Manish Unveils Kajol's Lehenga Inspiration, Rani's Mangalsutra Revelation

Bollywood Classic 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' Marks 25-Year Milestone

by Nouman Rasool
Manish Unveils Kajol's Lehenga Inspiration, Rani's Mangalsutra Revelation
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As the iconic Bollywood film "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" reaches its silver jubilee milestone, renowned costume designer Manish Malhotra takes a trip down memory lane, sharing intriguing insights into the making of the movie. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and Rani Mukerji, this Karan Johar directorial remains a beloved classic.

Manish Malhotra reminisces about the exciting journey of creating costumes for the film's lead actors, which involved international shopping escapades in London and Scotland. He recalls the early days of crafting Kajol's look as Anjali, noting that Karan Johar aimed for a youthful and sporty appearance.

To achieve the perfect fit, innovative designs with zips at the back of sports apparel were introduced, ensuring Kajol's comfort and style. The designer also shed light on Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji's costumes, highlighting the challenge of transforming Rani into a glamorous character.

The dedication of the entire cast, coupled with Karan Johar's lighthearted approach on set, contributed to the film's success. One fascinating revelation from Manish Malhotra was the inspiration behind Kajol's wedding lehenga.

During a visit to London, he stumbled upon a Persian carpet in a store window on Bond Street, which sparked the idea for Kajol's engagement attire. With the peach velvet fabric at the ready, he excitedly discussed the concept with Kajol and Karan Johar, resulting in laughter and the creation of a memorable look.

Rani's Mangalsutra: A Sentimental Touch

Intriguingly, Rani Mukerji's portrayal of Rahul's wife, Anjali, involved a touching detail. While in Scotland, Karan Johar requested a mangalsutra for her character. Manish Malhotra's quick thinking led him to ask Rani's mother for her own mangalsutra, which happened to match Rani's saree perfectly.

This heartwarming gesture added a personal touch to the character and highlighted the bond between the team members. Karan Johar expressed his fondness for Manish Malhotra's post, reminiscing about the beautiful memories created during the film's production.

Fans also shared their nostalgic experiences, noting how "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" influenced fashion and culture, from hairstyles to accessories. To mark the occasion, Kajol delighted fans by revisiting her iconic character, Anjali, in a video montage.

Dressed in a black tracksuit with shoulder-length hair, she expressed her love for the film and its enduring impact. "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" continues to be cherished by audiences worldwide, not just for its fabulous music but also for the emotions and love it embodies. As the film celebrates 25 years, it remains a testament to the enduring magic of Bollywood cinema.