Clothing inspired by Bollywood divas
It is no secret that fashion divas draw from what they see on the silver screen when it comes to style mantras. From time immemorial, cinema has been inspiring the way many people dress – both in India and internationally. This trend is easily more distinct in the Indian context with the sartorial senses of Bolly actresses on screens being blindly followed by their fans. In the present day and age, the style statements of older actresses are still remembered and drawn upon for events. So be it Madhubala’s beautiful and stately ‘anarkali’ salwar suit in the cult movie Mughal-E-Azam, or more recently, the patiala salwar teemed with a long tee shirt worn by Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met – we can also imitate the stars at their fashionable best!
Let’s look at some of the iconic clothing styles Bollywood has given us:
The Anarkali: This was made famous by Indian actress Madhubala who portrayed the role of Anarkali, in Mughal-E-Azam, a film revolving around the story of Prince Salim, who is enamoured by a common dancer in his court – Anarkali. The character wore beautiful and heavily embroidered kameezes which were fitted till the bust and flared out thereafter, reaching till her very ankles sometimes. Paired with skin tight leggings which had gathers at the ankles this material whirled around her as she danced in the Princes court, the cynosure of all eyes. Many a fashionista today also manages to capture the hearts of their modern day princes by donning this style of clothing, named after the immensely popular character.
The Mumtaz saree: Though many of the younger generation have probably not seen the movie, they do remember the saree that Mumtaz wore in the song “Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche” from the movie Brahmachari. Since there have been so many remixed versions of this song released, it is a well known number – and the chic way that the heroine draped the saree by draping it twice around herself became a fashion staple for women. Though this style of saree drape was difficult to walk in, it is still well loved.
The Sadhana salwar: Salwar-Kameez designs have been constantly evolving and one such appealing style that endures even today is the style popularized by the Indian actress Sadhana. In the movie “Waqt” she wore tightly fitted salwar-kameez ensembles that looked very difficult to breathe in, but extremely stylish. Go for this style if you have an hourglass figure to show it off even better but be warned, it is not a style which is very accommodating to love handles and extra fat!
The Dimple dots: Polka dotted clothing is also referred to as “Bobby” print clothing. Why? Well because Dimple Kapadia’s extremely bold style in the movie Bobby – where she wore a midriff baring polka dotted tie-blouse with a black mini skirt took society by storm then, because of its provocative nature and continues to figure in modern wardrobes today.
The Madhuri saree: After she played the sassy and stylish Nisha in the movie Hum Apke Hai Kaun, the replicas of the purple brocade saree and the backless blouse she wore in the famous song “Didi Tera Devar Deewana” could be seen at most wedding parties!
The Rani look: Rani Mukherjee also inspired hundreds of college girls after appearing in brightly coloured patiala salwars paired with equally colourful and unconventional shirts with collars. They rule the college girl’s wardrobe and are called “Bunty-Babli” suits.