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Not Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol were the first choices for Kalank

While the Kalank teaser is garnering appreciation, we bring to you a lesser known fact about the period drama

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Kajol and SRK were the first choice for Kalank

Today, the much-awaited teaser of Kalank was launched and it was everywhere in no time. While there is no doubt that the film is looking beautiful and magnificent, we are going to reveal a fact about Kalank that not many of you may know. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt weren’t the first choices for the magnum opus but Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol were. Yup, you heard that right? Read on to know more details about the same.

As we all know Kalank is one project that is very close to Karan Johar’s heart. Last week, while introducing the period drama on social media, KJo penned down an emotional message about how this film was his father’s dream and how it has been with him since the last 15 years. Similarly, Karan has spoken about this in his book An Unsuitable Boy where he has also mentioned about his first choice as a cast of the dream project. According to his book, the original cast that he had in his mind was of Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Ajay Devgn and Rani Mukerji. But sadly things didn’t work out initially and the film was shelved.
Finally, after all these years, Karan revisited the film and today the teaser saw the light of the day. Though KJo’s late father Yash Johar couldn’t direct this love saga, his son eventually did it for him. So kudos to the Dharma Productions head honcho.

Kalank, which is slated to release on April 17, now stars Alia, Varun, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles. Directed by Abhishek Varman, the multi-starrer is co-produced by Dharma Productions, Nadiadwala and Grandson and Fox Star Studios.

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10 Most Expensive Handbags in the World- From Hermès to Mouawad

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Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse – $3.8 Million

Taking its inspiration from one of the world’s most epic tales of romance, intrigue, and fantasy, the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse incorporates 4,517 diamonds (105 yellow, 56 pink, and 4,356 colourless) with a total weight of 381.92 carats. This bejewelled masterpiece was hand-crafted by ten highly skilled artisans working for a total of 8,800 hours. In 2010 the Guinness World Records certified the piece as the most valuable handbag in the world.

Hermès Kelly Rose Gold Crocodile Bag– $2 Million

French luxury brand Hermès in collaboration with shoe designer and jeweller Pierre Hardy, Hermès released this bag which is made out of solid rose gold moulded to resemble a crocodile leather and encrusted with a total of 1,160 diamonds which sold for $ 2 Million.

Originally called ‘Sac à dépêches’, this bag would go on to achieve worldwide recognition 20 years later, when in 1956 Princess Grace Kelly used her ‘Sac à dépêches’ to shield her baby bump from the paparazzi. In an early instance of what might today be described as ‘viral marketing’, Hermès received so many requests for ‘The Kelly Bag’, as it became immediately known, that it was renamed in honour of the princess.

Hermes Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka – $1.4 Million

Japanese designer Ginza Tanake made the body for this Hermes Birkin bag with 100% platinum, which is such a hard material to work with which makes it unique from the get go. As if this wasn’t fascinating enough, she adorned it with 2,ooo diamonds which equals a whopping  164 carats and an 8 carat pear shaped shimmering diamond. Both the strap and the 8 carat diamond  can be detached and used separately.

Chained’d Ancre Bag – $1.4 Million

For the 2012 ”  Hermes Haute Bijouterie” collection, jeweller Pierre Hardy wanted to pay tribute to Hermes bags. It features several white gold studs which were strategically placed all over the bag and it was encrusted with 1,160 pieces of diamonds. The diamonds have a combined weight of 33.94 carats. The chain used to create this bag was worked on for 2 years. The Hermes Haute Bijouterie collection are collectable items because there are only three pieces made.

Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch – $400,000

The Cleopatra Clutch or famously known as The Oscar “It” bag was originally designed for A-List stars attending the Academy Awards, and  handcrafted in northern Italy by highly skilled artisans. Lana Marks produces only one Cleopatra bag every year, made of metallic silver alligator skin and a clasp with 1,500 black and white diamonds in 18-carat white gold. Some of her clutches are named after A list celebrities who have dorned her clutches on red carpets for years – Helen Mirren Cleopatra Clutch, Kate Winslet Cleopatra Clutch, Angelina Jolie Cleopatra Clutch and many others.

Niloticus Crocodile Himalaya Birkin – $379,000

This 35cm Himalayan Birkin is possibly the rarest and most desirable handbag in the world. This bag features a subtle coloration, done in Nilo Crocodile, that is meant to evoke images of the majestic Himalayan mountains. This dyeing process takes many painstaking hours to complete, as the lighter the hue, the more difficult the process. That coloration is paired perfectly with Palladium Hardware.. Niloticus crocodile skin is created by polishing the spots with agate for a “Lisse Finish” to the leather of crocodile originating from Africa. Niloticus means Nile River.

The take-home-price of that Himalaya, which boasted 18 karat gold buckles and strap loops encrusted with 205 diamonds, According to Christie’s, there is currently a six-year waiting list to acquire a new Himalaya Birkin bag, which takes at least 48 hours to create.

