Anurag Kashyap has revealed that he turned down Shah Rukh Khan’s KHNH as well as a major Salman Khan film for this reason!
After the success of Ram Gopal Varma’s directorial Satya in 1998, Anurag Kashyap became a household name, and every filmmaker and producer wanted him to write a script for them.
Kal Ho Na Ho, directed by Karan Johar, has a particular place in everyone’s heart because it features a love story that can be related to by everyone of any generation. The story covers everything from sadness to reconciliation. Can you believe that before KJo came up with the story for the Shah Rukh Khan blockbuster, he sought Anurag Kashyap to write the script? To learn everything, scroll down.
The romance film went on to become one of the year’s highest-grossing films, winning two National Film Awards in the process.
With the success of Ram Gopal Varma’s directorial Satya in 1998, Anurag Kashyap became a household name, and every filmmaker and producer wanted him to write a script for them. One of them was Karan Johar, who approached the director of Gangs of Wasseypur about penning the script for Kal Ho Na Ho.
Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Jaya Bachchan, Sushma Seth, Reema Lagoo, Lillete Dubey, Delnaaz Irani, and a plethora of other actors starred in Nikhil Advani’s 2003 blockbuster. In a 2007 interview with Mumbai Mirror, Anurag Kashyap claimed, “I also got the hefty offers after Satya.”
Karan Johar requested me to write Tere Naam, Jism and to script Kal Ho Na Ho. I stood firm in my refusal. Because Karan is the king of romanticism and I’m a realist, I declined Kal Ho Na Ho. I didn’t want any issues after starting a project. Karan didn’t take my refusal well, but it wasn’t personal.”
Following Kashyap’s denial, KJo ended up penning that script.