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Revisting ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ on its 20th anniversary



One of the most iconic films of the 90s, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, completes 20 years Tuesday and we are getting all sorts of feels. While there is no denying the fact that film is flawed in countless ways and comes across as misogynist, it is also no secret that it is a Bollywood lover’s guilty pleasure and we can’t help but drop its dialogues every now and then, especially, “Kuch kuch hota hai, tum nai samjho gay.”

It is also important to note that Karan Johar’s directorial debut starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherji, set a new precedent for a way films were done in Bollywood.

On the film’s 20th anniversary, revisiting the film with some lesser known facts:

– Rani Mukerji wasn’t Karan Johar’s first choice to play Tina. The character was originally written with Twinkle Khanna in mind, who is also Johar’s childhood friend, and was even named after her (Twinkle’s nickname is Tina). However, after the actress rejected the role, it went to Rani.

– Karan Johar in this memoir, An Unsuitable Boy revealed that he was unable to find someone to play the role of Aman Mehra in the film because it was a supporting part and the character makes an entry only in the second half of the film. Karan initially met Saif Ali Khan for the role but he refused, saying that he wants to do Indian, commercial parts and Aman seems too western and hip. Then, KJo approached Chandrachur Singh, who also turned down the role. Karan shared that he became extremely depressed at this point.

However, a few days later, at a party hosted by Chunky Pandey, Karan shared his woes about being unable to find an actor. Salman’s sister, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, also present at the party told Salman about this who immediately went to Karan to ask him the details. After Karan gave him a brief overview, Salman said, “No hero will want to do this role. There’s only one idiot in the industry who’ll do it, and that’s me. You know, my sister says you’re a nice guy. Come and narrate it to me tomorrow.”

Karan narrated the story to Salman who agreed to do the film for him and more so for his father, whom he called “the nicest guy in the industry.”

Salman eventually went on to win a Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actor and also garnered a lot of praise for his role and performance.

– The film was based on the Archie Comics. Shah Rukh was Archie, Kajol Betty and Rani Mukherjee Veronica. Anupam Kher’s character was based on Mr Weatherbee, the principal of Riverdale High School.

– SRK and Kajol were Karan’s first choices to play Rahul and Anjali, respectively. They had promised to be a part of Karan’s first film back when he was the assistant director on Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

– Salman Khan and Kajol were reportedly not on talking terms while shooting for the song Saajanji Ghar Aaye

The cast and director of the film also fondly recalled the film on its anniversary. Karan Johar took to social media to express his feelings writing, “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! A film that gave me love, acceptance and a career…will always be eternally grateful to Kajol, SRK, Rani and Salman Khan for indulging a 25 years old boy with stars in his eyes! Thank you for all the love.”

Meanwhile, Kajol shared her favourite memory from the shoot in an interview with Hindustan Times.

“We went to Ooty (Tamil Nadu) to shoot the film,” she said, “We stayed in a hotel that had just come up. We were the first people to stay in that hotel. We were there for 40 days. I can’t imagine how they put up the set in Ooty, in the middle of a valley! They had created this set of houses, summer camp. It was an amazing feat. I remember Yash [Karan’s father] uncle clearly; he’s one of my fondest memories of the film. He was this huge driving force behind the way everything was done.”

On whether Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Janhvi Kapoor, who are Karan’s dream cast for KKHH’s sequel, would be able to do justice, Kajol said, “I hope they can. I know they won’t be able to recreate our magic, that’s not possible!”


Hussain Rehar’s New Collection: An Amalgamation of Tradition and the Contemporary



Dipped in sophistication and grandeur, Hussain Rehar has tried to recapture the essence of Eighteenth-century with his new clothing line; “Nizam Begum” showcasing the out-of-the-world aesthetics and design philosophy, that takes you on a ride back in time to that same era; with royalty oozing out of each ensemble. The whole collection is a testament to the finest craftsmanship, careful designing and hard work that’s reflected in the exceptional attention to the details. Apart from the astounding intricacy, Hussain Rehar has used the finest fabric available, to provide an amalgamation of both royalty and comfort in his outfits.

History: The Nizam Begums were the wives of the Nizams; rulers of the princely Hyderabad state. Nizam begums; queens of the Nizam dynasty, led extraordinarily lavish, posh and royal lifestyle, which was reflected in their unique, timeless attires, adorned with intricate embellishments and designs, openly expressing their royal stature, style and taste in dressing.


