Believe it or not, Indian cinema has touched our lives in such a way that it remains as an inseparable part of our identity, especially since the Golden Age of Indian Cinema. It is so deeply rooted that even our fashion choices remain in sync with what we see on the silver screen, particularly Bollywood where it is all about that extra bling. From costumes to jewellery, we are simply overwhelmed with the choices that our celebs come up with. But the true foundation of this was laid by the most iconic personalities of our cinema, especially these four names that never leaves the tongue of true Indian Cinema fanatic.
She came and conquered the film industry with her graceful presence. Every time this legendary actress with the stylish bouffant, kohl-lined eyes, trendy jewellery and sleeveless blouse appeared on the television screen, everyone would set aside everything and observe her in rapt attention. Her timeless style fetches attention even today. Take any of her hits- Teesri Manzil, Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Jab Pyar Kisi se Hota Hai, Teesri Manzil or Pyar ke Mausam, her charm and style cannot be subsided. In fact, if we closely relate, her style even persists today. Take sleeveless churidar kurta with which she donned danglers in Love in Tokyo or sarees with beaded pearls necklace. Although, we have moved past the figure hugging kurta trends which were a vogue then. However, the jewellery trend still subsists especially the pearl ensembles that actresses of golden age flaunted in every movie back then.
The Tragedy Queen or the Cinderella of Indian films, Meena Kumari is remembered and known with a lot of names. Having starred in 92 films including Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam, Pakeezah, Mere Apne, Parineeta, Dil Apna aur Preet Parayi and Kajal, there has been no one like her since.
In fact, Meena Kumari’s onscreen persona has been described as a perfect example of a traditional Bharatiya Nari by the Indian film fraternity, Javed Akhtar and Mohammed Zahur Khayyam. There is surely no denying the fact that Meena Kumari was a legendary actress who conquered Indian Cinema with her flamboyance.
The dressing style of this Pakeezah actress has given us a platform to explore variety of traditional designs. In fact, her preference of long round cut kurta with jacket paired with Gota dupatta is still liked and accepted as a part of the trend today also. Actresses like Madhuri Dixit and Katrina Kaif have shown great affection towards the jewellery adorned by this actresses. The kudan meena dangler to pearl chained earrings worn with closed and boat neck blouses were indeed brought in by the actress herself.
One of the most versatile and acknowledged actresses in Indian Cinema is Bhanurekha Ganesan, better known by her stage name Rekha. Having started her career as a child actress in a Telugu movie, the actress continued to reinvent herself numerous times as per the demands of the role, always giving a tough fight to the unwanted circumstances. From her strong performance in Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye, Silsila, Khoon Bhari Maang, and Muqaddar ka Sikandar.
Not to forget Umrao Jaan in which her quintessential beauty and elegance were presented by Muzaffar Ali blended with her unforgettable performance. In fact, the embellishments including paasa, choker set, hathphool, danglers, and long necklace sets illumined the glorifying avatar of Rekha for which she still remains famous. The embellished jewels with remarkable finishing available in the market today are a result of the trends surfacing in that era.
From pastel shades of pinks, whites and blues in Chiffon saris that she adorned in one of her famous movie ‘Silisila’ to the extravagant gold lehenga and dupatta that forms a halo around her striking face in ‘Umrao Jaan’, Rekha pulled it all off anything with ease and grace. Donning elaborate pieces of gold jewelry and crisp cotton saris, Rekha gave us an eternal style to flaunt!
Waheeda Rehman’s classic splendor has captivated a generation of cine-goers. The always-modest actress has often said that she was never really aware of her beauty and that her on-screen beauty was a result of the right makeup, right lighting, and a good cameraman. But only if it was that easy! Definitely, it was her real-life serene beauty that we also witnessed in Pyaasa, Kagaz ke Phool, Chaudvin ka Chand and Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam.
Besides her beauty, we can also not ignore the timeless jewellery pieces like maatha tikka, earrings, choker necklaces, rings etc that gracefully settled on her flawless skin. So, besides admiring her beauty even now, one more thing that we have all learnt from Waheeda Rehman is elegance through traditional jewellery. From Gota attires and aptly matching them with chic pairs of kundan meena ensembles with pearls drops. The trending embellished maatha tikka in crescent shape and unique designs that women wear not at various occasions were flaunted long back by Waheeda Rehman also!
The iconic personalities and performances of these tremendous talents remain etched in our hearts. They have not only laid an incredible foundation of Indian Cinema with their supreme roles but they have also shaped our styles phenomenally. Time and again, we get back to them to seek inspiration and draw it back into our lives. Such is the jewellery trend that ultimately finds its solace in what was handed over to us ages ago.
We cannot agree more with the fact that golden era truly left us the treasure of such a foundation where we will always find out roots dug deep!