Never say goodbye

That’s the English translation of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (shown in some schedules under the inviting English acronym of “KANK” or “K.A.N.K.”). This Bollywood drama with plenty of comedic aspects opened worldwide yesterday, and Austin’s Tinseltown 17 southside has four showings most days. At today’s second show, the room was nearly full; as we left, we saw a long line of people waiting to surrender their tickets and there were people being turned away and buying tickets for one of today’s remaining two shows. Here’s a quotation from today’s NYT review by Neil Genzlinger: “For something so silly and so long, 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.” Even the child actor is excellent. There is one completely hallucinatory song-and-dance number and others nearly as extravagant. The first half is full of laughter; toward the end of the second half, many in the audience were weeping. Many of the locations were in New York, New Haven, and Philadelphia. This is a great movie with great acting, but, just as first-time opera-goer probably shouldn’t check out Elektra, maybe this isn’t a good introduction to the wonderful world of Hindi movies. Or maybe it is. If there’s a ticket available. The audience applauded at the conclusion of the movie.

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