The ‘Nizam wives’ can be seen here, photographed in Hussain Rehar’s new Eid collection, reminiscent of that same glorious era, where he has tried to recreate the same great style and timeless fashion, by introducing and infusing a contemporary touch and creating a masterpiece that’s both sophisticated and outstanding; a stellar addition to one’s wardrobe, a piece of clothing that’s a must-have, timeless and making the one wearing it stand out as if draped in finesse.

What’s more interesting, is the fact that this intriguing piece of clothing, although affordable, is a limited edition range. Hussain Rehar has attained his inspiration from the Nizam Begum, so the collection is named after them, as a tribute to their timeless, sophisticated style and breathtaking dressing sense. The elegant pieces create a balance between the traditional and contemporary, and the final result is an outfit that is too tempting to resist.

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Catwalk Cares Season 2 Recorded Amid Strict SOPS



Catwalk Cares Virtual Fashion Show Season 2 was recorded amid the setting, perfectly similar to any other fashion week outside of the Covid-19 pandemic except there was no engaging audience present and instead the side rows were eerily filled with empty wooden benches. The show was recorded at a grand and modern set comprising a sizable runway for ramp and desired lighting at Net Set Studio Karachi.

The show that was successfully recorded in the first week of August, for later virtual transmission, will be aired on ARY Zindagi TV worldwide into three-day format and on ARY Digital for its YouTube transmission under the aegis of ARY as the Official Media Partner on this Independence Day.

Frieha Altaf, CEO of Catwalk Event Management & Productions on the occasion thanked and gave credit to his friend Asad-ul-Haq (ace advertising filmmaker) for suggesting to present Catwalk Cares Season 2 on a ramp.

“Those who were in attendance though were a selected number of Media, came to the recordings at different time slots in order to follow the strict SOPs. Likewise, designers and brands along with their models were also assigned separate intervals so as to avoid crowding,” explained Frieha.

She added that participants were instructed to wear masks, keep a social distance and using hand sanitizers when off camera and continuously urged to remain safe.

At the show, singer Ali Tariq of ‘Bekha Na’ from ‘Parey Hut Love’ did the world premiere of new song “Chaho Na” while popular Folk- Rock singer Natasha Baig performed the song ‘Kaseria’ for one of the participating brands Kayseria.

SABS Salon is the official Makeup and Hairstylist of Catwalk Cares Virtual Fashion Show Season 2 while Samiya Ansari of SABS, a trained wardrobe stylist and fashion editor helped in guiding and oversee looks.

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Rameez Anwar Pays Tribute To His Own Legacy



Rameez Khawaja Anwar, a composer and multi-instrumentalist takes the legacy of his grandfather, the renowned Pakistani music director Khawaja Khurshid Anwer farther by creating music that sounds back to an era when melody was in its pure form.

Rameez’s upcoming music video for his new song, ‘Woh Umeed Ki Manzil,’ is a love letter to songs of Bollywood-Lollywood past. The composition use instruments like vibraphone, bansuri, and sarangi, to the piano entrance to give a memorial to the golden era of sub continental film. The centrepiece of the track is an evocative vocal performance from Zeb Bangash, with the kind of flair typical of singers from that era. 

Born and raised in Texas, Rameez was always drawn to the film songs composed by his grandfather and other luminaries of the Bollywood-Lollywood film industries. 

“Growing up in America, my musical influences definitely skewed more towards Western pop, rock, and a little bit of hip hop, but our parents always made sure my siblings and I were exposed to Desi music from a young age, Rameez racalls.

The music video was directed by Maham Khwaja, another of Khurshid Anwar’s grandchildren.  Maham has tried to recreate the look and feel of one of her grandfather’s songs, from the black and white images to the hair, makeup, and wardrobe, and to garden setting overlooking a winding river with frames full of fog.  The video includes Aniqa Khwaja (no relation) and Nikhil Saboo, both are young and upcoming actors. 

The seed for the song actually began with Rameez’s father, Dr. Khawaja Nauman Anwar, when the latter was just a young boy. Anwar came up with the melody after reading a novel when he was 15-years old.  At the end of the novel was a poem which began, ‘Woh umeed ki manzil, ab kahaan nigaahon mein,’ on which Anwer came up with the melody in just ten minutes. However, despite growing up under the same roof as Khurshid Anwar, the young Anwar was not musically trained, so the tuned sat and kept in humming in head till his own son became able to grow the melody into a full-fledged song.

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