Style in Hindi cinema of 2010

2010 was a year of many surprises, many more blunders and hardly any gems.

Presenting a review of the year gone by in a style file.

The item girl was reinvented! The question everyone had to answer at the end of the year was: Munni ki badnaami ya Sheila ki jawaani? You could even cast an electronic vote if you logged on to

While Munni had rustic appeal clad in a choli and short lehenga, complete with dangling gold jewellery, Sheila had urban appeal teaming her choli with knee length harem pants. Don’t miss the kamarbandh on both ladies!

Some films succeeded in recreating fashion of the genres they had taken up.

  • Dabangg

Salman Khan aka Chulbul Pandey brought Ray Ban’s aviator sunglasses back in vogue. Be it the cockpit or large metal styles, they were selling like hot cakes. And if Ray Ban didn’t fit your budget, the official Dabangg sunglasses surely would. Salman also showed you a new place to tuck in your sunglasses. No, it’s not your head or the opening in your shirt but the back of your collar. 🙂

Sonakshi Sinha who played the gaon ki gori rocked ’em backless blouses worn with mirror work sarees. It was quite a trend the following navratri.

  • Aisha

Flashy costume had to be rung out, couture had made its way onto the silver screen. In 2010, Aisha was the most celebrated where fashion was concerned. The setting was Delhi and giggly girls essayed by the likes of Sonam Kapoor, Ira Dubey, Amrita Puri and Lisa Haydon become instant fashion icons. Reams of newsprint and television reel were spent displaying photographs, running interviews and conducting fashion quizzes with the cast of Aisha.

Sonam Kapoor aka Aisha was the contemporary Emma penned by Jane Austen. The trademark Clueless (earlier adaptation of Emma) skirt suit couldn’t be missed on Sonam. The Barbie doll room and closet of Manolo Blahniks was only a teaser. The clothes, be it Prada or Prabal Gurung, hogged the limelight. Fashionistas everywhere rejoiced. They now had something to aspire toward.

Abhay Deol wore the suit Mr Darcy style. And he looked equally gentlemanly in a plain tee. The chocolate boy was back in fashion.

  • Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai

Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi played their roles to the T, looking perfect, be it an all-white safari or a checkered 3 piece suit. Hats off to them for wearing large collars and bell bottom trousers with equal panache.

The girls weren’t left far behind. If one played a successful heroine, the other paid a fitting tribute. The sarees and kameezes reflected craftsmanship, achievable only in those times. A shy, conservative girl or an outspoken, modern woman, Prachi Desai and Kangna Ranaut were styled appropriately.

’80s fashion didn’t look better in the first decade of the 2000s.

  • Break Ke Baad

In a year where Dabangg, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai and Aisha ruled the roosters, for their ethnic charm, retro costume and classy couture, Break Ke Baad provided the much-needed freshness. The styling was casual, quirky and very real. If you had the boy sporting his favourite bands on his tees, the girl mixed it up with shorts and bikini tops. The wedding ensembles were well-cut and uber stylish. You saw a lot of girls sporting teeny tiny blouses with their lehengas this wedding season Deepika Padukone style. If only we had that flat stomach!

Lo and behold, there were films that had one too many fashion blunders.

  • Anjaana Anjaani

Ranbir Kapoor was probably left wondering what he did to deserve an unshapely hospital gown. Priyanka Chopra probably had a say in the matter. It was fifteen minutes of screen time after all. How could she not have a form-fitting button down full sleeved mini dress? Oops… that’s her version of the hospital gown. Take it or leave it. You know doctors are going to check you out right?

  • Badmaash Company

Dior’s white rimmed sunglasses, distressed mini skirts, hot pants, bikini tops, slinky waistcoats. Girls are drooling already. Baggy jeans, trademark tees, white keds. Boys are checking their wallets. Wait, we’re not talking about the ’90s. You see, we were really impressed with present fashion. We couldn’t take a risk making our actors look out of vogue in ’90s trends. We just went to the mall, picked out the brightest colours and dressed our actors in them. Nobody checks Hindi films for period authenticity anyway. Not if we wear skinny jeans.

