KAL HO NAA HO: Kareena refused Karan’s film

The film sparked off a cold war between these two friends

Kareena Kapoor and Karan Johar became good friends after they worked together in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Karan has often said that when he saw a young Kareena at a party while he was casting for K3G, he was so struck by her beauty and attitude, he immediately thought, “That is my Poo!” Bebo got rave reviews too so it was not at all surprising that the two became good friends. And even less surprising was that he offered his next film Kal Ho Naa Ho to her first. What was surprising was that she refused the film! Yes, Kareena refused to play Naina in KHNH. One version is that she wasn’t happy with the remuneration Karan was offering. Another version is that she wanted KJo to direct the film and didn’t have faith in Nikhil Advani’s directorial abilities. Either way, Kareena’s decision didn’t sit well with Karan and the two fell out. Karan cast Preity Zinta instead. The film became a huge hit and Preity won several Best Actress awards for her performance. When you watch the movie on YouTube Boxoffice, you’ll see why. Anyway, the tiff lasted quite a while till finally, the two buried their hurts and came together for We Are Family. We think Bebo’s refusal was Fate’s doing. It was not the right time for Saif Ali Khan and Kareena to come together, what with both of them being in serious relationships with other people at that point of time. What do you think?

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