November 28, 2003, Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan gave us Kal Ho Naa Ho, the film that was heartwarming, celebrated friendship and has some great music.
Kal Ho Naa Ho, better known as KHNH to its fans, was released 15 years ago this week and it is still one of the films that have been etched in the minds of moviegoers.
Taking to his Instagram Karan Johar shared a post that stated, “This film will always remain the closest to my heart. 15 Years Of Kal Ho Naa Ho”. He accompanied the post with a nostalgic video that celebrated the iconic film and all of its achievements.
Arjun Kapoor, who wasn’t a part of the cast but was an assistant director in the film also shared a tweet. He wrote: “My debut technically and my first pay cheque! Thank you, Dharma, Karan Johar and Nikkhil Advani for allowing me to be a part of this special film.”
The film, which completes 15 years today, was first offered to Kareena Kapoor but it came to Preity Zinta after she declined it. Ironically, Preity was supposed to play Geet in Jab We Met, a role that Kareena will forever be associated with.
In India, Kal Ho Naa Ho was the second-biggest film of 2003. But internationally, it scored an even more significant milestone: It garnered what was then the biggest overseas box office ever for a Bollywood film, opening in the UK top 10 and breaking box office records for Bollywood films in the US. It even kicked off an industry trend of setting Bollywood films in New York.
Besides Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan, the film also starred Jaya Bachchan, Sonali Bendre, Sanjay Kapoor, and Reema Lagoo in pivotal roles. The film won two National Awards and eight Filmfare Awards.
Kal Ho Naa Ho was directed by Nikkhil Advani and the film was loved by the audiences. The lead characters of the film Aman, Naina and Rohit continue to resonate with the audiences even today.