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Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

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Life of a very serious girl Naina, changes on the arrival of her new neighbour, Aman, who teaches her a new way to live.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Special Appearance
Sonali Bendre ...
Dr. Priya
Sanjay Kapoor ...
Abhay
Sulabha Arya ...
Kanta Bhen (as Sulbha Arya)
Athit Naik ...
Shiv Kapur
Princey Shukla ...
Gia Kapur (as Jhanak Shukla)
Simone Singh ...
Camilla
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Storyline

Naina {Preity Zinta} is a young woman, slightly ticked off for reasons more than one. His father committed suicide when she needed him the most, leaving Jennifer{Jaya bachchan}, his wife all alone. Lajjo{Sushma Seth}, Jennifer's mother-in-law blames Jennifer for the same. furthermore, Jennifer is unhappy because Lajjo refuses to accept Gia, a 6-year old girl whom Jennifer adopted. Even the restaurant Jennifer is running is not going great guns. in short, nothing is well on the Kapur family front. the only factors that redeem Naina's existence are his toiling and tolerant mother Jennifer, and her bumbling stumbling MBA classmate Rohit {Saif Ali Khan}. Meanwhile, Aman{Shah Rukh Khan}, a happy-go-lucky guy arrives in Naina's neighbourhood and soon changes everything around, thanks to his contagious joviality and jest for life. He proves to be the messiah for the Kapur family in every sort. Naina is not a happy camper initially but could remain unaffected by his charisma for long, and ... Written by B.H.Harsh

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

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Tomorrow May Never Come  »

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Opening Weekend:

£436,790 (UK) (28 November 2003)

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£1,549,839 (UK) (2 January 2004)
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Trivia

This is supposedly a remake of the movie Anand with SRK and Saif reprising the roles of Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bacchan respectively. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Aman Mathur: [lying on his deathbed] Now, let me sleep! Just wake me up when you are leaving!
[closing his eyes and seems to stop moving]
Rohit Patel: [concerned] Aman?
Aman Mathur: [opening his eyes] Not yet... idiot!
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Connections

References Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Kal Ho Naa Ho (Sad)
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Alka Yagnik, Richa Sharma and Sonu Nigam
© 2003 Sony Music Entertainment (India) Pvt. Ltd.
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YAY! What a pleasure!
15 April 2004 | by (Wellington, NZ) – See all my reviews

Well, it is always a bit difficult in Western countries to get to see Bollywood movies with English subtitles, and though I have made a bit of an effort to spot them in the last few years I wouldn't call myself a Bollywood expert - and of course I've grown up with Western rather than Indian aesthetic standards ingrained. Although as a fan of Baroque Opera, I don't really have much difficulty with the basic premises of the Bollywood style!

Having said that, this was possibly the most interesting Bollywood movie I've seen to date - especially in its attempt to incorporate elements of Western pop culture, including several blatant references to American movies, from Grease and a spoofed James Bond to Brad Silberling's City of Angels, which evidently contributed a lot to the way Shahruk Khan's character is handled (including him starting to see things in black and white when he is near dying - that one goes back all the way to Wim Wenders!).

The soundtrack is stunning, and again it's great to see the way the New York setting gives opportunity to mix in some Western elements in an intelligent way. The dance and song numbers are a true joy, and it doesn't hurt that they are better integrated into the plot than in most Indian movies I've seen.

Shahruk Khan is nicely parodying himself - at least, I thought he was... maybe I'm wrong??? :-o - I also particularly enjoyed the running joke about Aman and Rohit being a homosexual couple - one could indeed ask oneself who is really in love with who here? And why exactly does Aman prefer to love vicariously rather than going for the girl himself? It's also perhaps significant that it is Rohit rather than Naina who stays with Aman to the last. I am sure the filmmakers are intelligent enough to be aware of these undercurrents, even if perhaps most audiences aren't!

In any case, watching this movie (with a very sympathetic audience at a foreign film showcase here in Wellington, people who actually laughed in most of the *right* places!) was a pure joy and it makes me happy to see how Indian cinema is finally beginning to be perceived as a legitimate part of international film culture even by Western audiences, rather than just an exotic oddity - something that Chinese and Japanese movies, for instance, have already achieved to a much greater degree!

And now I'm off to buy the soundtrack...


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