'Kabhi Alvida...' opens to lukewarm response !


Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, (IANS) Karan Johar's much-awaited "Kabhi Alvida

Naa Kehna" (KANK), revolving around modern day relationships, opened

Friday to a rather lukewarm response.

The multi-starrer, which has all the ingredients of a Johar film,

has failed to live up to the lofty pre-release hype. KANK stars Amitabh

Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Abhishek


"It has got a lukewarm response at single screens and it is getting

mixed reviews," said an informed source on condition of anonymity.

However, Saurabh Varma, vice president of PVR Cinemas, feels it is

too early to give a verdict.

"Unlike other films, 'Kabhi Alvida...' has the advantage of a five-

day extended weekend. It has got a phenomenal opening and the seats are

booked till Wednesday. I think the ultimate verdict will come only

after Wednesday," said Varma told IANS.

However, trade pundits feel Johar splurged money on the film and

that the film's box office collection might not be able to match its


"Investment in the film is very high. It cost over Rs.500 million

and therefore, a lot is at stake for Karan Johar," added the


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