Thousands of ardent Maa Durga devotees were agog with excitement as they witnessed a ‘historic’ reunion of mega-stars and cousins Kajol Devgn and Rani Mukerji at the North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Pandal at Juhu in Mumbai.
For mysterious reasons and a rumoured ‘cold-war’, all these years both Kajol and Rani had never visited this Pujo-Pandal on the same day, for offering their prayers.
Invariably, they would make their ‘solo’ appearances that too on different days. When Rani and Kajol both clad in classy traditional (ethnic)gleaming sarees, came together, there was bonhomie and pleasant banter . It almost seemed like,long-lost-friends chilling out after ages, even as they offered their devotional obeisance to the revered Maa Durga deity .
The turn-out of star-celebs also included super-star Amitabh Bachchan with wife Jaya Bachchan, Tanuja with actress-daughter Tanishaa, director Ayan Mukerji, Sumona Chakraborty, Puja Banerji and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas who visited NBS Durga Puja Pandal to seek the blessings of Maa Durga-Devi. Also present from the Mukherjee family were Debu Mukherjee and actress Sharbani Mukherjee.
Sensational Bollywood pop-star singers Richa Sharma and Nikhita Gandhi performed ‘live’ & entertained the audience. The AC –cool pandal served over 5000 devotees each day with the special bhog being made and served to all the visitors by the Mukherjee family personally along with the committee members.
The Dhaki troupe was specially invited from Kolkata to perform while Dhunuchi Dance & Sindoor Khela were among the highlights at this colourful vibrant religious festival.
When quizzed as what ‘boon’ she had asked for, the outspoken Kajol said she ‘never asked for divine favours’.“More than asking for anything, we should be grateful for whatever God has already given to us,”countered the exuberant light-eyed ‘Baazigar’ and ‘Dilwale’ actress.