Saree clad women have for generations been the reigning queens of Bollywood. Be it the historical silent era, the classic period of 40’s and 50’s, the golden decades of 60’s and 70’s or the revolutionised present juncture in the larger-than-life Indian Cinema, if there is one thing which has stayed put all through this period, it is the quintessential nine yard drape. However, over the years, the pattern and the style of draping a saree has undergone a sea change and every era has had its own legacy to offer with regard to it.
Women from all walks of life have at some point in their lives attempted to portray the image of one or the other screen sizzlers wrapped in a saree.
While few actresses dared to challenge the orthodox idiosyncrasies by using a plain piece of cloth to set the screen ablaze with their oomph and enamour, many others in the opposite league reflected the image of a typical sacrificing, home-making, indoor, one-man Indian Woman.
Whatever use one may have put a saree to, it can indeed be called the most elegant yet seductive outfit of all times. In a bid to pay an acknowledgement to the most worn outfit in Indian Cinema, let’s walk the memory lane and give a round of applause to all the women who made a particular style of saree draping immortal.
Types of Saree Styles of Celebrities
Mumtaz popularized the body-hugging style of saree. The saree in this fashion is draped around the waist twice more and has a smaller fall than usual sarees.
Although many women struggle to even walk in a saree worn in this way, Mumtaz made it look like a cake walk. She would not only sashay in sarees with grace and ease but also danced like a thunderbolt piercing the hearts of men. This type of drape flattered her slim frame and gave her an edge over her contemporaries.
Madhuri Dixit Style
Although the decade of 1990’s marked the emergence of lovely women donning chiffon sarees twirling and twisting around trees, if there is one name which tops the list it is none other than the queen of hearts Madhuri Dixit.
She has immortalised the chiffon sarees with her soothing smile and power-packed performances. Curvaceous eye candies sporting plain sarees, with an open fall flowing in the air had become a trademark of Bollywood commercial cinema in her heydays.
Deepika Padukone Style
This kind of draping the saree is the newest buzz in the fashion circuit. Young and vivacious divas flaunting an hourglass like sexy figure are found sauntering on the red carpets or runways clad in such sarees which accentuate their enviable bodies.
Deepika Padukone is the brand ambassadors of this style and is often spotted in beautifully set net textured sarees worn fashionably with a slender pleated fall which bares her well toned mid riffs. This kind of saree matched with an untidy bun is what the youth brigade of Bollywood simmers in these days.
Aishwarya Rai Style
The intricately embroidered heavy costume-like dresses brandished by the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bacchan in the epic period drama Devdas became a rage among women when the movie hit the theatres a decade ago.
About to be married and newlywed women look absolutely ethereal when wearing those double draped sarees with another piece of heavy dupatta worn on the ensemble.
The Bengali style sarees Aishwarya Rai sported in the same flick were also appreciated and went on to inspire many gals to try and adopt the similar look.
The well draped saree with the fall rolled around the sleeves looks totally enthralling with long locks of hair sealing the look. Many other screen scorchers have also donned similar sarees like Vidya Balan, Sushmita Sen and many other Bong beauties.
The Ankle Length Kareena-Katrina Style Drapes
Be it the crispy song ‘Sheela ki Jawani’ or the erotic track ‘halkat jawani’, ankle-length sarees without pleats have been made a hot pick by charismatic and sizzling sirens like Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor.
Although such sarees are not expected to be modelled by women off screen but anybody wishing to brush the clichés aside can definitely step out in this appearance and raise a few eyebrows.
Desi-Girl Style by Priyanka Chopra
If there is one look which almost every young girl aspired to imitate was that showcased by the ravishing Priyanka Chopra in the song ‘Desi girl’. The petite actress clad in a glittering Silver saree with a halter blouse shaking a leg with two hunks made her look worth a million bucks.
Her perfectly carved body wrapped in a few yards of cloth had countless men drooling over her. Priyanka’s ‘desi girl’ look is indeed one of the most solicited and asked for looks by gals even years after its release.
Kareena Kapoor in ‘Chammak Chhallo’
The red saree Kareena Kapoor allowed herself to be wrapped in the groovy number ‘chammak chhallo’ definitely had many eyes hooked on to the screens for as long as she swayed to the feet-tapping tunes of the famous song.
Especially her ultra modern avatar of wrapping the fall around her lower body exhibiting a beautiful and tender waist evoked huge applaud. The accessorised saree border and the falling broach made the look all the more appealing.
So saree was, is and will be the most sombre, seductive and stylish outfit which our Bollywood actresses can’t do without how-so-ever westernised or modern they might wish to become.