Bollywood inspires fashion and fashion inspires Bollywood. New trends and fashion developments make their way every couple of years for now everyone wants to keep changing, keep stirring the steady mixture and keep things fresh and new. And as we know, fashion recycles, what we think is a new fashion trend is actually a recycled trend which has made its return after running its course two or three decades ago. Take, for example, bell bottoms, lace, denims, whitewash jeans everything has come back and as hard as it is to believe, our parents have seen it all. Now that makes things a bit difficult for the fashionistas as they are expected to be on their toes all the time, create something unique and different but that’s a major part of their job. And this job is brilliantly done by fashion designers in the film industry. We may not understand fashion as much on ramps and fashion shows but we definitely catch it on when our favourite Bollywood actors and actresses helm it in their movies. There have been several Bollywood movies which have been fashion influencers for the audiences. And we have listed down some of those Bollywood movies that influenced fashion in the most trending way and made it accessible to the general public.
1. Mughal-E-Azam – Anarkali Suits
This movie has to be on top of the list. Mughal-E-Azam for many reasons was a cult classic. It may be remembered for the epic tragic love saga of Anarkali and Salim played by Madhubala and Dilip Kumar but the rage it created back then for Anarkali suits cannot be bogged down. Come to think of it, it became so popular among the ladies that the type is now named after the woman who popularised it in the movies, Anarkali. Not just then, it is a celebrated traditional wear even today and every woman’s wardrobe would definitely have one Anarkali suit if not more.
2. Cocktail – Sequinned dresses, smokey eyes, and Rompers
Now, Cocktail was a game changer for the most loved, Deepika Padukone. It got her the recognition she deserved but did not get before this movie. And a part of that credit goes to the costume designer of the film, Anaita Shroff Adajania. Now, she was dressed in a very believable yet very majestic way. The sequinned dress and smokey eyes have now officially become the party look, all thanks to Deepika and Anaita. Also, Diana Penty’s romper in the song, Tum Hi Ho Bandhu stuck to people’s minds and made it to every mall, every street market in the country.
3. Dhoom 2 – Tanned Bodies and Acid Washed Jeans
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan fire up the screen whenever they perform together. Both of them extremely good-looking, with a cracking chemistry and a spectacular fashion sense. Dhoom 2 was just that. India is obsessed with fair and lovely but with Dhoom 2, Hrithik and Aishwarya established that tanned bodies can look way hotter and sexier than just plain fair and white. Hrithik’s washed jeans also created quite an impact on the way men dressed back then. He was, is and will remain a fashion icon.
4. Dil Dhadakne Do – Vacay Wardrobe
Dil Dhadakne Do was a visual treat, both for how it was brought to screen and for what was brought to screen. The subject of a dysfunctional Indian upper-class family who excels at pretending to be the best and the most loving family in the whole world was new and its narration unique. But what added to an exceptional script was the on-point vacay wardrobe of all the lead actors though Priyanka Chopra’s character’s fashion choices in the movie were most appreciated and copied by her fans.
5. Dil Chahta Hai – Aamir Khan’s Goatee
Aamir Khan is always known to be going for different looks in his films. I’m sure you can recognise a movie by just having a look at his hairstyle. Though most of his looks have been replicated by the Indian barbers, one of the most which the boys loved was his Goatee in Dil Chahta Hai. In the time when boys and their mothers both liked a clean-shaven sharp look, a Goatee on their chin was popularised by none other than Aamir Khan.
6. Rangeela – Denim Shirts for Girls
Rangeela, the name which reminds you of Urmila Mantodkar dancing in a saree with Jackie Shroff on one of the most sensual songs ever made in Bollywood, Hai Rama, actually brought in the trend of Denim shirts for women. For the longest time, Denim was associated with boys for its ruggedness and tough look but Urmila, in Rangeela looked exceptionally well and different in denim shirts.
7. Dil Toh Pagal Hai – Athleisure (Shorts and a T-Shirt Bra)
If we talk about Dil Toh Pagal Hai and not talk about Karishma Kapoor, it would be really unfair to the woman and to the movie as well. Karishma Kapoor can match any level of madness, be it Govinda’s, be it Salman’s. As one of the most versatile actresses in Bollywood, her style also was quite versatile. In Dil Toh Pagal Hai, she killed it with her athleisure look. Sporting a pair of shorts with a Sports Bra is not everyone could do back then but Karishma Kapoor not only pulled it off but also made it a very successful style statement which is active even today. And the man behind this, Manish Malhotra also deserves to be appreciated for his choice of clothes for Karishma’s character in the movie.
8. Jab We Met – Patiala Salwar with a T-Shirt
Now that the elder Kapoor sister has made it to the list, how can the younger one be left behind? Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met was all heart. Each and every second of her screen time in the movie was marveled by her fans. She was fabulous in her portrayal of the character, Geet in Jab We Met. And apart from this much-recalled character, what stays put in the audience’s mind are her costume designs in the movie which were very different. The incredibly popular look where she gets out from the train on Ratlam station wearing Patiala Salwar with a t-shirt immediately got associated with the character. And the markets were filled with such sort of a unique combination of clothing.
9. Aisha – The Movie was all fashion
Well, this article is about fashion, so, Sonam Kapoor has to be on the list. The movie Aisha brought together the Kapoor sisters, Sonam and Rhea for the first time, officially. Aisha was probably Sonam’s forte and she did superbly in the fashion department. The movie is all fashion and glam and Rhea did an exceptional job with that. And among all, the expensive Dior handbags had become a style statement for the upper middle class just after the movie’s release.
10. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Long Kurtas and Jeans
Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan both in the movie, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil probably looked one of their best in their entire career. Anushka Sharma as Alizeh looked supremely beautiful in every look that she carried but what caught the audience’s eyes the most was where she wore Long Kurtas with skin tight jeans in The Breakup Song. If Anushka’s this look was copied, Aishwarya did not need to carry a particular look in order to create a fashion statement, she just had to be herself, the graceful and beautiful self.
Bonus Point: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – Leather Jackets
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was a coming of age rom-com which did not only win hearts with its writing, direction, and acting but also with its fashion choices as Millennials. Ranbir Kapoor as a cool traveller and a photographer sowed in the seed of looking like him while traveling in the hearts of many young boys. Apart from Deepika’s nerdy popular look as Naina, what raged, no still raging as a fashion trend are leather jackets. I mean, everyone owns about at least two leather jackets now. And the good part about this fashion trend is that it was not only limited to just boys who could follow this but also women who equally love wearing leather jackets today.