“Style involves the ability to put together a look that’s different from what you would see on a mannequin in a shop window” -- Niharika Khan, fashion stylist and mumbai’s most stylish 2013 jury member.
Sridevi is one of those people who are born stylish. She was as fashionable 20 years ago — when she debuted in her first Hindi film, Sadma — as she is today, when she walks down the ramp for Manish Malhotra or Sabyasachi.
At a time when most people preferred to play it safe, Sri experimented with outfits that were inspired by Madonna. She brought out the sexiness of a simple sari in Mr India and continues to radiate flamboyance even today, at 49.
When she made her big screen comeback with English Vinglish last year, many were doubtful about how she would fit in, but those who have watched the film and seen her red carpet style during its promotions, would find it hard to believe that she’d ever taken a break.
Timeless Style Icon — HT Café and the jury’s unanimous choice
Amitabh Bachchan is arguably the biggest style icon in this city (and even the country). So HT Café and the Mumbai’s Most Stylish 2013 jury unanimously agreed to honour him as a Timeless Style Icon. For this reason, he is not part of the Reader’s Choice polls.
It’s an understatement to say that style comes naturally to Bachchan.
For an actor who has come to be recognised as the face of Hindi cinema, style is something that he has unassumingly created and others have followed all through his career.
In the ’70s and ’80s, he inspired an entire generation of young men to wear edgy wide-collared shirts and bell-bottoms. Not afraid to experiment, he can sport a grungy biker jacket or an ornate sherwani with equal ease.
The new millennium saw him become the flag bearer of an indescribable, aristocratic fashion. More than the labels he sports, it’s the confidence and humility that he wears on his sleeve that make him stand apart.
His contemporaries are rarely spotted on screen or in public. But Bachchan, at 70, is enjoying the same kind of career and popularity as today’s biggest youth icons. Films and as campaigns revolve around him. At each of his appearances on and off screen, he takes keen interest in how he looks. He’s not afraid of bright colours or edgy silhouettes. There’s not a hair out of place either. Bachchan is the epitome of style.
With many of her contemporaries and the media lauding her as fashion’s prodigy, she is one of those rare stars who take what they wear very seriously. And why shouldn’t she? Sonam is partly responsible for making Bollywood a fashion-conscious industry in recent times. In her previous interviews, she has stressed on the importance of dressing according to one’s body type. She believes in wearing what’s comfortable but also adds her own quirky touches to it.
The actor confesses that her style idols include Maharani Indira Devi of Cooch Behar and Gayatri Devi on the one hand, and the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Greta Garbo on the other. Sure enough, their classy touches are evident in the way she dresses and carries herself.
In an industry that is glamour-struck and more often than not, even over the top, director Kiran Rao has managed to make a name for herself purely for her minimalistic, yet classy sense of style. Whether she’s sporting a casual white top and blue jeans or stepping it up in a Sabyasachi sari, Kiran continues to maintain an air of nonchalance and a devil-may-care attitude, which only proves that she’s happy dressing for herself and not the glitzy world that she’s a part of. We think she’s a breath of fresh air among all the clichés.
She set millions of hearts aflutter with her girl-next-door persona in Parineeta. She continued to draw admirers with her roles in Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Guru, Ishqiya and Paa. Vidya made the sari sexy again by constantly pledging her support to the whole nine yards, on and off screen. With her classic beauty, voluptuous figure and quick wit, Vidya Balan is the thinking man’s sex symbol.
The actor may favour a select bunch of designers at pretty much every event, but you can never fault her for not making an effort to look good.
For an A-list actor to stick steadfastly to her choice of traditional garb — especially when compared with her contemporaries — is laudable.
Whether it’s his choice of films or the kind of clothes he wears, Anil Kapoor has always tried to maintain a certain amount of versatility. From bright yellow shirts to tight-fitting jeans, and tirchi topis to a formal suited-up avatar, Anil has carried them all off in his career of three decades, every time with great élan.
He pays equal attention to his appearances in public and on the red carpet. His slick sense of style and suave attitude are probably some of the major contributing factors to his fame.
Anil is one of India’s biggest ambassadors in the global cinema fraternity, and style-wise, he’s been a great representative.
He started off his career as the cute chocolate boy with Ishq-Vishq. While the girls were already drooling over this new kid on the block, Shahid had other plans. He worked hard on achieving a fabulous body and experimented extensively in his films. Right from donning the look of a straight-faced corporate honcho in Jab We Met to playing a con man in Kaminey, he ensured he always looked his part. On the red carpet and at other public appearances, Shahid has stuck to smart casuals and fitted formal wear. But what we are really in awe of is his sparkling persona, which takes his style statement to a whole new level.