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An Ode to Immaculate Melody

The filming of Kabhie Kabhie was a honeymoon! Most of the film was shot in Kashmir where all the cast crew lived in one huge bungalow. Rishi and Neetu Kapoor fell in love during the filming and Producer Gulshan Rai believed from day one that the movie, which seemed so poetic, would be a major flop!

 

The marriage lasted longer than the honeymoon. Kabhie Kabhie with a high budget, ensemble cast and techniques of an art film, a poetic title and Amitabh Bachchan in a moustache and as a father of two young adults did seemingly well at the box office.

 

There were thin chances of the success for such a sensual film. Then again, Yash Chopra churned his magic, and hats off to him, Kabhie Kabhie is still a film remembered for its 2 decade spanning romantic saga.

 

The movie is a complex Amitabh-Rakhee love story. It is a saga about the meeting of these impulsive, emotional characters who strongly believe in a perfect future with each other.

 

Things go haywire when Rakhee, playing Pooja bows down to the wishes of her parents and marries Vijay, the uptight, in love, clamored and charming Shashi Kapoor.

 

Amit drifts away from his poetry in a futile and unsuccessful attempt to leave behind his memories of Pooja. He is distraught. In this phase of the movie, the impeccable cinematography of Kay Gee is portrayed coupled with the intense acting of Amitabh Bachchan who impresses everybody with his silence.

 

Things are thrown way out of proportion when within minutes of the film, Amit gets married to Anjali played by the awed yet very graceful Waheeda Rehman.

 

How the picture perfect life of Pooja and Vijay together is distraught and what seems like should be the end of a short film, gradually erupts into something as speedy as a Sidney Sheldon novel and as unique as nothing seen in the 1970s. Pamela Chopra spins a story around the lives of the next generation, in which a new Amit and Pooja, spin a love story which will break all the bonds their parents failed to speculate, let alone break.  

 

The uncanny burning of love, its demanding sacrifices and immobile emotions is what Kabhie Kabhie is all about. 
 

When the film pours into the next generation, a young and jumpy Vicky played by the chocolate boy face - Rishi Kapoor and Pinky, the sexy and bubbly Neetu Singh – churn out emotions from their respective parents and then follows a chain of unprecented, unpredictable events of love and hate, but most importantly anger.

 

The story of Kabhie Kabhie brings back old friends as fond lovers and older lovers closer as better friends. The saga of communicating effectively, emotionally and in the language of love in 3 hours of screen time to describe relationships maturing over 20 years is what the ethos of Kabhie Kabhie is.

 

It is known that the concept came to legendary Director Yash Chopra while he was reading a poem by his longtime friend and also the film's lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi Sahab.

 

What is brilliant about the film is the unmatchable music, there are two versions of the poem ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ - one is the romantic poem Amit sings to Pooja when they are in love, and the other version, rewritten by a shattered Amit since the marriage of Pooja to Vijay, is a bitter, self-hating ode of misery and loss. Music direction by Khayyam brings out the best within the film with emotions seeping into the audience honing them to the tones and inner depth of characteristics, helping them read between the films' lines.

 

Kabhie Kabhie is a classic film for a lifetime. It is a watch for anyday, anytime and people of any emotion. It is not a P.S. I love you that will seemingly bore the men, and neither is it a Ben Hur that annoys the women. Neither is it an ordinary movie.

 

Kabhie Kabhie is a nerve-racking classic, which will smash the box office, even if it released today, 35 years, after its first release.   

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