Preity Zinta is celebrating 17 years of one of the iconic Bollywood films, Kal Ho Naa Ho. Preity played the female lead along with Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan and other co-actors.
The actress uploaded a nostalgic post on her social media accounts with a heartfelt caption reading, “Remembering Kal Ho Naa Ho today. A movie that made me laugh and cry in a heartbeat. An experience that went beyond words. This was probably one of my best-written films. Thank you @karanjohar @nikkhiladvani @iamsrk, Saif, Jaya aunty, and the entire cast n crew for making this film so memorable. So folks the only gyaan I can give you all is – Aaj apni zindagi puri tarah jee lo, kya pata kal ho naa ho #17YearsOfKalHoNaaHo #KHNH #KalHoNaaHo #Love #Friendship #Memories #Ting.”
She shared the music video of Kuch To Hua Hai from the film. The movie also stars Jaya Bachchan, Sushma Seth, Reema Lagoo, Lillete Dubey, and Delnaaz Paul in supporting roles. The film written by Karan Johar won two National Film Awards.
Here are some interesting facts about the film:
Preity was offered the lead role after it Kareena Kapoor rejected the to star in the movie. The former had told PTI in an interview, “It was very special to me because I lost my first love. I was in love with him, he was not. I felt strongly when the film was offered to me. Some of the best things have happened to me during that film.”
The film was co-produced by Karan Johar and his father Yash Johar who died a few months after its release. Karan has also expressed his regrets for not directing the movie. Kal Ho Na Ho finally marked the directorial debut of Nikkhil Advani.
Shah Rukh Khan, who was one of the male protagonists of the movie fell ill during the shoots and wanted to quit. He also underwent major surgery during the shooting of Kal Ho Naa Ho. Work finally resumed after Shah Rukh returned post-recovery.
The title track was composed by Loy of the music composer trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy while sitting with Nikkhil at the German Bakery in Pune. Nikkhil was singing the song My Heart will Go On at the bakery and wanted a similar song post which Loy came up with the tune in no time and recorded on his phone.