Naina, an introverted, perpetually depressed girl's life changes when she meets Aman. But Aman has a secret of his own which changes their lives forever. Embroiled in all this is Rohit, Naina's best friend who conceals his love for her.

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Aman Mathur
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Naina Catherine Kapur
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Rohit
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Jennifer Kapur
Sushma Seth ...
Lajjo Kapur
Reema Lagoo ...
Aman's Mother
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Jaswinder "Jazz" Kapoor
Delnaaz Irani ...
Jasprit "Sweetu" Kapoor (as Delnaaz Paul)
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Sonali Bendre ...
Dr. Priya
Michael Pinkhas ...
Office Clerk
Sanjay Kapoor ...
Abhay
Sulabha Arya ...
Kanta Bhen (as Sulbha Arya)
Athit Naik ...
Shiv Kapur
Princey Shukla ...
Gia Kapur (as Jhanak Shukla)
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The film's female lead, Naina (Preity Zinta) narrates the story. Her father had committed suicide years ago which left a deep impact on her heart. Her family is dysfunctional since her mother and grandmother just cannot stop arguing. But when Aman (Shahrukh Khan) arrives next door, the whole gloomy conditions change. Aman infuses life in skeptical and overtly serious Naina, and she falls in love with him. But Aman knows that he cannot marry Naina because of a secret which he cannot divulge to her. So he intends upon setting her up with her best pal Rohit (Saif Ali Khan). Written by Soumitra

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A Story Of A Lifetime.......In A Heartbeat

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28 November 2003 (India)  »

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Tomorrow May Never Come  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£436,790 (UK) (28 November 2003)

Gross:

$1,787,378 (USA) (19 December 2003)
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Karan Johar asked Kareena Kapoor Khan for Naina's role first, but she asked a huge amount so she was replaced by Priety Zinta See more »

Goofs

At the end of the "Pretty Woman" musical sequence, Jaswinder misses the cue to begin clapping. See more »

Quotes

Kurzon bhai Patel: There is this famous decorater from Paris who is coming and at the same time he will decorate my hole! You know... I have a very big hole!
Rohit Patel: Hall!
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Pretty Woman
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa and Roy Orbison
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan
© 2003 Sony Music Entertainment (India) Pvt. Ltd.
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Some loopholes, but overall a great film, a landmark in Bollywood history.
5 December 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Okay I will not give a summary of the film. Enough of that already. Straight to the point: Kal Ho Naa Ho is a fantastic film....definitely worth seeing, and worth seeing over again.

Shah Rukh Khan does a great job...as usual. I guess nobody else does emotional scenes AND comedy as well as he does. Saif Ali Khan is great. Again as usual, since he plays that role in many of his films, but he holds the story together....!! And Preity...well, it's her year. She rules Bollywood this year. After Koi mil gaya, she comes back in KHNH, with a much stronger role, probably her strongest role since Kya Kehna....and she excels in it. Yes, why was Kareena Kapoor even considered for this role??? Jaya Bacchan is also worth a mention. Nobody else could have played this role. She is fantastic!!! The special appearances make the film...well...special!!!Some of us would go see any film for 5 seconds of Kajol....especially next to Shah Rukh!!! And all credits to Karan Johar and Nikhil Advani. To Karan for coming up with the film, trusting Nikhil and making it happen, and to Nikhil for a first-class job in his first direction... And the music is wonderful...Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy definitely establishing themselves further in Bollywoodland. And Farah Khan plays her usual magic with the choreography, especially for the song Kuch to Hua Hai, which will keep you giggling in your seat...

Now the loopholes: Why do all Caucasian looking people in America speak Hindi (with an awful accent as well), especially when some of the Indians sometimes afford to speak English!!??!! Why could they not spend some more time and effort to make Shah Rukh mime his rap words well in the Pretty Woman song?? Why, when Saif and Preity find out about Shah Rukh, they both seem more worried about their love lives than their friend's....well...LIFE!!! Why did I leave the cinema feeling that if Shah Rukh was given a dialogue full of hope before then end of the film, I'd have felt better...coz surely that was the point of the film: hope. I felt that the last 20 minutes were not well-explored enough...and too sketchy. One second SRK and Preity love each other, and the next she's still getting married...Why are we not shown the process that goes in between. It would have been good, emotional, and more realistic...

But maybe I'm just moaning about details. Maybe I am being a bit of a Naina Catherine Kapoor....So, I'll end on this note rather...

Seen in the broader context of Indian Cinema, this film is a proper landmark....It's a perfect blend of the East and the West. After rather unsuccessful attempts at copying American Pie-style comedy in Indian films, SOMEBODY finally showed us what it takes to make a success of this kind: A modern comedy (hilarious jokes) with modern direction (cool style of story-telling, I thought) in a true Indian setting. Modern music, but perfectly blended with Indian melody and lyrics. This film will take Indian comedy to new heights. And takes the East-West blend to new heights. And it takes a great film to do that...

And it will leave u, not just proud of being Indian, but of being a Western Indian. Perfect blend....


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