Since Best Lovers are currently panicking about Dokko Jin’s chances of survival from heart surgery, it feels like the perfect time to review this film.
Kal Ho Naa Hoo is a 2003 film starring the has-been-reigning-forever King Of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan.
Naina (Preity) and Rohit (Saif) are best friends who attend MBA classes together. Naina is the typical tight assed female while Rohit is the typical playboy. She always acts angry and fed up with his antics but always hangs out with him which means she’s really not that bothered by his behavior, doesn’t it?
In comes Aman (Shah Rukh) into her life in the form of a new neighbor. He’s the typical happy-go-lucky guy whose cheer spreads to everyone around him. Naturally, she finds him very irritating at first but eventually warms up to him.
Rohit, on the other hand, is in love with her and that’s how our love triangle begins.
So Rohit loves Naina, Naina loves Aman but who does Aman love? Well, it turns out that Aman can’t accept her feelings and tells her that he’s married.
And not only that, he can tell how Rohit feels about Naina, and also how she feels about him even though she doesn’t know it herself. So what does he do? He decides to play matchmaker.
Just like many Bollywood fans, there was a time I absolutely fell for Shah Rukh Khan. But unlike many Bollywood fans, I also got tired of him (blasphemy!). So even though he was playing the usual selfless, loving hero in this movie, I was more interested in the Naina/Rohit story. It helped that they were shown to be compatible right from the start.
As with most Bollywood movies, it is a love story. But a love story of a woman who loves two men… a story of a woman loved by both men. So how does this love triangle get resolved?
Other than romantic love, it’s also about family love. Naina is bitter because her father committed suicide and left all his burdens to his wife who’s fighting to stay afloat financially. In addition, Naina’s mother has to suffer her mother-in-law’s scorn because she takes in a little girl that seems to have no parents. So who is that child?
A lot of the problems are charmingly solved in cliche ways by Angel Aman so there are not many cringe-worthy moments. Well, there is a lot of cheesy stuff but it’s the usual fare -cheesy lines, cheesy comedy and over the top emotionally manipulative moments. LOL. But that’s why we love Bollywood, right?
Pretty much all the songs in this movie are great although my favorite is Kuch To Hua Hai.
The title song is also pretty lovely.
I think all actors delivered although Preity was a little stiff but I think it’s more to do with her character than her acting skills. Overall, Kal Ho Naa Ho is funny, touching, sweet, sad and romantic all tied up in an entertaining package.