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!’

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