In the late 90s and 2000s, Bollywood producers began to invest a huge chunk of their production budget into actors’ wardrobes. While the move has shaped the fashion landscape in the country in the case of some films, it has become the main selling point for others. Let’s take a look at some of these movies.
1. “Student of the year”
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Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun pitcher Dhawan gave us several fashion moments. Luxury “school” outfits from Bhatt to her lehenga in the song ‘Radha ‘, we passed out in front of her wardrobe even nine years after the film’s release. However, the same cannot be said of the script which made little or no sense. Aside from the fact that the school didn’t seem to belong to India, let’s not forget that the film reeked of sexism and homophobia.
2. ‘Race 2’
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by Abbas-Mustan Race The franchise was designed to make male actors look more stylish in their designer costumes while women look glamorous in their fitted dresses. We loved Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandes’ outfits, from bikinis to bodycon dresses. As for the movie, the physics-and-logic-defying scenes and relentless twists and turns left us confused and exhausted.
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are known for their larger-than-life appeal, from set design to costumes. Padmaavat was no different, with Deepika Padukone donning some of the most intricately embroidered and embellished outfits fit for a queen. The screenplay, however, lacked merit, both in terms of creative re-imagining and entertainment. Sure, Ranveer Singh has been praised for his performance, but the heart of a good movie lies in its screenplay.
4. ‘Baar Baar Dekho’
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From the red and gold lehenga of ‘Kala Chashma ‘ in the floral print one in ‘Nachde Ne Saare ‘Katrina Kaif wore some of the most stunning outfits seen in contemporary Indian cinema. We even loved her Fall / Winter wardrobe made up of overcoats and cardigans. However, the film was a slow drag that failed to move audiences. Even with the concept of time travel, the creators failed to hook moviegoers.
5. “Action replay”
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Whenever we need inspiration for a retro-themed event, we fall back on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s wardrobe in Action replay to design for our outfits. True to the ’70s, she wore polka dots, oversized sunglasses and large hoops. She even kept bangs! The film, however, only made us question the motivations and sense of logic of the directors. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is a movie version of a headache.
Do you have any other such films to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!
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