Kuch toh hua hai – Alka/Shaan – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Preity/Saif | 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.

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).

Aman is a bubbly fun-loving man. He slowly begins to solve Naina’s familial problems. He first transforms Jenny’s café into an Indian restaurant, which succeeds and they are able to repay the bank loan. He also tries to alleviate sadness from Naina’s life and makes her live life zestfully. She realizes that she has fallen in love with him. Meanwhile, Rohit also realizes that he loves the new Naina. They sing this song, one day as they leave each other’s company after school (MBA) hours.

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 that something is happening to the man as well as the girl. They are not the same anymore.

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

The video opens with Preity Zinta moving happily away from Saif Ali Khan and he is also moving away happily from near her. The next few shots show Sushma Seth, Lilette Dubey, Saif Ali Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Raghuvir Yadav making some comments on falling in love. Saif Ali Khan begins the song.

Preity Zinta also begins to sing and dance, to the tune of the music. The pair is shot singing and dancing at different locations in New York City. Saif Ali Khan dances with bystanders, even with 2 men transporting a mirror! The song peters out and the video ends as Shah Rukh Khan continues his commentary on falling in love.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Alka Yagnik and Shaan and the onscreen performances are by Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Sushma Seth, Shah Rukh Khan, Raghuvir Yadav and others.

Cultural Influence: Preity Zinta realizes that she is in love with Shah Rukh Khan. Saif Ali Khan realizes that he is in love with Preity Zinta. This is the beginning of the love triangle called Kal Ho Na Ho. The artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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