Karva Chauth is one festival which has a lot of significance for most married North Indian women. However, it is just another day for the rest.
But if one were to go by how Karva Chauth celebrations are shown in Bollywood films, those unaware of the festivities around the day will tend to believe that Karva Chauth is celebrated across India, with as much aplomb as Diwali.
Though Karva Chauth has always been a 'romantic' part of Bollywood films, it was Hum Aapke Hai Koun (1994) which depicted it as a grand family celebration rather than a private ceremony.
Then there's everybody's favourite Raj and Siram i.e. Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. We doubt anyone would have forgotten the grand iconic celebration in Aditya Chopra's Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge wherein Simran fasts for the love of her life Raj and vice versa. The film not just celebrated the festival but also tried to bring a revolution in the thought process of people celebrating the festival.
While the portrayals of the festival in the aforementioned iconic cult films are far from being realistic, the intention is clear. Hum Aapke Hai Koun turns it into a family affair, a Bollywood format the audience loved at the time.
DDLJ on the other hand had a far more modern take on the festival as one of 'love'. It further solidified the need for both men and women to fast, if at all. Another thing common between the two is that both the films got tremendous love from audiences outside India who fell in love with the 'Indian culture' and tradition of celebrating such festivals.
With the two family films managing to get a cult status across the globe, it comes as no surprise that Karva Chauth is now another way to establish status symbol for many.
Some other Bollywood films that went all out with the festival include Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Yet again, both films portray it as a grand celebration shot on huge scale in typical Bollywood style which includes traditional attire and song and dance.
Bole Chudiyan from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham:
Chand Chhupa Badal Mein from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam: