Leather Rocker jackets, acid-washed jeans teamed with tousled hair, a metallic bracelet to accessorize and pointed heels to complete the look. Although, this is something one will relate to the contemporary times and films, the fashion has been picked up from the colorful yesteryears of the ’80s. Polka dots, neon colors, puffed-up hair-dos are back. With period films on a high, the sprightly ’80s is trending once again.
We check on the origins of the style statement in the era and list the Top 5 period films that have righteously captured the retro essence:
Om Shanti Om
Amongst the contemporary period films, Om Shanti Om is one of the top-rated films in our list. Right from the eye makeup to the churidars and fishtail sarees, Deepika Padukone made the beautiful dreamy girl come alive once more. SRK sizzled in a well-gelled hair-do and in a preppy look with colorful t-shirts inside the jackets. The film borrowed much from the West as much as from India. Deepika’s dresscode resembled Hema Malini and Mumtaz while SRK went all Elvis Presley, even the sidelocks resembled Presley’s.
This film thoroughly replayed the colorful era of the ’80s. The designers amalgamated the rap and hip-hop styles to bring together the retro look in this film. Not only the leads but also the supporting star cast sizzled in the colorful style adapted in the film. Aishwarya Rai donned the chic look by wearing polka dot blouses, short skirts, wayfarers, huge chunky accessories well-matched with high heeled gum boots while Akshay sported the Vinod Khanna hair-do, leather jackets and bell-bottom pants. What’s notable is the wide neon-colored, metallic/non-metallic hip belts and hair bands which assiduously completed the look of the characters.
The Dirty Picture
A biopic on Southern siren, Silk Smitha captured the vivacity of the era. Donning the sensual-looking polka dot cholis to gothic black skirts, figure-hugging leather pants and the glitzy Amrapalis, Vidya brought the seductress to life. Hip-Hop and Rap culture gave rise to diamond and gold jewelry which glistened on Vidya enhancing her look as Silk. The dresscode contributed to the success of the film as much as Vidya’s acting.
The daily soaps like Magnum and P.I which made moustaches a rage in the West and brought its fad even in India, saw the dawn of the medium or pencil moustache used humungously in Hindi films. This element culminated in festooning the look of the male leads in the film. There were also major hints to Western films in these looks adapted in the films.
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai
The prequel to the upcoming Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobara was a dynamic representation of gangster-gripped Bombay of the ’80s. Loosely-tied hair matched well with the subtle looks of Prachi Desai who was mostly seen wearing bell bottom suits. Ajay Devgn‘s look was inspired from Amitabh Bachchan‘s hairdo (when he was known as the Angry Young Man) equated with Pathanis which gave him a Sultan Mirza appeal. Kangna‘s character as an actress who plays a muse to Sultan Mirza bejeweled in nety, lacy suits and fishtail sarees of chic pink and mink colors. The male leads were seen sporting a moustache that gave a finesse to the retro avatars.
Shootout at Wadala
Story of a local goon aspiring to be Underworld don which was yet again set in retro era, saw the protagonist wearing the chiffon and silk shirts in the shades of white and black, matched with bell bottom pants, at the same time sporting a thick moustache and aviators that gave John a dreaded look. Yesteryears’ actress, Mumtaz’s niche-dressing style was reflected in Kangna Ranaut’s look in the first-half of the film while in the latter-half, her flowing curly hair, a red bindi, three-forth sleeved blouses and printed sarees mirrored Rekha.
The sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobara which releases tomorrow shall be yet another attempt on the part of the director, Milan Luthria and production house, Balaji Motion Pictures to recreate the magical fashion that began with the 80s. The trailer shows Akshay in a slick clean shaven-look, donning button-down pinstripes shirt, jacket topped with wayfarers and a thick gold chain to complete the look. Designer Kunal Rawal’s painstaking work on the protagonists will come alive on celluloid but time will only tell how much fan following it garners.