Kal Ho Naa Ho
Kal Ho Naa Ho
It stars Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Saif Ali Khan. The film was directed by first-timer Nikhil Advani; it was produced and co-written by Karan Johar, better known as the director of the hit films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001). This movie was known for blending Bollywood and Hollywood conventions with high production values. While copyright violation has long run rampant in the Bollywood film industry, Kal Ho Naa Ho is known for having licensed the rights to Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" for an extended musical sequence taking place in the streets in New York. Because of its familiar setting and music, accessibility to non-Indians, good production values, and respect for copyright, Kal Ho Naa Ho has been used to introduce Bollywood to markets where Indian films have been rare. The film eventually grossed over Rs 600 million worldwide, becoming the top grossing Bollywood Film Worldwide, second top-grossing movie in India, as well as the top-grossing Bollywood film in the overseas market that year. The film was screened at the Valenciennes, ERA New Horizons, Marrakech International and Helsinki Film Festival.
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