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Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

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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.

Director:

Nikkhil Advani (as Nikhil Advani)

Writers:

Niranjan Iyengar (dialogue), Karan Johar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Aman Mathur
Preity Zinta ... Naina Catherine Kapur
Saif Ali Khan ... Rohit
Jaya Bhaduri ... Jennifer Kapur
Sushma Seth ... Lajjo Kapur
Reema Lagoo ... Aman's Mother
Lillete Dubey ... Jaswinder "Jazz" Kapoor
Delnaaz Irani ... Jasprit "Sweetu" Kapoor (as Delnaaz Paul)
Rani Mukerji ... Special Appearance
Sonali Bendre ... Dr. Priya
Michael Pinkhas Michael Pinkhas ... Office Clerk
Sanjay Kapoor ... Abhay
Sulabha Arya ... Kanta Bhen (as Sulbha Arya)
Athit Naik Athit Naik ... Shiv Kapur
Princey Shukla Princey Shukla ... Gia Kapur (as Jhanak Shukla)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

India

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Hindi | Urdu | Gujarati | Punjabi

Release Date:

28 November 2003 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Tomorrow May Never Come See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$758,211, 30 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,787,378, 21 December 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kantaben's character became so famous that several other films from Dharma productions have shown such subjects (homosexual jokes) like "Dostana" and Rishi Kapoor's character in "Student of the Year". See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, shots of New York are interposed with similar shots of Toronto. The film tries to make the viewer believe that the Toronto shots are, in fact, New York, but the architectural styles and obvious Toronto landmarks are completely different than those found in New York. See more »

Quotes

Lajjo Kapur: You?
Guru: Yes, me!
Lajjo Kapur: Have you come from the bureau?
Guru: Yes!
Lajjo Kapur: But I asked for a Sardar on the phone!
Guru: And I'd said 'young' on the form!
Lajjo Kapur: No, no! It's not me... It's my granddaughter!
Guru: Confusion!
[blows a kiss]
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Connections

References Dus Lakh (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Kal Ho Naa Ho
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Sonu Nigam
© 2003 Sony Music Entertainment (India) Pvt. Ltd.
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Live a lifetime.in every heartbeat (..and in every scene)
5 December 2003 | by junglekingSee all my reviews

Being one of the first person to watch Kal Ho Naa Ho in my group, I was constantly battered by the same questions: is it worth it? what would you compare it to? whats it about? etc.

To answer these and other questions:

Was it worth it: well depending on your perspective of what an entertaining movie should be like, then the answer would either be: 'yes definitely' or 'you will be mad to miss it'. It is so worth watching and with it Karan Johar has confirmed the he is indeed a milestone in Hindi Cinema history. The movie is definitely directed by a another (Nikhil Advani), but it is a Johar camp movie. With the Johar camp you associate a good story, good production, good songs and the 'King Khan'.

What would you compare it to? Well to be honest .nothing. It has the originality of `Kuch Kuch', the splendour of `K3G' and the freshness of `Dil Chaata Hai'; but it cannot be compared to any of these or other movies. It is in a league of its own. The story may start as the run-of-the-mill hindi-cinema story, but just when we begin to get comfortable with it, it takes a turn down another path. Don't get me wrong, it is not a complex story at all - but it is unique and compelling.

Would you watch it again? Well to be honest, I am writing this after having watched it a second time. What is so rare about this movie is that even the second time round I laughed at the jokes, tapped at the music and got emotional in the sad scenes.

What's it about? Well it will not be fair to tell you about it, as it's an experience you should have first hand. But it has its plus points: the comedy is great (both in the gujju digs as well as the 'kantabein' scenes); the music grows on you (maahi ve being the best); the guest appearances of 'charmed' actresses; the acting - excellent all round from SRK to Zinta to Saif to Jaya; along with good direction and production. It also has its negative points - but then so do other movies and I would rather not get into those.

It may not be the DDLJ or Lagaan of hindi cinema, but it's the best movie of the year and definitely a movie that will entertain me for years to come.


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