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30 years of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa: 5 reasons why the Shah Rukh Khan starrer still warms the heart

en Bollywood News 30 years of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa: 5 reasons why the Shah Rukh Khan starrer still warms the heart

As the late Kundan Shah's directorial completes 30 years, we look back at 5 reasons why the film is still fondly remembered.

Today, Shah Rukh Khan is one of the biggest names not just in India but world over. But like every actor, he too was once a newcomer. He started off with television with shows like Fauji and Circus that got him noticed. After debuting in 1992, he created his first bang through Baazigar in 1993. Along with that film, it was Kundan Shah’s Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa that proved to be one of the stepping stones of his stardom.

30 years of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa: 5 reasons why the Shah Rukh Khan starrer still warms the heart

Also starring Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Deepak Tijori, Naseeruddin Shah and Satish Shah, among others, the film was a coming-of-age saga that provided a whirlwind of emotions. Today, as Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa turns 30, we look back at why the film is still fondly remembered and loved.

Unusual Storyline

The film offered a refreshing and unconventional storyline for its time. Contrary to that period, the protagonist wasn’t heroic. It portrayed the struggles of an underdog protagonist, Sunil, played by Shah Rukh Khan, who doesn't fit the typical hero mold but wins hearts with his sincerity and relatable character.

Memorable Performances

Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal of Sunil earned him critical acclaim and showcased his versatility as an actor. His endearing performance, along with the supporting cast's stellar acting, left a lasting impression on audiences. Also, this was a huge change from the negative shade characters he had played in the previous year in films like Baazigar and Darr. The film also had memorable and fine acts from Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Naseeruddin Shah, Satish Shah, Deepak Tijori among others.

Hit Music

The film's soundtrack, composed by Jatin-Lalit, featured soulful and melodious songs that became instant hits. Songs like ‘Ae Kash Ke Hum’ and ‘Woh Toh Hai Albela’ are still cherished by music lovers and evoke nostalgia for the '90s era. At the same time, the film also featured an energetic and youthful track ‘Deewana Dil Deewana.’

Realistic Portrayal of Relationships

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa depicted the complexities of relationships and unrequited love in a realistic manner. It resonated with audiences due to its honest portrayal of the emotional turmoil faced by the protagonist in his pursuit of love and acceptance. As mentioned before, what made the movie stand apart was that the protagonist wasn’t a typical hero of that era by any standards.

Timeless Appeal

Despite being released in 1994, the film's themes of friendship, love, and self-discovery remain relevant even today. Its universal appeal and enduring charm have contributed to its continued remembrance by audiences and critics alike, making it a timeless classic in Indian cinema. It became the second memorable film outing for the late Kundan Shah after the classic satire Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. In between the two films, he made a number of acclaimed TV shows like Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Nukkad, Wagle Ki Duniya, Circus, etc. The last one also starred SRK.

Also Read: 30 Years of Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa: Shah Rukh Khan was paid Rs. 5,000 as signing amount; due to date issues, he was taken away at GUNPOINT to the sets of Deewana; SRK cried when film stock got over on last day

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