The movie Kal Ho Naa Ho turns 18 today, here are some little-known facts about this bittersweet film that will leave you in awe!
Initially, the film was pitched as 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' but after Karan Johar heard the song 'Aisa Milan Kal Ho Naa Ho' from the film 'Hamesha', he changed his mind.
The role of "Nana"
Kareena Kapoor Khan was the first choice for the role of 'Naina' in the film. However, Bebo's requirements for the role were too high, so KJo chose Preity Zinta.
The role of "Rohit"
Apart from this, even Saif Ali Khan's role in the film has been offered to actors like Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Vivek Oberoi. However, they all rejected the offer.
Although the film was shot in New York, Toronto was the first choice. Unfortunately, due to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak at the time, the producers had to change filming locations.
The role of "Jennifer"
Karan Johar first approached Ranbir Kapoor's mother Neetu Kapoor to play the role of "Jennifer" in the film. However, this did not work out and eventually, Jaya Bachchan got the role.
The film's title song was composed by Loy Mendonsa while he and Nikhil Advani were sitting at a German bakery in Pune. Nikhil has said that he wanted a song like "My Heart will Go On".
Karan Johar really wanted to have Roy Orbison's song "Pretty Woman" in the movie. Therefore, in compliance with international copyright laws, KJo purchased a license to the song.
Jia's doll house
Do you remember Jia’s dolls and her dollhouse? Well, the day before filming began, Preity Zinta designed and altered the costumes for the Jia Zhangke doll in the film.
Preity Zinta injured
At the beginning of the movie, we see "Naina" running, but it is not Preity Zinta, but a model jogging in front of the camera. The actress was injured due to a fall before filming.
SRK wants to quit
Shah Rukh Khan wanted to quit the film after he fell ill during the shooting of Kal Ho Naa Ho and underwent a major surgery. However, Karan Johar insisted on him and has been waiting for his recovery.
Karan Johar's idea
The film Kal Ho Naa Ho is Karan Johar's brainchild but he did not direct it. Instead, Nikhil Advani jumped at the chance to direct this film for the first time.
Scroll life vs. real life
In the movie, we see Shah Rukh Khan suffer from cancer and eventually die. However, in real life, Karan Johar's father Yash Johar was diagnosed with cancer during the filming and was hospitalized.
The last film produced by Yash Johar
Kal Ho Naa Ho was the last film produced by Karan Johar's father Yash Johar as he passed away soon after.
The beginning of Arjun Kapoor's career
Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor started his journey in the world of Hindi cinema with the film Kal Ho Naa Ho. He is Karan Johar's assistant director.
Telugu remake of Kal Ho Naa Ho
Telugu director Krishna Vamsi was so impressed with the film Kal Ho Naa Ho that he remade the film in Telugu. The film stars actor Prabhas and is titled 'Chakram'.
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