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Kal Ho Naa Ho ( , , literally Tomorrow May Not Come) is a 2003 Hindi film set in New York Citymarker. It stars Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Saif Ali Khan. The film was directed by first-timer Nikhil Advani; it was produced and co-written by Karan Johar, better known as the director of the hit films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001).

Unlike with many other Bollywood productions, the film's makers also complied with international copyright laws and obtained the license to use Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" for an extended musical sequence taking place in the streets in New York. The film eventually grossed over Rs 600 million worldwide. It became the second top-grossing movie in India and the top-grossing Bollywood film in the overseas market that year.

The film was screened at the Valenciennes, Era New Horizons, Marrakech International and Helsinki Film Festival.


Naina Catherine Kapur (Preity Zinta) is an angry young woman, for more than one reason. Her father committed suicide when she needed him the most, leaving his wife Jennifer (Jaya Bachchan) to raise their children all alone. The restaurant Jennifer operates is faltering. Furthermore, Naina's paternal grandmother, Lajjo (Sushma Seth), blames Jennifer for the suicide and refuses to accept Gia, a six-year-old girl whom Jennifer adopted, as her granddaughter, blaming her for bringing bad luck to the family. Naina has to put up with the daily fights that take place in the house as a result. The only factors that redeem her life are the toiling and tolerant Jennifer and Naina's bumbling MBA classmate Rohit (Saif Ali Khan)
Preity Zinta, Shahrukh Khan and Jaya Bachchan (l-r) as featured in the film.

Aman Mathur (Shahrukh Khan) arrives in Naina's neighbourhood and soon changes everything.Noticing the sadness of his new neighbours, he intervenes. His well-meaning interference in their activities, his revival of their financial condition, and his general optimism soon change their lives for the better. Although Naina is initially reluctant to enjoy Aman's presence as others do and is irritated by his extroverted, overly-enthusiastic attitude, she grows to like him and eventually to love him.

Meanwhile, her friend Rohit has fallen in love with her. On Aman's encouragement, he calls Naina for lunch but before he can propose to her, she reveals her love for Aman. Rohit informs Aman about this and leaves shortly for his parents' home. Naina goes to Aman's house where, to stop her from confessing her feelings to him, Aman tells her that he is married to a woman named Priya (Sonali Bendre) who actually is his doctor.

Aman, it is revealed, is dying of a severe condition that is progressively weakening his heart. Knowing that his lifespan is limited, he goes through life facilitating friendships and courtship, and urging people to enjoy themselves in the present moment since "tomorrow might never come". His excursions into such altruism eventually lead him to sacrifice his love for Naina and instead playing matchmaker between her and Rohit. After a few weeks of courtship, Naina starts to like Rohit as more than just a friend and accepts his proposal of marriage.

Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta

The tension within Naina's family also stops when Aman, after intercepting a personal letter addressed to Jennifer, reveals that Gia is Naina's half-sister through their father's extramarital affair. Lajjo finally accepts Gia, and the now-united family wholeheartedly prepare for Rohit and Naina's wedding.

As the film progresses, Aman's health deteriorates. One episode of intense excitement nearly kills him. Naina, in a chance encounter, meets Priya, Aman's supposed wife who is actually his doctor. She then realises that Aman had lied about his being married to hide his true condition, and possibly, the fact that he may love her in return. She goes to see Aman, and although he defiantly refuses to admit his true feelings, she finally understands that he loves her as well. Aman convinces her to get married to Rohit anyway, because he will not be alive for much longer. Shortly after Rohit and Naina marry, Aman eventually dies of his weakness, with Rohit and Naina by his side.


Actor/Actress Role
Shahrukh Khan Aman Mathur
Saif Ali Khan Rohit Patel
Preity Zinta Naina Catherine Kapur
Jaya Bachchan Jennifer Kapur
Sushma Seth Lajjo Kapur
Reema Lagoo Aman's mother
Lillete Dubey Jaswinder Kapoor aka "Jazz" Kapoor
Delnaaz Paul Jasprit Kapoor aka "Sweetu" Kapoor
Athit Naik Shiv Kapur
Jhanak Shukla Gia Kapur
Dara Singh Chaada Uncle
Shoma Anand Kammo Kapur
Kamini Khanna Vimmo Kapur
Sonali Bendre Priya also as Aman's doctor (Special Appearance)
Ketki Dave Rohit's Mother
Satish Shah Rohit's Father
Sulabha Arya Kanta Bhen
Simone Singh Camilla
Rajpal Yadav Guru
Sanjay Kapoor As Priya's husband (Guest Appearance)
Kajol Guest Appearance for the song Maahi Ve
Rani Mukerji Guest Appearance for the song Maahi Ve
Uday Chopra Day Sixth announcer (Guest Appearance)



Alternative film poster
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. Preity Zinta was the immediate next choice, and according to the director of the film, Nikhil Advani, "Somewhere at the back of my mind she [Zinta] was always Naina Catherine Kapur. She understands that lifestyle. She didn't have to do anything."

Shooting began in 2003 in New York Citymarker. A major portion of the movie was also shot in Torontomarker due to production costs in New York Citymarker.


Kal Ho Naa Ho was the second Bollywood film to attain wide release in Germanymarker in early 2005 (the first was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham). The Hindi title was translated as Lebe und denke nicht an morgen ("Live, and do not think about tomorrow") but the film was generally publicized under the English title Indian Love Story. Since the film's release, Bollywood movies have become increasingly popular in Germany, and other Indian films have also been shown on prime time television and have sold well on DVD.

The movie was released in Polandmarker in May 2006 as Gdyby jutra nie bylo (If Tomorrow Never Comes), and in Francemarker in 2005 as New-York Masala.


The soundtrack of the film was released on September 27, 2003 in various formats. The official launch took place on September 29 at Mumbai's Taj Lands End's banquet hall, Salcette. The music is conducted by award-winning trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, with lyrics authored by Javed Akhtar. The rights to Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" were bought for use as the title of one of the songs and part of an otherwise original song.

The music went on to do well at the charts, and became one of the most successful music albums of the year.The title track, Kal Ho Naa Ho, was particularly notable; it won the Zee Cine Award Best Track of the Year, and won Sonu Nigam the Best Playback Singer Male at the Filmfare and at the National Film Award ceremonies, respectively. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy won their first Filmfare Best Music Director Award for this soundtrack, as well as the National Film Award for Best Music Direction.

Song Singer(s) Duration
Kal Ho Naa Ho Sonu Nigam 05:23
Kuch To Hua Hai Shaan, Alka Yagnik 05:22
It's The Time To Disco Vasundhara Das, KK, Shaan, Loy Mendonsa 05:35
Maahi Ve Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam, Shankar Mahadevan, Sujata Bhattacharya ( Madhushree ) 06:09
Pretty Woman Shankar Mahadevan, Ravi "Rags" Khote 05:55
Kal Ho Naa Ho - Sad Alka Yagnik, Richa Sharma, & Sonu Nigam 05:38
Heartbeat Instrumental 04:28


Kal Ho Naa Ho received many awards and nominations. The awards it won are highlighted in bold:

IIFA Awards

Zee Cine Awards

National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards

Star Screen Awards

See also


  1. Gdyby jutra nie było on

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