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Bridal jewellery inspiration from Bollywood movie brides

Celebrity culture is here to stay and our screen idols are also our style idols. Whether it is setting a completely new trend or re-inventing the past, movies are the common denominator in how trends evolve. Bridal fashion and trousseau trends are hugely influenced by Bollywood, as the larger-than-life setting of a movie brings the actresses to life and their sartorial style inspires that ‘wow’ feeling for the audiences.

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Brides in Bollywood movies are major influencers for jewellery trends

Recently there are two types of Bollywood movie brides that have set jewellery trends. The first is the period movies, set in historical times (like Jodha Akbar, Paheli, Padmaavat, etc) and the second are the modern urban movies (like Veere di Wedding).

The period movies, set around the life story of strong historical characters is a reminder of Indian culture and pays homage to the design aesthetics of ancient India. The actresses who play brides in these movies and the jewellery they wear, have revived ancient craft techniques and made them popular again.  One such movie was India’s Oscar-entry film Paheli, starring Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee. The traditional Rajasthani character of Rani Mukherjee was styled in jewellery designed by Tanishq and featured kundan and meenakari work. The success of the movie and its international exposure ensure that the jewellery pieces featured were a hot-ticket item for Indian brides. 

Tanishq jewellery worn by Rani Mukherjee in the movie Paheli

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A decade ago, Mughal era-style jewellery was trending when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan showcased spectacularly grand pieces, in the period epic Jodhaa Akbar. Designed by Tanishq, the jewellery worn by Aishwarya, who plays the Rajput princess Jodhabai is inspired by designs worn by Mughal queens. The jewellery was breathtakingly beautiful and specific to Rajput and Mughal traditions of the 16th century. Created from gold and gemstones like emeralds, pearls, ruby, tourmaline & jade, the movie created a major stir in terms of wedding jewellery trends.

Aishwarya Rai Bachan in Jodha Akbar, wearing Mughal era-style jewellery designed by Tanishq

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A grand Rani haar from the Jodhaa Akbar collection by Tanishq

The Jodhaa Akbar jewellery collection by Tanishq, is an elegant and magnificent collection which features iconic pieces like this broad Rani haar. It clearly reflects the Mughal’s appreciation for the finer things in life and the Rajput’s love of beauty and fine detailing. Featuring uncut diamonds and the ancient art form of Kundan, the necklace has a large central Swan which represents spiritual grace. The majestic effect is amplified by large garnet teardrops along the bottom.

More recently the historical drama Padmaavat, has spearheaded a trend for Rajputana-style jewellery that has become a must-have for Indian brides. The movie collaborated with Tanishq to create remarkable pieces of period jewellery for actress Deepika Padukone’s character. The movie’s story, production value and Deepika’s performance all worked together to set a trend in bridal jewellery. Dazzling borlas, ornamental chokers, embellished multi-layered necklaces in gold and polki, bajubands encrusted with rubies, kadas in uncut diamonds, lined with red velvet and large ornamental naths were all part of the bridal jewellery trend set by this movie.

Deepika Padukone in Rajput style bridal jewellery in the movie Padmaavat

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For the jewellery in Padmaavat, Tanishq paid homage to the time-honoured techniques of traditional Rajasthani craftsmanship like meenakari, jadau, kundan work and even miniature paintings to create splendid jewellery creations. A wonderful example is this Aadh choker necklace below that has a centre hanging element in the shape of a lotus bloom and is an ode to the beauty of Rani Padmaavati.

An Aadh choker necklace designed by Tanishq for the movie Padmavaat

Veere Di Wedding starring Sonam K Ahuja and Kareena Kapoor is another Bollywood film that set jewellery trends for modern brides. The style aesthetic for the film was modern ethnicwear and focused on statement wedding jewellery pieces like a bold maang tikka or dramatic haath phool. The actresses in this movie made a bold fashion statement with unique and large jewellery pieces. Some pieces that truly stood out include a pair of long strand kundan earrings, worn by Sonam’s character, and a bold choker of large pearls in a single strand, worn by Kareena’s character.

Sonam K Ahuja in Veere Di Wedding wearing statement kundan earrings

Kareena Kapoor wearing a beautiful choker of large pearls accented by pearl encrusted beads

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Bollywood movies play a huge role in setting jewellery trends and we will continue to see this cycle of influence in the years to come.

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