Starring Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Reema Lagoo, Satish Shah, Rajpal Yadav, Shoma Anand and Dara Singh
Direction : Nikhil Advani Written and Produced by Karan Johar
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Johars are back! After the super success of KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI and
KABHIE KHUSHI KABHI GHAM they return with yet another family
entertainer which was touted to be a remake of Hrishikesh Mukerjees
classic ANAND. Rest assured that KAL HO NA HO is entirely orignal and
apart from the concept of a happy-go-lucky man whose slowly dying
there are no similarities between the two films! So does KAL HO NA HO
live upto expectations? YES...and the film exceeds the expectations
that i had by miles!
film revolves around Naina Catherine Kapur-a indian living in New
York. Naina is boring, dull and rarely smiles. Naina lives with her
mom Jennifer(Jaya Bachchan as gorgeous as ever), her
grandmother(Sushma Seth), and little brother and sister. Her
grandmother is a full blooded punjabi whose son married Jennifer-a
catholic. After marriage Jennifers husband commits suicide for which
the grandmother blames Jennifer and the two are at constant bickering
which upsets Naina to no end.
only thing that livens Naina up time to time is Rohit Patel(Saifali
Khan). Rohit is a dashing and
typical Gujrati who thinks he is hot with women when he is actually
not! He is a womaniser...flirt and all the rest but him and Naina have
a strong bond of friendship. His father(Satish Shah) owns a restaurant
Nainas life enters Aman(Shahrukh Khan) and indirectly the Kapur family
get the angel they always needed. Aman is full of life, always
laughing and his job is to make everyone laugh. He gets along with
everyone be it old or young and there is never a dull moment around
with Aman. Naina despises Aman from the first moment they meet but
can't help being overwhelmed by his charm.
and Rohit also become close friends and Rohit starts getting tips from
Aman on how to be "cool" and impress women.
fate would have it.....Naina falls in love with Aman and Rohit falls
in love with Naina...but if you think this is a typical love
story...then think again!!!!
turns out that Aman is not what he is made out to be....
a debutant director Nikhil Advani deserves a 10/10! Advanis direction
comes across as a breath of fresh air and right from the first frame
it is clear that this man knows his job. A film of this nature needed
the right amount of sensitivity and care and the proceedings can tend
to get a bit heavy and this is where Advani succeeds. The film is
interlaced with humour throughout that is bound to have the viewer in
splits every second. Each and every character is superbly etched out
and the manner in which the proceeds will have the viewer hooked from
start to end. Each and every joke in the movie hits the bullseye and
is superbly canned. If the first half is abound in comic moments then
the second half is high on the emotional quotient. Johar and Advani
cleverly merge the dramatic moments with the comic ones
and the results are sparkling.The complexities of the love
triangle, the Sushma Seth-Jaya Bachchan track and the angle of a young
man who has so much to live for slowly dying are all directed with
utmost perfection. In a nutshell the film will make you cry as much as
it will make you laugh....a very VERY hard feat to achieve. Those who
are thinking the movie is some sort of tragedy like DEVDAS are also
highly mistaken as it is one of the most "feel good" movies
i have seen and the end is actually very pleasent.
since Farhan Akhtar have i seen
a director with the ability to inject drama, comedy, story, style and
substance to utmost perfection. HATS OFF TO MR ADVANI and WELCOME TO
the acting front the film is also flawless. Despite having such a huge
cast never does one person steal the show...it is infact the whole
cast that steals the show and leaves the viewer completely satisfied.
it is fair to say that one cannot imagine KAL HO NA HO without
Shahrukh Khan! Those who though he delivered a typical performance
with his last release CHALTE CHALTE will be completely blown away by
his performance here and it is safe to say that this is one of
Shahrukhs best performances in a LONG time and ranks alongside his
very best. The film gives Shahrukh Khan the chance to exhibit a range
of emotions in a complex character and Khan takes to it like a fish in
a bowl. His comic ability and charm is as hammerstrong as ever but it
is his vunerability and sensitivness in the emotional scenes which hit
a high note with the viewer also. Its been a long time since i saw
Shahrukh Khan literally bring his character to life(He came close with
DEVDAS...but is more effective here) and is a definite contender for
BEST ACTOR this year.
