Kal Ho Naa Ho

Kal Ho Naa Ho

Nikhil Advani (2003)

12 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

Rohit Patel Saif Ali Khan
Jennifer Kapur Jaya Bachchan
Aman Mathur Shah Rukh Khan
Naina Catherine Kapur Patel Preity Zinta
Lajjo Kapur Sushma Seth
Dr Priya Sonali Bendre
Abhay Sanjay Kapoor
Kanta Bhen Sulbha Arya
Director Nikhil Advani
see more

Other Information

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