Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan gave us an immensely entertaining and absorbing cinematic experience exactly 15 years ago in the form of Nikkhil Advani’s romantic drama, Kal Ho Naa Ho. In 2001, Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut, Dil Chahta Hai, gave us a modern and metro-sexual take on love, friendships and relationships, but the film was tad bit esoteric for the people who only hop on popcorn entertainment. Advani’s debut was equally modern, but also blended with dialogues and performances the masses would revel in.
Here are 5 reasons why we still continue to love this memorable film:-
1. The Plot
Think of Ramesh Sippy’s Saagar or Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand, but with the Karan Johar touch. As he often jokes about his own brand of cinema that mostly caters to the NRIs. A love triangle that’s birthed in the big busting city of New York and meets a tragic end. The film’s plot was anything but refreshing, but it was the treatment and the execution that marveled the viewers.
2. The Cast
When you have to showcase unrequited love or Sachcha Pyaar, that too with intensity and passion, everyone’s go-to actor is Shah Rukh Khan. When you have to showcase a beautiful, bubbly girl, brimming with grace and piquancy, your go-to actress is Preity Zinta. And when you have to showcase a hero’s friend, who’s a combination of flirtatiousness and naughtiness, your go-to actor is Saif Ali Khan. So when you have these three actors who deliver exactly what they are known for, that too with justice and jubilance, how can the film go wrong?
3. The Music
Kal Ho Naa Ho had a music for every mood. For love and longing, we had the title song sung by the irreplaceable and inimitable Sonu Nigam. For wedding seasons, you have the energetically choreographed Mahi Ve and for all the millennial fond of clubbing and dancing, you have the evergreen It’s The Time To Disco!
4. The Finale
If SRK dies in your film, the audiences weep and the producers and distributors smile. That was the story of this story as well! A heart patient Aman, SRK’s death scene made quite a few people reach out to their handkerchiefs. Even today, they may shed a few tears if that scene plays on TV!
The most memorable and hilarious character of the film was Kantaben, played by Sulabha Arya with delightful hamming. Her misunderstanding of his Baba Rohit being a homosexual and in a relationship with Aman inspired the maximum laughs. It also marked the beginning of Dharma Productions’ penchant for homosexual jokes, that sadly got stale later!
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