Fun fun! Emily and I started kicking this around yesterday, and I thought why not put it out for all of us to talk about?
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna! Which wasn’t the movie Karan wanted it to be, or the movie Shahrukh wanted it to be (he was miserable while filming), and just generally only kind of works. And yet, there are so many ingredients there for a good movie!
Here are some things I am thinking about:
Rani: A simple fix for her character would have been to cast someone visibly older than Abhishek so we could feel her issues with seeing him as a little boy, not a man who could attract her. I also would have liked more exploration of her need for family, we know she is an orphan that Amitabh took in, and we know she has a close bond with Amitabh and wants a child with Abhishek, but I feel like we need more about how her fear of being alone is part of her. Oh, and Emily suggested also maybe building in professional fulfillment, what if she was a full time housewife and unhappy with it and Shahrukh encouraged her to go back to teaching? What else?
Shahrukh: Maybe a little more professional exploration for him as well? We see him move on to a full time coaching job, where did that come from? And was it having an affair with Rani which inspired him to apply, or was applying for that job part of finding himself again which lead to the affair? Obviously, also make him a better father. What else?
Preity: What if she was a high-powered lawyer or finance person instead of in fashion? Instead of dressing like a party girl and going to clubs, she dresses in power suits and goes to networking events? The first party still works perfectly, and the night at the Opera, we just move “Where’s the Party Tonight?” to another big fundraising fancy kind of thing instead of a club.
True Love: Emily is verilantly against True Love. As a plot device that is, not like she is forbidding her children from marrying for love. And she kind of convinced me! It’s just boring to have this affair come about because Rani and Shahrukh are Meant to Be. What do you think about dumping that whole concept? The reason we see them meet first 4 years earlier is to show how they are NOT in love at that point, Shahrukh is young and ambitious and caught up in his own life and Rani is nervous and hopeful and about to be married. And then Shahrukh’s big train station speech can be about asking how it can be that he could meet her and it was nothing and now he can’t stop thinking about her.
More Time With Original Couples: What do you think? See Shahrukh and Preity as the Power Couple they once were, working a room together, so we can better appreciate how lonely she feels now. See Rani and Abhishek when he proposed, and was all in love and excited and she was shy but happy at the thought of having a family.
What else would you change? Even if you don’t think it is a problem with the original film, what do you think might be interesting to explore in a redo of it? Change the location? Change the ending? Change the whole thing and make it a songless serious art film?