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Preity Zinta, Karan Johar remember Yash Johar on 20th anniversary of Kal Ho Naa Ho

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan alongside Preity, the Nikkhil Advani directorial released in 2003

Agnivo Niyogi Calcutta Published 29.11.23, 11:46 AM
Preity Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan in Kal Ho Naa Ho

Preity Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan in Kal Ho Naa Ho Dharma Productions

Actress Preity Zinta and filmmaker Karan Johar remembered the late film producer Yash Johar on the 20th anniversary of Kal Ho Naa Ho, the 2003 film that saw Yash on the sets for the last time, sharing how his presence made the film even more special.

"There will never be anyone like you Yash Uncle You took a piece of my heart with you when you left. This film will forever remind me of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will forever love you ,” Preity wrote on Instagram, describing Kal Ho Naa Ho as “the saddest happy film”


Karan Johar, who penned the story of Kal Ho Naa Ho, also took to social media to share a heartfelt note to mark the 20th anniversary of the film. Karan revealed that the film held a special place in his heart as it marked the last project his father, Yash Johar, was a part of before his passing.

"For me, this was the last film that my father was a part of from the Dharma family…and it feels surreal to have his presence in every frame as I rewatch it even till today. Thank you papa, for guiding us through everything & making stories that matter…and for always standing by what is right. I will always miss you,” Karan wrote.

He continued to praise the stellar cast and the entire team behind the camera for creating a film with a beating heart that continues to resonate with audiences. “This film has been such an emotional journey for me and perhaps for all of us, if I have gathered over the many years. To bring such a stellar starcast together with a story that has a beating heart…it’s all kudos to the entire cast and team behind the camera for making Kal Ho Naa Ho still beat strong and within everyone’s hearts,” the Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani director wrote.

“And thank you Nikkhil for making a directorial debut that is etched forever in all our collective hearts! A heartfelt mention to the legendary and extraordinarily talented @jaduakhtar who has penned every song to perfection but the title song Will always be the definitive song of my career…. Love you Javedsaab To @shankar.mahadevan @ehsaan and LOY the genius trio who composed these haunting melodies! We are indebted for life,” Karan signed off.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan alongside Preity, Kal Ho Naa Ho, directed by Nikkhil Advani and produced by Dharma Productions banner, revolves around a poignant love triangle among three friends. The narrative is a delicate balance of love, laughter, and heartbreak, making it a timeless classic.

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