Bandhani :In a Bollywood Way

Even though Bollywood has got its reputation of following Western styles, but the Costume Designers have been using Indian textiles in a very creative and contemporary way.

The Indian Traditional Dye and dye Fabric: Bhandani from Gujarat and Rajasthan appeared in several films. Its history dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization. In this art, the fabric is knotted creating different designs and patterns, after which it is immersed in color and beautiful designs are formed on the fabric. There are various types of tying the fabric giving a variety of Bhandej designs to style and flaunt.

Through this article, we will witness the colorful journey of how Bollywood costume designers have been incorporating this beautiful piece of art in their collection, after which you would surely make you want to adorn one on your special day.

1. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Costume Designer: Manish Malhotra

Remember the train scene from  Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where Kajol is wearing white suit and red dupatta? Yes, the dupatta was of bandhej. The same attire was again worn by  Sana Saeed  (junior Anjali) in the movie.

Kajol In Bandhani Dupatta
Kajol in Bandhani Dupatta | Source:makeagif.com

2.Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain(2000)

Costume Designer: Ashley Rebello, Anna Singh

A story of a boy raised in a village in Gujrat and 24 years later his biological parents multi-millionaire comes to take him to a city. The scenic beauty of the Gujrati village is shown with people in bandhej and printed costumes with metal jewelry. The beautiful Sonali Bendre playing the role of a simple small-town girl is seen wearing Bandhani Lehenga Choli and dupattas and the energetic Govinda is seen wearing dhoti kurtas with color dyes turbans.

The popular signature dance step
The popular signature dance step| Source:gifkaro
Sonali Bendre in bandani Lehenga Choli with Mirror Work
Sonali Bendre in bandani Lehenga Choli with Mirror Work| Source: twitter
Govinda in Leheriya Turban and Sonali in Bandani Choli with oxidised jewellery
Govinda in Leheriya Turban and Sonali in Bandani Choli with oxidised jewellery | Source: Dailymotion

 

3.Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India (2001)

Costume Designer:Bhanu Athaiya

The oscar-nominated Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh starter movie, Lagaan shows the realms of the victorian era(1937-1901) of the British Raj. The beauty and grace of the villagers of the Desert region of  Rajasthan are shown through its simple yet colorful cotton Bandhej attires.

Gracy Singh wearing a chandrokhani bandhani
Gracy Singh wearing a chandrokhani bandhani

 

Women wearing bandhani lehenga Choli
Women wearing bandhani lehenga Choli|Source: gifer.com

4.Paheli (2005)

Costume Designer: Shalini Sarna

This movie had left us amazed by the colorful costumes adorned with Rajasthani jewelry.  Rani Mukherjee no doubt was looking beautiful with the Bandhej costume and royal Rajasthani jewelry. Shahrukh Khan can be seen in rich fabrics and colorful Bandej turbans signifying the royalty of the Rajasthani culture.

Shahrukh Khan In Bandhej turban(Pheta)
Shahrukh Khan In Bandhej turban(Pheta)| Source: Red Chillies

Rani Mukharjee in Bandhej dupatta
Rani Mukharjee in Bandhej dupatta | Source: glamsham.com
Rajasthani Women wearing types of Bandhej with metal jewelry

5.Vivah (2006)

Costume Designer:Anna Singh

Both sisters are seen donning the very famous bandhej saree and suit. The border laced red and yellow sari gives a bridal look.

Amruta Rao wearing a Red and yellow Bandhani laced sari

6.Badrinath Ki Dulhania( 2017)

Alia Bhatt‘s look in Badrinath Ki Dulhania has a very contemporary vibe to it. This contemporary and outright desi look that Alia display in this movie gives the character very sweet and simple look.
Varun Dhawan in Bandhani jacket and Alia Bhatt in Bandhani lehenga and dupatta
Leheriya and bandhani dupattas with gota pati laces
Leheriya and bandhani dupattas with Gota pati laces

Bandhani Scraves
Bandhani Scarves

From traditional lehengas to ind0- western kurtas, Alia Bhatt has carried her character maintaining an image of a responsible girl of a middle-class family.

