As an Indian teenager in the 90s, an era before MTV, Star or any other international television channels, Bollywood was the sole source of style inspiration for everyone. Looking back now, it does seem like Bollywood was heavily influenced by western trends even back then and the entire industry got away with everything from simple inspiration to blatant plagiarism without anyone being none the wiser.
However, that minor detail doesn’t take away from the fact that what our favourite stars wore became an instant rage. The obsession with copying star styles wasn’t just restricted to the girls as the boys also did their fair share of fashion experimentation.
The same kids are adults in their late 20s to 30s now but there is still instant reminiscence of some of the most iconic looks of the time. As with nearly everything fashion related the girls win hands down when it comes to memorizing and recollecting the most instrumental style statements of the reigning Bollywood divas of the 90s.
Who could forget Raveena Tandon’s tasseled white ensemble as she gyrated to the song Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast, or Kajol’s tomboy to glamazon make over in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai? How about Urmila Matondkar’s sizzling hot off shoulder maxi dress in Rangeela or Karishma Kapoor’s uber chic LBD from Hero No. 1? One could argue that not much has changed today but with so many other channels of entertainment, Bollywood’s influence on trends as well as the recall for star costumes in movies is definitely not what it was in the past.
Our favourite Bollywood starlets might not be featuring in blockbuster productions any more but that doesn’t mean they’re completely out of the public eye. Thanks to the massive popularity of Indian reality television, content driven small budget movies, mini series formats, social media feeds and award show appearances, the former queen bees of Bollywood have evolved and reinvented themselves beautifully. Infact some of them are still giving us major #stylegoals! with their sizzling appearances and on point ensembles. Read on to find out what your childhood faves look like these days while also looking back at their older photos to see how much or how little they’ve aged.
The intellectual woman’s star, Tabu exudes a kind of refined aura that’s usually associated with old money aristocrats. Even in her prime, Tabu was not one to take on sub-par roles just for the work or popularity. The graceful actress continues doing selective work with meaty roles in movies with good quality content.
Tabu’s Style Evolution
The ultimate seductress of the 90s, Urmila Matondkar was the hottie who was desired by every man while every woman desired to be just like her. Her most iconic role in the movie Rangeela cemented her place in the hall of fame of Indian cinema’s sexiest women. Urmila has all but disappeared from the limelight these days barring an item number in the movie Blackmail a few months ago. She might no longer be the star she once was but recent pictures prove that she still definitely looks like one.
Urmila Matondkar’s Style Evolution
This originally Nepalese starlet made waves in India with her old world charm and regal manners. Born into a prominent political Nepalese family that includes several Prime Ministers, Manisha chose to pave her own path in the world of Bollywood. The ovarian cancer survivor has got a new lease on life following her battle with the deadly disease and recently starred Sanju as well as the Netflix production Lust Stories.
Manisha Koirala’s Style Evolution
There was a time when Madhuri Dixit was one of the most prominent women in Hindi movies and her presence was everywhere. She left everyone stunned when she decided to give it all up to get married to Dr. Nene and move to the US. Madhuri completely disappeared for a few years during which time she enjoyed the domesticity of being a wife and mother. Luckily for her fans, India was never far from her mind and she moved back to the country to start her second innings with small budget movies and judging on reality television shows. In addition to these the ageless beauty is still an accomplished dancer and frequently performs at awards ceremonies and sporting events.
Madhuri Dixit Nene’s Style Evolution
Shilpa Shetty’s career in Bollywood had started to wane after a very successful innings and that’s when she decided to take a gamble by entering Celebrity Big Brother in UK. She won the reality show and completely changed her professional trajectory by dabbling in a whole host of different avenues. These days Shilpa is wearing numerous hats including co-owning an IPL cricket team with her husband, judging reality shows, walking the ramp as a showstopper, launching and starring in her own yoga workout series and involving herself in multiple other fitness and wellness endeavors.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s Style Evolution
The effervescent Preity Zinta was the quintessential girl next door of 90s Bollywood. Often described as cute and bubbly in a plethora of sexy and seductive beauties, Preity had an extremely relatable and earthy appeal. Even today, age has not dulled her charms although she’s chosen to stay out of the limelight except when her own IPL team is playing during their annual cricket tournaments.
Preity Zinta’s Style Evolution
The Indian equivalent of a Bond Girl in her hay days, Raveena Tandon lent her feminine presence to quite a few action packed movies. Often type cast as the damsel in distress eye candy in male focused scripts, Raveena still managed to make her mark with her performances. She gave it all up for marriage and kids but still makes timely appearances at Bollywood parties and other high society events.
Raveena Tandon’s Style Evolution
The female lead is nearly every Govinda starrer with a title ending in No. 1, Karishma Kapoor has given some unforgettable performances. Back then her style was completely dominated with what was in vogue and that meant a lot of cringe-worthy colour combinations, massive curls and over the top make up. But it didn’t matter in the least because it was considered totally cutting edge making her style statements some of the most enviable. Thankfully, Karishma has continued to evolve with time and has totally upped her style game. She’s often seen attending celebrity weddings, awards shows, Bollywood parties and other exclusive dos looking absolutely sophisticated and chic.
Karishma Kapoor’s Style Evolution
The powerhouse of talent burst onto the scene with her electrifying performances and had everyone enthralled with her screen presence. Never considered conventionally beautiful but still extremely accessible, Kajol had the kind of appeal that made every woman believe she’s her best friend. Only someone with her confidence could have rocked a unibrow and made it desirable. Following which she quickly moulded herself into a polished and coiffed Bollywood diva. These days she’s dabbling in selective performance-oriented roles as well as being a wife and mother.
Kajol’s Style Evolution
No one can forget the moment this stunning woman was crowned Miss World instantly making her one of the most recognizable faces in the world. Aishwarya made the transition from beauty queen to Bollywood star at a time when it was extremely uncommon to make that switch. Following her marriage into the Bachchan family, she has easily become Bollywood royalty and still continues to have a massive fan base. Even though she does maybe 1 movie every few years, her star power doesn’t show any signs of shrinking. Aishwarya is still amongst the most sought after Indian celebrities for brand endorsements proving that she’s truly an exception to every rule.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Style Evolution
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