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Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Saif Ali Khan starrer Kal Ho Naa Ho completes 19 years of its release today. Preity played the role of Naina in the romantic film. However, did you know Preity’s role was first offered to Kareena Kapoor Khan? Kal Ho Naa Ho came to Preity after Bebo turned down the film. In Karan Johar’s book ‘An Unsuitable Boy’, he revealed the reason why Bebo wasn’t a part of the film.


The filmmaker shared, “The weekend of Mujhse Dosti Karoge’s release, I offered her Kal Ho Naa Ho, and she asked for the same money that Shah Rukh Khan was getting. I said, ‘Sorry’.”

He went on to add, “I was very hurt. I told my father, ‘Leave that negotiation room’ and I called her. She didn’t take my call, and I said, ‘We’re not taking her.’ And we signed Preity Zinta instead. Kareena and I didn’t speak to each other for almost a year. For a year, we looked through each other at parties. It was very idotic. She was a kid; she’s a decade younger than me.”

Karan further added, “We were releasing Kal Ho Naa Ho in November. We had shot the film in June, July, August and in September I had to shoot the songs, make the promos and so on. So I had to head back, while my father continued the treatment in New York. That was the time Kareena Kapoor called me. It was August. We had not spoken for nine months. She called and said, I heard about Yash uncle’. She got really emotional on the phone, and she said, ‘I love you and I am so sorry I haven’t been in touch. Don’t worry.”

Kareena and Karan are best friends. The duo’s Instagram posts about each other are proof of their great friendship. Bebo last appeared on Karan’s popular chat show, Koffee With Karan 7.

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