Filmmakers Nikhil Advani and Karan Johar had a fallout after they worked together in the 2003 blockbuster film Kal Ho Naa Ho. The film starred Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan in lead roles. It was directed by Nikhil and the film’s screenplay was written by Karan Johar. It was backed by Karan’s father and producer/filmmaker Yash Johar. In a recent conversation, Nikhil opened up on his rift with Karan and revealed that the two didn’t speak to each other after the film’s release.
Speaking to Rajshri Unplugged, Advani said, “Unfortunately after the blockbuster release of Kal Ho Naa Ho, Karan and I, had some kind of misunderstandings and we didn’t speak to each other. We chose to listen to what other people were telling us and we moved away from each other.”
After the release of Kal Ho Naa Ho, Nikhil went on to direct films like Salaam-e-Ishq (2007), Chandni Chowk to China (2009) and Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (2011). All of these films didn’t resonate with the audience and were declared box office failures. However, it was the failure of his 2011 film Patiala House, which starred Akshay Kumar in the lead role, that affected Nikhil the most.
Speaking about the same, he said, “After Patiala House’s failure I don’t think anybody wanted to work with me. Most people had written me off saying that they knew that I didn’t make Kal Ho Naa Ho and everything was done by Karan. And I always mention that without the script of Karan, without the support of Karan and Yash Johar and Shah Rukh Khan, Kal Ho Naa Ho wouldn’t have been made. We used to make films like a family.”
Kal Ho Naa Ho was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. The film was a huge box office success as it became the highest-grossing Indian film of 2003. Nikhil’s last project was Rani Mukerji-starrer Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway.