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Rating: 7.5 stars

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Seen on: 08/12/2017

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Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

Directed by Nikhil Advani

Romance | Drama | Melodrama

Overview

Naina is a very serious girl with a very serious life. But one day, her soul is awakened by the happy-go-lucky Aman, who teaches her that life is meant to be lived. Naturally, she falls in love with him. But Aman is harboring a secret that keeps him from reciprocating Naina’s love. But he cannot stand having her live a life without love, so he sets off on a mission to fill her life with someone else’s love - someone she already knows…

Length 186 minutes

Actors

Preity Zinta | Sulabha Arya | Kamini Khanna | Jhanak Shukla | Athit Naik | Sushma Seth | Sanjay Kapoor | Ketki Dave | Shoma Anand | Satish Shah | Rajpal Yadav | Simone Singh | Lillete Dubey | Delnaaz Irani | Reema Lagoo | Sonali Bendre | Jaya Bachchan | Saif Ali Khan | Shah Rukh Khan

Viewing Notes

Another SRK film I thought I had seen given that it’s one of his most famous roles. Alas I had not. This is one that I wished I had seen when Yumi was still here bc I think she would’ve enjoyed it. There’s even a salsa dancing scene.

Like many of these films the melodrama is piled on to hyper levels. It’s like an entire season of a soap opera condensed into 3 hours. There’s so much going on and so many side stories this could work as a series. Some of it is very eye-rolling but that’s part of the deal and acceptable when you have three strong leads carrying the film. SRK is in his element but it’s Preity Zinta that takes the MVP here since she’s at the center and has to do most of the emotional heavy lifting. She’s also the most convincing between the three (Saif Ali Khan being the third actor in this love triangle).

Usually these are predictable but I really wasn’t sure how it was going to end. I figured it would play out in one of two ways. Also like that they did shoot some on location scenes in NYC (with Toronto doing most of the stand-in city).

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