Kal Ho Naa Ho is one of the most popular and memorable films of Shah Rukh Khan’s life. The 2003 film was released at the height of the actor’s fame and won him both accolades and awards for his portrayal of a seriously ill man with a golden heart.
The death scene of Shah Rukh Khan’s character Aman is one of the most talked about in the film. However, in 2015, a decade after the film’s release, Shah Rukh revealed that he did not show the scene to his children Aryan and Suhana. In fact, the film’s producer Karan Johar made a special edit for Shah Rukh’s children, which avoids the death scene.
In September 2015, Shahrukh’s fan forum tweeted a video of a little girl, shocked by the death scene in the film. Tagging the actor in the tweet, the account wrote, “Did you see this பார்க்கiamsrk kal ho na ho after seeing the reaction of a lil girl.” In response, Shah Rukh Khan told Karan Johar about the special editing of the film for his children. “Kal Ho Naa Ho’s never showed my kids the ending. Karan made a special correction to where the movie ends before I fly away,” he tweeted.
When the film was released, Aryan was six years old and Suhana was three years old and Shahrukh wanted to protect them from the scene and the depiction of its death. The actor’s third child – son Abram – was born in 2013. The reason why Shahrukh’s scene was not shown to them was its nature, the director of the film recently revealed that he absolutely hated that scene.
Speaking to Hindustan Times last year, Nikhil Advani, director of Kal Ho Na Ho, said, “Shah Rukh absolutely hated the death scene of Kal Ho Na Ho. He kept saying, ‘You are so disrespectful and did not give any respect to it.’
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At the same time, Nikhil said that Shah Rukh Khan is also starring in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas and compares his death in two films. He added, “At the same time he had a wonderful death scene in the Devdas shoot. He continued, ‘Ussay Kehte Hain kept saying death scene (now it’s a death scene). I explained to him that I was looking at death. Comma, not full stop.”