Kareena and I Didn’t Speak for a Year: Karan Johar Explains Why He and Bebo Fought in 2002
It's a well-known fact that Kareena Kapoor Khan was the first choice for Naina in Kal Ho Naa Ho, but the role eventually went to Preity Zinta. Kareena and Karan Johar had mentioned this in the first season of Koffee with Karan, but it wasn't very clear what had happened. Now, in his biography An Unsuitable Boy, Karan has explained the reason for his fight with Kareena, which led to the two best friends not speaking to each other for almost a year.
According to Pinkvilla, the reason for their spat was money. Karan says, "Mujhse Dosti Karoge! had just released, directed by Kunal Kohli. She said, 'Aditya Chopra's assistant Kunal Kohli has made this flop, so Karan Johar's assistant, Nikhil Advani is not to be trusted either.' The weekend of Mujhse Dosti Karoge's release, I offered her Kal Ho Naa Ho, and she asked for the same money that Shah Rukh Khan was getting. I said, 'Sorry.'"
"I was very hurt. I told my father, 'Leave that negotiation room,' and I called her. She didn't take my call, and I said, 'We're not taking her.' And we signed Preity Zinta instead. Kareena and I didn't speak to each other for almost a year. For a year, we looked through each other at parties. It was very idiotic. She was a kid; she's a decade younger than me," he added.
But like all fights between best friends, this one also got resolved eventually. Karan explained, "We were releasing Kal Ho Naa Ho in November. We had shot the film in June, July, August, and in September. I had to shoot the songs, make the promos and so on. So I had to head back, while my father continued the treatment in New York. That was the time Kareena Kapoor called me. It was August. We had not spoken for nine months. She called and said, 'I heard about Yash uncle.' She got really emotional on the phone, and she said, 'I love you and I am so sorry I haven't been in touch. Don't worry.'"