Kal Ho Naa Ho

Kal Ho Naa Ho
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nikhil Advani
Produced by Yash Johar
Karan Johar
Written by Niranjan Iyengar
Screenplay by Karan Johar
Story by Karan Johar
Narrated by Preity Zinta
Starring Jaya Bachchan
Shahrukh Khan
Saif Ali Khan
Preity Zinta
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Anil Mehta
Editing by Sanjay Sankla
Studio Dharma Productions
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release dates 28 November 2003
Running time 188 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR300 million (US$5.0 million)[1]
Box office INR1.3 billion (US$22 million)[2]

Kal Ho Naa Ho (English: There May Or May Not Be A Tomorrow), sometimes abbreviated as KHNH, is a 2003 Bollywood romantic comedy-drama film, directed by debutante director Nikhil Advani. The film was written by Niranjan Iyengar and Karan Johar and produced by Yash Johar and Karan Johar under the Dharma Productions banner. The music of the film was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, with lyrics written by Javed Akhtar.

The film features Jaya Bachchan as Jennifer Kapur, Shahrukh Khan as Aman Mathur, Saif Ali Khan as Rohit Patel, and Preity Zinta as Naina Catherine Kapur. It also features Lilette Dubey, Reema Lagoo, Sushma Seth and Delnaaz Paul in supporting roles. The film narrates the story of an uptight student, Naina Kapur, who falls in love with her neighbour, Aman Mathur, a terminally ill patient. Meanwhile, Aman tries to play matchmaker for Naina and her friend, Rohit Patel.

Made on a budget of INR30 crore, Kal Ho Naa Ho released on 28 November 2003 to positive critical reviews. Additionally, it was screened at the Valenciennes, Era New Horizons, Marrakech International and Helsinki Film Festival.

Kal Ho Naa Ho was declared blockbuster in India by Box Office India.The film was a commercial success, with a lifetime gross of INR829.5 million (US$14 million) and emerged as the second highest grossing film, domestically and the highest grossing film in the overseas market, that year.[3][4] When adjusted for inflation its total worldwide gross is INR1.3 billion (US$22 million).[5] The following year, Kal Ho Naa Ho won two National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards.


Meanwhile, Aman Mathur (Shah Rukh Khan) shifts to Naina's neighbourhood. Noticing the sadness of his new neighbours, he intervenes. His well-meaning interference in their activities, his help in reviving their financial standing, and his general [optimism] soon change their lives for the better. Although Naina is initially reluctant to enjoy Aman's presence, she grows to like him and eventually falls in love with him. Also, Rohit, who has been in love with Naina, is too scared to ask her out. On Aman's encouragement, he calls Naina for lunch where she reveals to Rohit about her love for Aman. Heartbroken, Rohit informs Aman about this. Naina goes to Aman's house to ask him out where Aman lies to her that he is married to Priya (Sonali Bendre).

Aman, it is revealed, is dying of a severe heart condition. Also, Priya is not his wife, but his long time friend and doctor. Knowing that his lifespan is limited, he sacrifices his love for Naina and plays matchmaker between Rohit and her. After collaborating with Rohit, Aman plans a strategy that will make Naina fall for Rohit in six days.This eventually works by the end of the sixth day, but after later arriving in Rohit's house during a conversation between Aman and him, Naina finds out that Rohit sought Aman's help to attain her love. She leaves his house in anger, where Aman and Rohit chase her to the to a train station. Rohit confesses his love for her, but Naina says that he does not truly love her, and only wanted to break her heart. But Aman, desperate to make Naina realize how much Rohit loves her, pulls out Rohit's diary from his pocket and reads a fraction of it. It states how much Rohit loves her and what he would do for her happiness. However, it is later revealed that Rohit's diary was blank and that Aman had actually confessed his own feelings for Naina, pretending they were Rohit's. That night, Naina goes out with Jennifer, who convinces her to get married to Rohit. Coincidentally, that same night, Rohit asks her out to apologize, and also proposes to her. Naina, realizing how much Rohit loves her, accepts the proposal and there is a celebration at the Kapur household when Rohit later phones Aman to tell him what had happened. Meanwhile, Aman's health deteriorates.

The tension within Naina's family also stops when Aman, after accidentally intercepting a personal letter addressed to Jennifer, reveals that Gia is Naina's half-sister through their father's extramarital affair. Jennifer's acceptance of her husband's infidelity is what led to his suicide. Lajjo now accepts Gia, and the now-united family prepares for Rohit and Naina's wedding. After attending the engagement ceremony, Aman's health deteriorates. Naina, in a chance-encounter meets Priya and learns the truth about Aman's health condition. When she approaches and accuses Aman of lying, he convinces her to get married to Rohit, she accepts and they embrace. Rohit and Naina get married. After their marriage, Aman hugs them tight. Some days later, he wakes up in hospital. Aman's loved ones visit him. After the visit, he makes Rohit promise that "In the next birth Naina will be his." Aman dies in hospital with Rohit by his side and Naina looking through the window.

Twenty years later, an older Naina relates the story to a grown-up Gia, telling her how Aman taught her to love: herself, life in general, and Rohit. It is revealed that Naina and Rohit have a daughter of their own. Naina ends her story by narrating that while every wife dreams of finding a friend in her husband, she was lucky to find a husband in her friend.



The film was written by Karan Johar with dialogue from Niranjan Iyengar and directed by debutane director Nikhil Advani. It was the last film to be produced by Yash Johar before his death on 26 June 2004. The choreography was by Farah Khan. Manish Malhotra designed the costumes of the three lead actors.

Pre-production of the film began in 2003. Kareena Kapoor was initially the first choice for Naina, but due to differences over her fees, she refused the role.[6] Preity Zinta was the immediate next choice.

Shooting began in 2003 in New York City. A major portion of the movie was shot in Toronto due to production costs in New York City.[7]


The film was released in India on 28 November 2003.

This film is the second Bollywood film to attain wide release in Germany in early 2005 (the first was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham).[8] Since the film's release, Bollywood movies have become increasingly popular in Germany, and other Indian films have also been shown on prime time television and have sold well on DVD.[9] The movie was released in Poland in May 2006 as Gdyby jutra nie bylo (If Tomorrow Never Comes),[10] and in France in 2005 as New-York Masala.[8]


Critical reception

Kal Ho Naa Ho was well received by critics. Taran Adarsh gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said: "Yes, Kal Ho Naa Ho does live up to the expectations. Yes, the SRK-Karan Johar magic does cast a spell the third time around. The film works, courtesy SRK's incredible performance and Karan's deft writing."[11] Archana Vohra from NDTV gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, stating, "Advani ... seems to have come up with an innovative way to present a done to death plot," later adding that "irrespective of the frills, fancy clothes and well-dressed stars, the film does strike a chord and is a brilliant debut by Nikhil Advani."[12] Rediff.com, in a positive review, wrote, "The film is fresh in treatment and storytelling. Shah Rukh excels as the supercool Aman. You understand why it is difficult for Karan to work with any other actor, because SRK steals the show with a designer-made role. Given SRK's performance, it is all the more important to take note of Saif, whose Rohit Patel will be remembered just as much as his Sameer in Dil Chahta Hai. Saif is first-rate, and your heart goes out to this under-rated actor. Preity Zinta slips into character beautifully. Right from the preppy spectacles to her no-nonsense demeanor, Preity captures the spirit of Naina Kapur. She has never looked so pretty. Kal Ho Naa Ho will carry you with its exuberance."[13] Mayank Shekhar in his review for Mid-Day gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Yes, this is soft-focus, sweet background score, 'life is simplistic' escapist cinema. But the bottom line: at the end of the day, it works and is worth your entertainment bucks. And that’s saying a lot."[14] In a positive review, Dave Kehr from The New York Times concluded, "This is a rich meal that may best be reserved for stomachs accustomed to such bountiful fare."[15] Komal Nahta from Outlook, in a three-star review, remarked, "[writer] Johar has packaged the drama so very contemporarily that the final product holds its own. Undoubtedly, [the film] is one of the cleverest love triangles in Hindi cinema."[16] Ziya Us Salam wrote for The Hindu, "Watch Kal Ho Naa Ho. It is like life. It gives you reason to be disappointed, just as it gives you reason to hope."[17] In a four-star review, Jitesh Pillai of Filmfare wrote, "Anyone (which means almost everyone) who has loved and lost will recognize that Kal Ho Naa Ho is a bittersweet valentine to unrequited love. Nikhil Advani makes the sensational debut that other directors only dream of."[18] Anupama Chopra, in a positive review, wrote, "Advani, who learned family film formula with masters Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar, emerges as a distinctive voice with his first film. Written by Johar, the film revisits old ground-NRIs, wedding song, snazzy club number and Shah Rukh-but also evolves the formula. It has technical pizzazz (split screens, in-camera dialogue) and an urbane wit despite snags like sub-plots with pat endings or a lame pre-interval portion. The dialogue by Niranjan Iyengar is perfectly pitched and the performances uniformly good."[19] Chopra included the film in her list of "Top Ten Movies of The Year", ranked fifth.[20]

