Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (translation: "Say... You're in Love") is a 2000 Indian romantic thriller film, written and directed by Rakesh Roshan. It marks the debuts of his son Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel. The film featured Hrithik in a double role as characters Rohit and Raj. The story was inspired from the Kannada blockbuster Ratha Sapthami (1986) starring Shivarajkumar and Asharani.
|Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai|
|Hindi||कहो ना प्यार है|
|Directed by||Rakesh Roshan|
|Produced by||Rakesh Roshan|
|Written by||Rakesh Roshan|
|Screenplay by||Ravi Kapoor
|Story by||Rakesh Roshan|
|Music by||Rajesh Roshan|
|Edited by||Sanjay Verma|
Filmkraft Productions (I) Pvt. Ltd.
|Distributed by||Eros International|
|Box office||est.₹62 crore|
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai was the most successful Bollywood film of 2000, becoming the highest grosser of the year. It was added to the Limca Book of Records for the greatest number of awards won by a Bollywood film (102). Rakesh Roshan collected his first ever Filmfare Award, which he won as producer and as director. Following the release of the film, Hrithik became an overnight superstar. His successful debut was termed 'Hrithik Mania' by the media. He became the only actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Debut with the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the same film. The film was inducted in the Guinness World Records 2002 for winning the most awards for a feature film with a total of 92 awards received in numerous ceremonies and categories.
Rohit Mehra (Hrithik Roshan) and his younger brother Amit are orphans living with an elderly couple, Lily (Farida Jalal) and Anthony (Satish Shah). Rohit is an aspiring singer who works as a salesman in a car showroom, run by Malik (Dalip Tahil). One day he meets Sonia Saxena (Ameesha Patel), daughter of Mr. Saxena (Anupam Kher), when he goes to deliver a car to her home as her birthday present. Unknown to everybody, Saxena and Malik are running a drug cartel with help of two corrupt police officers (Mohnish Bahl and Ashish Vidyarthi).
Rohit and Sonia see each other later that night when Sonia and her friends are having a party on the beach. After Rohit sings for her, Atul (Rajesh Tandon), Malik's son and Sonia's friend, invites him on a cruise to perform. During the celebrations, Rohit and Sonia become drunk and fall into a lifeboat that separates from the ship and floats to an island. During their time on the island, they fall in love. They are eventually rescued by Saxena, who realizes their love for each other and does not approve. He demands that Malik immediately fire Rohit. Sonia tries, and fails to make her father see what a good man Rohit is. Saxena tells Rohit that he needs to become successful before he can marry Sonia, since she is from a rich, upper-class family. Determined to prove himself, Rohit and his friends attempt to procure a record deal for him. Rohit eventually becomes a well-known artist and prepares to put on a concert.
On the day of the show, Rohit goes to pick up Amit from school. Rohit witnesses the corrupt policemen and Malik shooting down a commissioner (Ram Mohan) who has found out about their drug dealings. They discover Rohit's presence and shoot at him, wounding him. They pursue him over a bridge on the highway and knock his bike off track, causing him to fall into the river. Rohit, who doesn't know how to swim, drowns. He is presumed dead. Amit is traumatised by the incident.
Sonia goes into depression due to Rohit's death. After some time, her father sends her to his brother in New Zealand to overcome her depression. Her cousin Neeta (Tanaaz Currim) tries to help Sonia break out of her depression by taking her out to explore the New Zealand nightlife. There she meets Neeta's friend Raj Chopra (also Hrithik Roshan). He strikingly resembles Rohit, and is also a singer and entertainer. Raj falls for Sonia, but his face reminds her so much of Rohit, making her more depressed. On learning her story, Raj decides to go with her back to India. After arriving, one of the corrupt officers spots the pair and opens fire on Raj. After Raj and Sonia escape the shooting, Raj realizes that somebody is mistaking him for Rohit. With this incident, Raj and Sonia realize that Rohit was murdered.
Raj is welcomed by Rohit's family and friends. His presence brings Amit out of his shell, and he learns that Amit witnessed Rohit's murder. Raj decides to set the trap to expose the killers, posing as Rohit. Only Sonia and Rohit's acquaintances know the truth. Raj proposes his love to Sonia. Even though she likes him, she is still heartbroken about Rohit's death. Malik panics upon learning that "Rohit" is alive. Raj performs a concert in tribute to Rohit, and Mailk and the corrupt officers arrive there undercover. Saxena learns the truth about the scheme from Sonia, and he warns Malik. After the concert, Raj reveals unknown details of the shooting that he learned from Amit. Due to these details, Malik assumes that Raj really is Rohit and that Saxena is playing a double game. Before Raj can reveal the names of the people who killed Rohit, he is shot at again by one of the corrupt officers but is saved due to wearing a bullet-proof jacket.
To catch Raj (who they believe is Rohit), the corrupt officers kidnap Sonia. Raj succeeds in killing them as well as their henchmen and rescues Sonia. Malik soon arrives on the scene, revealing his motive for mercilessly pursuing Sonia and Raj. Just as Malik is about to reveal the truth about his connection to Saxena, he is shot by Saxena himself, who feigns anger at his daughter's kidnapping. Amit arrives and immediately recognizes Malik as the man who killed Rohit. He tells Raj that on the day of the shooting, Malik was talking to someone named 'Sir ji' over the phone. Raj finds Sir ji's number in Malik's cell phone and makes a call. When Saxena's phone rings, Raj understands everything. On being confronted, Saxena confesses everything in front of Sonia and Raj before being arrested.
