In a promo for his upcoming production, Shah Rukh Khan asks, “Do you ever look back on your school days? Do you remember those first memories?”
Always Kabhi Kabhi, theatre personality Roshan Abbas’s debut movie, is based on teenage life and its problems. And real-life incidents dealing with the pressures of growing up have found their way into the script. Roshan has been conducting theatre workshops with adolescents for over a decade.
Roshan says, “The film is based on my play Graffiti and is a film about four teenagers who are graduating from school.” He adds that since a school becomes a memory bank of your firsts— first crush, test, fight, friend — it is laced with innocent memories.
He admits, “During one of my workshops, some kids in Delhi asked if they could write for me. I agreed. What they came up with were interesting, innocent first encounters that occur in school.” Back then, these inputs were used in his play and then adapted to the film when he started writing it.
However, Roshan insists that the film, starring Giselli Monteiro, Zoa Morani, Satyajeet Dubey and Ali Fazal, is not just aimed at what he calls the “Google generation” but also at anyone who has gone through school life.