April 24, 2013

Bollywood & the Brides!

Every girl wants to look exclusively beautiful in her wedding day. And more or less in our country all celebrations always has a strong impact of Bollywood. 

Bollywood wedding movies dominated by filmmakers like Suraj Barjatya, Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra, are a hugely popular genre in themselves and these wedding movies with their elaborate sets and costumes, along with the catchy wedding tunes have influenced Indian celebrations for decades. Apart from the wedding d├ęcor and themes, one of the biggest indicators of how Bollywood affects our lifestyles is the big impact it has on wedding and bridal fashion. It’s not just the wedding movies that catch the eye but also the often luxurious sets and costumes in big-budget blockbusters and period films.

Have you ever wonder at the elaborate and lavish bridal wear or latest wedding fashion at a wedding you went to recently? Chances are a lot of a reflection of the latest blockbuster and the actress’s desirable wardrobe in the film. Unfortunately, along with the good sometimes even the loud screen outfits find themselves on enthusiastic wedding guests and brides!

Let’s take a look at some of the Bollywood movies and their costumes that really encouraged a mass appeal and served as inspiration to the bridal fashion at the time. One of the first ones that come to mind is actress Madhuri Dixit’s wardrobe from the movie Hum Apke Hain Kaun. Her purple sari and the green outfit with the elaborate neck accompaniments is the beginning of various look-alikes and replica for many a wedding. As did her bouncy, wavy hair! Designer Neeta Lulla shot to mass fame with her elaborate and gorgeous costumes in movies like Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Her creations were top of many Indian brides’ wish-lists.
Another big movie that influenced wedding style was Jodha Akbar, set in the Mughal era. The gorgeous and luxurious lehengas and sarees and the drool-worthy jewellery flashed on screen and sighs from brides to be were heard around the country! Everything from the heavy maangtikas to the rich payals was absolutely stunning.

It’s not just the clothes and accessories, but hairstyles and make-up that get that Bollywood makeover. So strong is the magic of the movies that even the retro styles from golden oldies are back in vogue today.

When we are talking about Btown’s luxurious wedding how to forget KJO ! The man behind the lavish onscreen wedding in Kuch Kuch Hota Hain and other movies. But also thanks to Kajol’s sparkling and subtle screen-recitals before and after the interval respectively, Kajol is a true delight in this film. As far as her bridal moments are concerned, Kajol looks like a million dollars in that pretty, golden lehenga. She is one screen-bride who first cries like a baby, followed by smiling like a Cheshire cat, on her wedding day.

One of the very soothing brides played by Rani Mukerji in the film Paheli. May be the film did not run well but Rani oozes charm throughout this ghost movie, directed by Amol Palekar. As a raw Rajasthani bride, the gifted actress strikes just the right note with her fans. 

While Kareena Kapoor's recent wedding to her long time beau, Saif Ali Khan, is still a highly talked-about affair in town and I must add that she looked drop-dead gorgeous on her D-Day, one of her best bridal- performance for the 70 MM screens was for Rajkumar Hirani's comedy, 3 Idiots. Not ever expected as the climax, she gets into a never-seen-before bridal mode – the scooter-riding, traditionally-clad Bebo flees from her mandap in the very nick of time, to get married to the love of her life. The movie-buffs praised Kareena's bold-and-bindaas bridal act to the skies.

With his romantic drama Vivah, Sooraj Barjatya may have thought he was going back to his Maine Pyar Kiya roots, but couldn't score points as high as the 1989 romance did. However, we still can't skip out on the charismatic chemistry Amrita shares with her on-screen partner, Shahid Kapoor. Like always, Barjatya kept the best to the last, as the much-gripping climax has a 'burnt bride' and it's the too-good bone in Shahid's character that lets him still tie the knot with his lady-love. Amrita, as a simple and demure girl, makes the film a treat for the eyes.

If you know her as ‘Bangali konye’ (Bengali girl) Ashima Roy from Vicky Donor you must be wonder how she convincingly portrayed as Bengali bride. Yes she performed the character so well and looking a perfect fashionable Bengali bride. Dressed in red Banarasi Sari and the jewelries Ashima aka Yami robbed the heart of Bengalis. 

With so many lovely on screen-brides – they have delighted and influenced us to have a look like them; not only with their wonderful bridal avatars but also with the way they believably portrayed their interesting characters before and/or after their bridal moments in films.

So do you want to look like as a Bollywood bride on your wedding? We would love to know how the movies influenced your wedding related fashion choices!


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