Remember the Bollywood movie – Raja Jani (1972)? Yes, the one which had beautiful Dream Girl Hema Malini opposite her husband Dharmendra. Wondering why are we talking about it in this blog which is dedicated to Mother’s Day? It’s because we want you to go through a 60s, 70s, 90s flashback where you can find few fashion inspiration which can be totally worn this year! And yes..we are sure you can find something to surprise your dear mom!

Hema’s character in this movie has various looks – Chiffon sari’s, to gypsy village girl looks, flares, beaded tops, etc. Let us explore them one by one, and how can these fashions are applicable in today’s trends.

  1. 60’s Mod Style:

a) She wore funky Polka blouse with bright colors orange and yellow. Polkas are definitely favorite of all times fashion choice.

Shilpa Shetty in polka dots Sarees

You can find this similar style in sarees!

b)  Apart from polkas, another fashion of Mod 60’s was Monochrome. You could find lots of stripes, check board prints, checks and even clash of these prints in Monochrome. In this movie too, Hema is seen pulling off a long Monochrome vest really well.

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Find similar style in Salwar Kameez!

2.  70’s Gypsy Village Belle:

a)  Hema wore gypsy style skirts and fitted blouses with veils in the initial part of this movie.

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Find this similar style in this Lehenga-Choli!

b) Later her character undergoes a transformation where she is seen in floral tops and bead-work.

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Find this similar Hippie style of broad sleeves and florals in this Salwar Kameez!

Note: For much of our good luck, this retro-hippie fashion is back. Even International Fashion Designer Jean Paul Gaultier for his Spring 13 couture collection took inspiration from India, specifically the majestic state of Rajasthan, he picked up the earthy style of Indian gypsies.

What is Gypsy look: Colors like deep purples, blacks, browns and burnt orange work well for this look. Horizontal stripes, long broad sleeves and pants bring in to mind the bohemian style.

The embroideries, mirror work and head-to-toe florals on ball gown inspired voluminous skirt are another style gypsies around the world would wear. Find this vogue of 70s in Anarkalis!

3.  Flowy 90’s Chiffon sarees:

a)  No Bollywood movie of that era would complete without its heroines singing songs in stunning chiffon sarees around the trees, in the garden and in the rains. Something like this happens in this movie as well.

Find this similar style in this Chiffon saree!

b)  Hema in the latter half of the film is seen wearing colorful chiffon sarees – in floral prints and Sequin work.

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Find this style in this Chiffon Sequin-work saree!

The movie saw Hema Malini in beautiful looks and transition from a Village Belle to a city girl, the clothes suited her character and she pulled every look nicely. All behind the scene hard work was of stylist/costumer Leena Daru.

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