Looking back at our favourite Karva Chauth moments from Bollywood.
According to tradition, the North Indian festival of Karva Chauth is where married Hindu women fast for the long life and safety of their husbands. It is celebrated with great zeal in most Indian households. The fast is nirjala, meaning the women cannot drink even a drop of water until the moon comes out and they have done the apuja. For most Indian daughter in law's, a special sargithaali is prepared by the mother in law. This is to be eaten before sunrise. It is a significant and important ritual of Karva Chauth.
For people who do not celebrate the festival, Bollywood has some insight. The Hindi movie industry has given us some of the most iconic Karva Chauth moments. Some scenes have also been shapeshifting in their own way. The trope of husbands fasting for their wives is a recurring one in Bollywood. This festival has been at the center of love, longing, and food for Bollywood. Take a look at our favourite moments.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum
When we think of Karva Chauth moments from Bollywood, this is the first movie that comes to our mind. While we saw Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor dance to a very groovy song at the Karva Chauth party, the most heartfelt moment was when Nandini (Jaya Bachchan) agreed to send a sargi thaali to Anjali (Kajol). Then there is the playful romance between Kajol and Shahrukh that never fails to woo the audience.
Apart from being a classic family drama, Baghban is also about Raj (Amitabh Bachchan) and Pooja's (Hema Malini) love and respect for each other. While we see a plate full of things ready to be eaten on Pooja's table, we also see Raj's empty fridge and pretence of grabbing food. The audience is also taken back to happier times when this couple celebrated Karva Chauth together and fasted for each other.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge
Shahrukh Khan and Kajol's classic movie DDLJ was almost cause for a cultural shift in the Hindi cinema. We saw Simran's stubbornness of not breaking the fast till Raj feeds her and we saw Raj keeping a fast for Simran too. The sneakiness and romance of going up to the terrace and them feeding each other on Karva Chauth is quite heartwarming to see.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Bollywood gave us the concept of lovers fasting for each other. Karva Chauth is a festival of married women but in this movie, we saw Salman and Aishwariya fast for each other without marrying each other. It also gave us the evergreen song, "Chand Chupa Badal Mai", highlighting the significance of the moon in breaking the fast.
Can we all agree that Karishma Kapoor fainting on seeing Aamir Khan was dramatic as well as iconic timing? A lot of Bollywood Karva Chauth scenes have shown the female lead fainting when on a fast but there is something in this scene that the hopeless romantics cling to. Nobody does it like Bollywood if you ask us.
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