Rani Mukherjee’s Style Statements
One of the most successful stars of Bollywood, Rani is indeed the undisputed reigning queen when it comes to making a style statement in Indian outfits. Not a perfect beauty and not at all blessed with good height, she still manages to look like a smoldering diva with her kohl-rimmed eyes and her charming smile. What sets her apart from the rest is that unlike her many contemporaries, she isn’t obsessed with Western outfits and neither does she have the habit of dropping big designer names. After much trial-and-error, she has finally discovered her unique style quotient and sticks to it loyally. True, like most Bollywood stars, she did have her Fashion Faux Pas phase (remember Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, Mehndi, Bichhoo, etc?), but thankfully she realized that she should stick to experimenting with Indian outfits and eventually emerged as a trendsetting celebrity.
All’s well that ends well!!
It started from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (as the fashionable and westernized college girl) and continues till date. Even though she was given little screen time, the look in the movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai got her noticed for the first time. Then followed Bunty Aur Babli, Paheli, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Baabul, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Saawariya and the recent Dil Bole Hadippa! which helped her to establish herself as the patron of Indian outfits.
Once thought to be passé and old fashioned, the sari came back with a bang and a contemporary touch thanks to this brown eyed Bengali beauty. She is reportedly the most comfortable in a sari and strongly advocates this Indian outfit. Be it any event, one can spot her draped in one of these exotic creations most of the time.
She is particularly fond of ethnic and gorgeous saris by Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Think Baabul!) which flaunt a variety of color, texture, embroidery, etc. and super-glam, diva-style saris by Manish Malhotra (Think Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna!) with lots of shimmer and sparkle. These are paired with contemporary and well styled blouses.
Apart from the sari itself, the blouses she pairs it with adds to the ravishing appeal that is so characteristic of Rani Mukherjee. Be it blouses with low cut at the back, strappy backs or even backless to halter necks, off-shoulders, bikini style blouses, etc, she’s flaunted them all! The sensuous appeal that Rani exudes in a sari is indeed incomparable.
Pair it with a uber-glam and stylish blouse. A pair of gorgeous danglers would complete the look.
Not only did she revamp the look or image of a sari, she could be held responsible for the different look of many Indian outfits that one has noticed over the years. Bunty Aur Babli saw the dawn of vibrant salwar suits with fitted and collared short kurtis.
In Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, her ‘middle-class girl’ image with its printed cotton patialas and short kurtas gained a lot of popularity despite its simplicity.
Her recent movie, Dil Bole Hadippa!, once again, experiments with this versatile Indian outfit. One can spot her in tapered trouser like salwar paired with a kurta and an attractive brocade or embroidered shrug jacket. Just a matter of time before this Hadippa outfit becomes the latest rage.
What’s best about this outfit is that it would flatter practically any and every body type. Also, the versatility of this outfit makes this a safe investment. Owning a few suits and trying out the time-tested principle of Mix ‘n Match would result in a wider range of outfits.
What makes the outfits she dons in her movies an instant rage is the fact that these are extremely ‘wearable’ and appeals to the common masses. Affordable, simple yet trendy, one need not necessarily spend a million bucks for these and still end up looking like a million bucks!!