7. PK (2014)

Costume Designer:  Manoshi Nath & Ruchi Sharma

Aamir Khan and  Sanjay Dutt both were spotted wearing traditional pagdi (turban), lehariya shirts and Rajasthani Angarakhas(men circular kurta) displaying the vibrancy of the Rajasthan Culture.

Amir Khan in Lehariya Printed Yellow Shirt and Sanjay Dutta in colorful Bandhani Turbans
Aamir Khan and Sanjay Dutt wearing traditional Rajasthani attire with Bandhej turbans
Aamir Khan and Sanjay Dutt wearing traditional Rajasthani attire with Bandhani turbans

8.Shudhh Desi Romance (2013)

Costume Designer: Varsha Shilpa, Varsha Chandanani,Shilpa Makhija.

From lehariyas to block prints, this movie used different varieties of tie and dye fabrics. The entire cast-Rishi Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra and Vani Kapoor, all are seen wearing Bandhani depicting the rich contemporary Rajathani culture.

Rishi Kapoor In block Printed Rajasthani Coat
Rishi Kapoor In block Printed Rajasthani Coat
Sushant Singh rajput In printed shirt
Sushant Singh Rajput In printed shirt
Sushant Singh Rajput in Bandhani printed Shirt
Sushant Singh Rajput in Bandhani Printed Shirt
Parineeti Chopra in colorful suit with leheriya Dupatta
Parineeti Chopra in a colorful suit with Leheriya Dupatta
Vani Kapoor In tie and dye top
Vani Kapoor in tie and dye cotton top
Parineeti Chopra in tie and dye embriodered sari
Parineeti Chopra in tie and dye embroidered sari

9.Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania(2014)

Costume Designer: Natascha Charak,Nikita Mohanty,Prachiti Parakh,Archana Walavalkar

The Punjabi Kudi in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is looking cute with Leheriya dupattas and kurtis.

Alia Bhatt In multicolored leheriya Dupatta
Alia Bhatt in multicolored leheriya Dupatta
Alia Bhatt In multicolored leheriya Dupatta
Alia Bhatt in pink Leheriya Dupatta
Alia Bhatt in pink leheriya kurti
Alia Bhatt in pink Leheriya Kurti

10.Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela(2013)

Costume Designer: Anju Modi

The movie is shot in the Gujarati village Ranjhaar, in the  Kachchh district. the movie has depicted the violent interaction of the two clans—Rajadi and Sanera to which Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh each belonged to.  The villagers have also been seen wearing beautifully colored costumes with richly adorned jewelry depending on the clan they belonged to.

Festive bandhani lehengas and Chorno Kediyus of Ramleela | Source : hungama
Deepkika and backdancers wearing Bandhani attire
Deepkika and backdancers wearing Bandhani attire| Source:wehearit
the back dancers dancers wearing bandhani and mirror work costumes|Souce: makeagif
the back dancers wearing bandhani and mirror work costumes|Souce: makeagif

11.Ek Paheli Leela (2015)

Costume Designer: Priyanka Harishchandra

In the movie, Sunny Leone (Leela) is shown wearing bandhej and leheriyas in a very seductive way.

Sunny Leone and backdancers in Bandhani and Leheriya attire
Sunny Leone and backdancers in Bandhani and Leheriya attire|Source:indiatoday
Sunny Leone in Leheriya dress and turban|Source: rediff

12.Dhadak(2018)

Costume Designer:

A remake of the Marathi language film Sairat (2016) by Nagraj Manjule, Dhadak was shot in Rajasthan. Janhvi Kapoor appeared in desi style in the film “Dhadak”. Bandhej print was not only seen on Janhvi, but Ishaan Khatter donning  shirts with a desi twist. These costumes  truly reflect the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan.

Janhvi In leheriya Dupatta and Ishan ina Bandhani Shirt
Janhvi In leheriya Dupatta and Ishan ina Bandhani Shirt|Source:Imdb
Janhvi an Ishan in Bandhani attire
Janhvi an Ishan in Bandhani attire|Source:indiatv
Famous Zingaat song depicting Bandani attire
The Famous Zingaat song depicting Bandhani attire| Source:asianage

Hope, this Journey showed colorful ways of the traditions And culture of Gujrati and Rajathani Costumes in a Bollywood Style.

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