Preity Zinta as an actress have been evolving over time. With well structured roles like MISSION KASHMIR, KYA KEHNA, SANGHARSH, and DIL HAI TUMHARA she has proven herself to be an actress of substance who will stay around for a long time. Now with KAL HO NA HO she delivers her best performance to date! Her character is the backbone of the movie and Preity Zinta steps right into the shoes of her character and becomes Naina Catherine Kapur. Her looks are mesmirising and she looks absolutely gorgeous throughout the movie.
Khan is a definite revelation in the movie. Those who though that
they'd seen his best in DIL CHAHTA HAI will have to think again. Once
again Saifali Khan gives a winning performance and springs a complete
surprise which will make the viewer realise how bloody talented this
actor really is. Despite the presence of Shahrukh Khan and Preity
Zinta, Saifali Khan manages to hold his own thoughout the entire
movie. His comic timing is absolutely FLAWLESS and without a doubt he
knows his job when it comes to comic scenes, but it is the emotional
area where he springs a surprise. As a man willing to accept a girl
who loves someone else Saifali Khan is SUPERB and Rohit Patel will be
remembered just as much as Sameer from DIL CHAHTA HAI if not more.
makes it even better is the mindblowing chemistry that these 3 actors
share onscreen. They share a natural chemistry which completely
involves and mesmerises
the viewer completely.
the supporting cast Jaya Bachchan yet
again delivers a flawless performance which is one of the best
female performances i have seen this year. She brings her character of
Jennifer to life and adds her own magic touch. The one scene in the
church where she is with Sushma Seth alone is worth a BEST SUPPORTING
ACTRESS award! Kudos to Jaya Bachchan and i hope she keeps signing
roles of substance.
Shah and Ketaki Dave do their roles with elan and have impeccable
Yadav with his "bhai" stint is also ace and will raise a lot
of laughs. Ditto for Sulbha Aryas Kantaben which will bring the house
down with laughter!
Seth plays her role with conviction and the scenes where she is pitted
against Jaya Bachchan she is superb.
Lagoo doesn't get that much scope to perform but she acts gracefully
and looks nice, iam still waiting to see Reema in a VAASTAV or HUM
SAATH SAATH HAI role.
Lilette Dubey is excellent in her role. She plays the ageing femme fatale role to perfection and even the younger male generation will have to admit that this lady is SEXY! She plays her part well and after BAGHBAN here is yet another good role in her kitty. Delnaz Paul is OK in her role. Sonali Bendre and Sanjay Kapoor are graceful in their extended cameo appearences and play their parts well
Rani Mukerjee and Uday Chopra in their blink-and-you-will-miss roles
look good on screen and add to the commercial value of the movie.
major plus point of the movie is Nirinjan Iyengars dialogues which
come across as a breath of fresh air. The comical dialogues in the
movie are 100% orignal and manage to tickle the funny bone everytime
which is a huge compliment as it is very hard to do. Be it the Gujrati,
Punjabi or Sardar jokes the dialogues in the movie enlighten and
heighten the movie.
Technically the film is also perfect. The film has a fast, vibrant, colourful and lively look throughout. Nikhil Advani is technically a slick director and this shows very well onscreen. Anil Mehtas cinematography is upto International standard and is worthy of many awards. Sharmista Roy is ace as always and does her job very well with the sets and art direction.
is KAL HO NA HO the years best film? IMO YES!!! The film offers
everything that a cinegoer would want and much more. The masses and
the offbeat viewers both wont be disapointed with KAL HO NA HO and the
film is indeed a step in the right direction in terms of movie making.
If i had to chose between KHNH, KKKG and KKHH -KAL HO N HO would
definetly get my vote hands down! So what are you still doing here
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