Making Of: Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)

Kal Ho Naa Ho (English: There May Or May Not Be A Tomorrow) is a 2003 Indian romantic drama film directed by debutante director Nikhil Advani. The film was written by Niranjan Iyengar and Karan Johar and produced by Yash Johar and Karan Johar under the Dharma Productions banner. The music of the film was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, with lyrics written by Javed Akhtar.

The film features Jaya Bachchan as Jennifer Kapur, Shahrukh Khan as Aman Mathur, Saif Ali Khan as Rohit Patel, and Preity Zinta as Naina Catherine Kapur. The film narrates the story of an uptight student, Naina Kapur, who falls in love with her neighbour, Aman Mathur, a terminally ill patient. Meanwhile, Aman tries to play matchmaker for Naina and her friend, Rohit Patel.

Kal Ho Naa Ho was declared hit in India by Box Office India.The film was a commercial success, with a lifetime gross of 77.95 crore (US$14.19 million) and emerged as the second highest grossing film, domestically and the highest grossing film in the overseas market, that year. When adjusted for inflation its total worldwide gross is 1.3 billion. The following year, Kal Ho Naa Ho won 2 National Film Awards and 7 Filmfare Awards.

Pre-production of the film began in 2003. Kareena Kapoor was initially the first choice for Naina, but due to money issues she refused the role. It was the last film to be produced by Yash Johar before his death. In the beginning we apparently see Naina running, but Preity Zinta had fallen and injured herself. Nikhil Advani got a model to jog in front of the camera instead. The film was originally going to be shot in Toronto but due to the SARS scare at the time, Karan Johar moved it to New York. However some parts of the song “Kuch To Hua Hai” in the movie are shot in Toronto.
Unlike many other Bollywood productions, the filmmakers actually complied with international copyright laws and bought the license to the rights to Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” which is featured in the film.

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