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Sushmita Sen, Priyanka Chopra, Mumtaz: B'Town Divas Who Made Sarees Unforgettable On Screen


The Indian film industry has given us lots of incredible cinematic moments but there have been a number of costume moments, too. Out of all the costumes ever in the Indian cinema, sarees hold a special position. A number of divas in different decades have donned some unforgettable sarees and inspired fashion trends. From Sushmita Sen to Mumtaz, here are the actresses who have wowed us with their saree fashion. Let's find out what sarees they wore that defined their character and became so popular.

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Sushmita Sen's Red Saree In Main Hoon Na

We do believe that Sushmita Sen popularised sarees once again on the Indian screen with her red saree in the 2004 Shah Rukh Khan film Main Hoon Na. While sarees were draped by heroines in the late '80s and '90s Indian films as well as in classic cinema, none created a stir quite like Sushmita Sen's saree. The only exceptions in that era were Raveena Tandon and Sridevi's sarees on screen.

Coming back to Sushmita Sen's saree in Main Hoon Na, it was designed by Manish Malhotra and the long flowy red chiffon saree was a trend as much as the movie. The saree featured intricately-done border and she teamed her ensemble with a sequinned white sleeveless blouse. The black-toned neckpiece upped her look and the muted-toned makeup rounded out her avatar. The long sleek tresses spruced up her avatar. Before this saree look, Sushmita Sen was mostly seen in western outfits on-screen and with this, she gave us a refreshing look.

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Sridevi's Yellow Saree In Chandni

Iconic actress Sridevi's movie with Rishi Kapoor, Chandni, was loved by the audience. In the 1989 movie, the late legendary actress gave us a number of saree goals. Sridevi wore light chiffon sarees in the movie and her most memorable sarees were the white and yellow ones. She looked stunning in her plain-hued sarees, as she grooved on the dance numbers. With her saree style in Chandni, she made space for single-hued sarees. She even wore matching blouses with her saree to launch a minimal look. Sridevi's Chandni saree looks are recreated till date by Bollywood divas, including by her daughter Janhvi Kapoor.

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Priyanka Chopra's Saree In Dostana

And who can forget the saree look that helped earn her the nickname 'Desi Girl' after the song? In the song Desi Girl from her movie Dostana (2008), Priyanka Chopra Jonas gave the saree lovers a contemporary saree goal. Bold yet minimal, her saree was particularly loved by the young audience. ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone's Top 5 Regal Sarees That You Would Want To Totally Invest In

Designed by Manish Malhotra, her saree was soft golden-toned and lightweight. It featured embellished sequinned border but more than the saree, it was because of her halter blouse that her saree became so famous. Her white-toned sequinned blouse accentuated her saree look. With this saree, Priyanka Chopra inspired many to upgrade their saree look, particularly when dressing for parties.

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Waheeda Rehman's Saree In Guide

In the song Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai from Guide (1965), Waheeda Rehman absolutely won us with her dancing prowess and gave us an ultimate saree look with her light blue saree. She gracefully danced and even jumped from one point to other in this saree, which would have been incredibly tough. The costume designer of the movie was Bhanu Athaiya, who created this iconic look of Waheeda Rehman's. The saree was simple and plain-hued and the veteran actress paired it with a half-sleeved blouse. Her jewellery was light but the anklets seemed heavy. Waheeda Rehman beckoned ladies to don a saree like hers after the song.

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Raveena Tandon's Iconic Yellow Saree In Mohra

Raveena Tandon's yellow saree in the sensuous song Tip Tip Barsa Paani with Akshay Kumar from their film Mohra (1994) totally became popular. The look redefined boldness and Raveena pulled off her chiffon saree so effortlessly. She looked gorgeous and sexy in the song and teamed her saree with a matching half-sleeved blouse. Her side-swept long tresses rounded out her avatar. Akshay Kumar would be recreating the same song with Katrina Kaif wearing a yellow saree instead in their upcoming movie Sooryavanshi. Even Alia Bhatt recreated Raveena Tandon's yellow saree look. However, it was Raveena Tandon, who made the saree unapologetic and bold with her iconic yellow saree in Mohra.

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Mumtaz's Saree In Brahmachari

Mumtaz's saree in the movie Brahmachari (1968) is probably the most unique saree in Bollywood till date. She wore this saree for the song Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche. With her retro saree, she inspired so many and created an evergreen fashion trend. The modern-day sarees and even saree-gowns of today are inspired by Mumtaz's layered saree. Her orange saree featured a gold gota border and it was pre-pleated. It is the drape of her saree, which made her saree look so unconventional.

Mumtaz's saree is still unusual even for modern times. She teamed her low-waist saree with a matching sleeveless orange blouse and decked up her look with heavy gold jewellery. The credit should definitely go to the Oscar Award-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya for creating this unusual saree.

So, whose saree look is the most iconic according to you? Let us know that.