When she first burst onto the big screen in the 2005 film Ayya, Nayanthara let her look reflect the place she hails from: Kerala. Curly hair, heavy make-up, brightly colored sarees – a widely-accepted look in South movies at that time. She stuck to this look for her film Chandramukhi as well. Braided hair, matching jewelry and her trademark bindi. Since then, the actress has undergone a phenomenal transformation. Right from her drastic weight-loss, to her style of dressing.
Everything about Nayanthara has changed. She hasn’t just grabbed the attention of the audience with her choice of films, but also with her appearance on-screen. We trace the style evolution of Nayanthara:
The heavy-make up look:
In 2005, she was in Ghajini. And it was in this film that she stepped away from her traditional avatar. Nayanthara ditched her curly long hair to get poker straight, short-length hair. She used boldly lined lips and dark lip colors to make a statement. She donned micro-minis and figure-hugging costumes that revealed her curvaceous body to her advantage.
The weight-loss transformation:
In 2007, Nayanthara appeared in an unrecognizable avatar. She lost weight, got brown streaks in her hair, and appeared totally different from her usual self. So much so that she had no qualms about appearing in a bikini for her film Billa. And she also got the opportunity to appear in a special number opposite Rajinikanth. Her ultra-glamorous look catapulted her to the top league in the film industry. She maintained this look for her Telugu films as well.
The ultra-glam look:
In the same year, she went experimental, opting for poker-straight hair with colored hair extensions and big button studs. She upped the glam quotient by opting for two looks – a tanned look and, the other, a glossy-faced look- with bright pops of color on her lips, and eyelash extensions which became her trademark. Halter neck tops and deep-neck t-shirts were standard for this phase.
When the bouffant ruled:
After a brief hiatus, the actress returned in 2013, with a new look in Raja Rani. She espoused the bouffant hairdo, and became a trend-setter. From that year, she donned short dresses, long beaded chains, bangles, solid-colored sarees, and long kali-sleeve anarkalis. 2014 was her big star moment, when she attended audio events wearing trendy yet simple sarees and dresses at award shows.
In 2015, the simple yet striking salwar-kurtas she wore in films became everyone’s favorite. The stunning gowns she donned made her look like a diva.
Nayanthara still hasn’t stopped experimenting. Her hair, her on-screen style are still trend-setting. Now, she doesn’t shy away from adapting her look to the character she plays.