AMITABH BACHCHAN can rightly be termed as the trendsetter of Hindi Film Industry. A performer par excellence, he has unfailingly kept the Indian junta entertained over the years with his impeccable acting and amazing screen presence. And what makes him stand out is his fab fashion sense which has evolved mesmerizingly over the years. We trace the sartorial evolution and the signature looks of the super star, right from the ‘70s to now. Read on.
From rocking the monochrome to donning suits with vivid prints and hues, Amitabh Bachchan has been instrumental in redefining men’s fashion in Tinsel Town back in the days. Both on and off-screen, the actor has been a trendsetter and influenced fashion for men like no other. Mr Bachchan’s experiments with different elements of style have surprisingly worked, every single time! The superstar is perhaps the first of his generation who made layering look wow. Sholay and Shakti saw him wearing denim, leather to shiny, textured jackets...and who can forget his totally lit Shahenshah jacket. He then moved on to wearing turtleneck sweater, which were reportedly an import from the actor’s own wardrobe, which set the trend for men’s winter style. We saw him wearing cosy and comfy sweaters while walking through the tulip garden in Kabhie Kabhie to being Yashvardhan Raichand in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and slaying it like sexy Sam in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. He can also be credited for bringing bell bottoms in style and wearing them in almost every single movie in the ‘70s and ‘80s. And it has been super-duper fun to see him adding some quirk to his onscreen avatars by using red gamchaas while swingin’ his hips to Khaike paan Banaras wala in Don and Kajra re in Bunty Aur Babli. And as wine gets better with age, so does our very own superstar! The Agneepath actor, who gradually aged onscreen made it a point to level up in fashion too. The ‘90s and the 2000s saw him tome down the quirk and up the swish ensembles. Movies like Suryavansham, Mohabbatein, Baghban and Sarkar saw him put on brilliant eyewear, which went on to compliment his French beard and salt ‘n’ pepper hair. He also switched to desi attire like suave kurta pyjamas and complimented them with exquisite shawls and Nehru jackets. IT was at this time that Big B became the host of quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati, and that gave
him a chance to redefine his fash sense and, how! From teal suits to varied pocket squares to mandarin collars to dashing printed ties and eye-catching, customized footwear, the game show definitely upped the glam quotient. What made the multi-faceted actor stand out even in the new millennium is his style transformation. The audience went ‘aww’ when he donned sublime checkered coats and suits in films like Bhootnath and Piku. His recent flick, 102 Not Out saw him in his simple white kurta pyjama, which he effortlessly paired with pastel jackets. Off late, Big B has been sporting track suits, beanies, hoodies and also his fave kurta pyjamas for his off-duty appearances! Fashion influencer Yves Saint Laurent has been quoted saying, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” And that’s what precisely defines the superstar of the millennium’s signature looks. He has believed in transforming with time and inspiring generations. Amitabh Bachchan’s style, both on and off screen, have been effortless, suave and impactful. And he continues to be an actor who not only makes the ladies go weak in their knees at 75 but also gives the young guns a run for their money. And his style still makes us go ‘ Kya baat hai!’