The bone-chilling voice, the stare-into-your-soul sneer and the limp cigarette hanging from the side of thin lips. None of these would have made Pran the most terrifying villain of all times, if it wasn’t for his well-cut stylish clothes.
Born in a wealthy family in Delhi of the early ’20s, it was no surprise that he took to the dapper fashions of the ’40s and the ’50s with such flair. He’d easily pull off a Fedora, a pipe and a tweed suit in Adalat (1958) and a Woodstock-inspired slim-fit, round-neck, tie-and-dye T-shirt and bell-bottoms in Jungle Mein Mangal (1972).
Pran’s early wardrobe in films looks like a vintage fashion dream of a well-dressed man in any era. So, if you haven’t gone through a Pran retrospective of films, we suggest you do right away.
Films You Need to Bookmark For You/Your Man’s Wardrobe
Aap Ke Deewane (1980)
Yamla Jat (1940)
From HT Brunch, July 21
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