film was screened at UCI Telford in Shropshire from Sun 11th
January till Thurs 15th Juanuary 2004
film opens in Manhattan (New York) as Naina Catherine Kapur (Preity
Zinta) takes us on her daily morning jog.
begins to narrate her personal story by introducing the various
characters in her life.
include her mum, Jennifer (Jaya Bachchan), who is always at loggeraheads
with her mother-in-law, Sushma Seth.
runs a small bakery shop which is doing not too well financially.
there is her little sister and brother who she has to look after.
To top it all up, she is still trying to overcome the grief from
her dearly departed father.
So this is enough for Naina to give up on life and turn into a boring
But there is light at the end of the tunnel as she soon finds out.
comes in the form of college pal, Rohit Patel (Saif Ali Khan). He
is a typical Gujarati guy whose father runs a business called Dial
no fault of his own, Rohit tends to be headstrong when it comes
to women although he thinks that he is a ladies man.
the scene enters Aman, who comes into Naina's life as a breath of
fresh air, ready to give those cobwebs a good dusting.
Naina hates him but gradually she gets overwhelmed by Aman's charismatic
takes us nicely to the interval point as we enjoy the song and dance
sequences. These are well integrated with lighter moments enough
to bring a smile on your face.
film takes a serious turn after the interval point as we learn the
truth behind Aman's happy go lucky character.
the recently released Baghban made you cry then Kal Ho
Na Ho will make you sob. So come prepared with those tissues.
You will need them!
highly charged climax is fully justified and true to everyday life
in many ways.
credit goes to director Nikhil Advani and producer/ writer Karan
Johar for yet another splendid and flawless entertainer.
Advani makes an excellent debut, proving that he has the natural
ability to handle both the lighter and serious moments in the film.
also goes to Karan Johar for his excellent scripting, making it
look fresh and appealing.
Ho Naa Ho would be incomplete without Shah Rukh Khan. The actor
injects energy and emotions into Aman's character throughout the
is strongly supported by Saif Ali Khan whose character of Rohit
Patel will leave an everlasting impression on your mind.
Zinta gets into her character with ease. From wearing those bi-spectacles
to her serious nature, Preity plays Naina Kapur with conviction.
appearances by Kajol, Sonali Bendre, Rani Mukerji, Sanjay Kapoor
and Uday Chopra add value to the film.
Kal Ho Naa Ho proves a winner. A well crafted product which
will break box office records in the coming weeks. That's my prediction!
by Manish Gajjar, BBC Shropshire’s Mr Bollywood.