Salman, Shah Rukh, and Aamir Khan reunite on stage, dazzling guests with their dance moves at the Ambani pre-wedding festivities in Jamnagar.
Celebrating two decades of cinematic brilliance, the magic of Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Saif Ali Khan in the timeless classic “Kal Ho Naa Ho” continues to captivate audiences. Directed by Nikhil Advani and produced by Yash Johar, this 2003 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama has left an indelible mark on the hearts of cinephiles worldwide.
The narrative unfolds with Naina Catherine Kapur (played by Preity Zinta) and Aman Mathur (portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan) experiencing the highs and lows of love. However, a concealed truth hampers Aman from expressing his true feelings, leading to a poignant plan to unite Naina with her confidant, Rohit Patel (played by Saif Ali Khan).
Critics lauded “Kal Ho Naa Ho” for its stellar direction by Nikhil Advani, engaging screenplay by Karan Johar, and poignant dialogue by Niranjan Iyengar. The film’s musical prowess, helmed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, was recognized with the Best Music Direction award at the 51st National Film Awards. Sonu Nigam’s soulful rendition earned him the Best Male Playback Singer accolade.
At the 49th Filmfare Awards, the film secured eleven nominations and clinched eight awards, including Best Actress for Preity Zinta and Best Supporting Actor for Saif Ali Khan. The 5th IIFA Awards saw “Kal Ho Naa Ho” triumph with thirteen wins, including Best Film, Best Actress (Zinta), and Best Supporting Actor (Saif Ali Khan).
The movie’s success extended beyond critical acclaim, as it struck gold at the box office. Released on 400 screens in India, “Kal Ho Naa Ho” raked in ₹21.7 million (US$475,000) on its opening day, marking the year’s fourth-highest first-day earnings. The film continued its triumphant run, surpassing records and earning ₹581.8 million (US$12.7 million) in India, securing its position as the second-highest-grossing Indian film of 2003, trailing only behind “Koi… Mil Gaya.”
The film’s universal appeal was further underscored by its overseas success, especially owing to its vibrant New York City backdrop. With its compelling narrative, exceptional performances, and soul-stirring music, “Kal Ho Naa Ho” not only etched itself into the annals of Bollywood history but also stands as a testament to the enduring charisma of Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Saif Ali Khan. As we revisit this cinematic gem on its twentieth anniversary, the movie continues to resonate with audiences, reminding us that some stories are timeless and emotions know no boundaries.