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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Karan Johar's obsession with wedding songs

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:56 IST

In India, weddings are a festival in themselves and most Bollywood directors love to celebrate the festival in their movies. Joining the long list of films with wedding songs is Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. The Karan Johar directorial is expected to go on floors next month in London, followed by a shooting schedule of Paris and Vienna.

However before flying abroad, the team will shoot for a peppy wedding song at a studio in Mumbai and if reports are to be believed, the three main leads -- Aishwarya, Ranbir and Anushka will be a part of the celebration number.

This is not the first time a Karan Johar directorial has a wedding song in the narrative. All the films directed by Karan have had peppy wedding songs weaved into the narrative.

His directorial debut in 1998, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai starring Shah Rukh and Kajol had a special wedding number 'Saajanji Ghar Aye' featuring Salman Khan, who had an extended cameo in the film.

Then came his second directorial, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in which Shah Rukh Khan flirts with Kajol in the song 'Banno Ki Saheli' at wedding of their common friend.

After Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, came Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003, which despite not being directed by Karan Johar, had the director's stamp all over it. The Shah Rukh Khan starrer had one of the finest music albums and the song 'Mahi Ve' became one of the most recalled wedding songs at Indian Weddings.

Karan Johar's third film as a director, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna didn't have any wedding song, but definitely celebrated the spirit of love in the song 'Rock and Roll' which featured the two couples - Shah Rukh Khan - Priety Zinta and Abhishek Bachchan - Rani Mukherji.

4 Years after Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Karan Johar directed Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in one of his most emotional films till date My Name Is Khan. The film didn't have a typical Punjabi dance number as a wedding song, however the song 'Sajda' was shot as the couple's wedding song.

Karar Johar launched three newcomers, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra in Student of The Year and like all his other films, this one too had a peppy wedding dance number titled 'Radha'.

First published: 26 August 2015, 5:28 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.