From Mumtaz’s iconic orange saree in Brahmachari (1968) or Alia Bhatt’s sizzling white picks in Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022), take a look at these ten beautiful drapes.
Bollywood’s larger-than-life fashion moments (in the form of delicately draped sarees or jazyy two pieces) have always paved the way for trends in India.
Saree couture, apart from the ramp also finds a special place in Bollywood frames. Think Mumtaz’s iconic orange saree from Brahmachari (1968) or Alia Bhatt’s sizzling white picks in Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) – beautiful, dainty drapes have always left a mark on the big screen as well as our wardrobes.
Below, we’ve documented changing Bollywood saree trends from over the past 50 years that are still in vogue today! Scroll through, and if you want to re-create any of these looks, we’ve got you covered here!
10 Iconic Sarees From Bollywood Movies That We Love, And The Women Who Wore Them:
Mumtaz in “Brahmachari” (1968)
The saree that kickstarted the saree-gown trend and the OG orange saree of Bollywood is Mumtaz’s orange saree from Brahmachari. This look made heads turn then and even now. While the drape style might be very 70s, the saree itself is on-point with the dopamine trend we have going on, don’t you think?
Sridevi in “Mr. India” (`1987)
Almost every one of Sridevi’s outfits and roles deserves cult status. But we can all agree that this blue chiffon saree from Mr. India definitely lives rent-free in our minds. Paired with those sultry moves and seductive eyes, Sridevi remains in our minds and souls forever.
Madhuri Dixit in “Hum Apke Hai Koun…!” (1994)
If you grew up in the early ’00s, your fashion sense has surely been shaped by Hum Apke Hai Koun…!’s sartorial picks. Madhuri Dixit served many iconic looks in the film, but this purple and gold saree with matching jewels and a whole lot of glam is what we’d pick even today for a wedding soiree.
Kajol in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (1998)
It’s no secret that all the ’90s kids grew up dreaming about SRK, and longed for a love like Kajol-SRK from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. They’ve even longed for both their looks, curated to perfection. This monochrome green saree is one of the many saree looks we loved from the film.
Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in “Devdas” (2002)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for creating a flamboyant universe in his cinemas. One of his early outings, Devdas, was not just a cinematic marvel, but also had several Pinterest-worthy outfits, featuring beautiful embroideries and stunning ensembles. This beige-red saree, a nod to the classic style worn in Bengal, deserves all the attention it received back then and now.
Sushmita Sen in “Main Hoon Na” (2004)
Main Hoon Na and Sushmita Sen were the ultimate fashion look-book of the 2000s. Those halter neck blouses with chiffon sarees were light and breezy. But this pink sequined saree with a silver halter blouse steals the show!
Priyanka Chopra in “Dostana” (2008)
PeeCee gained her ‘Desi’ girl status with this look and there is no turning back from there!
Kareena Kapoor Khan in “Ra.One” (2011)
In the last decade, we have had only a few saree looks that deserve all the attention. This red stitched-saree from Ra.One is one such example. Eclectic and quirky, this look is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Deepika Padukone in “Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani” (2013)
The year was 2013 and this royal blue cocktail saree from Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani made it to everyone’s wedding wish-list! With those simple gold frills along the border, this saree was recreated for several farewell parties and well, cocktail parties that year!
Alia Bhatt in “Gangubai Kathiawadi” (2022)
Those white sarees from Gangubai Kathiawadi have attained a cult status in less than a year of release. Simple and pristine, the stylists ensured that each saree had their stood out from one another, and also made a strong case for simple cotton drapes.
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