Kal Ho Naa Ho

Kal Ho Naa Ho

Nikhil Advani (2003)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Director Nikhil Advani clearly watched plenty of Hollywood romantic comedies before embarking on his debut feature. Yet it also retains a distinctive Bollywood flavour, despite the fact that the action takes place in New York. Widow and restaurateur Jaya Bachchan is beset by business and domestic problems. The arrival of do-gooder Shah Rukh Khan marks a change in the family's fortunes, but he becomes embroiled in a love triangle with her bookish daughter Preity Zinta and womanising student Saif Ali Khan. There are shades of Roxanne as Shah Rukh Khan coaches his rival and Zinta undergoes a Cinderella-like change of image. Tinkering with traditional storytelling tactics, Advani makes an impressive start, but the pace slackens as plot demands take precedence over set pieces.


Rohit and Naina are sweethearts and hope to marry soon. Aman too falls in love with Naina. How will the drama unfold?

Cast & Crew

Aman Mathur Shah Rukh Khan
Rohit Patel Saif Ali Khan
Naina Catherine Kapur Preity Zinta
Jennifer Kapur Jaya Bachchan
Doctor Priya Sonali Bendre
Lajjo Kapur Sushma Seth
Chaddha Uncle Dara Singh
Kurzon bhai Patel Satish Shah
Director Nikhil Advani
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Other Information

Language: Hindi, English, Gujarati, Punjabi +subtitlesColourAvailable on: video and DVD