Popularly known as the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, Madhubala‘s 86th birth anniversary is being celebrated by Google today. The gorgeous actress was born in Delhi in 1933 and was christened as Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dahlavi. The iconic actress was a style diva and was known for setting some path-breaking trends and on her birthday, we take a look back at some trends she made popular.
The off-shoulder dresses
Dev Anand was once quoted as saying, “Statuesque is the word I would use for her”. Madhubala looked stunning in whatever she donned. Her off-shoulder dresses in the era of 40s was a bold fashion statement. But Madhubala carried those bare shoulders and plunging necklines with grace. These dresses have been in vogue in different eras and are still ruling the fashion game.
The hip wide trousers and chequered shirts
An American magazine in the 1950s, once wrote that she was the biggest star in the world and “She’s not in Beverly Hills” because she was ruling the hearts of the Indian audiences. While other Indian actresses portrayed the ideal image clad in saris and suits, Madhubala rocked the hip wide trousers with chequered shirts and walked hand-in-hand with with her co-stars.
The simple chiffons
What a little black dress is to the western culture, sari is to Indian culture. Few of the most iconic looks of Madhubala have been in the most plain and simple saris. Plain saris are back in fashion and when paired with a heavy blouse, any woman can be the showstopper at a party.
Madhubala was the harbinger of buxom blouses in Indian cinema. With a curvy body and a gorgeous face, Madhubala started the trend of buxom blouses with sari as well as skirts. And we all know the trend is back and how!
While the trend of straight and curly hair was ruling Bollywood in the 40s, Madhubala made news with her unruly and wavy mane. The waves made her look sexy and the style went onto be known as the ‘out-of-bed look’.
The iconic anarkali
Named after the iconic character played by the actress, the anarkali suits have never been out of vogue since then. The heavy long kurtas with extensive handwork of zaris is raging the industry trends even now.