The Hindi film industry has always been a source of inspiration when it comes to fashion. With nearly every Bollywood movie, came a style trend that was followed blindly by the star-struck fans. Although most of these trends have vanished with time, some are still remembered for their ‘then popularity’.
From Madhubala’s anarkali suit in ‘Mughal -E- Azam’ to Kareena Kapoor’s T-shirt with Patiala in ‘Jab We Met’, each of these style trends given birth to by Bollywood movies, have become instant hits among people.
Anarkali suits are still favoured by many; and the list includes top Bollywood actresses like Aishwarya Rai, Katrina Kaif, Rani Mukherjee and so on. The birth of this trend dates back to 1960, when the beautiful Madhubala, who played the character of Anarkali in ‘Mughal -E- Azam’, donned the suits. It is from there this apparel got its name ‘Anarkali’.
Almost every young girl chopped her tresses to don the famous ‘Sadhana cut’, which came into limelight after actress Sadhana donned the fringes in her 1960`s romantic debut ‘Love in Simla’. Sadhana had become a fashion icon for girls overnight owing to the hairstyle which became a big hit.
‘Figure hugging’ churidar
In 1965, stylish actress Sadhana was once again successful in setting a trend, and this time it was her figure-hugging sleeveless churidar kurtas in Yash Chopra’s ‘Waqt’, which caught the attention of young female fans in India. These churidaars was also worn by other actresses- Vyjanthimala, Asha Parekh and Sadhana in films like `Jewel Thief` and `Love in Tokyo`. It was a huge hit among both thin and curvy women.
The orange saree worn by Mumtaz- in ‘Aaj kal tere mere pyar’ song in the 1968 film ‘Brahmachari’ -became an instant hit. The saree, draped in an unusual manner, became a new and stylish way of flaunting a thin frame. The style is still known by all and sundry as the ‘Mumtaz saree’.
In 1970s, Bollywood actresses like Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, Hema Malini and Neetu Singh were often seen on the silver screen wearing bell-bottoms paired with over-sized glasses. This ‘retro look’, witnessed in movies like ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Maha Chor’, ‘Yaadon Ki Baraat´, etc. motivated young girls in India to dress up in this style.
Dimple Kapadia, at a tender age of 17, became a youth fashion icon in 1973, all thanks to her ‘knotted polka-dotted shirt and hot black mini’, which she wore in the movie ‘Bobby’. Till date, the polka-dot print is famously known as ‘Bobby print’ in India. This print was a massive hit among not only women but also men at that time.
Sridevi, clad in a chiffon blue saree in ‘Mr.India’, had increased the hotness level and changed the stereotypical ‘Sati Savitri’ image that was usually related to a woman in a saree. A simple chiffon saree could set the temperature soaring – that’s what her look proved. Apart from ‘Kaate nahin kat te’, this Southern siren donned a red one for the song ‘Har kissi ko’ from the movie ‘Jaanbaz’.
‘Hum Aap ke Hai Kaun’ outfit
The heavily embroidered eye-catching purple saree worn by Madhuri Dixit in ‘Didi tera dewar…’ in the movie ‘Hum Aapke Hai Kaun’ was on high demand in the market at that time. The backless blouse added to the ‘oomph factor’ and the design was given a ‘thumbs up’ by the women in India.
Patiala with long T-shirt
The Indian audience not only liked the ‘extra chirpy and lively’ Kareena Kapoor in the movie ‘Jab We Met’, but even madly followed her much appreciated indo-western look in the movie. The ‘Patiala and long T-shirt’ combo was so popular that it soon became a must have for young girls, given the fact that it is comfortable yet stylish. -by Harpreet Kaur