Saturday, August 12, 2006

KANK: Review Roundup

Rediff's Raja Sen writes that "the characters are cardboard, the setting is glitzy, the songs are tiresome, and the story oscillates between high melodrama and slapstick hilarity, going nowhere." He concludes: Damn, it still hurts. Think it'll take a couple more viewings of another film with a limping leading man to soothe the pain.

Taran Adarsh, at, has nothing but praise. "Just don't expect KANK to be a typical candyfloss entertainer. Or an archetypal fare that Bollywood is known for. In those 3.06 hours/22 reels, Karan packs in some solid stuff." Evidently, Taran Adarsh believes reviewing or critiquing a film involves one of two things: gush about it, or declare it a dud. And how does he outline KANK's merits? By alerting us to dialogues in the film that are eminiently cringeworthy: "The spat between SRK and Preity on one hand [Preity: 'I wear the pants in this house'], followed by the heated argument between Abhishek and Rani [Abhishek: 'You can't even bear a child'] is amongst the most remarkable portions in the film." Yes, remarkable indeed.

The NY Times' Neil Genzlinger wonders
"why Mr. Johar’s cinematic eye seems stuck in the land of Playboy videos, shampoo commercials and early MTV." Perhaps Mr.Genzlinger hasn't seen Mr.Johar's attempt at recreating the Archie-comics era in 90s India in his superhit debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The review is kind though, and concludes: But those looking for subtlety and sophistication should not have wandered into this film in the first place. plays it safe, saying "
after a while we have a Bollywood film that’s as easy to admire as it is to enjoy." They couldn't possibly afford to get SRK on their bad side. Newbies in India would be mistaken for thinking Filmfare is in many ways SRK's mouthpiece. But no, hang on. Just when you think the Times group couldn't really sink any lower, they decide to give you a "quick roundup of all the juicy tidbits" with this headline: Get the skinny on all the KANK-y stuff. *blech*

But thankfully, Nikhat Kazmi over at TOI gives it to us straight: Too long. Too tedious. And strangely plastic. No, this time, Karan Johar seems to have got the formula skewed.

It does seem clear that after KANK, a lot more people are going to wary about anything Karan Johar decides to do next. And Abhishek Bandekar at Naachgaana expresses hope.
"Karan Johar was inspired to make Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna(Never Say Goodbye), his study of love and its complex nature in these rapidly changing times, after a single viewing of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset. For the sake of all of us, may his DVD collection burn and/or the library he rents titles from run out of classics."


  • Good one aswin. I really enjoyed your roundup. It would be great to have a complete review of the film from your side.
    BTW the quick roundup on Kanak on Indiatimes was done before the film release. It was driven by the fact that there was huge interest in the movie and you can't balme the site for that.
    what did you think of Omkara?

    By Anonymous shashank, at 8/21/2006 5:06 AM  

  • Loved loved loved loved loved KANK, by the way. I can't believe how idiotic some of the reviewers are, in listing their reasons why they didn't like the film. I thought that it was beautiful, nuanced and wonderfully complex, within the framework of the three hour plus magnum opus that is KJo's trademark.

    By Blogger Parmesh, at 9/11/2006 1:37 AM  

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