Sonia and Raj return to New Zealand, taking Amit with them. They get engaged with the blessings of their family and friends.
- Hrithik Roshan as Rohit Mehra / Raj Chopra
- Ameesha Patel as Sonia Saxena (Mona Ghosh Shetty as the Hindi dubbing voice)
- Anupam Kher as Mr. Saxena / Sirjee
- Dalip Tahil as Shakti Malik
- Mohnish Behl as Inspector Kadam
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Inspector Shinde
- Satish Shah as Anthony Rodriques Uncle (Rohit's landlord)
- Farida Jalal as Lily Anthony Rodriques Aunty (Rohit's landlady)
- Rajesh Tandon as Atul Malik (Shakti Malik's son and Sonia's friend)
- Asha Patel as Mrs. Chopra (Raj's mother)
- Tanaaz Currim as Neeta Saxena
- Vrajesh Hirjee as Tony (Rohit's friend)
- Abhishek Sharma as Amit Mehra (Rohit's younger brother)
- Johnny Lever as Inspector Parab
- Ram Mohan as Police Commissioner
- Kamya Punjabi as Shobha, a girl on cruise ship
The film was launched in 1998 with Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor as the lead actors. However, the latter walked out a few days after the launch, following a "misunderstanding" between the director Rakesh Roshan and Kareena's mother Babita. Rakesh, who had known Ameesha Patel's family for a long time, cast her in the role.
Upon theatrical release, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai received highly positive reviews from the critics and was declared an "All-Time Blockbuster". The performance of Hrithik was well praised, and the music received positive reviews. Most critics noted the storyline was clichéd. Planet Bollywood's Alok Kumar said "I'm telling you all to go see KNPH, a movie with which I had low expectations. The film ended up being very entertaining." Ajay Chaturvedi of Apunkachoice.com said "The film suffers from a bad script." But he praised the performance and dancing of Hrithik saying, "The highlight ... is Hrithik Roshan who has good screen presence, He has acted quite well considering that this is his debut film and he is a brilliant dancer." He praised the music saying "it is a big plus with "Na Tum Jano Na Hum" and "Ek Pal Ka Jeena" being the pick of the lot."
The reviewer for Filmfare rated it three-and-a-half out of five, and wrote, "Rakesh Roshan has come up with a winner. A racy script, excellent product values and taut editing result in a storyline that keeps the audience hooked throughout. The music is also good, especially the title song and numbers such as Ek pal ka jeena and Chand sitare. Hrithik is very good in the action and dance sequences, and proves his acting calibre in his very first film. Amisha too performs well."
Sabiha Kalolwala of The Indian Express wrote, "Rakesh Roshan has been smart enough to make a film which encompasses all the facets of acting — drama, action, romance, comedy and tragedy, all of them enacted pretty well by Hritik Roshan." Of the soundtrack, he wrote, "There is not even one song which is not enjoyable." Anupama Chopra, reviewing the film for India Today wrote, "... Rakesh has taken the routine love story, added a thriller twist and narrated it with style. KNPH isn't about path-breaking craft, it's about blockbuster presentation. Rakesh's sweat and money are apparent in every frame." She concluded writing, "What doesn't work is the tired villain track. Kher, one of Bollywood's finest, hams from frame one. Perhaps the idea of playing disgruntled papa yet again was too tedious. His post-climax repenting is almost comical. The rest of the gang isn't much better. The plot is as stale as the performances." Kanchana Suggu of Rediff.com called the film a "great entertainer" and wrote, "One must say Rakesh Roshan knew what he was doing when he cast Hrithik as the lead. The boy is good. The ease and style with which he dances, emotes, fights, makes one forget this is his debut film. He’s had to essay two different characters, and he’s done justice to both." Also commending the performances of other actors, she wrote praises of other departments in that the "music is good, the songs are catchy, the cinematography is appealing, the direction is unobtrusive and the story is actually 'different'."
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai was the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2000. When adjusted for inflation it is the 11th highest grossing Bollywood film of all time. and the sixth highest-grossing film of the 2000s.
|Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai|
|Soundtrack album by Rajesh Roshan|
|Released||1 December 1999|
|Rajesh Roshan chronology|
The songs "Ek Pal Ka Jeena", "Na Tum Jano Na Hum", "Chand Sitaare" and the title song "Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai" were chartbusters. The rest of songs were also very popular. The album became the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year. The album sold about 10 million units.
|"Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||07:01||Ibrahim Ashq|
|"Na Tum Jano Na Hum"||Lucky Ali||06:18||Ibrahim Ashq|
|"Pyaar Ki Kashti Mein"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||05:54||Sawan Kumar Tak|
|"Janeman Janeman"||Asha Bhosle||05:11||Sawan Kumar Tak|
|"Chand Sitaare"||Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik||06:33||Sawan Kumar Tak|
|"Sitaron Ki Mehfil Me Goonjega Tarana", "Dilwalo Dil Mera Sunne Ko Bekarar Hai"||Babul Supriyo||07:56||Ibrahim Ashk|
|"Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (Sad Version)"||Udit Narayan||01:06||Ibrahim Ashq|
|"Ek Pal Ka Jeena"||Lucky Ali||06:36||Vijay Akela|
|"Believe in Love (Theme Music)"||Instrumental||03:58|
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