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Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

Cast: Jaya Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, more...
Director: Nikhil Advani, Nikhil Advani
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Studio: Yash Raj Films Home Entertainment
Genre: Foreign, India, Bollywood

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
For Naina Catherine Kapur [Preity Zinta], life is cold, grey and dull  as it has been ever since a family tragedy shook her world. Between the constant bickering in her half Punjabi, half Catholic household, her grand-mother's temper, looking after her little sister and brother and helping her mother Jennifer [Jaya Bachchan] deal with the family's financial troubles  Naina has no time for parties, fun or herself. She is 23, going on 50. She is serious, she is boring. Enter Aman Mathur [Shah Rukh Khan]. Like a whiff of fresh air, he moves into their tiny Indian neighbourhood to take it over, helping others solve their problems and face life's little challenges  Aman has all the answers. Much to Naina's irritation, he insists on interfering in her life too& Aman pushes Naina into doing things that she would never dream of doing. He nags her till she learns to smile. He conspires with friend Rohit [Saif Ali Khan], an eligible Manhattan bachelor, to help her find happiness. KAL HO NAA HO is the story of Aman, Rohit and Naina's journey together. How they discover themselves, find the courage to love and come together to celebrate life

Kal Ho Naa Ho (Bonus Disc) (2003)

Special Features:

  • Director's Commentary

GreenCine Member Ratings

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
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7.21 (52 votes)
Kal Ho Naa Ho (Bonus Disc) (2003)
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GreenCine Member Reviews

Well worth renting by krisalm May 31, 2004 - 12:30 PM PDT
If you like modern Bollywood, you will love this film. The songs are energetic and hip, the dance numbers are well done and the story's US setting and the character's modern lives make it relevant to Indian and American viewers. Shah Rukh puts it on thick at times, but that's what he's famous for so it works and the emotional arc of the film is well executed. You really feel for the characters since they're generally more well-developed than in most Bollywood films.

Dancing down the streets of New York by kamapuaa March 18, 2004 - 10:07 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This movie is very much informed by Dil Chahta Hai, another movie which initially doesn't come off as a Bollywood movie, well except for the scenes where everybody's singing and dancing. That's not because it's radically different than the Bollywood formula (which it isn't), but because the look is so professional, the script is spot on and well-paced, the melodrama is firmly within non-Indian norms, the jokes are actually funny, and so forth. While it may not be as "Indian," or as honest, as a Hum Aapke Hain Koun, it's one of the very few Bollywood pictures I could see achieving a measure of success with mainstream American audiences.

The movie is set in the NRI community of New York City, and America has rarely ever been depicted as appealingly - here, it's a cartoonish fantasy land. In one of my favorite music videos ever, Shah Rukh Khan dances away to a hard rock/rap/Bollywood cover of "Pretty Woman," accompanied by (amongst others) a gospel choir, basketball players, bhangra drummers, a classic 50's car with kids waving American flags, breakdancers, punks with spiked hair, a trio of traditional aunties, and a group of backup dancers more multi-ethnic than the Power Rangers.

I wouldn't call it the best Bollywood ever, but perhaps it's the most successful - it's not nearly as ambitious as a Mani Ratnam film, or even the other Yash Chopra flicks, but it succeeds tremendously for what it is. However, it is weighed down by an overly lengthy ending. The director's commentary in English, while nothing amazing, was probably the best I've ever seen attached to a Bollywood movie. The sound had occasional problems with clipping, which was annoying.

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