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Bolly Durga Puja Special: True Essence Of The Bengali Traditional “Laal Paar Shada” Sari

As Durga Puja is just around the corner, the name is enough to tickle the excitement in any Bengali living in Bengal or around the world. Bengalis, alike any other ethnicity, have a distinct style statement and their style books are their fullest during the five-day-long festival Durga Puja.

Apart from hilsa, roshogolla and politics, Bengalis are experts in styling and they have a traditional sari, "Laal Paar Shada'' which they drape in a very specific way. The draping style is called by Bengalis as 'Aat Poure" and Bengalis mostly wear it during religious festivals, especially during Durga Ashtami and Dashami (the 8th and 10th days of Durga Puja).

laal paar shada saree for durga puja

The name of the sari, "Laal Paar Shada" defines the white body and red bordered designs of the saris. Bengali women look very beautiful as they wear it with golden jewellery, red bindi and aaltaa (a red liquid to decorate their feet).

This distinctive Bengali look has been covered not just by Bengali actresses in Bollywood but also other actresses who turned exactly like Bengalis in the style books. We have listed down a few Bollywood actresses who have slayed their traditional Bengali looks in Laal Paar Shada sarees.

Select your favourite look and grab the one you would like to ensemble from the latest and the 90s Bollywood actresses who turned 'Bongo Kanyas' or Bengali ladies.


Bipasha Basu

Our list starts with Bongs in Bollywood who have slayed it otherwise, especially in their traditional Bengali looks. We saw Bipasha wearing the Laal Paar Shada sari twice and each time she carried it in the most beautiful and elegant manner.

Once during Lakme Fashion Week and another time during a photoshoot, Bipasha looked hot and beautiful at the same time.

Both her saris were differently embroidered but carried the traditional red borders on the white-bodied saris.


Rani Mukherji

Rani and Kajol's family hosts one of the biggest Durga Pujas of Mumbai and we have seen Rani in her prettiest avatars during the festival. She has also worn the Laal Paar Shada sari a lot of times. In this look, she wore the traditional sari in a mordern way, balancing between both aspects.



Just like her cousin Rani, Kajol too wears her Bengali traditional looks in the best possible way. Out of her most beautiful Bengali looks, we have selected two best looks where she had worn the traditional Bengali sari, in different ways.

You can select your favourite one.


Sushmita Sen

Another Bong queen, Sushmita is herself an epitome of sheer elegance and she too carried the traditional Bengali sari in different possible ways. In this look, she wore a pure silk Laal Paar Shada sari with pretty accessories while celebrating Durga Puja.


Ritabhari Chakraborty

A popular Bengali actress who recently acted in a short film with Kalki Koechlin and also did a music video with Ayushmann Khurrana is an ultimate Bong diva who wore this traditional Bengali look, making herself even prettier. In one look, she wore the sari with pearl jewellery and a red bindi to make the look perfect.

In another, she wore the traditional sari with a polka dot printed red blouse and golden jewellery. As it seems, she gave you double options to choose your look for this Durga Puja.


Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor looked like a Bengali twice, once during a shoot and another on the ramp. She looked amazing in both and needless to say, she looked prettier. The 'Aat Poure' style sari and the bindi made her look more beautiful in both the looks.

Want to try one of these? You are always welcome and we can assure you of looking your best this Durga puja.



Sridevi recently wore a Bengali traditional Laal Paar Shada sari during her movie Mom's promotion at a Bengali television reality show. She wore this traditional Bengali attire and the already ravishing actress glorified her beauty with such a look.

She draped it in the 'Aat Poure' style and made her 'Bongo' look turn out to be perfect.


Celina Jaitly

The lady who is known for her sizzling hot style books wore a Bengali 'Aat Poure' style attire for a shoot. She wore a royal Laal Paar Shada sari with golden zari embroidery which she paired with gorgeous gold jewellery. She did not leave the red bindi and also included the sindoor and traditional 'shakha-pola' which are signs of Bengali brides.

This look is for a complete Dashami look where a Bengali is ready to bid farewell to Goddess Durga.


Rituparna Sengupta

Rituparna has acted in a few Bollywood movies and is a popular Bengali actress since the 90s. She wore this Aat Poure style traditional sari and the dish in her hand is 'Boron Daali' which is used for 'Boron' or a traditional way of bidding goodbye to Durga.

This look can definitely be your perfect Dashami look where you can be ready for 'Sindoor Khela', a custom where Bengali women play with vermillion.

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