Bollywood has always had immense influence on the people across the country, the actors set trends and the fans follow them madly. This is often a product of the love that followers have for Bollywood. People worship actors and feel a deep connection with their charisma. Bollywood and fashion have always had a very intimate relationship with each other. Cinema takes the audiences into a dream world and they try to imitate the actors by emulating them.
Talking about different eras of cinematic growth, a different trend has been set in every era. 1950’s was the period of legends like Madhubala, Nutan, Meena Kumari, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Kishore Kumar and many more. The tilt was more towards simplicity and traditional clothes like sarees with printed or plain blouses, with puffed short sleeves. Further, western dresses comprised of long middy dresses as at that time revealing clothes were not considered ethical for women. Regarding the male counterparts, they also wore traditional attires like kurta pyjama & dhoti kurta and the westerns avatars included suits with ties. Men mainly kept their hair short and used accessories like hats and women used to keep their hair open, or plated or they tied them in a bun.
Entering now the era of the 1960’s , this was a complete change from the earlier one, with fitted churidars & kurtis, anarkali attires and the special Mumtaz sarees came onto the silver screen. This attire revolutionized the fashion sense of the generation and they went mad for the so unusual Sadhna cut, high hair buns, skin tight clothes, extended eye liners and huge earrings. This period brought a bit of glamour and experimentation in the audiences. Major actors who lit up the screen with their mammoth presence were Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Manoj Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Khanna, Asha Parikh, Saira Bano and Sharmila Tagore. The male lead generally preferred western outfits.
The 70’s was a treat to the audience’s eyes, it was flowering with novel and bold ideas featuring idols like Amitabh Bacchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi etc. This epoch impress ionized the young fans with platform heels, bell bottoms, sunglasses, maxi dresses and chunky jewellery. Men also played with their hair, keeping them long with noticeable side burns. They also carried skin tight blazers with broad ties.
The trends of the 70’s were fading with time, and various colours were covering the silver screen. Denim was in, with a different and rugged looks for the male lead and plain sarees for the female counterpart. The stars of the 80’s were Sridevi, Amrita Singh, Poonam Dhillon, Govinda, Mithun Chakroborty, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and the list continues. Talking about the hair styles, it only meant volume, and the girls were also crazy about Dimple Kapadia’s hair style in Saagar.
Here comes the era of the fashion designers like Manish Malhotra, who with their vivid trials transformed Bollywood’s fashion sense. With beauties like Madhuri Dikshit, Raveena Tandon, Kajol, Juhi Chawla, Karishma Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar and Manisha Koirala the exquisite creations were showcased. The trend was more towards fitted skirts, high heel boots, hair bands, big jewellery and scarves. The men usually wore baggy pants, denims, dungarees etc. The college crowd imitated the actors completely.
When it comes to style, then we can talk about this period, where actors and actresses are very conscious of what they wear and how they look. Talking about the beautiful ladies, it again had a merger of traditional as well as ultra-modern attires. The gorgeous actresses include Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bacchan, Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Preity Zinta, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor and many more. This is the most stylish lot till now and the trend is going more towards skin show and westernization.
Men have become more conscious and wear designer brands, some trendy glares, styled wet hair with consistent grooming. The actors who are thankfully responsible for this modification are Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Shahid Kapoor, Abhishek Bacchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan.
Till now, the madness is enormously increasing in the zillions of fans day by day; hope the coming years will be vivacious, fashionable, trendy and more fun filled.