continuing a marriage, when it doesn't meet the needs of both partners.
At least the ending is more honest, than the pretense a marriage must be preserved, at all costs, to preserve the facade, what will others think. Or for the sake of the child, as if children were so stupid as not to notice something amiss.
The breakup is painful. Things that need saying are said. The errant couple thrown out by their respective spouses, thinking they are doing the other a favor, lie to each other, over the phone. Believing the others marriage intact, they never see each other again.

Three years later, at her ex-husbands (who has forgiven her) wedding, Maya learns the truth, from her old lovers ex-wife. Upon his confession, she couldn't forgive Dev and they divorced. The ex-wife says to Maya "punishment is living with Dev".
She too her someone who is keen on her, "well you know I'm waiting" . It's just she's not ready, not yet.
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on 28 April 2008
This film takes some challenging issues (for Bollywood) and gives them the sumptuous Karan Johar treatment. It follows two flawed (ie wounded) people on their journey to healing and redemption. The setting is not classic Bollywood, dealing as it does with the angst and preoccupations of contemporary, affluent young people in a modern New York setting, more Hollywood in flavour (although being Bollywood there IS melodrama and of course fabulous music numbers!). Once I got over that and realised that it was not going to deliver the classic Bollywood wish fulfilment within the traditional social framework of `punishment' for the transgressors and 'happy ever after' for the morally upright, I was able to enjoy it in its own right.

I know a lot of people have got hung up on the infidelity, but for me the film was about different kinds of love, trying to be authentic in how that love is expressed, and how the pain of unhealed wounds prevents people from being true to themselves. The two leads have each made an error in choosing to marry for 'the wrong type of love'. Dev (SRK) & Rhea (Preity) were essentially college sweethearts, each with their own driven ambitions. From their opening conversation, it is clear that it is a childish, fun-times type of love and they should have remained as old college buddies. Thus, when tragedy strikes at the height of Dev's career, there is not enough in the relationship to sustain him and support his healing.

Maya (Rani) has more of a sibling type of love for Rishi (Abishek), since Rishi's father, Sam(Amitabh) raised them both. She also has wounds (orphaned herself and unable to have children) which together with gratitude and perhaps loneliness have led her to marry but again her wounds are not being healed within her marriage either.

The initial mistake of marrying these partners put fault lines through the foundations of their respective marriages, which over time have become cracks. The more Dev and Maya try to 'conform' and pretend, in order to patch up these cracks the more their pain intensifies and these cracks grow into ever widening chasms. The big difference when they meet each other is that from the very beginning, even before their emotions are involved, their interaction is honest. They can be themselves, making an authentic, intimate connection and thus, at last, their healing begins. This process is brought out further in the deleted scenes, explicitly exploring Maya's obsessive compulsive cleanliness issues for example.

Interestingly, when things finally come to a head, the 'authentic' characters, Rishi and Rhea, have an honest reaction, end their marriages, heal and move on most quickly. Maya and Dev have a final lesson to learn and are, at this critical juncture not able to be honest with each other, both pretending to have patched up their marriages and THIS is the reason why they suffer a further 3 years in the wilderness, not because they have been `unfaithful'. I think Karan Johar is trying to say the real act of unfaithfulness is in marrying and tying up another person to you when you know in your heart of hearts that you can not give them real authentic love from the heart and soul. It is obvious that Amitabh's character totally 'gets' this and whilst his behaviour is supposedly scandalous, he never wavers in his honesty and the joie de vivre that this has liberated.

This is a bold message for a Bollywood movie, but since divorce is on the rise and arranged marriages are being increasingly supplanted by love marriages among the movie-going audience, the classic Bollywood themes of Duty and Honour need to also make room for dialogue about emotional maturity and authenticity in choosing your life-partner. For this alone, I applaud this film. When this is put together with all the Karan Johar hallmarks -superb cinematography, lavish production and costume design, exquisite music, beautiful A-list cast, genuine comedy and deep emotion it earns every one of its 5 stars.
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on 7 September 2016
I haven't seen many Bollywood films, OK a few, OK a couple, unfortunately I can't rate this any higher than three stars because it just wasn't as good as Kal No Haa Ho. I did enjoy this, it made me laugh, go a little teary, care and want a happy ending for the characters, but not as much as Kal Ho Naa Ho, also since I have watched Kal Ho Naa Ho I have been listening to the songs a lot which are fantastic, I won't be able to say the same for this, I don't really remember the songs in this, let alone liking them, so it was a bit of a let down.
However (spoiler here) I'm so glad Shah Rukh Khan got a happy ending!
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on 26 February 2007
I saw this film on a flight to New York, and I totally loved it.

For a start, I really enjoyed that the film was set entirely in New York City, it breathed new life into a city that I love so well for me.

I also found it heart-wrenching and funny all at once. Although I have to say if it were me having to choose between Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan, Abhishek would win every time!

I thought it was particularly daring with some of the scenes (I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen the film, but those who do probably know exactly which scene I am referring to), although, as with all Bollywood films, there was no kissing on the mouth or gratuitous nudity. It just goes to show, in an era where Hollywood is churning out all kinds of porno-dross that you don't need to it convey real love and sexual tension- the chemistry between Khan and Mukherjee was very intense.

The only reason that I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is that I felt the ending was too Hollywood for me- I would have preferred it if they have kept the two apart, a more bittersweet ending. But maybe I am alone in that, and it is not an enormous gripe for me. Definitely one people should watch!
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on 21 December 2014
This was a truly gripping film which captivated me - almost - from start to finish. In the beginning I found it rather frivolous at times and doubted I could see it through. However, by the end, I shed a few tears. Well worth seeing, great acting, music and fantastic dance scenes.
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on 26 February 2013
This HIndi Film comes with english subtitles and concerns two couples living in USA who are married to the wrong people and how they divorce and re-marry or continue life. The productions standards are high as are the quality of the songs with Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji acting to their usual high standards and careful nuances of emotions as we watch their voyage towards happiness interrupted by rocks on their path ably supported by other titans of India cinema
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on 1 September 2016
I did not get the dvd I expected. so I cant review it
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on 8 April 2007
The latest from Bollywood's biggest producer/director, Karan Johar, who once again assembles a stellar cast - Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, & Abhishek Bachchan - only to waste them on a dog of a story. As with most Bollywood productions, the film is built around a romance, but this time the protagonists are already married and must suffer - along with audience - boat-fulls of angst before their love can blossom.

The biggest problem with the film is that the audience can't sympathize with the protagonists or their predicament. We never really care what happens to Shah Rukh, who acts more selfish and petulant than the children to whom he acts as soccer coach, and Rani is so overly-sensitive that the least hint of criticism or suspicion causes her to burst into tears. Too many times during this film I found myself wishing that the two would get on with it, run away, and end this mess of a film.

The Indian public ate it up - as did overseas audiences. KANK became the biggest grossing Indian film in Europe and America, beating out Johar's much better 2001 release, Khubi Kushi Kabhi Kham.

About the only thing this film has going for it is the music, a nice collection of genre pieces, including a love ballad (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna), a pop-rock anthem (Mitwa), and a techno dance number (Where's the Party Tonight?). If you want to make a purchase, get the soundtrack and enjoy some great music, but skip the film.
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on 8 February 2016
Good movie, one of my all time favourites I would definitely recommend this movie if you like romance and comedy
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on 27 March 2017
Great movie
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