Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai

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Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRakesh Roshan
Produced byRakesh Roshan
Written byRakesh Roshan
Screenplay byRavi Kapoor
Honey Irani
Story byRakesh Roshan
Based onRatha Sapthami
StarringHrithik Roshan
Ameesha Patel
Anupam Kher
Dalip Tahil
Music byRajesh Roshan
CinematographyKhushboo Khator
Edited byKhushboo Khator
Distributed byEros International
HMV-The Gramophone Company of India
Release date
  • 14 January 2000 (2000-01-14)
Running time
180 minutes
Budgetest. ₹10 crore[1]
Box officeest. ₹80 crore[1]

Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (transl.Say It... You're In Love) is a 2000 Indian Hindi-language romantic thriller film directed by Rakesh Roshan, marking the debuts of his son Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel.

Receiving the highest gross of the year in India , Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai was the most successful Bollywood film of 2000 only after Mohabbatein.[2] Following its release, Hrithik, who plays a double role in the film as Rohit and Raj, became an overnight superstar.[3][4] His successful debut was termed 'Hrithik Mania' by the media,[5][6] and he has been known as the "Millennial Superstar" ever since.[7][8][9]

Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai went on to be inducted into the Guinness World Records (2002) for being a feature film with the most awards won—a total of 92 awards received in numerous ceremonies and categories.[10] Likewise, the film would be added to the Limca Book of Records (2003) for the greatest number of awards won by a Bollywood film.[11] As director and producer, Rakesh Roshan collected his first ever Filmfare Award, while his son became the only actor ever to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Debut and the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the same film.

Following the success of Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, the father-son duo have gone on to collaborate in many more films, including Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), Krrish (2006), Kites (2010), Krrish 3 (2013), and Kaabil (2017).

The movie is based on the 1986 Kannada movie Ratha Sapthami.[12]


Rohit and his younger brother Amit are orphans living with their aunt and uncle, Lily and Anthony. Rohit is an aspiring singer who works as a salesman in a car showroom, run by Malik. One day, he meets Sonia Saxena, the beautiful daughter of Mr. Saxena, Malik’s friend, when he visits her to deliver her the car her father brought. Unknown to everyone, Malik is running a drug cartel with the help of two corrupt police officers.

Rohit and Sonia see each other again during her birthday party on the beach. After Rohit sings there, he is invited to perform on a cruise. During the celebrations, Rohit and Sonia become drunk and fall into a lifeboat that separates from the ship. Rohit rows to an island, where they are stranded for a couple of days. During this time, they fall in love.

The couple is rescued by Saxena, who does not approve of their love due to their class differences. Rohit convinces Saxena that his intentions are honourable and Saxena proposes that if Rohit can become successful, he will allow him to marry Sonia. Determined to prove himself, Rohit and his friends attempt to procure a record deal for him. Rohit eventually becomes a locally well-known artist and prepares to put on a concert.

On the day of the show, Rohit witnesses the corrupt policemen and Malik shooting and killing the commissioner, who had found out about their drug dealing. They discover Rohit’s presence and shoot at him, wounding him before pursuing him over a bridge. Saxena is also revealed to be part of the drug cartel. They knock Rohit’s bike off balance, causing him to fall off the bridge into the river and drown. The police are unsuccessful in finding his body. Amit is traumatized by the news and becomes mute while a devastated Sonia goes into depression.

Saxena sends Sonia to stay with his brother in New Zealand to help overcome her depression. There, Sonia meets her cousin Neeta's friend, Raj Chopra, who, to her immense shock, strikingly resembles Rohit, though their personalities are slightly different. Raj falls for Sonia but she avoids him due to his likeness to Rohit. After learning her story, Raj accompanies Sonia back to India and gives her hope to keep living, before deciding to let her go, as she does not love him. However, at the airport, one of the corrupt officers spots them and opens fire on Raj. After Raj and Sonia escape, he realizes that somebody mistook him for Rohit, and the two deduce that Rohit was murdered.

Raj is welcomed by Rohit's family and friends. His presence brings Amit out of his shell, and Raj learns that Amit witnessed Rohit's murder and saw the culprits. The gang decides to set a trap to expose the killers, with Raj posing as Rohit to lure them. During this time, Raj confesses his love for Sonia. Malik, Saxena, and the officers panic upon learning that "Rohit" is alive. Raj performs a concert in tribute to Rohit, knowing his killers will come. He reveals to the crowd details of the shooting that he learned from Amit. Before Raj can reveal the names of the killers, one of the officers shoots him. However, Raj is saved due to wearing a bullet-proof jacket.

To catch who they believe is Rohit, the officers kidnap Sonia. Raj arrives where Sonia is being held and kills the corrupt officers. Malik arrives and is about to reveal Saxena's involvement in the murder, but is fatally shot by him. Amit recognizes Malik as one of Rohit's killers.

