Bollywood: Kal Ho Naa Ho

A 2003 Bollywood film written and produced (but not directed) by Karan Johar. It is generally considered a good "introductory film" for those new to the genre.

It centers around business student Naina Kapur and her family and friends, all of whom are unhappy... until the outgoing Aman arrives in their neighborhood and takes it upon himself to better their lives. Wacky hijinks, romance, and a healthy dose of angst ensue.

This film provides examples of these tropes:

  • Rohit too. Despite being a good catch, the women who express interest in him either have ulterior motives, or only do so after prompting.
  • Crowd Song: "Pretty Woman," "It's the Time to Disco," and "Maahi Ve" all qualify.
  • Drunken Song: Rohit and Naina bellow the chorus of "It's the Time to Disco" as Aman drags them home from a bar.
  • Family Business: The Kapurs have Cafe New Delhi; the Patels have Dial-A-Dhokla.
  • Final Speech: To quote one movie reviewer, "Madame Bovary has nothing on Aman."
  • Handsome Lech: Averted with Rohit. His introduction sequence first shows him unsuccessfully trying to flirt with three different women, but it then shows him to be a gentleman, and rather sensitive at that.
  • He's Not My Boyfriend: Inverted. Naina pretends to date Rohit so Aman will leave her alone; however, Aman quickly figures out that they're really just good friends.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Averted. The film establishes that Aman has a heart condition, his heart attack happens during strenuous physical activity, and it's implied that he hasn't been diligent about taking his medication. Upsetting, yes, but hardly shocking.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Aman takes this to an extreme with everybody.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Rohit gleefully tells Naina that he spent all weekend in bed with "Laila." Cut to Rohit's bedroom, where we see Rohit... and Laila the golden retriever licking his face.
  • Meet Cute: Aman and Naina do this twice. The first time is a Crash-Into Hello, subverted because Naina doesn't see him. The second time, she opens her window to yell at Aman to keep quiet. The two have a silent mini-conversation with their eyes until Naina stomps away, at which point Aman begins the first Crowd Song.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Aman and Rohit, by Kantaben and later Rohit's father. Subverted in that both Aman and Rohit are aware of the misconception.
  • Narrator: Naina. The entire film is a Flashback as she tells the story to her younger sister.
  • Non-Nazi Swastika: Naina and Jennifer paint a swastika in the window of their restaurant - in New York - as part of its revamping. No one comments on this, and the new concept is a huge success.