20 years ago today… Revisiting ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’


Release date: 25th February 1994

Director: Kundan Shah

*ing: Shah Rukh Khan, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Deepak Tijori, Naseeruddin Shah

Shah Rukh Khan was a mere two years into his career when ��Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa�۪ put him back in the romantic hero category after ��Baazigar�۪ and ��Darr�۪ the previous year had seen audiences wowed by his negative shaded characters. The movie, which Khan maintains is one of his most favourite in his career, is one that many a fan will also remember fondly as one of his best roles early in his acting career in Bollywood.

The story of ��Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa�۪ surrounds Sunil (Khan) who is hopelessly in love with Anna (Suchitra Krishnamoorthi). His friends are not aware of his feeling towards her. Sunil, along with his friends (and Anna), are in a music band and in their attempts to make it big, they often end up in some dangerous yet cute situations. Anna�۪s father is impressed with one of the band members, Chris, and wants his daugher to marry him. Sunil, with only his younger sister being aware of his feelings, tries to make something of himself before he has to let Anna go forever. He tries various things to make Anna think Chris is not right for her in ultimate loverboy fashion.

��Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa�۪ is a film that Khan keeps very close to his heart because he has revealed many a time that Sunil�۪s character is very much the same as him in romantic style. His portrayal of never-quite-upto-the-mark Sunil whose intentions are always heartfelt but very much misunderstood is one that the girls can�۪t help but feel sorry for. They see this innocent man trying to win the love of his ladylove in some of the most uncanny and unreasonable circumstances but he seems to lose out a lot of the time.

Krishnamoorthi and Tijori as Anna and Chris make a suitable couple and are great in their performances too. There are also notable performances from the rest of the ensemble cast, most of who are on Sunil�۪s side and come to his rescue whenever he needs them. The songs Deewana Dil Deewana and Ae Kaash Ke Hum are undoubtedly gems of Khan�۪s career.

This 1994 film is a must-see for all Khan fans of the current generation and definitely one that his well-wishers are fond of. Today, as the 20th anniversary is upon us, it is only right to pay tribute to this film because there are some films that you can watch again and again and never get fed up of. ��Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa�۪ is one of those!

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