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Kal Ho Na Ho is 19, Remembering The Film That Broke Karan Johar’s Friendship with Kareena



Kal Ho Na Ho

The only male visitor  who was allowed  inside Babita’s home with  Kareena  and  Karisma when the two girls were unmarried, was Karan  Johar. That’s because the two sisters treated  Karan as the brother they never had.

Then came Kal Ho Na Ha, a love triangle to be  shot in New York, the most expensive city in the world to shoot in.Karan wanted  to cast Shah Rukh Khan, Salman  Khan and  Kareena  Kapoor. Salman  refused the offer, as  he  didn’t want to  play a supporting role to Shah Rukh.

Kareena, Karan was  sure would not hesitate  in saying yes. However he  got the  shock of his life when she  refused to do Kal Ho Na Ho at the fee that was being offered to her. What made  Kareena’s snub even worse  was that it happened during the  time when Karan’s father producer Yash Chopra  was critically ill.

To demand more money from your  moohbola  bhai when he was going  through a personal crisis was unacceptable. Karan  stopped speaking to Kareena.  Their cold war lasted  for a year  after which  Karisma brought about a patch up.

The Kal Ho Na Ha female lead  went  to Preity Zinta . The  film did her career a wealth of good.

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