Madhuri Dixit’s body of work in the Hindi film industry is known by her exceptional dancing prowess through her collaborations with ace choreographer Saroj Khan in the 90s or Shiamak Davar in a film dedicated to the performing arts, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, her emotive face, million dollar smile and the fashion she made a home affair for most women in that period. For most girls growing up in the 90s, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! became an iconic film for Madhuri Dixit’s fashion which has since then been adapted into versions seen at family functions or formal dos. From casual wear, to traditional wear, there’s something for everyone from Madhuri Dixit’s Bollywood fashion. Where she made sarees and kurtas cool, she also wore a lot of dresses and loose shirts with jeans to portray her characters. One must, however, give enough credit to the blouses she wore with her outfits, with their intricate embroidery, mirror work, a sexy back or even the ‘sweetheart’ neckline.
As the evergreen diva turns a year older today, here’s listing some of the top styles that she made oh-so-iconic just by putting them on and carrying them off with such grace and poise, listed in order of their screen appearance:
Sarees: Her purple embellished saree from the song, Didi Tera Devar Deewana, designed by Bollywood fashion designer Anna Singh made waves as soon as Madhuri Dixit’s character Nisha flirted with Salman Khan’s character Prem that made him a shayar at the pool table. The saree cost a whopping Rs 1.5 million back when the film released.
In one of her earlier films, Sailaab, for a song sequence she wore a Kaastha saree (dhoti-style drape), and a few years later, as a YRF heroine, she took this traditional fashion a notch higher in the quintessential georgette for a song sequence in Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
Blouses: It wasn’t just the saree however, that became a talking point. It was also the interesting backless blouse and full sleeves the actress wore along with the popular saree.
Jewellery: In the 90s, the actor made kundan jewellery, large hoops and silver bangles cool with nearly all the outfits she wore. But in last year’s magnum-opus Kalank, Madhuri Dixit’s Bahaar Begum was seen in some unforgettable jewellery-centric looks . In the song Ghar More Pardesiya, she was seen wearing a gold rani-haar, embellished with kundan and pearls, heavy chandbalis and a maang tikka. The ornate rings and heavy gold bangles added to her look. However, one feature of this look is the hair accessory, which is a juda pin attached with her earrings through a number of strings. The pin is called the Maharani juda pin and is certainly an exceptional accessory.
The actor’s look in the song First class has her wearing a gorgeous paasa in antique gold paired with chandbalis. The hathphool is designed to cover her hand entirely and is a highly detailed piece.
Bahaar Begum’s orange outfit in the song Tabah Ho Gaye is again styled with a number of jewels especially gold bangles and the hath phool with a single gold string ending in a ring.