It’s the time to disco – Loy/K K/Vasundhara/Shaan – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy | Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)


Movie: This song appeared in 2003 Dharma Productions’ critically acclaimed and super hit romantic drama Kal Ho Na Ho (Tomorrow May Never Arrive) directed by Nikkhil Advani (debut) and produced by late Yash Johar and Karan Johar. The movie starred Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Jaya Bhaduri, Lilette Dubey, late Reema Lagoo, late Dara Singh, Sushma Seth, Delnaaz Paul, etc. The movie won 2 National Awards and 8 Filmfare Awards. An 8-minute video named Lebe Jetzt was released in the German Embassy in India to pay tribute to the movie. Kal Ho Na Ho was remade in Telugu as Chakram.

Naina Catherine Kapur (Preity Zinta) is a pessimistic MBA student living in New York City with her widowed mother Jennifer Kapur aka Jenny (Jaya Bhaduri) and 2 younger siblings – her biological differently-abled brother Shiv and adopted sister Gia. Jenny runs an unsuccessful café with her neighbor Jaswinder Kapoor aka Jazz (Lilette Dubey) to make 2 ends meet. Jenny’s mother-in-law (MIL) Lajjo (Sushma Seth) always puts Jenny and Gia down in front of other people and otherwise. Naina has 2 best friends Rohit Patel (Saif Ali Khan) and neighbor Jaspreet Kapoor aka Sweetu (Delnaz Paul). Naina’s life is dull and is shadowed by her father’s death until Aman Mathur (Shah Rukh Khan) comes to stay with his uncle (Dara Singh) and his mother (Reema Lagoo). The bubbly happy-go-lucky man sings this song when he sees Naina for the first time.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL) and the lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar.

The gist of the song is to enjoy life because there is one life.

Video: Cinematography is by Anil Mehta. Dance choreography is by Farah Khan.

The video opens with Preity Zinta removing her glasses, obviously intoxicated. She zips open her jacket and begins to dance. Saif Ali Khan is embarrassed. Shah Rukh Khan is enjoying it because many girls and men are half-naked on the floor. Everybody else joins her in the dance. Saif Ali Khan also joins her. He also throws away his jacket.

Shah Rukh Khan is dancing near the bar and Saif Ali Khan tells some girls to approach him. Preity Zinta does not like it. I wonder how Preity Zinta manages to dance so rhythmically when she is highly intoxicated. Shah Rukh Khan also joins others on the dance floor. The 3 lead artists dance together in front of the other dancers.

There are 2 male actors in this song and 3 male singers singing it with the chorus. I wonder how the music composers managed that! Preity Zinta goes to confront Shah Rukh Khan but falls down on the dance floor. Saif Ali Khan also approaches him and falls down on the dance floor as well. Shah Rukh Khan continues to dance. The song and the video end there.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Loy Mendonca, K K, Vasundhara Das and Shaan and the onscreen performances are by Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and others.

Cultural Influence: Though the song is good, I find challenging someone to have fun in the way one wants not a done thing. The person may find something else interesting and they might have fun in that way. I was going to say, “Kudos to Karan Johar,” before this song sequence because of the different storyline. Now, the scene before this song changed my mind. The artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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