India | 2006 | 193min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama | Musical
< Never Say Goodbye>, the only Bollywood film presented at this year''s JIMFF, is the story of Dev and Maya who happen to fall for each other in New York City. Married to successful magazine editor Rhea, Dev is a professional football player whose promising career is nipped in the bud after an accident. Maya teaches at a nursery and has married her longtime friend Rishi who is a PR consultant. The surface contentment of the two couples begins to fall apart when a chance encounter between Dev and Maya brings the two closer together. Karan Johar, son of Bollywood master Yash Johar, entered into the Indian film industry at early age and proved his talents in as a director, writer, actor and TV host. His third film < Never Say Goodbye> is the latest exhibit of his burgeoning talent. Asking what happens when you meet the love of your life when it''s too late, the film transcends the cliche of sacrificing the thrill of romance for the security of family. The film cleverly balances between conservative and a rather liberated mindsets and takes us on an emotional rollercoaster of joy and bitterness. This emotional drama -- infused with the bliss of the Bollywood musical dance number -- shocked and challenged Indian film goers with its unflinching look at the uncomfortable subject of adultery. An A-list cast includes Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji and Abhishek Bachchan.
Karan Johar, born in 1972, India, is a son of the late Yash Johar and a popular Indian film director, producer, and TV celebrity. His directorial debut, < Kuch Kuch Hota Hai>(1998) was a major box office success and won eight Filmfare Awards in 1998. His second film < Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghamwas>(2001) was also highly successful. Karan Johar has been emerging as one of India's young thought leaders and was chosen as one of 250 Global Young Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2006.