Later, Raj learns through Malik's phone that Saxena was the man Malik called before killing Rohit. On being confronted, Saxena confesses his crime to his daughter before being arrested. Sonia finally tells Raj that she loves him too. The couple returns to New Zealand, taking everybody with them, and they get married.


  • Hrithik Roshan as Rohit, an aspiring singer and Sonia's boyfriend from a lower-middle-class background in India / Raj Chopra, an NRI billionaire businessman and singer residing in New Zealand who becomes Sonia's husband
  • Ameesha Patel as Sonia Saxena
  • Anupam Kher as Mr. Saxena / Sirjee, Sonia's father
  • Dalip Tahil as Shakti Malik, Atul's father, Mr. Saxena's cousin
  • Mohnish Behl as Inspector Dilip Kadam, a corrupt officer on Saxena's payroll
  • Ashish Vidyarthi as Inspector Satish Shinde, a corrupt officer on Saxena's payroll
  • 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's son, and Sonia's friend
  • Asha Patel as Mrs. Chopra, Raj's mother.
  • Tannaz Irani as Neeta Saxena, Sonia's cousin and Raj's friend (guest appearance)
  • Vrajesh Hirjee as Tony, Rohit's friend
  • Abhishek Sharma (actor) as Amit, Rohit's younger brother
  • Johnny Lever as Inspector Parab (cameo appearance)
  • Ram Mohan as Police Commissioner
  • Payal Malhotra as Shobhna, a girl on the cruise ship
  • Dimple Inamdar as Dancer
  • Jasveer Kaur as Dancer


The film was launched in 1998 with Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor as the lead actors. However, She latter walked out a few days after the launch, following a "misunderstanding" between the director Rakesh Roshan and Kareena's mother Babita.[13] Rakesh, who had known Ameesha Patel's family for a long time, cast her in the role.[14]

The ship scenes were filmed aboard the Star Flyer.[15] The island scenes were filmed in Krabi, Thailand, in the area near Khao Phing Kan (popularly known as James Bond Island).[16]


Critical Reception[edit]

The performance of Hrithik was well praised, and the music received positive reviews.[failed verification][17] 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."[18] 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."[19]

The reviewer for Filmfare rated it 3.5 out of 5, 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 Sitaare." Hrithik is very good in the action and dance sequences and proves his acting caliber in his very first film. Ameesha too performs well."[20]

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, thrill, comedy and tragedy, all of them enacted pretty well by Hrithik Roshan." Of the soundtrack, he wrote, "There is not even one song which is not enjoyable."[21] 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 1. 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."[22] 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'."[23]

The interval twist of the movie - where the hero supposedly dies in an accident - and the second half of the movie - where the heroine is sent out of her hometown to her uncle's place in order to overcome her depression but is shell shocked to find a lookalike in a vehicle nearby and later catches a glimpse of him again in a discotheque dancing merrily - was reported to be based on the 1986 Kannada movie Ratha Sapthami.[24][25]


In India, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2000.[26] When adjusted for inflation, it was the 11th highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time as of 2011,[27] and the sixth highest-grossing film of the 2000s.[28]


Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai 2
Soundtrack album by
Released1 December 1999[29]
LabelSaregama Tips Industries
DirectorRakesh Roshan
ProducerRakesh Roshan
Rajesh Roshan chronology
Daag: The Fire
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai 2

The film's music was composed by Rajesh Roshan with lyrics by Ibrahim Ashq, Saawan Kumar Tak and Vijay Akela. Most of the songs were sung by Lucky Ali, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik The dancing sequences were choreographed by Farah Khan. The main tune of the movie's song Dil ne dil ko pukara was inspired by the Academy Award Winner Vangelis's 1995 Composition Voices (Vangelis album) The songs "Ek Pal Ka Jeena", "Na Tum Jano Na Hum", "Chand Sitaare", and the title song "Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai" were chartbusters. The film's soundtrack album became the second best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year,[30] selling about 10 million units.[31]

1."Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai"Ibrahim AshkUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik7:03
2."Na Tum Jano Na Hum"Ibrahim AshkLucky Ali6:18
3."Pyaar Ki Kashti Mein"Sawan Kumar TakUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik5:54
4."Janeman Janeman"Sawan Kumar TakAsha Bhosle5:11
5."Chand Sitaare"Sawan Kumar TakKumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik6:33
6."Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara[32]"Ibrahim AshkBabul Supriyo7:56
7."Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (Sad Version) Kehtaa hai Man Apna Milan"Ibrahim AshkUdit Narayan1:06
8."Ek Pal Ka Jeena"Vijay AkelaLucky Ali6:36
9."Believe in Love (Theme Music)" (instrumental)  3:58


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[33][34] Best Film Rakesh Roshan
Best Director
Best Actor Hrithik Roshan
Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male
Best Music Director Rajesh Roshan
Best Male Playback Lucky Ali
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 Ameesha 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
20th IIFA Awards Best Film of 20 Years Rakesh Roshan

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