The late 1940s was a time of somewhat boxy, padded blouses. This blouse on the actress and dancer Suryakumari for example is almost like a man’s shirt (or perhaps more correctly a pyjama top). As can be seen from the second pic, it is teamed with a bordered handloom sari. The translucent head covering seems an addition – these used to be common say around the 1890s and 1910s as the sari was evolving but perhaps not as late as the 1940s. The movie is 1948’s Samsara Nowka.
Megh19th century 20th century 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s Actor Ancient India Art Colonial Costume Culture Early 20th Century fashion India Indian Cinema Indian Dress Indian fashion Indian men Indian Women Paintings Sari Sari Blouse Vintage Vintage Blouse Vintage Dress vintage fashion vintage sari Women