Fashion has always played a major role in Bollywood films. So much can be conveyed about a character, the era they belong to, their socio-economic background through the clothes they wear. But, that is not to say everything about Bollywood style is about practicalities. Many actors and actresses set trends by adopting a signature look for themselves. There have been quite a few Bollywood films as well that introduced major fashion trends over generations. Here are just 10 of them.
1. Mughal-E-Azam- Anarkalis
In the 1960s, Madhubala’s, AKA Anarkali’s suits became all the rage after the film released. To date, anarkali suits remain a favourite ethnic wear option for desi women for special occasions.
2. Bobby- Polka Dot
Dimple Kapadia’s debut in Bollywood was sensational. She had donned a now iconic front-tying, midriff baring top with polka dots for one scene. This one scene will go down in cinematic history as one of the watershed moments for Indian fashion.
3. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai- Many aspects
KJo’s directorial debut ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ revolutionised college into a whole new cool. Sweatshirts, micro-mini skirts, Kajol’s bob haircut, cheesy friendship bands, headbands… all became an instant hit back then.
4. Dil Chahta Hai- Leather Pants
The movie that made leather pants look cool! The trio Aamir Khan, Akshay Khanna and Saif Ali Khan donned leather pants and metallic shirts and set the stage, and our hearts ablaze!
5. Salman’s Tere Naam Hairstyle
When it’s Salman Khan, you can expect a mass following. That’s exactly what happened after the release of his 2003 film ‘Tere Naam’. We’ve all cringed when Salman sported his long greasy locks in ‘Tere Naam’. But believe it or not, from autowallahs to college youngsters, everybody wanted to ape their favourite superstar by flaunting this hairdo.
6. Rangeela- Denim Shirts
Urmila Matondkar became the collective crush of every desi 90s kid with her role in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rangeela. From looking like a 90s cool chick to a siren, her looks escalated sometimes within minutes in the film. Denim shirts, chokers, giant men’s shirts, colourful straight-cut trousers, and the sexiest range of beachwear – Urmila was a bomb in everything!
7. Jab We Met- Fusion of Shirts with Salwars
No one has ever been able to make T-shirts and Patiala pants look as cool as Kareena Kapoor did in Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met. For the longest time, everyone tried to embrace this combo as their personal fashion mantra. But, we all gave up eventually, at least in public.
8. Cocktail- Aztec prints
Aztec prints and Coachella-esque outfits became the new rage amongst youngsters with the release of this movie. The film released in 2012, made the actors look way ahead of their time, courtesy: Their Outfits! Remember Deepika’s sequined one pieces and gorgeous beach waves?
9. Dhoom 2- Many aspects
Hot bods, chiselled abs, bikini tops, micro minis, sun-kissed hair, latex body suits and what not — this movie gave us a feast! While the Kardashians are rocking their knee-length boots now, Aish already dusted ’em off in 2006!
10. Chandni- Vibrant Chiffon Sarees
Sridevi made vibrant chiffon sarees fashionable AF with films like Chandni and Mr India (1987). Every woman wanted to own chiffon sarees just like the one she wore. There even was a tribute to the bright yellow chiffon saree from Chandni in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.