Chanel “Diamond Forever” Handbag – $261,000

The deluxe version of this classic Chanel bag appeared with 13 pieces to this limited edition collection. The ‘Diamond Forever”  Handbag is made of milky matte white alligator leather featuring a CC turn lock closure replete with a dazzling 334 diamonds mounted in 18K White Gold hardware totalling in weight at an astonishing 3.56 carats. Chanel has made only 13 of these bags.

This is the bag that shook the luxury world in 2008 when it was announced that Chanel would release a limited edition series of classic flap bags,” said Diane D’Amato, Director of Luxury Accessories at Heritage Auctions. “These bags were dubbed the ‘Diamond Forever’ bags and this auction gives collectors an eminently rare opportunity.”

Fuchsia Diamond-Studded Hermes Birkin – $222,000

The Birkin by Hermès is one of the world’s most popular bags. In 2015, this hot pink bag with 18 karat gold and diamond elements was sold at auction by an anonymous seller from Hong Kong. Created from authentic crocodile leather and dyed a perfect shade of fuchsia pink, the record-breaking  Hermès Birkin bag features diamond-studded embellishments and 18K white gold hardware.

Hermès Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile 30 cm Birkin Bag – $203,150

Crocodile Birkin with its diamond-encrusted hardware is one of the most elusive and expensive collector’s items in the world. This blue crocodile Hermes Birkin handbag managed to crack our top 10 list, fetching a whopping £125,000 during the first-ever Christie’s dedicated handbag sale in Mayfair, London. With this, it managed to smash European records for the priciest handbag sold, Thousands of online bidders tried to get their hands on this Birkin handbag with white gold and 18-karat diamonds, with an anonymous buyer taking this prized possession.

Blue Crocodile Hermes Birkin Handbag – $150,000

Unlike the other bags in this list, this bag is not designed with diamonds and features silvery-white palladium hardware which is a very rare and lustrous white metals which adds value to bags like this. Not that it’s stopping bidders from snatching it up at a record- setting price.

 

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5 Luxury statement pieces by the House of Mouawad diamonds in the Guinness World Records

Mouawad was honoured by the Guinness World Records five times since 1990

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Guided by the endeavours and visions of four generations, Mouawad’s heritage spans more than a century of creations and traditions in masterful jewellery design and watchmaking. Since its inception in Lebanon in 1890, the revered values of the brand have been revived over the years to offer true luxury and refinement to a discerning clientele, penetrating continents across the world.In line with its vision to become an admired luxury brand leading in customer-enchantment worldwide, Mouawad has been achieving milestone after another and gaining international acclaim that made the brand synonymous with utmost luxury and refinement. As a result of this relentless pursuit of perfection, Mouawad was honoured by the Guinness World Records five times since 1990. See the luxury statement pieces below:-

THE WORLDS’S MOST VALUABLE JEWELLERY BOX –THE FLOWER OF ETERNITY JEWELLERY COFFER

 

With a value of US $3.5 million, the Mouawad Flower of Eternity Jewellery Coffer was named as the most valuable jewellery box in the world by the Guinness World Records in 2016. Inspired by Mouawad’s signature ‘Flower of Eternity’™ motif, which consists of three heart-shaped petals symbolising the past, present, and future, the coffer was crafted using 18-karat gold and sterling silver, and features 542.39-carats of white and yellow diamonds, 293.24-carats of white and pink sapphires, 20.06 carats of rubies, and 1,799.75-carat of lapis lazuli.

THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE NECKLACE – L’INCOMPARABLE

The Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace holds the record for the most-valued necklace in the world(US $55million) and features the flawless 407.48-carat yellow diamond, suspended gracefully from a 229.52-carat white diamond necklace intertwined by 18k carat rose gold branchlets

THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE HANDBAG- THE MOUAWAD 1001 NIGHTS DIAMOND PURSE

With a value of US $3.8 million, the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse was named as the most expensive handbag in the world by the Guinness World Records 2011. The heart-shaped purse, handcrafted from 18-karat gold, incorporates 4,517 diamonds (105 yellow, 56 pink, and 4,356 colourless diamonds) with a total weight of 381.92 carat

THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE BRA –THE VERY SEXY FANTASY BRA

The most expensive bra in the world, The Very Sexy Fantasy Bra (US $11 million), produced by Mouawad, was first unveiled in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show by model Heidi Klum in October 2003 in New York, USA. The bra was certified by the Guinness World Records in 2003 as the most expensive bra ever made. Featuring 2,809 exquisitely cut white diamonds, yellow-orange sapphires, rhodolites, and amethysts, the dazzling bra has a total weight of 2,200 carats. This stunning lingerie piece is completed by a matching panty that glitters with 3,236 diamonds and coloured stones, with a total weight of 200 carats.

THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE SINGLE PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND –THE MOUAWAD SPLENDOR

The first Guinness award went to the Mouawad Splendor — the most expensive single pear-shaped diamond in the world (weighing 101.84 carats D-Internally Flawless and worth US $12.76 million), purchased by Robert Mouawad. The diamond was awarded the Guinness World Record in 1990.

 

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