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Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
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Film poster
Hindi कहो ना प्यार है
Directed by Rakesh Roshan
Produced by Rakesh Roshan
Written by Rakesh Roshan
Screenplay by Ravi Kapoor
Honey Irani
Story by Rakesh Roshan
Starring Hrithik Roshan
Ameesha Patel
Dalip Tahil
Anupam Kher
Music by Rajesh Roshan
Cinematography Kabir Lal
Edited by Sanjay Verma
Filmkraft Productions (I) Pvt. Ltd.
Distributed by Eros International
Release date
  • 14 January 2000 (2000-01-14)
Running time
178 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 5 crore
Box office 63 crore

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 of the movie was inspired from the Kannada blockbuster movie "Rathasaptami" (1986) starring Shivarajkumar and Asharani.

Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai was the most successful Bollywood film of 2000, becoming the highest grosser of the year.[1] It was subsequently added to the Limca Book of Records for the greatest number of awards won by a Bollywood film (102).[2] 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,[3][4] his successful debut was termed as 'Hrithik Mania' by the media.[5][6] He became the only actor to win both, the Filmfare Award for Best Debut with the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the same film.

Following the success of Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, the father-son duo went on collaborate on subsequent films such as Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), Krrish (2006), Kites (2010), Krrish 3 (2013) and Kaabil (2017).


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 which separates from the ship and floats to an island. During their time in 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's 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 from the bridge causing him to fall into the river below. 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 New Zealand to live with his brother. Her cousin Neeta (Tanaaz Currim) tries to help Sonia break out of her depression by taking her out to explore the New Zealand night life. There she meets Neeta's friend Raj Chopra (also Hrithik Roshan). He strikingly resembles Rohit, and he 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 in India, 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, and 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.

In order 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.



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.[7] Rakesh, who had known Ameesha Patel's family for long then, cast her in the role.[8]

The ship scenes were filmed aboard the Star Flyer.[9] The island scenes were filmed in Krabi, Thailand in the area near James Bond Island.[10]


Critical reception[edit]

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.[11] 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."[12] 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."[13] The reviewer for Filmfare rated the film 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."[14]

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."[15] 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."[16] 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'."[17]

Box office[edit]

Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai was the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2000.[18] When adjusted for inflation it is the 11th highest grossing Bollywood film of all time[19] and the sixth highest-grossing film of the 2000s.[20] It is considered as a all-time blockbuster film.


Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
Soundtrack album by Rajesh Roshan
Released 2000
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Hindi
Label Saregama
Director Rakesh Roshan
Producer Rakesh Roshan
Rajesh Roshan chronology
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
Kya Kehna
(2000)[21]Kya Kehna2000

The film's music was composed by Rajesh Roshan. Lyrics were by Saawan Kumar Tak, Vijay Akela and Ibrahim Ashq. The songs "Ek paal 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.[22]

Song Singer(s) Duration Lyricist
"Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 07:01 Ibrahim Ashq
"Na Tum Jano Na Hum" Lucky Ali, Ramya 06:18 Ibrahim Ashq
"Pyaar Ki Kashti Mein" Kumar Sanu, 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
"Sitaro Kee Mehfil Me Gunjega Tarana", "Dilwalo Dil Mera Sunnaneko Bekrar Hai"[23] 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


Awards Category Recipient
46th Filmfare Awards Best Film Rakesh Roshan
Best Director
Best Actor Hrithik Roshan
Best Debut Male
Best Music Director Rajesh Roshan
Best Playback Singer Lucky Ali
Best Screenplay Ravi Kapoor & Honey Irani
Best Choreography Farah Khan
Best Editing Sanjay Verma
Star Screen Awards Best Film Rakesh Roshan
Best Director
Best Actor Hrithik Roshan
Best Music Director Rajesh Roshan
Best Male Playback Lucky Ali
Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male Hrithik Roshan
Screen Award for Best Screenplay Honey Irani & Ravi Kapoor
Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award for Best Film Rakesh Roshan
Zee Cine Award for Best Director
Zee Cine Award for Best Actor - Male Hrithik Roshan
Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut
Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut Amisha Patel
Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Male Lucky Ali
Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Female Alka Yagnik
Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director Rajesh Roshan
IIFA Awards Best Movie Rakesh Roshan
Best Director
Best Actor Hrithik Roshan
Best Debut - Male
Best Music Director Rajesh Roshan
Best Male Playback Lucky Ali
Best Female Playback Alka Yagnik
Channel V Awards Best Film Rakesh Roshan
Best Director
Best Actor Hrithik Roshan
Best Male Debut
Best Music Director Rajesh Roshan
Best Male Playback Singer Kumar Sanu

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai breaks record". Rediff. 18 July 2003. 
  3. ^ Farah Khan: I had no idea Hrithik Roshan could dance
  4. ^ 16 years of 'Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai': Here are 10 lesser known facts about Hrithik-Ameesha's debut
  5. ^ Bollywood and Postmodernism
  6. ^ "A perfect professional has come to stay". TheHindu. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Taliculam, Sharmila (20 August 1998). "He's a looker". Rediff. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Verma, Sukanya (22 November 1999). "'It's unfair to have just one goal in life'". Rediff. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Star Flyer sails into Kochi with 88 tourists". TheHindu. Chennai, India. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Filming locations for Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai". IMDB. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Music Review — Kaho naa.. Pyaar Hai". Planet-Bollywood. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Planet-Bollywood — Film Review — Kaho naa.. Pyaar Hai". Indolink.com. 14 January 2000. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Kaho Na Pyar Hai Review". ApunKaChoice.Com. Archived from the original on 25 November 2005. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "KAHO NA PYAAR HAI (FILMFARE ONLINE)". Archived from the original on 4 March 2000. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Kalolwala, Sabiha (1 February 2000). "Reviews". The Indian Express. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  16. ^ Chopra, Anupama (24 January 2000). "Launching pad". India Today. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  17. ^ Suggu, Kanchana (14 January 2000). "At last, a great entertainer". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "Box Office 2000". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  19. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Rajesh Roshan". BollywoodHungama. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  22. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=284&catName=MTk5MC0xOTk5%7Carchiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20080215081552/http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=284&catName=MTk5MC0xOTk5&PHPSESSID=108b9056cd4ca14236f9c6119d34dcce |archivedate=15 February 2008 |title=Internet Archive Wayback Machine |publisher=Web.archive.org |date=22 January 2009 |accessdate=9 May 2012}}
  23. ^ "Sitaro Kee Mehfil Me Gunjega Tarana Song Lyrics of Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai : glamsham.com". Glamsham. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 

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