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Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee

Be warned and be afraid. Vikram Bhatt delivers a moral science lecture in his latest film, Life Mein Kabhie Kabhhiee. He says, love and family is the only way to happiness — go the money, power, success, fame way, and you are likely to end up guilty, unhappy and lonely. Five friends (none of whom look young enough!) just out of college, have decided what will make them happy. Rajeev (Dino Morea) wants success, Monica (Nauheed Cyrusi) wants fame, Ishita (Anjori Alagh) wants money, Jai (Sameer Dattani) wants power and Manish (Aftab Shivdasani) wants nothing, but he is the one who will decide who wins the ‘happy-ness’ bet five years down the line.

Now, says Bhatt, as other wet blankets have before him, money can’t buy you love. So Monica sleeps her way to success in films (cliché loud and clear) and loses the man who loves her (Anuuj Sawhney in a hanger-on role). Ishita maneuvers to marry a rich man (women have to marry money, they can’t make it!) and finds that he is unfaithful.

Rajeev defies his caring brother and flies too high only to crash land, while Jai gets his political power but is wracked by guilt. Manish, who is the proverbial loser, gets wife (Koel Purie) plus kid, and finally a Writer’s Guild (really!) award for telling the tragic stories of his luckless friends. (For buddies who are so close, how come they are never around for each other in crisis situations?)

Inspired by such Hollywood flicks as Big Chill and St Elmo’s Fire and very close in form and content to Page 3 and Corporate (same writer), LMKK suffers from a cluttered narrative and too literal a style of storytelling, where everything is spelled out and underlined. Shoddy production values, awful styling, a flat visual style and ordinary performances — it would be tough to find something likeable about this movie, even though one can appreciate the effort to tell a different story.

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