From Kanta Ben to Jazz Kapoor, Here’s What The Cast Of Kal Ho Naa Ho Is Up To Now
Posted On 28th November, 2016 @ 21:40 pm by Ketaki Mankame


Even after 14 years, the 2003 dramedy Kal Ho Naa Ho is a favourite. But you have to admit that even though the lead characters were absolutely brilliant, their efforts would’ve been worth nothing if the side characters weren’t just as good. The adorable little Jia, the gold digger Simone, and how can we forget the most traumatised bai of all time, Kanta ben? 


1. Jhanak Shukla

Jia Kapur




Naina’s adopted baby sister, Jia was such a treat to the eyes and the heart. All she had to do was give us her gorgeous little smile and our hearts would melt. Her debut in the movie opened many doors for this little actress and she was one of the most lovable child actors back in the early 2000s. 20 years old now, Shukla has quit acting, is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Arts and hopes to become a social activist someday. 




2. Athit Naik

Shiv Kapur




Naina’s disabled brother Athit gave his adopted sister Jia close competition in the cuteness game. After making a name for himself as a child actor, Athit quit the industry to study cinematography and visual art. The former actor is now busy travelling the world (developing his art, his Instagram handle suggests.)


3. Lillete Dubey

Jaswinder ‘Jazz’ Kapoor






The flirtatious and oh-so-hot Jaswinder, better known as Jazz was undeniably one of the most entertaining characters in the movie. Dubey has worked in at least 40 movies after Kal Ho Naa Ho. The actress, now 63, is currently shooting for the upcoming movie, Aksar 2. 




4. Sonali Bendre

Dr. Priya




Sonali Bendre who has been one of the top actresses of her time, played SRK’s doctor in the film. Even though hers was a guest appearance, her presence was noticed and applauded. After Kal Ho Naa Ho, Bendre worked in only three more movies, and then disappeared from the acting scene altogether. However, she can still be seen on the red carpets and is a successful endorser for multiple brands.


5. Sulabha Arya

Kanta Ben





Sulabha Arya a.k.a Kanta Ben was hands down the funniest character throughout the film. Her scandalised shudders and fainting every time she saw Aman and Rohit in each other’s arms will never fail to crack you up. The actress has done many supporting roles before and after Kal Ho Naa Ho, but we believe that this one was one of her most memorable performances.  She was last seen in Priyanka Chopra’s Marathi production, Ventilator.


6. Simone Singh






The beautiful Simone Singh who constantly was constantly trying to seduce and entrap Rohit solely for his money was another hilarious character. She has acted in many TV serials and movies and was a very popular actress in late ‘90s and early 2000s. She was last seen as the antagonist in the TV soap Ek Hasina Thi, for which she even won the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress In a Negative Role.


7. Dheepesh Bhatt

DJ Frankie 





The DJ that Delnaaz Irani’s character fell in love with in the movie, Frankie Ramdayal might not have been a very important character in the film, but he is still remembered for his casual swag. After his stint as an actor, he started his own cross-fit-gym and turned into a total hottie with a body to kill for. He’s also responsible for Aamir Khan’s drool solid abs in the much-awaited Dangal.


8. Reema Lagoo

Aman’s Mother





Reema Lagoo played the role of Aman’s mother - which is not surprising, since she’s always played motherly roles in movies and TV serials, and always nailed it. Her career began in 1980, and she has since acted in almost 90 movies and a dozen TV serials. The actress was last seen in the 2015 critically acclaimed Marathi movie, Katyar Kaljat Ghusli.


9. Sushma Seth

Lajjo Kapur





Sushma Seth, Naina’s grandmother in the movie, was a character we couldn’t help but love as well as hate. Like Reema Lagoo, Sushma Seth in her career has played motherly roles, antagonist mostly, and always done a fine job at that. The actress was last seen in the Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor starrer Shaandar in 2015, as the villain dadi. While the movie failed miserably at the box office, Seth emerged as total rock star through her performance. 


10. Delnaaz Irani

Jaspreet (Sweetu) Kapoor





The badass Jazz’s sweet little sister, Jaspreet played by Delnaaz Irani was an adorable character who we still can’t forget. The actress after Kal Ho Naa Ho was seen doing small roles in many movies, mostly concentrating on television – most specifically reality TV. She was last seen in the reality show, Power Couple hosted by Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan.


11. Rajpal Yadav






Known for his epic comic timing, Rajpal Yadav, who played the role of a goon in the film, was another character worthy of praise. After Kal Ho Naa Ho, he acted in various movies and cracked us up with his humour. However, after Bhagam Bhaag and Chup Chup Ke, the actor got lost in the crowd and is struggling to find a stronghold in the industry. The actor was last seen in the movie, Yeh Hai Lollipop, which just like its name, flopped big time.

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