Star-Studded KANK could not save the day for KJ

KANKImagination knows no bounds !! Going strictly by this parameter, KANK is a jewel in the kitty of Dharma productions. Unlike the previous ventures KANK isn’t a girl meets guy, enter the third actor love triangle; but explores the rather sticky terrain of infidelity.

Though it is for the first time that Karan Johar has attempted to capture the grey shades of life, the movie really screeches absurdity, irrationality and a deliberate attempt to jump on the bandwagon of new crop cinema. Tragically Karan Johar has been hit by the substance syndrome. Borrowed extensively from yesteryears hit Silsila, KANK fails to bring credibility to compelling emotional complexity of characters.

A tense romantic drama between two married couples, where the most compelling character in the movie is a dad who dresses rather weirdly? The film works on a fundamentally flawed script and the main leads aren’t really fleshed out at all. Here goes the plot of the movie. We have a failed footballer, Dev Saran (Shahrukh Khan) who is resentful towards fashionista wife played by Preity Zinta.On the other side of the track, we have party planning Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan) trying hard to court school- teacher wife Maya (Rani Mukerji), but she’s quite a cold fish. Mere seconds into the film, Khan meets Rani in a wedding regalia on a park bench, wondering if she should take the plunge. And this being a KJ film where everyone’s a drama king or queen, he encourages her to get married even as he exposes the vulnerability of his own marriage while rudely brings to light the fact that she isn’t in love. The strangers meet, altercate great dialogues and bid farewell, until Mukerji brings up the film’s title –never say goodbye, for then it kills the hope of meeting again.

And they do meet, after four years and realize that their marriages are on the rocks, exchange stories and they soon recognize they are true soul-mates of one another. However, in the fantasy world of Bollywood, Indian couples may live in downtown New York and have secret rendez-vous at Starbucks, but ultimately they are expected to stay in unhappy marriages instead of breaking up or seeking comfort elsewhere. Amitabh Bachchan plays an old flamboyant indulging father who is, apparently deeply in love with his deceased wife. What completely belies his character is his portrayal of an outrageously flirtatious “Sexy Sam” . Still in love with his deceased wife and a flirtatious hero ! These Bollywood contradictions are beyond any sense.

The music has caught the fancy of the masses. And as always, the music of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy has tried to capture the essence of the movie. But how can even music lift a flick lacking in concrete content. Cinematographer’s camera has beautifully captured the vertical scapes and vivid and placid views of New York. Each frame is a master stroke in itself .

It is a saga that stretches on and on – imagine , a Balaji telefilms soap running for several seasons, time leaps and all.