What is common thread among daily soaps Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, Kumkum Bhagya, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon apart from having similar plots, too much sanskar, sacrificing bahus, scheming vamps? Well, it is extensive festival celebrations and dollops of romance. And, what happens when you mix festivals with romance. Well, it means Karwa Chauth is just round the corner. Karwa Chauth 2016, to be celebrated on October 19, Wednesday, is a one-day festival in which women fast for the men they love. ALSO READ: All you need to know about the legends behind Karva Chauth!
Karwa Chauth viewed to be a romantic festival, epitomizes the strong bond of love between a husband and a wife. Everything seems romantic about Karva Chauth – beautifully adorned women fasting the whole day without having a drop of water from sunrise till the moon shines gloriously in the sky. In popular culture, Karwa Chauth is quite a hot topic. Thanks to Bollywood movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the festival has become highly glamorized and popularized. Not just the silver screen, Indian television serials are also lit up with the mushy tales of this romantic festival. ALSO READ: Celebrate Karwa Chauth 2016 with these 7 fasting tips before & after moon sighting.
If Aditya Chopra be seen as the pioneer of portraying the selfless act of love and care related to Karwa Chauth, Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor will definitely be the ones who had made it a household celebration. Especially, the latter whose saas-bahu sagas showcased gorgeous protagonists dolled up as virtuous individuals praying for their partner’s well-being. Be it the maha episodes or a week-long celebrations around Karva Chauth, Ekta Kapoor has mastered the art of engaging the audience.
So what makes these television serials’ Karwa Chauth so very attractive and inspire the ladies out there? The gorgeous designer sarees, to-die-for jewels and exquisite mehandi designs make the petite leading ladies nothing less than a dream. So when Ishita (Divyanka Tripathi) in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein dolls up for Raman (Karan Patel) or Pragya (Sriti Jha) in Kumkum Bhagya takes extra effort for her husband Abhi (Shabbir Ahluwalia), we know Karva Chauth special episodes are going to be one exciting watch. Over the years, the fandom of daily soaps and Karwa Chauth have only increased, thanks to sweet, lovey-dovey and intimate moments witnessed on small screen during the moon festival. Let us take a look at such memorable moments every die hard television serial romantic swears by.
1. Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
You must be living under a rock to not know the epic love story of Raman (Karan Patel) and Ishita (Divyanka Tripathi) of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. Well, it started off as a fresh concept of blossoming love between a single father and a kind-hearted dentist slowly turned into a maze courtesy never-ending twists and turns. But what captivated audiences mind is the lead pair’s on-screen chemistry. Over the years, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein has not failed to meet its fans expectations during Karwa Chauth special episodes. Be it Raman-Ishita’s first celebration or the spooky haunted affair, it received rave reviews from all around.
2. Kumkum Bhagya
This popular Ekta Kapoor daily soap had everyone hooked to the story of Abhi and Pragya and how the two face hurdles in their relationship get past difficulties and misunderstandings and paving for their love. The chemistry between Shabbir Ahluwalia and Sriti Jha is one thing that the viewers of this hit television show needs to watch out on the Karwa Chauth 2016 special episode.
3. Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
One of the most popular serials on Indian television, the crackling chemistry between no-nonsense Arnav and chirpy Khushi was liked by all. Played by actors Barun Sobati and Sanaya Irani, the serial enjoyed a successful run in 2011-12. While there were innumerable melting moments of romance between the two, the passion and love showed during Karwa Chauth had its own sweet charm.
4. Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
Another highly talked about serial, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon had pretty Drashti Dhami in the titular role. Paired opposite Vivian Dsena, who donned the role of Rishabh Kundra aka RK, the serial narrated Madhubala and RK’s journey from hatred to being each other’s soul mates. The Karwa Chauth sequence from the serial is still ranked as one of most memorable moments as it helped RK see his wife’s true love and dedication towards him.
5. Bade Acche Lagte Hain
This Ekta Kapoor daily soap based on the Gujarati play Patrani by Imtiaz Patel became the most watched television serial thanks to the lead cast Sakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor. The story of a humble middle class woman and a rich businessman, who enter into a compromise marriage for their family won the hearts of the audience with the charming story line and the amazing chemistry between Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar. One of the most awaited episodes of Bade Acche Lagte Hai was the Kawra Chauth special episode, when the auspicious festival brought the two even more closer making all the fans fall harder for the lead pair.
6. Qubool Hai
Qubool Hai became the most loved social drama on small screen thanks to the lead stars. The viewers loved the chemistry between the hottest hunk Karan Singh Grover and Surbhi Joshi. The story of this Zee TV serial revolved around the central characters and the plot aimed at dispelling stereotypes regarding Islam. The first season of Qubool Hai focused on the love story of Asad Ahmed Khan and Zoya Farooqui. Although Qubool Hai became the most popular shows on TV, the tragic ending had the fans disappointed.
One of the noted television serials during its time of air, Saraswatichandra produced by noted filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali starred Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget based on Govardhanram Tripathi’s novel of the same name. The intense love between Saraswatichandra and Kumud Sundari kept the audiences glued.
While the list mentions few of the notable serials celebrating Karwa Chauth in full swing, there is no dearth of other such memorable moments on Indian television. A special mention to god-looking pair from Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi – Ranveer (Shakti Arora) and Ishani (Radhika Madan), delightful jodi of Virat (Kushal Tandon) and Manvi (Nia Sharma) from Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, sisters Swara (Helly Shah) and Ragini (Tejaswi Prakash Wayangankar) observing fast for their partners in Swaragini. All of these on-screen couples make Karwa Chauth a definite watch on television. Looking forward to what small screen is going to present this Karwa Chauth 2016.