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Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta ... see more see more... , Kirron Kher , Arjun Rampal , Ahsaas Channa , Kajol , John Abraham , Saira Mohan

Indian director Karan Johar's three-hour feature Never Say Goodbye (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) utilizes and celebrates the common Bollywood practice of combining multiple genres and elements - comedy, dr... read more read more...ama, romance and flashy musical numbers - into one picture of epic length, to maximize cinema's capacity for entertainment. The story concerns two Manhattan couples. Soccer player Dev (Shah Rukh Khan) and his magazine editor wife, Rhea (Preity Zinta) are happily married despite occasional stress on the relationship; PR executive Rishi (Abhishek Bachan) and preschool teacher Maya (Rani Mukherji) feel their marriage strained by her inability to conceive. But the couples' worlds are turned upside down when Dev and Maya meet and fall hopelessly -- wondering how they ever lived without one another. Meanwhile, Dev's father Samarjit (Amitabh Bachchan) - who lives for pleasure and satisfaction at the expense of others' feelings - complicates matters by encouraging his son's new relationship. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Unrated, 3 hr. 13 min.

Directed by: Karan Johar

Release Date: August 11, 2006

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DVD Release Date: September 25, 2006

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  • November 27, 2009
    Absolutely fantastic! Here is a beautiful, and heartwarming movie that follows a pair of unlikely individuals who meet and are connected by one factor: true love. Dev and Maya are total strangers when they meet in a garden. Maya is hesitant about marrying her closest, childhood f... read moreriend Rishi. Dev is a married man with a small family of his own. The two strike up an interesting conversation about true love, soul-mates, and happiness that later leaves them feeling a bit confident about their places in life. Several years later, they meet again and vastly become friends. Their past fears and troubles escalate, and the two began to question their current situations in which they are striving to make the best within their relationships whether they are happy or not. But, now, they have also realized that they aren't the same person as they were when they first married their spouses. Their marriages are suffering, and they are determined to make their relationships work regardless. As their joint plan later begins to unravel and worsen, the two feel the pressure and uncertainties of whether love and relationships should ultimately be saved even if they are no longer in love with their spouses. As they are growing fond within their friendship, the two realize that they are also falling in love with each other. The two pursue this newfound love, and later are forced to come to grips with their relationship. Great cast- Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Kiron Kher. Great music! Vast appearances by Kajol (she's looking absolutely fantastic) and John Abraham. Definitely worth seeing!
  • December 27, 2008
    This is a movie I want to buy. The acting was superb. I didn't know Preity was a good actress until this movie. SRK cries too much.
  • June 10, 2007
    i love the songs; the movie is kinda stupid.
    mitwa is the best!!
    i can't believe preity zinta got a nose job!
    she used to look so pretty!
  • May 20, 2007
    good songs and good acting from some of the pplz....especially abhishek!!! i didn't like the storyy/message I got....didn't seem to say what they wanted it to!!
  • May 9, 2007
    it could have been better n i think the sleeping part jus went overboard on the whole cheating thing
  • February 16, 2007
    Indian movie abouttwo different people marrying two other different people,but then find out that their husband and wife are friends in business,and so they start hanging out and having a realationship bigger than friendship.

Critic Reviews

Neil Genzlinger
August 26, 2006
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

For something so silly and so long, however, the film is surprisingly engaging, thanks largely to its very watchable actors; it's easy to see why they are international stars in the world of Hindi films.

David Chute
August 17, 2006
David Chute, L.A. Weekly

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Never Say Goodbye) contains set pieces so spine-chillingly effective that people may still be talking about them 20 years from now. Full Review

Derek Elley
August 17, 2006
Derek Elley, Variety

Generally good but works better in bits than as a whole. Full Review

Michael Dequina
August 20, 2007
Michael Dequina,

For a good part of his run time, Johar succeeds in crafting something genuinely absorbing and fairly uncompromising--which makes it all the more disappointing when he ultimately succumbs to his more f... Full Review

Kevin N. Laforest
September 3, 2006
Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal

It's sad as all hell at times, you bet, but it can also be riotously funny and the musical numbers are pure unadulterated joy. Full Review

Eric Lurio
August 21, 2006
Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette

If you like this sort of thing, bring a pillow for your butt, you will need it.

Ethan Alter
August 17, 2006
Ethan Alter, Film Journal International

A film that's clearly out to raise eyebrows, even as it provides all the over-the-top spectacle that mainstream Indian cinema is famous for. Full Review

Jaspreet Pandohar
August 15, 2006
Jaspreet Pandohar,

At over three hours long it's left to the lighter comic moments, provided by Amitabh Bachchan as an outrageously flirtatious pensioner, to keep the momentum going. Full Review

Justine Elias
November 24, 2011
Justine Elias, Boston Globe

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Raam Tarat
September 23, 2006
Raam Tarat, Future Movies UK

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