Today, as Bollywood‘s beloved “Dabangg” Salman Khan rings in his 58th birthday, filmmaker Karan Johar took a trip down memory lane, sharing a heartwarming story about how Khan became a part of his iconic 1998 film, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.”
Remember those summer camps we all dreamed of, with sunshine, silly games, and first loves? Johar’s “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” bottled that magic and sprinkled it with laughter, tears, and catchy tunes. But did you know that the film, now etched in Indian cinematic history, almost looked different?
Johar revealed that casting the part of Aman, the charming college boy who steals Anjali’s heart (and then promptly forgets it), wasn’t a piece of cake. “Three or four actors said no,” Johar confessed. Being the second lead to Shah Rukh Khan, the king of romance, might have seemed risky.
Then, at a party, someone walked in who wasn’t afraid to take a chance. It was Salman Khan, radiating his signature charisma. And guess what? He didn’t even ask to hear the full script!
“You did your shopping?” Khan asked Johar, referring to casting the film. Johar, surprised, stammered, “Sir, Aman ki baat kar raha hoon main…” (Sir, I’m talking about the role of Aman).
Without batting an eyelid, Khan declared, “Iss film ko karne ki liye paagal hona chahiye aur main wo pagal hoon!” (It takes someone crazy to do this film, and I’m that crazy one!).
That’s how, in a whirlwind of party chatter and audacious confidence, Salman Khan said “Hai Toh Hai” to “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.” He didn’t care about playing second fiddle; he saw the magic Johar was brewing and wanted to be a part of it.
And what a part he played! Aman, with his playful charm and unwavering loyalty, became a character we all rooted for. His iconic friendship with Rahul, played by Shah Rukh Khan, showed us that brotherhood can bloom even in the midst of messy love triangles.
And who can forget the dance moves? Khan’s energetic “Saajan Saajan” performance sent audiences grooving in aisles. He brought his own brand of swagger and humor to the film, making it even more endearing.
Salman Khan’s decision to say yes to “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” wasn’t just about taking a chance; it was about trusting a young filmmaker’s vision and believing in the power of a story. It was about understanding that sometimes, the greatest roles come in unexpected packages, and the magic of friendship goes beyond who gets the girl.
So, as we celebrate Salman Khan’s birthday, let’s raise a toast to his “Hai Toh Hai” moment, a moment that not only gifted us a timeless film but also reminded us that sometimes, the greatest risks lead to the sweetest rewards. Happy birthday, Bhai! And thank you for saying yes to “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.”