Bollywood brings back vintage
Movies have always had an influence on jewellery trends in the country. Whether it is ethnic or modern, the styling of heroines have inspired young girls and women alike. Certain jewellery pieces or clothing styles become trendsetters for the year and everyone wants their share of it. 2015 is no different. As we draw nearer to the end of the year, two big-budget films, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (PRDP) and Bajirao Mastani, are being viewed with great excitement. One of the major highlights of both these films is the traditional look of its heroines – Sonam Kapoor in PRDP, and Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in Bajirao Mastani.
The makers of these films have gone all out to give them a royal feel,with costumes and jewellery playing the most vital part of this presentation. All three actresses are seen in traditional attires throughout the films. The persons behind the look, Anamika Khanna for PRDP and Anju Modi for Bajirao Mastani respectively, are hopeful that the films will put the ethnic look in the limelight once again.
Let us start with Kapoor who plays the role of Princess Maithali in PRDP. The movie features her in sequined sarees and brightly coloured lehengas. The traditional look has to be maintained throughout the film as she plays a royal character. Her jewellery has been handpicked from Amrapali and the collection of Sonam’s mother, Sunita Kapoor, a famous jewellery designer.
Sonamwears a wide range of jewellery in the movie. These includechokers, chandelier earrings, exquisite nose rings, jadau jewellery and borlas. One of the songs has her sporting traditional polki jewellery.
The young actress is also showcasing a wide variety of outfits in PRDP. From simple sarees to beautifully crafted lehengas, Sonam looks every bit a true princess. Costume designer Anamika Khanna has used diverse materials, ranging from chiffons, net with cut workand gota-patti workfor the outfits. Special mention must be made of the purple saree from the song ‘Jalte diye‘ and the lime green and yellow lehenga from the title track. Bright and beautiful colours sit pretty on Salman Khan’s heroine.
Now let us take a look at the styles seen in Bajirao Mastani. Deepika plays a Persian princess and PriyankaChopra, a Maharashtrian queen Kashibai. Deepika’s look in the song ‘Deewanimastani’, with the Persian hat, passa(jhoomar) and elegant jewellery has been praised by many. Designer Anju Modi has said on many platforms that a lot of research has gone into creating her style as a warrior princess in the film.
Deepika’s character Mastani uses several heavy antique pieces. Priyanka’s Queen Kashibai adorns traditional Marathi jewellery and these add to the authenticity of the characters. The Bajirao Mastani collection includes gemstones, turban ornaments, earrings, armbands, passa, haathphools, bangles, toe ringsand naths,among others. Modi has used the finest jewellery available like real Basra pearls, antique stones and uncut diamonds to achieve the royal look.
Mastani’s wardrobe has also created a lot of positive buzz around the film. Deepika’sshararas, angrakhas and dupattas have already become a rage among fashionistas. Even Priyanka’s Maharashtrian attire has received appreciation from all over. The on-screen look of both the women in Bajirao’s life is royal, opulent and majestic. Modi feels that the trend of wearing angrakhaswill be back after people see Deepika’s character in the film. A lot of mix and match has also been experimented with in the film. For example, in one scene, Mastani is seen wearing a five-layered outfit including an angrakhajacket, a woven leheriya dupatta, sharara, and kurti.
The three leading ladies in these two films carry an elegant and majestic image. Whether all the effort poured into achieving the perfect looks will translate into good box-office numbers will be knownsoon.