Before the surge of OTT platforms like Netfilx, Amazon Prime, Disney+Hotstar, etc. made their debut into the world of entertainment, Bollywood movies were the No.1 amusement for the masses and classes alike in India. They were not just a mere source of passing time but also an inspiration and motivation in many ways. Films like Tiranga, Ghulam-E-Mustafa, etc gave a sense of patriotic pride, while films like Dil, Maine Pyar Kiya, etc. were a romantic stimulation to many. However slowly the focus started shifting on the quality of clothing and portrayal of lead actors in their element. They became a style inspiration to youngsters everywhere.
The very first notable difference that we can possibly remember is that of Urmila Matondkar in the 1995 super hit Rangeela opposite Aamir Khan. Audiences went berserk when they saw a mainstreamleading actress in such a bold avatar. They could hardly believe their eyes. The film of course did impeccable business at the box office but also made way for other actresses to experiment with their image. Mamta Kulkarni was seen that same year in Baazi in a quite similar bold avatar. She is another actress who was known to experiment with her overall looks.
Karisma Kapoor’s look in Raja Hindustani in 1996 started changing the way we saw actresses in Bollywood. She played a simple yet stylish girl and her outfits started to get bolder as the film progressed. The audiences then fell in love with her in Dil To Pagal Hai. The movie saw her and Madhuri Dixit in the most glamorous roles they ever possibly played.
Actresses today like Katrina Kaif (Bang Bang), Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), Zareen Khan (Aksar 2), among others have proved that there is no need for a separate vamp or sultry actress to play bold scenes in Bollywood anymore!