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Watch video: 100 years of Indian beauty captured, à la Bollywood

Cut Video's latest episode of their series - 100 years of beauty, celebrates beauty trends in India over 10 decades or 100 years.

Written by Parmita Uniyal | New Delhi |
Updated: May 31, 2015 2:28:50 pm

Cut Video’s latest episode of their series – 100 years of beauty, celebrates beauty trends in India over 10 decades or 100 years. Undoubtedly, fashion and beauty trends in India have hugely been influenced by Bollywood. Dancer Trisha Miglani who’s a huge Bollywood fan herself, transforms from a pallu-clad 1910 diva, to ‘Chikni Chameli’ Katrina in less than 2 minutes.

Though the video doesn’t show the Bollywood actresses directly, the inspirations have been revealed in Cut Videos’ Pinterest account.

Here’s the beautiful ‘filmy’ journey of fashion in India:

1910: It was the time when Indian cinema was a newborn and films with mythological themes (Raja Harishchandra – 1913, Mohini Bhasmasur – 1913, Satyavan Savitri – 1914, Lanka Dahan – 1917 etc) ruled the scene. The Hindi film heroine was yet to emerge in her proper form. With middle parting and a heavy border saree, this picture defined the woman of the time.


1920: Ruby Myers aka Sulochana was of Jewish origin and initially turned down an acting offer by Mohan Bhavnani of Kohinoor Film Company, as acting was not considered a respectable profession for women at that time. Once she agreed, there was no looking back. Typist Girl (1926), Balidaan (1927) and Wildcat of Bombay (1927) were some of her popular movies. In this picture her braided hairstyle and bright lipstick defined the fashion of that era.


1930: A pallu, a tiny bindi, a radiant face and light makeup – Devika Rani who spent her early days in London, was trained to be a textile engineer. She later met Himanshu Rai, a film producer in 1928 and got trained in various aspects of filmmaking in Germany.

She also became a successful actress soon, Karma being her first Hindi film. Rai and Rani established film studio Bombay Talkies and hired many now-famous Bollywood actors on monthly salaries. Jawani Ki Hawa (1935), Achhoot Kanya (1936), Jeevan Naiyya (1936), Nirmala (1938) were some of her popular films.


1940: Madhubala’s original name was Mumtaz Jehan. She was hired initially by Devika Rani for Bombay Talkies as a child artist. Devika also suggested her screen name. The epitome of beauty, everything Madhubala did became a style statement of that time. Neel Kamal (1947), Dulari (1949), Tarana (1951) were some of her early hits.


1950: Nargis whose real name was Fatima Rashid, also started out her career as a child artist. She debuted with Tamanna (1942). Sometimes a short crop, some times a ponytail with ribbon, and the other times she just left her hair open, unstyled. A bindi found a place on her forehead whenever necessary.


1960: Sharmila Tagore’s beehive hairstyle, fake eyelashes and winged eye liner, the dramatic effect was apparent in the 60s fashion. Be it Aradhana, An Evening in Paris, Chupke Chupke, the super-glam Sharmila managed to impress one and all.


1970: 70’s style was influenced by the likes of Zeenat Aman, Shabana Azmi, Parveen Babi, Poonam Dhillon. Hair neatly straightened, with a touch of glam; a departure from traditional Indian attire.


1980: Sridevi debuted with Solva Sawan in Bollywood (1978) and her fashion sense evolved with movies like Sadma (1983), Nagina (1986), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992), Gumrah (1993), Laadla (1994), Judaai (1997). In this picture, she is pictured in a cute side-braid, which was quite a rage at that time.


1990: With hair tied neatly, jhumkas, blingy bindi, heavy jewellery and sari, complete with Ek Chutki Sindoor, Jaya Prada got the traditional Bharatiya Naari back on screen. Tohfa, Sharaabi, Maa… Jaya Prada can be seen in this avatar.


2000: Mixing the modern with the traditional, Katrina Kaif has put her best fashion foot forward in Singh Is King, Raajneeti, Tees Maar Khan, Ek Tha Tiger.


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