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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6.Badrinath Ki Dulhania( 2017)
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)
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.
The Punjabi Kudi in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is looking cute with Leheriya dupattas and kurtis.
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.
Costume Designer: Priyanka Harishchandra
In the movie, Sunny Leone (Leela) is shown wearing bandhej and leheriyas in a very seductive way.
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.
Hope, this Journey showed colorful ways of the traditions And culture of Gujrati and Rajathani Costumes in a Bollywood Style.
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