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Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994)

Sunil and some of his friends start a band and perform at weddings and special occasions. Sunil is in love with Aana but Aana loves Chris; when Sunil finds out about this he decides to ... See full summary »

Director:

Kundan Shah

Writers:

Pankaj Advani (screenplay), Pankaj Advani (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Sunil
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi ... Anna
Deepak Tijori ... Chris (as Depak Tijori)
Rita Bhaduri ... Mary Gonsalves
Satish Shah ... Simon Gonsalves
Anjan Srivastav ... Vinayak
Goga Kapoor ... Anthony Gomez, The Don
Tiku Talsania ... Mr. Patel
Ravi Baswani ... Albert Gonsalves
Naseeruddin Shah ... Father Breganza
Juhi Chawla ... Special Apperance
Kurush Deboo ... Yezdi (Sunil's Best Friend)
Aditya Lakhia ... Tony
Shashi Sahay Shashi Sahay ... Prabha
Jyothi Nathani Jyothi Nathani
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Storyline

Sunil and some of his friends start a band and perform at weddings and special occasions. Sunil is in love with Aana but Aana loves Chris; when Sunil finds out about this he decides to utilize the best of his powers to prevent the couple from meeting only to stand exposed in the eyes of Aana who throws him out from the music band. He finds an opportunity coming his way when Chris' parents arrange his marriage elsewhere but another calamity occurs when when Chris finds out that he failed his exam forcing him to forge a certificate which states that he is successful at the exam in the eyes of his parents. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

25 February 1994 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The band that is thrown out by the customers at China Town Hotel when Sunil and his troupe come to give their audition, play the same tune that later Sunil performs during the song "Sachi yeh kahaani hai..." See more »

Quotes

Saimon: [to Sunil after having entered Saimon's house] I am so glad that you chose to come in through the door and no the window!
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References The Pink Panther (1963) See more »

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Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No, That's Life
29 July 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

There are only very few actors who can play the ordinary man with extraordinary talent and skills. Shahrukh Khan is one such actor. While he is more known for his larger than life films (such as 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 'Devdas' etc) it is in roles such as Sunil, Raju (of 'Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman') or Rahul (of 'Yes Boss') that I prefer him most. 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa' is one of his greatest achievements and among his most underrated films. He beautifully brings Sunil to life and had I not been aware that I was watching a movie, I wouldn't have known that Khan was acting.

For me, Sunil is one of the most unique and memorable characters in Hindi cinema yet he is so easily recognizable. He's not the son of a millionaire, not an A-grade student, not popular with women. He's vibrant. He's talented. He's carefree. He lies. He IS just a regular guy. One that you must have known sometime somewhere. I see a lot of myself in Sunil. His despair for Anna's love, his passion for music, his indifference towards his academic failure, have all been displayed with gusto by Mr. Khan.

Kundan Shah's direction is outstanding. He keeps everything including execution, story, props and setting, simple and that's what makes 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa' so easy to relate to. His portrayal of Sunil's relationships with the people in his life that includes his family, his band members, the girl he loves, a priest and his boss is very real and down to earth. Thankfully, nothing is sugarcoated. Shah stays focused and does it all with a very subtle approach. Even the brother sister relationship which was given very little screen time, flourishes beautifully on screen and, in my opinion, it is one of the best depiction of a sibling relationship.

The background score flows very well with the film and the songs are great. My favourites include the ballad 'Sachchi Yeh Kahani Hai' and the soulful 'Ae Kaash Ke Hum', both of which have been beautifully visualized. Actually all the songs are nicely picturized including the funny 'Kyun Na Hum' and 'Anna Mere Pyar', the sad 'Woh To Hai Albela' and the romantic 'Deewana Dil Deewana'.

Though 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa' is Shahrukh Khan's film, most of the supporting cast is very effective. Naseeruddin Shah as the priest/Sunil's confidant is totally awesome. Tiku Talsania and Goga Kapoor are hilarious. Of Sunil's friend Kurush Deboo stands out. However, Suchitra Krishnamurty and Deepak Tijori are merely okay.

In a nutshell, 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa' is one of my all-time favourite films. It's one of the rarest of its kind, truly a gem of a movie.


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