The film also received some mixed reviews, Ram Kamal Mukherjee from Stardust praised the film's performances, technical aspects and its entertainment value, but noted several flaws in its "logistic part".[21] Rama Sharma from The Tribune concluded, "Kal Ho Na Ho is a usual filmi love web with a cosmopolitan appeal and a lot of comedy packed in the first half."[22] Jami Bernard from New York Daily News wrote, "Bollywood musicals, those big, loud, colorful extravaganzas from India, are an acquired taste and much of "Kal Ho Naa Ho" doesn't translate easily," though he further noted, "All three leads grow on you."[23]

Box office

Kal Ho Naa Ho was the second top-grossing movie of the year. It had a total gross of INR507.5 million (US$8.5 million) in India and was declared a superhit in India by Box Office India.[24] It also made an additional INR120 million (US$2.0 million) in the USA and INR90 million (US$1.5 million) in the UK and thus collecting a total of INR270 million (US$4.5 million) from the overseas market, where it was a blockbuster. The film became the top-grossing Bollywood film abroad that year. Kal Ho Naa Ho made a total of INR770 million (US$13 million) worldwide.[3][4] When adjusted for inflation its total gross worldwide is INR1.3 billion (US$22 million).[5]


Kal Ho Naa Ho
Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
27 September 2003 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 39:10
Label Sony BMG
Producer Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Kuch Naa Kaho
Kal Ho Naa Ho

The soundtrack of the film was released on 27 September 2003 by Sony Music at Mumbai's Taj Lands End's banquet hall, Salcette[25] in various formats and consists of seven tracks. The music is conducted by award-winning trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, with lyrics authored by Javed Akhtar.[26] The music went on to do well at the charts, and became one of the most successful music albums of the year.[27] Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy won their first Filmfare Best Music Director Award for this soundtrack, as well as the National Film Award for Best Music Direction.

Unlike with many other Hindi productions, the film's makers also complied with international copyright laws and obtained the license to use Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" for an extended musical sequence taking place in the streets in New York.[28]

Post its release, the album was met with high critical and commercial success, with sales of over 2.3 billion copies.[29] The title song was featured in Outlook's list of Bollywood's Timeless Melodies, making it the only contemporary selection on the list.[30] The soundtrack was also listed in the top five of BBC Asian Network's Top 40 Soundtracks of all time.[31]


Karan Johar decided to end the association with the composer duo Jatin-Lalit since they publicly stated that they were upset with his decision to use other music directors for Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.[32] This marked the beginning of the collaboration of Shankar Ehsaan Loy with Karan Johar, which continues to date.


The theme of the title song "Kal Ho Naa Ho" is composed by Loy,[33] and Shankar arranged the groove.[34] The song "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison was reused in the film, and the rights were acquired.[35]

Track listing

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Kal Ho Naa Ho"   Sonu Nigam 5:27
2. "Kuch Toh Hua Hai"   Shaan, Alka Yagnik 5:22
3. "It's The Time To Disco"   KK, Shaan, Loy Mendonsa, Vasundhara Das 5:35
4. "Maahi Ve"   Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam, Shankar Mahadevan, Madhushree 6:09
5. "Pretty Woman"   Shankar Mahadevan, Ravi "Rags" Khote 5:55
6. "Kal Ho Naa Ho – Sad"   Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Richa Sharma 5:38
7. "Heartbeat"   Instrumental 4:28


Kal Ho Naa Ho received many nominations awards and. The awards it won are highlighted in bold:

IIFA Awards

Zee Cine Awards

National Film Awards

National award for best scene-the diary scene

Filmfare Awards

Star Screen Awards

See also


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  16. ^ Nahta, Komal (8 December 2003). "Kal Ho Naa Ho". Outlook. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  17. ^ Us Salam, Ziya (1 December 2003). "Fall in love now... Kal Ho Naa Ho". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
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  19. ^ Chopra, Anupama (8 December 2003). "Beyond Formula". India Today. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  20. ^ Chopra, Anupama (5 January 2004). "ANUPAMA CHOPRA'S TOP TEN MOVIES OF THE YEAR". India Today. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
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  29. ^ "Shankar Ehsaan Loy still making waves for Kal Ho Na Ho". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 1 July 2006. 
  30. ^ "Top 40 soundtracks of all time". BBC Asian Network. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  31. ^ "Cut to Cut". Rediff.com. 
  32. ^ "I have to compliment Himesh. If we have 2 hits a year, he has 20". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 24 March 2006. 
  33. ^ Rajeev, Masand. "To Catch a Star: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy on music, masti". CNN IBN. Retrieved 31 Mar 2008. 
  34. ^ "Interview with Karan Johar". Glamsham. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 

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