Almost everyone, even those who don’t celebrate Karva Chauth are familiar with the festival, thanks to Bollywood movies! Karva Chauth is overly dramatised and glamorised and made to look “oh! so romantic!” in most of our Bollywood films.
I don’t understand what’s so romantic about staying hungry and thirsty all day? It’s a fast that is kept for that special man in your life, a fast that is mostly kept by married women for their husbands but as I said, thanks to all the romanticising by Bollywood films even unmarried girls these days doll up in red and fast either in the hope of finding a good husband or for their boyfriends!
For people like me who believe in karma, I’d say if it has to happen it will no matter what! After all didn’t the king of romance; Shah Rukkh Khan say, “Agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaaho to puri kayanat usey tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai,” which basically means what Paulo Kohelo said in the Alchemist; “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Though I do admit being a movie buff and totally filmy, I might have found this romantic too once upon a time, thanks again to its portrayal in Bollywood movies, until I came face to face with the bitter truth; the ‘kadwa sach!’ where I learnt that fasting and going thirsty is not as romantic as Bollywood films made it look like, your red saree and makeup do not stay intact the entire day when your stomach is craving food! By the end of the day, you feel like punching the man of your dreams while you impatiently wait for the moon to show up! The growling of your stomach is the only music you hear!!
But Bollywood has its way of influencing people even today! Bollywood movies go overboard with extravagant Karva Chauth celebrations, with songs and dancing. From the hero feeding the heroine her first bite after the fast, to the hero keeping a fast along with the heroine, Karwa Chauth scenes are still much loved by Bollywood buffs. Here are some of our favorite Karva Chauth scenes from Bollywood movies for Bollywood buffs.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: When Raj fasts along with Simran
The scene from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, where Simran fasts for Raj and the two meet secretly on the terrace and Raj feeds Simran the first bite. Simran gets to know that Raj has been fasting along with her, is the ‘baap’ of all Karva Chauth scenes!
Maine Pyaar Kiya: Prem and Suman gave everyone serious relationship goals
In the Karva Chauth scene in Maine Pyar Kiya, where Prem (Salman Khan) feeds Suman (Bhagyashree) with his own hands on learning that she’d fasted for him the entire day is one of the most romantically shot scenes. Prem and Suman were one of the first unmarried couples to give couples serious Karva Chauth goals because of that scene!
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham: The Karva Chauth scene has a special song
In Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham a special song, Leja Leja was filmed to show the whole process of Karva Chauth. In the song, you can see Kajol fasting for her reel husband Shah Rukh Khan and humming the song along with her family. This was one of the grandest Karwa Chauth celebrations ever in a film.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam: Aishwarya fasts for her love and not her husband during Karva Chauth!
In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Nandini(Aishwarya Rai) and Sameer(Salman Khan) fall madly in love with each other but sadly don’t end up together as Aishwarya is married to Vanraj(Ajay Devgn). The song sequence filmed on Karva Chauth interestingly has Aishwarya fasting for her lover and not her husband! In the song, Aishwarya remembers Salman and dreams about breaking the fast with him as the song ‘Chand chupa badal mein’ plays in the background.
Baaghbaan: A husband fasts for his wife instead!
If you really have to pray and fast for a husband then make sure it’s someone like Amitabh Bachchan in Baaghbaan! The Karwa Chauth scene from Baaghbaan is different from the others. It’s all about how age is no bar when it comes to love! It’s a heart-wrenching scene where the husband (Amitabh) and his wife(Hema Malini) are away from each other and they converse over the phone on Karva Chauth and Amitabh doesn’t eat or drink water till he speaks to her.
Ishq Vishq: When an unmarried college girl keeps her first Karva Chauth
A young unmarried girl (Amrita Rao) in the movie Ishq Vishq keeps the Karva Chauth fast for the boy she loves(Shahid Kapoor). The scene is sweet and innocent and was also responsible for many unmarried girls keeping a fast in real life!
Baabul: The family that fasts together stays together!
The Karwa Chauth scene from the movie Babul which has a mother in law (Hema Malini) and daughter in law (Rani Mukherjee) fasting for their respective husbands (Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan) together. It’s a heartwarming scene and that might make you want to fast for sweet in-laws like them instead!
Whether fasting during Karva Chauth really works miracles as the legends say, we really don’t know, but what we do know is that these scenes from Bollywood films will definitely give you some serious Karva Chauth goals! Happy fasting!