  • Robot

Aishwarya thought we wouldn’t see beyond her fancy head-gear. We have to admit it took us five minutes to process the number of feathers on her head. And even though the scene had moved to the next sequence, we were being flashed with shiny sequins and multi-coloured buttons. We did scream for sartorial surgery but Dr. Rajni was too busy cutting up Chitti. We’re hoping for better luck next time.

That’s it for tonight, folks! I’ve refreshed my memory and hunted out the best and worst for you. I sincerely hope you enjoy the post or at least scroll through the images. Until next time. 🙂

Current affairs of films with the news

All the hype and blogging about Anjaana Anjaani wasn’t enough. Else, I’d presently be watching the film. Slated for a September 24 release, it has been postponed to October 1. The reason for this is the Allahabad High Court’s pronouncement of the Ayodhya-Babri Mosque verdict on September 24.

Well, on October 1, one of the most expensive films of all time, Robot/ Enthiran shall make a gargantuan release. The film features superstar Rajnikanth and our very own global ambassador Aishwarya Rai.

The film has been in the news for various reasons. Of course, the undisclosed but known to be enormous budget is a huge reason. In addition, Rs. 10 crores are known to be spent on the ‘robot’ used in the film and the 2 dummies. In the US, at Jackson Heights Cinema in New York, a new record has been set. An entire week’s tickets were booked in advance within ten minutes of issuing.

If you live in the city of Mumbai, anything and everything that generates a buzz or makes it to the news also makes it to an Amul poster displayed on hoardings at various locations.

The Amul posters have a legacy of over 4 decades. The first one appeared in the summer of 1967 and since then has been the longest running ad campaign. It will soon make its way to the Guinness book of world records. The ‘topicals’ as they are referred to pick on anything that has made a noise. Their take on Robot is hilarious.

Tehelka too did a satirical piece on superstar Rajni’s relationship with ‘Bollywood’.

Speaking of using the best technology in reference to the film, I am super excited to be publishing this post from my spanking new Macbook pro. 😀

It goes without saying that I can’t wait to watch Robot. What are your views? & what is your take on superstar Rajni? Keep me posted!

Retro Art | Alive and kicking

A friend is on the marketing team for Vipul Shah’s films. Hence, I’m inevitably tagged in photos on facebook when a film from their production house is on the anvil of release. Yesterday, even my twitter timeline was flooded with images of Action Replayy. (via Akshay Kumar)

Action Replayy

I guess I don’t mind the bombardment as much because the posters are retro style. If you look closely, you can spot the words: ‘In Eastman Colour’. That’s my favourite combination.

Action Replayy

I love couples like these. We went for a second viewing of Inception yesterday. Watching it at Imax, on the biggest screen is so much fun. The boy insisted I looked retro myself. If I had to paint a picture of yesterday, it would be something like the one below.

31st August

31st August by Alicewandering featuring topshop belt

Coming back to the posters, it has been my lifelong dream to buy my own car. And the ‘girly’ girl tag that I have been conferred with, you won’t be surprised to know it has to be a VolksWagen Beetel. (More stories on that later)

Action Replayy

One time, two single girls went looking for a bar in the city. 3 different riksha rides, 4 different places and 50 minutes later, they arrived at Gadda da Vida. It’s a nice little pub at the Hotel Novotel, Juhu. Next time, you’re stuck, that’s where you should head.

Look what drops you back home if you stay longer and a wee bit drunk.

Gadda da vida cab

Photograph: Dhruvi Shah

I simply love retro art. Dinky cars find meaning in vibrant colours. Clothes are embellished with blinding tinsel. Flower power and polka dots find their way on to everything.  Bell bottomed sleeves and pants with printed scarves on hair bands are the norm. I simply ❤ that era.