Saturday, September 02, 2006

KANK a bitter pill for NRI marriages

New York (T2N2) Karan Johar's schmaltzy epic may not have caused a stir at the desi box-office but NRI marriages in the Big Apple have been literally "rocked and rolled" by Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.

Shahrukh and Rani's extra-marital affair in the film has spawned a plethora of similar flings in the city, with the rate of divorce among NRI couples up by 30 per cent since the release of KANK.

As many as 953 Indian-origin husbands in New York have complained that their wives are now openly flirting with male colleagues or friends.

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Statistics reveal that in the week following the film's release in the US, a staggering 430 divorce claims had been filed in local courts, up from only 29 in June 2006.

When asked to comment, Johar denied that KANK was aimed at breaking marriages and said he was planning a sequel to set things right.

His new creation, tentatively titled Kabhi Apni Mistake pe Patchtana (KAMP), depicts a rift between lovers Shahrukh and Rani and how they each go back to their original spouses - Preity Zinta and Abhishek Bachchan. (T2N2)