Birthday Special: Sridevi’s five traditional looks


Over the years Sridevi has tried and tested many looks in her films. Some worked very well for her while some looks just failed horribly. As time went by she realised what suited her and what didn’t and began to change her style.

As the 13th July is the birthday of Sridevi, will look back at five films in which she was given a traditional Indian look.

Janbaaz’ (1986)

Sridevi set the screen alight with her performance on the song Har kisi ko nahi milta yaha pyar zindagi mein. She had a very small role in the film but it was an unforgettable one.

Seema (Sridevi) is a singer in the film and to get that star look she was given a simple yet elegant look. She wore blue contact lenses to make her eyes stand out and had lots of volume put in her hair to get those luscious locks. Her outfits consisted of sari’s that were bold in colour such as red, white and yellow.

It is said that the late Feroz Khan who directed the film wanted Sridevi in a western look for the song but after she insisted to wear a sari he gave her a chance. After seeing the outcome he was very impressed and decided to stick with this look.

Mr India’ (1987)

Most of Sridevi’s wardrobe consisted of colourful dresses and blouses accompanied with flowy skirts for this film. The only time she is seen wearing anything traditional is in the song kaate nahin kat te in which she wore a sky blue sari. It is said that Sridevi’s look in this song was highly inspired from her look in ‘Janbaaz’ (1986).

It was a romantic number filmed in the rain, with Sridevi in a sari the song did extremely well. Her look in this song became so iconic that after this song many directors tried the combination of a rain sequence with the actress draped in a sari and of course the combination worked like magic.

Chandni’ (1989)

No words can describe how stunning Sridevi looked in this film. If anyone it is the late Yash Chopra who should be praised as he had a specific look in mind for Sridevi. Chopra wanted a very simple look for her, she was to look pure and innocent resembling the moon therefore most of her outfits were in white.

In the first half of the film Sridevi is seen wearing lots of beautiful churidar kameez’s accompanied with a dupatta and a small bindi. During the second half of the film she is seen in various sleeveless sari’s, her look was smart and elegant with her long hair left down.

Her look in this film worked so well that girls were trying to imitate Sridevi’s ‘Chandni’ look all over India.

Lamhe’ (1991)

The film was set in the dusky landscapes of Rajasthan therefore Sridevi’s outfits were highly influenced by the culture there. As Sridevi did a double role in the film, her first character Pallavi is very traditional and wears mostly ghagra choli’s. Lots of experimentation was done in terms of the colours used and the use of patterns. She wore lots of jewellery to match her outfits.

Pooja is the second character that Sridevi played in the film however Pooja is a modern girl who likes to wear western clothes.

At the 39th National Film Awards ‘Lamhe’ won the award for best costume design. Neeta Lulla, Kachins and Leena Daru created the vibrant costumes for Sridevi. There is no doubt that the costumes created for Sridevi helped to bring the culture of Rajasthan alive.

English Vinglish’ (2012)

In this film Sridevi was a Maharashtrian housewife named Shashi Godbole whose life revolved around her husband and two children.

She was seen wearing cotton sari’s throughout the film, her hair tied up in a simple plait, her forehead decorated with a bindi and very little jewellery. It is quite rare that the audience gets to see her in any bright colours. However when she travels to the USA she begins to wear different colours and patterned sari’s. One sari that really stands out is the red and gold one which she wears at her nieces wedding.

The team at wishes Sridevi a very happy birthday!

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