‘Mohabbatein’ Celebrates 20th Year

Big B looks back as Mohabbatein turns 20

Amitabh Bachchan shared a nostalgic post on Tuesday to remember shooting for the superhit multistarrer Mohabbatein, which released on this day in 2000.

On working in the Aditya Chopra directorial, Big B took to Twitter and recalled his famous dialogue about “parampara, pratishtha, anushasan (tradition, prestige, disciple)”, which defined his role of the conservative principal Narayan Shankar, of the boys college Gurukul.

“Parampara, Pratishtha, Anushasan .. ‘Mohabbatein’ is special for many reasons .. 20 years of this beautiful love story, a roller coaster of emotions. Eternally grateful for all the love you continue to shower,” Big B tweeted.

Along with it, he shared a video of his memorable scenes from the film.

Along with Big B, the romantic film also features Shah Rukh Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Jugal Hansraj, Kim Sharma, Preeti Jhangiani, Anupam Kher and Archana Puran Singh, with Aishwarya Rai in a special role.

Big B looks back as Mohabbatein turns 20.

Actress Shamita Shetty, who made her Bollywood debut in “Mohabbatein”, took to social media to celebrate 20 years of the film.

“This is where it all began.. my Mohabbat (ein) for this craft#mohabbatein completes 20 years today #20yearsofmohabbatein #lovewins,” she wrote on Instagram.

Lalit Pandit of the composer duo Jatin-Lalit, who scored quite a few hit songs like “Humko humise chura lo” and “Aankhein khuli ya ho band” in the film, also shared his experience.

“‘Mohabbatein’ was one of the most difficult films to create music for and it became one of the most melodious music albums. The brief for the music and the inspiration of the music came from Aditya Chopra. His narration of the film, his situations of the film were so different that it was always going to be difficult. Difficult because there are simultaneously four parallel love stories going on, they have a different mood and each song had to have antaras which were made for different couples, so the tunes had to be different too,” Lalit said.

Farah Recalls Shoot In Freezing Cold

The Aditya Chopra directorial Mohabbatien was released exactly 20 years, and choreographer Farah Khan walked down memory lane and recalled choreographing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the cold weather of London.

Released in 2000, the love story features Aishwarya as the lover of Raj (Shah Rukh Khan). Her character commits suicide when her conservative father (Amitabh Bachchan) refuses to approve her affair with Raj. The film also features Jimmy Sheirgill, Uday Chopra, Jugal Hansraj, Shamita Shetty, Preeti Jhangiani, Kim Sharma, Anupam Kher and Archana Puran Singh.

Farah Khan: Aishwarya shot for Mohabbatein in lace saree amid freezing cold, never complained.

Apart from its cast, the songs and dance are a major factor for the film’s success.

Sharing anecdotes from the film, Farah said: “Ash being a thorough professional, freezing in London, wearing a white lace saree, drenched, and she would not complain. Her and Shah Rukh’s chemistry is something else in the film and that whole poetry of ‘Ek ladki thi anjani si’ — I think that has become almost iconic because of how they did it.”

She added: “We were not supposed to know at that point whether Aishwarya was Shah Rukh’s imagination or not. He would see her in places and she was the spirit behind the love stories.”

About the shoot, she said: “We shot in London. We shot in freezing cold nights with rain and we went to Switzerland to shoot two songs. One of them was ‘Humko humi se chura lo’, which I think is one of the best songs in the film, really beautifully done.”

Farah Khan: Aishwarya shot for Mohabbatein in lace saree amid freezing cold, never complained.

Farah also shared how SRK was an expert at picking up her choreographed steps with utmost ease.

“With Shah Rukh I had done tons of movies by then. So, all these kids (Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Jimmy Sheirgill, Preeti Jhangiani, Kim Sharma and Jugal Hansraj) would do two to three months of rehearsals. And then, Shah Rukh would come and he would learn it in like five minutes, because he never comes for rehearsals. That was the amazing part of it,” Farah remembered.

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