Kal Ho Naa Ho is the story of Naina Catherine Kapur, a 23 year old pessimistic MBA student who lives with her family, consisting of her widowed mom, Jenifer Jenny Kapur, who runs a small restaurant in New York that isnt doing so well. Naina has two younger siblings: Shiv, Nainas disabled younger brother, and Gia, who was adopted. Jennys mother-in-law, Lajjo, is cold towards Jenny and Gia, as she believes Gias adoption is what led her son to commit suicide.Naina has two best friends: Rohit Patel who attends MBA with her and Jaspreet Sweetu Kapoor, her next-door neighbour. Nainas life is cold, dull and grey, until Aman Mathur moves in with his mother next door.
His bubbly attitude and fun-loving ways convince Naina to lose her glasses, smile, have fun, party and live life to the fullest while he slowly starts solving the problems of Nainas family and friends. Naina falls for Aman, and Rohit falls for Naina. However, when Naina goes to tell Aman, she is told he is married to Priya, who fled to New York to live with her parents after an argument with Aman. Heartbroken, Naina leaves, teary-eyed and on reaching Brooklyn Bridge Park, she breaks down. It is now revealed Aman isnt married, and Priya isnt his wife but his doctor.
Aman is a terminally-ill patient, suffering from a fatal cardiac disease, and his chances of surviving are low, as he needs a transplant. Aman was dying, there was no hope for him, so he lied to Naina about being married, so that she never realises that he also loved her just as much as she loved him and rather than making sure Naina stayed single, he did his best to help Rohit, who was in love with her and win her over. The rest of the story is how Aman gets Rohit and Naina together before he dies.Kal Ho Naa Ho was positively received by critics worldwide.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 SRKs incredible performance and Karans deft writing. 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. 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 SRKs 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. 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 thats saying a lot. 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. Komal Nahta from Outlook, in a 4-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. 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. 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. 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.
Chopra included the film in her list of Top Ten Movies of The Year, ranked fifth. The film also received some mixed reviews.Ram Kamal Mukherjee from Stardust praised the films performances, technical aspects and its entertainment value, but noted several flaws in its logistic part. 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. 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 doesnt translate easily, though he further noted, All three leads grow on you.
Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Jaya Bachchan, Sanjay Kapoor, Sonali Bendre
Drama, Romance, Family, Social, Comedy
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